Sunday, May 10, 2009

A wonderful Mother's Day with Busia

I overheard my amazing 85 year old Grandma (we call her Busia - she is my Mom's Mom) asking her sister if she had ever been to Holland Michigan to see the tulips. When her sister said no, Busia said, "That is the one place I have always wanted to go and I missed it. I just always wanted to see those tulips." I had no idea what she was even talking about, but in my 37 years on earth, I have never heard her WANT anything. Never once. If you ask her what she wants to drink she says "Whatever is easy." If you ask her if she is hungry, she says "Not really." When I call and KNOW I woke her up she says "No, you did not wake me up, I was just lying across the bed." I mean, I love this lady to death, and I have never ONCE heard her want to go anywhere or ask for anything...  anyway, so I went home and looked up Holland last week. Long story short, this week is actually Tulip Time Festival and we booked a room using up my husband's Marriott Points and surprised her yesterday. All I told her was that she needed an overnight bag. We were taking her to my nephew's 5th birthday party so we already would have her in the van!!  She had no clue where we were going. We left right after the party and drove about 4 hours to get to the last hour or of the Tulip Time festival. There was not much left going on, but we had rented a wheelchair and took her up and down the downtown streets.

Today, we took her to Windmill Island which had TONS of tulips and a working windmill from the Netherlands. It was amazing to see her see the tulips. She said it was even better than it had been in her dreams since she was a little girl. I cannot think of a better way to spend Mother's day especially without my Mom here. It is a hard day for all of us, but this made it a lot better. We made her dream come true.

This photo stopped my heart because I am 100% sure that other than be in Heaven with my mom, I know that there is NO WHERE in the world my grandma would have rather been at this moment in time. How many times in life are you lucky enough to have a photo you can say that about??  Ahh, it was just awesome and I feel so lucky to have lived my life today.

Here are a few of the over 400 photos I took in the last 30 hours....  Man, I am glad I finally went digital. :)

Kalli kept begging to be the one to push Busia. I love that she wanted to help her so badly. Watching my child push my grandma through the tulips is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.  She kept saying, "Busia, do you want to see those? How about these? Aren't they beautiful? I am so happy we took you here." I wish I had it on video because it was just a cool life moment.

I hope anyone reading this had an amazing day.


CindyML said...

it sounds like you had a beautiful mother's day. This was the first mothers day for my husband without his mom. she passed away Jan. 20 after a sudden illness. In reading your post, I know your mom is so proud of you and Busia is so happy you are her granddaughter. What a fun day for the girls too. keep blogging. CindyML

Anonymous said...

That's awesome that you guys had such a great time. I'm sure Busia enjoyed every second of it.

Ching Ya said...

Those are some very lovely photos. Sweet and adorable family you got there. Thank you for sharing with us this heart warming message. We need to treasure our loved ones whenever we have the chance, and I think you've given a terrific gift for your grandma. ^^

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