“Poppi,” I say, “Look up and smile.”
He does and I snap this picture. I’ve got a hundred others just like it in the scrapbook of my mind.
As long as I can remember, my Grandpa has read his Bible each day. He’s also active in the Gideons, a greeter at church, president of his neighborhood association and goes to visit juvenile delinquents in jail.
Oh, did I mention he’s 90?
It’s his birthday today.
Last Saturday our family gathered in his home along with fifty of his friends to celebrate and bless this man who has touched all of our lives.
My Grandpa Hollie has given me a legacy of faith, my name, laughter, and the firm belief that a piece of pie a day helps you live a long and healthy existence. Life has had its share of hard times for him but he’s made it through with a smile.
His favorite advice? Get at least three hugs a day, think positive, and “put your worries on the back burner of your mind then turn the heat off.”
Thank you, Poppi, for everything.
And thank you, God, for Poppi.
Will you help me celebrate my Grandpa’s birthday today? Leave a comment by midnight tonight (12/15) wishing him a happy birthday and you’ll be entered to win this Ever Grateful pitcher by DaySpring! Subscribers, click here.
Today is my Mom’s birthday too! I’m writing about her, as well as sharing some encouragement for all of you who are mamas, on 5 Minutes for Faith. If you leave a comment on that post too you’ll be entered to win this Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed bracelet by DaySpring. To get to the post on 5 Minutes for Faith, just click here.
Thanks for celebrating with me today! I wish all of you could have come to Poppi’s party. How about for his 100th?
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