Grandma and Grandpa

My Grandma (Wanda Firestone, my maternal grandmother) was the best Grandma a little girl could ask for. She was beautiful, affectionate, doting, loving, and giving.
c. 1979
I have been so excited to get a scanner and archive all the photos I inherited from my Grandma and Grandpa after their deaths. Grandma died in 2000 just 2 months before my wedding day. I was so crushed to lose her. Grandpa (Glen Firestone) died only 3 years later and joined his sweetheart. They were a darling couple and together they loved me like I was the only child on the earth! I miss them both very much and think of them very often!
c. 1980

c. 1982

c. 1982

c. 1983

In 1984 (I was 6), Grandma and Grandpa took me and Heidi to Auto World in Flint, Michigan. I remember them laying the backseat down and making a bed for us in the back of the car so we could sleep while they drove in the wee hours of the morning... or so it seemed. It was only 2 hours away. The memory of this little indoor amusement park stuck with me. Every time I would wake up in the morning or the middle of the night, this memory would confirm that I was who I was - "I went to Auto World." Funny as it sounds, it still is a great memory with my Grandparents that I hope to never forget.

These last two photos are from my 7th birthday party - August 1985. I think it was a skating rink or party place like Showbiz, but not sure exactly. I do remember what a fun day it was!


Katie said...

Love this last photo of your toothless smile. You are adorable, and definitely look similar to the way you do now!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way of showing your love for your grandparents and making those memories permanent!


Anissa said...

This is so special Gina. Reminds me of my memories with my grandparents.
You can definitely tell that your Grandpa is YOUR Grandpa. You too have some similar features.

Danell said...

This is a beautiful post! You have a wonderful way with words. Love you!

Briee Boyter said...

Wow Gina, U brought me 2 tears. I havn't seen ne of these pictures b4 They are so beautiful. I miss them so much! And I know that they are still watching over us, It is wonderful 2 b able 2 see some of your memories of are amazing grandparents. Missin them everyday, Til we meet again.