Monday, November 25, 2013

Easter Seals Recognizes Noelle's Grandpa! Awesome!!

A lot of you already know Noelle from Jumpin Beans.  I was visiting her blog to enter sweepstakes (she's always got some good ones running) long before I became a blogger myself, but since I've started my own place, we've also become bloggy friends.  If we lived close together, I have little doubt we'd get the kiddos together and have nice visits!!  She's got a heart of gold, and when she recently put up a post, I thought it was so awesome I asked her if she'd let me share it here.  She agreed, and it's below!  I hope you'll take the time out to give it a read, and if you get a chance, swing on over to her place too, to say hello.
Thanks for letting me share, Noelle!

Taken from last week's Jumpin' Beans 'Wordful Wednesday Post'

This is totally going to be a WORDFUL Wednesday Post... It is about my family and I am so very very proud!
Let me give you the run down...
Family - My dad's dad used to own a bicycle shop in my hometown.  He owned it for over 40 years and people all over town have memories of getting their bikes from him.  He passed away over 20 years ago, but his memory lives on!!!

Easter Seals - I am not sure about everywhere else, but at least in my hometown, each holiday season, Easter Seals of Albany releases a new Christmas Ornament.  They some times have the ornament represent something in the city.  For around 10 years now, I have received one of these beauties for my personal tree.  (They $18 each, that includes shipping and $11 can be written off as a tax write off, if my memory serves me right.)  

This year, my mom put a lot of thought into it and decided to write Easter Seals to see if there was anything that could be done to recommend making an ornament to honor my grandaddy's memory.

Well, after months and months of communication, it was revealed a couple weeks ago...

They released the 2013 Easter Seals Ornament - Pat's Cycle Shop!!!!
The 2013 Easter Seals Ornament, honoring my grandaddy!!!!

Broxton never had the privilege to meet him, but it was great to be able to get this pictures of him at the reveal!!! 

Of course, I had to get a picture of Broxton with my grandmother (his great grandmother!)

The best part of it all was that several of our family members were able to be there for the big day!!!
We drove back to my hometown for the big day!  We met up with several family members at the local Easter Seals location.   The mayor was there and she read a proclamation...   Of course, me being the sentimental / emotional one... I was crying... Just happy that my grandmother was there for the day... Happy that people will have this ornament on their tree for years to come.  My granddaddy sold bikes to make kids happy and what better time than Christmas?

People from Albany buy these for the fact of adding to their collection... People from other places buy these as memories from their past (if they are from Albany) and the great thing with this particular ornament is that people can buy this if they have never even been to Albany... Look at it!  Who didn't have a tricycle like that when they were a kid????

So, if you are interested in buying one (You know I had to put that out there for you all!) Feel free to head on over to the Easter Seals site and order one today!!!

114 comments:

MikiHope said...

What a marvelous way to remember your friends grandfather who made so many children happy in his lifetime. Now his memory will linger on in the homes of many for many Christmas' to come.

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh how wonderful. I don't think Easter Seals has really reached this part of the country (at least not in my section of Mass), but I LOVE that they did this. Great way for them to remember their grandfather!

John DeBellis said...

A wonderful thing to do

Anonymous said...

That is so nice that they honored your grandfather that way. What a beautiful thing to happen fo ryour family.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I remember Easter Seals many, many years ago... I need to check and see if they are still active around here.

Pat Hatt said...

A wonderful way to honor him indeed. First time I ever heard of Easter seals though

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I do follow her blog. How cool. .. the ornament is fantastic.

Sandee said...

This is more than awesome. I love it.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

mail4rosey said...

That's what I thought too!! I'm so glad Noelle shared this story, it's just a really good one!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Robin, I love that they did this too. How awesome would it be to have an ornament in honor of your grandfather?? :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting, John. I love this whole story. :)

mail4rosey said...

Doesn't it make you so happy for her and her family? One of my favorite stories all year. :)

mail4rosey said...

I heard of them years ago too, I haven't for such a long time until now. I'm glad to hear they're still up and running and doing wonderful things.

mail4rosey said...

If I'm not mistaken they used to have stamps when I was a child...I vaguely remember stamps, lol. They've been around a long while though, if I can remember them from childhood. ;) I was checking out their site, they do a lot of good things, for a lot of people!

mail4rosey said...

Isn't it cool? Thanks for visiting, Lisa. :)

Lame Shrill Owl said...

