Here is one of two sayings framed on Grandma's wall:
She made our wedding cake and then taught me how to make them, too. I spent hours in her kitchen trying to learn how to make frosting roses and perfectly piped edges. I became her assistant and we made countless cakes together. I always drove the finished product to the church while she sat with the top cake in her lap. When the finishing touches were done, she would stand back and admire "our" work.
Her hands were not just creating hands; they were serving hands. She was my first visiting teaching compaion. I learned to serve, not just occasionally, but faithfully. 100% was not a goal. It was a fact. She was resourceful, too. Once, while driving on a dirt road to visit one of our sisters I buried a wheel in some soft sand. She told me to stop gunning it, that she knew what to do. She searched in the desert until she found a piece of cardboard. She shoved it under the wheel and said, "NOW gun it!" We were only a little late for our appointment.
Her hands were busy all summer, getting ready for Christmas. She and my father-in-law canned and canned and made fruit leather by the mile. They wanted to have a gift for everyone. Before the advent of gift bags, she would collect small cardboard boxes and carefully cover and line each one in gift wrap. The tops were always left open to expose the goodies abounding inside. My favorite memory of their Christmas tree is the floor covered in dozens of festive boxes knowing that one of them had our names on it.
Her arms and hands were most at home when holding babies. She loved us all but she especially love the tiny little ones. She would hold them close where they nestled in cozy and safe.
It was never just "Grandma" it was always "Grandma and Grandpa". They went everywhere together, and they always held hands. Many Sundays while following them into church, I wished I had a camera. I never took a picture of them walking together, but that is how I remember them. Grandpa was told how romantic that was and his comment was priceless, "Sure I love her, but at our age we're just holding each other up." Their having lived lives hand in hand, holds the rest of us up, too.