I’ve introduced you to several family members and friends over the years I’ve been blogging. There is one person who deserves her own post, even though she’s been mentioned before. This post is long overdue and I’ve written it a dozen times in my mind.

This is a post about my grandmother-in-law, Jerri. Or, as I have always known her (since day 1 when I was just starting to date her grandson): Gram. She welcomed me as a family member from the first time we met. I guess she could tell her grandson had a special thing for me.

After only knowing her 2 months (and being out of the country for the majority of that time), she opened her home for me to live in until my apartment was ready. She and her husband helped furnish me with kitchen supplies and a couch when I moved out on my own (again, after just a few months of knowing them!).

She gave me her piano as a wedding present, and bought our first refrigerator. She crocheted the most beautiful and ellaborate blanket as a first anniversary gift. Even though I know it hurt to see us move across country, she enthusiastically supported Brian in his decision to pursue education. She has given up her husband for months at a time so he could help us renovate our house. She has furnished my sewing room with a huge cutting board, an OttLite, fabric, and sewing books. She has given countless blankets, hats, scarves, stuffed animals, booties, and sweaters to my sons–sewn, knitted, and crocheted in love. She has given Parker some of his most prized toys, ones which I know Nolan will love too.

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More than all the generosity she has shown, she has been an example of treating me like her own granddaughter. She renewed my love for knitting and tried to teach me to crochet. She spends weeks out of her year to visit with us and help me with the house, with projects, with cooking, and with my boys. She is incredibly knowledgeable in all things crafty, and she teaches with patience and precision. I will always have a special place in my heart for my own grandmother, but Gram has created a new space in my heart that is all her own. And I know she has an incredibly special place in my sons lives too!