What a great way to use this experience to teach your son about his great grandfather.

mail4rosey said...

I thought so too, Sandee. :) Thanks for your visit!!! And fab. day to you too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I think it was a wonderful experience for all of them too. Thank you for your visit. :)

AMBER EDWARDS said...

That is so special to have an ornament curated in memory of her grandpa's Bicycle shop all these years later! That is awesome! So special!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Amber. I thought it was amazing too, for all of them, but especially for his wife. :)

Mistee Dawn said...

Oh how cool! That is so awesome. I love Easter Seals. Such a great post! Loved it.

Lexie Lane said...

What a really nice ornament and so special. It's such a nice way to remember those you love during the holidays. I'm checking this out now.

Robin O said...

That's excellent news--and it's a wonderful cause. I will head over to the Easter Seals site. Thanks for sharing!

The Mom Jen said...

That is so special, what a way to remember grandpa!

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

a great gift -- I love when there a super story behind it too =)

Heather Jones said...

I love that and what a great keepsake and a great way to remember him. I'll have to stop by Noelle's place. Not sure if I know her. Thanks for sharing!

RACHEL TaoOfPoop said...

How cool that they will have this memory of their grandfather! And help charity too. I remember the Easter Seals holiday stamps from when I was a kid. Do they still have those?

Colette S said...

I think this is wonderful like I told her.
It's precious and it speaks about a good man leaving a legacy and a good name.

Julie Maloney said...

That is fantastic! What a wonderful thing for them to do, glad you shared this here! It warms my heart!

Rea T said...

how wonderful! it makes me smile to see places like that commemorate the legacy of the people help build a beautiful community like Noelle's grandfather.
huggies♥
rea

Kristi Maloney said...

Easter Seals did a nice job on the ornament! Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing Noelle's blog. I will head over there next. :)

Monica said...

This is heartwarming and such a sweet gesture for the wife too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting, Mistee!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks a ton, Lexie. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for visiting.

mail4rosey said...

I think that's a cool way for her to remember her grandpa too. :)

mail4rosey said...

A great back story is awesome, agreed. :)

mail4rosey said...

Great, Heather, I bet you'll like it over there, she's got a fun place to visit. :)

Bobbi Burleson said...

What a wonderful story and it was so awesome of you to share it with us :)

mail4rosey said...

I vaguely remember stamps too, Rachel! I just looked it up and see some vintage stamps for sale on places like ebay, but I don't see anything current...so I don't know for sure, but I am guessing no they aren't around now.

mail4rosey said...

I think so too, Colette. Just a very cool story. :)

mail4rosey said...

Mine too, Julie. I really enjoyed the story and the outcome!

mail4rosey said...

It is the people who make the community, I agree. :) I'm headed over to visit at your place. :)

mail4rosey said...

It is a cool story. :) Thanks, Kristi!

Angie Brewer said...

How awesome to have a loved one honored like that, it's a lovely ornament!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Monica. I thought it was nice for his wife too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting, Bobbi. Noelle's got lots of great stories going on over at her place, this was one of my faves. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm sure her grandpa would have been pleased. It's such a happy story. :) Thanks for visiting, Angie. :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

She's a peach, a gem, and a love. I adore her! I'm so happy they honored that history this way.

Ashley Gill said...

This is such a neat story!! A Christmas Ornament is a great way to commemorate something so special. It looks really great too!

Bethany Jones said...

What a great idea and such a sweet story :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is so cool! Jumpin Bean mentioned that you were sharing this and I had to stop by.

mail4rosey said...

lol, agreed Liz, and you are too! Thanks for the visit.

mail4rosey said...

Isn't it a fun idea? I bet it will always make their family's holiday that much more special too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting, Bethany. I agree. :)

mail4rosey said...

You're awesome to visit, thank you! :)

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh, Rosey you are so nice to me. Thanks for the comments and I guess the tutorial would have been helpful. I'll work on it again, promise. I just fiddle and fuss until I like how it looks, I guess. You have a great Thanksgiving! (hug)

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful story, and I love that ornament holder!!

Theresa said...

That is such a beautiful story! I am sure that will be the most special ornament on their tree for years to come!

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

this is so beautiful, thanks for sharing this

alissa apel said...

That is great! I'm glad they did that in honor of her grandpa.

Annie said...

That is beyond cool & an awesome way to recognize this man & all that he did for his community :D

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is so awesome! What a great way to honor his legacy and memory.

Pam said...

