Jean Alice

Today, we made a visit to see my great grandmother, Jean Alice Humphrey. I tell ya, there ain't a more beautiful 81 year old lady than her. There is nothing more comforting than that smell when you first walk in your great grandmothers house. I love talking to her, and looking around her house, at the old pictures, and antique collectibles. She always manages to tell me to make sure I "have a hat on that babies head or he'll catch the colics"... She will always have a space heater on, and the all the burners on the gas stove burning for extra heat.  It still takes me back when I walk in, expecting to turn the corner and see my great grandfather Alton, in his wheelchair watching TV. He is gone now, but his ramp down to the den is still there, a little reminder that he is still there with us. I love the way her hair is always perfectly curled, and the radiant silver sheen that it has. I always like to get a picture with her and the boys when they are babies.


my grandfather and great grandmother

great grandmother and I
 
LOVE her hands



I want them to remember her long after she is gone. It makes me sad to one day think that she won't be here to see what kind of men they become, the women they marry, their children, and grand children, and even GREAT grandchildren.

It's sad to think about, but that's life. What makes it better for me is to think that this all would not be possible if it had not been for her. It all started with her, meeting a handsome young man named Alton, falling in love, getting married, and starting a family... It's crazy to think that so much can happen just from two people falling in love....

And now, because Brendan and I fell in love, that we have 3 children to carry on our legacy, and that a piece of us will live on forever...

I am so thankful that she has gotten to see all of her great great grandchildren. Nothing makes me more happy than when she tells me how proud she is of me, and that I have a beautiful family. There really is no better feeling....

Without her,  I wouldn't have 3 beautiful little boys, who light up my life everyday....





and an amazing man who has given me everything I ever wanted, and a life I thought was only imaginable in my wildest dreams....

Thank you Jean Alice! I love you so much!



-The Banks Mama









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