It's a blessing that almost every year we get to be in Missouri to visit my family on St. Patrick's Day (because it falls over Spring Break). We are The O'Neals, thus enjoy a fun Irish holiday! I always make sure we all get new St. Patty's outfits, and we have a fun day!
St. Patrick's Day is also my grandmother's birthday. She turned 87 years old today.
My grandma is slipping, and isn't the vibrant woman she once was. In fact, most times conversations with her are very difficult. She hardly leaves her house, except to take trips to the doctor or the store, and doesn't drive anymore or even walk to her own mailbox to get her mail. It's so hard to see her like that.
So, it is important to me that I make a point to go spend some time with her on her birthday, even if it's just for a few minutes.
We stopped by Dollar General and I had Eli and Brynne pick out green gifts to give their great-grandma. Eli picked out a green flower garden stake. Brynne picked out a green wind chime and a small green crock with an apple candle in it. They each picked out a card for her, which was funny because neither of them had me read them before they picked them out.
We brought her a small cake and flowers, visited with her for a while and sang "Happy Birthday" to her (at Eli's suggestion). It was really cute to see them singing to her.
So, grandma, May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go ~ Irish Blessing.
We love you.
Hope you all have had a nice St. Patrick's Day!