Warning: Slightly sappy post ahead.
For the first time in 4 years we weren't at home for Thanksgiving. It isn't my favorite time of year to travel...but we had great incentive this time: Trevor's Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary: Jack & Melva Hill
The celebration was in Boise...and we really debated about driving at all after the snow came in the week of Thanksgiving. But after double and triple checking the forecasts, getting new tires and chains on the jeep, we decided to go ahead with our plans. And so glad we did!
Trevor's mom and aunt put together a really fun party! It was fun to see some of his cousins (and their kids) that we haven't seen in a long, long time. And such a treat to learn more about Trevor's grandparents too. The sweetest couple ever. Trevor's grandmother isn't actually a blood line relation. His blood line grandmother left the family of 4 little kids and husband when Trevor's mom was just 8 years old. Less than a year later, Melva agreed to marry his grandfather (before even meeting the 4 kids!). She raised that whole family (adding two more children in later years) and you would never know any different. Remarkable.
It is wonderful to have a husband that comes from such great heritage! What an example his grandparents are...such sacrifices they both made in their lifetimes for their families. His grandfather served in the Navy during World War II. Also served a LDS mission. Worked for various power companies for 40 years, often working swing/extra shifts to make ends meet. Served as bishop and both served as temple workers. You just truly could not meet a more dedicated and loving couple. They still hold hands and we even listened to 'their song'. So sweet. I am grateful for the example Grandpa Hill set by helping my husband during his younger years, after his own parents were divorced. His grandpa took him and his siblings on campouts, to priesthood sessions, helped him learn how to fish, all while imparting valuable advice my husband still can recall today.
One of Trevor's cousins put together a book with memories submitted by their children and most of their grandchildren. So incredible to read the impact they have had on so many! When you count the vastness of their posterity, it really is amazing! We are definitely indebted to our grandparents and what they have and continue to provide for their posterity. We truly wouldn't be here without them!
Even though we don't see them often, you can't help but just feel the love they have for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. They wish so badly they could be closer, more in touch, and healthier to travel. Family is everything to them. They fervently pray for all of them. It shows.
Side note: I realize I am sappy-ier and more emotional than normal. I am blaming the pregnancy and the ability to tear up at the slightest notion of sweetness. Like this picture below...my own kids with their great-grandparents. Such a treat!
Aunt Linda had a lot of games and activities for the kids!