All this is a bit nostalgic, I know, but I'm not exaggerating--and that's why I'm so grateful. I know that I wouldn't be who I am today had both sets of my grandparents not poured their time, love, and wisdom into me and Steven and Caroline. And even though I don't get to spend as much time with them now, they continue to pour into me.
And now, as they are getting older, I see even more clearly how their marriages are a testament to unconditional and sacrificial love. What a rarity that kind of love is. Grandmother and Granddaddy Loftin have been married for 51 years and Grandmother and Granddaddy Croft for 67. Of course, there are lots of times when they probably want to ring each others' necks--particularly the grandmothers wanting to ring the granddaddies because the granddaddies just seem to get more obstinate and contrary with every passing day! BUT, they've learned to laugh because they both know they'd be lost without the other.
This post could easily turn into a book, so one last thought: the faith in our Lord Jesus that both of my Grandmothers have and so unabashedly speak about is what I am most grateful for when I think of them. They've truly "set their eyes on things above," and I know they've got crowns waiting in heaven.
Oh, and one last brag: Both of my grandmothers each had 6 place settings of Arcadian Old Rose china, and when I was little they decided that when I got married they would each give me their set so that I would have "service for 12."
My most favorite wedding gift of all.