December 16, 2007

LuLu Belle

Posted in Jenn, Belarus at 1:20 pm by Jenn

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After reading StacyJill’s post, The Beauty of the Internet I became inspired to write about a topic that I’ve been putting off for a while, My Grammy. My Grammy, Mary Lou Fowler. Born LuLu Belle Sweeney in February of 1909. My Grammy died on July 17, 2007 at the tender young age of 98. My Grammy a Vermonter through and through. Wisdom, kindness, generosity, selflessness, warmth, curiosity, tranquility, graciousness, strength, integrity are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think her.

When I was moving overseas my mom gave me three things: The Knitting Answer Book and two pictures of my Grammy. The book has come in very handy and I’ve attached the two pictures to this post. My favorite is the one with the so called “hat”. It’s actually a plant pot with a scarf and bow attached. I know what you are thinking and no, she was 100% there, sharp as a pin. She made the hat herself to attend some bonnet luncheon at her church (we think in 1997). She wasn’t a dress up kind of girl, so she probably didn’t have a fancy hat, or if she did it was buried so far back in her closet she couldn’t find it. What she did have was a greenhouse full of plant pots and a great sense of humor. Read the rest of this entry »


Gift of the Magi

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 1:03 pm by Jenn

Several years ago my friend Luke introduced me to the story that has become my holiday favorite, “Gift of the Magi“, by O’Henry.  This is a beautiful Christmas story about sacrifice and love.  Once you’ve read it (10 minutes), I’d love to hear your comments.

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