I love this post. It is so cool that he was honored and what an honor it is.

Pam said...

That is so awesome! And you are right, Noelle is so nice!

Maddi'sMommy said...

This is such a great way to remember their grandfather and with such a noble cause too.

Susan Kane said...

What a great honor and tribute to his contributions!

menopausal mama said...

Awesome way to honor their grandfather. Glad you shared this heart warming story!

Anita Breeze said...

Such a beautiful way to honor your grandfather. Easter Seals do so much for communities.

Chani Jameson said...

What a great experience for your son.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

That is amazing and such an amazing experience!

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Tough Cookie Mommy said...

This is such a wonderful moment for your entire family. It's such a great way to commemorate the contributions that your family made to the community that you live in.

Binky said...

That's quite a honor!

Growing Up Madison said...

Wow that's awesome. Something to honor him and remember him by. That's really great that they did it.

QueenB said...

what a great celebration -- and such an honor for noelles grandpa

Veronica Lee said...

I'm so glad Noelle shared this story. What a great honor and tribute to his contributions!

Happy Tuesday, Rosey!

DWei said...

Congrats! That's pretty awesome.

karenmed409 said...

What a beautiful post, so glad Noelle let you post it here. Beautiful way to pay tribute to your family.

Peachy Adarne said...

This is such a wonderful thing. I hope we also come up with something like the Easter Seal.

Brian Miller said...

that is really cool they honored him like that...what a cool looking ornament as well...

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

Awww, I wish I could upload my goosebumps! This is wonderful!

mail4rosey said...

You don't have to do it on my account, Renae. I likely won't be able to do it even with fabulous instructions (that I'm sure you'll have). My talents are completely missing for things like that. :)

Happy Thanksgiving though to you too!!

mail4rosey said...

That is a cool stand, I thought the same thing too!

mail4rosey said...

No doubt about it! :)

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for reading. :)

mail4rosey said...

I like happy stories this time of year, and this is a great one. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Annie. I remember our local bike shop too, from when I was a kid. How cool that that the owner in Noelle's neck of the woods was her grandpa. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Tammy. It's a great story. :)

mail4rosey said...

Agreed x2. Thanks for the visit!

mail4rosey said...

She's a sweetheart. :)

mail4rosey said...

Getting recognized for your work really is an awesome thing! Thank you for your visit!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting and reading, Susan! :)

mail4rosey said...

I was glad she let me. :) Thanks for swinging over.

mail4rosey said...

I was glad Noelle let me share her story, I agree with all you've said here!

mail4rosey said...

Isn't it such a nice thing for their family?? I totally agree. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Lanaya. I bet her gram was pretty delighted. :)

mail4rosey said...

It is nice that she shared her family's great story with us, I totally agree. :)

mail4rosey said...

I like coming across super cool stories, that's def. one that qualifies. :)

mail4rosey said...

I agree!! Thank you for visiting. :)

mail4rosey said...

I know, I love her story! Thanks for swinging over!

mail4rosey said...

Thank you, happy Tuesday to you too!!

I'm glad Noelle shared her story too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I love that even her son gets to know great-grandpa a bit through the whole story. Very cool. :)

Thank you for your visit!

mail4rosey said...

I was so glad she let me post it too. It's one of those stories that leaves you silly smiling when no one else is even in the room. :)

mail4rosey said...

I was poking around their website and what a great lot of good they do for a good number of folks. Very nice!! Thank you for the visit!

Teresa McCluskey said...

Great way to honor him, bet he was a great man!

mail4rosey said...

It really is an awesome ornament. :)
Thanks for visiting, Brian.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Kenya. It is such a nice thing that they have in their family! :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm so happy for them, it is a really wonderful honor.

Thanks for your visit!

Rachee said...

I never knew my grandfather but I love hearing stories about him. This is such a wonderful way to pay tribute to a good deed.

mail4rosey said...

I feel that way too about someone in my family. I never knew him, but I always love to hear the stories. :) Thank you for visiting!!

Courtney Pies said...

I never knew that Easter Seals came out with ornaments! That is so great that they have one to recognize your grandpa!

mail4rosey said...

I never knew until Noelle posted about her grandpa being recognized too, then I went poking around and they've got so many wonderful things going on at Easter Seals!

Amanda McMahon said...

that's a great reason to be sentimental. congrats to your family.

mail4rosey said...

Isn't it a nice thing they have to add to their family memories during the holidays? I love it!