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:

  1. 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.

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

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  2. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. 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.

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

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    1. 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!

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

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

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  8. This is more than awesome. I love it.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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

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

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

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  10. 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!

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

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

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  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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    1. A great back story is awesome, agreed. :)

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  16. 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!

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

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  17. 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?

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    1. 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.

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  18. 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.

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

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

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

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  20. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  27. What a great idea and such a sweet story :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Bethany. I agree. :)

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

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

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  29. 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)

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    1. 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!!

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

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

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

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  32. this is so beautiful, thanks for sharing this

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

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

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

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    1. 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. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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  39. What a great honor and tribute to his contributions!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and reading, Susan! :)

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

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

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

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

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  42. What a great experience for your son.

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

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  43. That is amazing and such an amazing experience!

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    http://raising-reagan.com

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

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  44. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy Tuesday, Rosey!

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    1. Thank you, happy Tuesday to you too!!

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

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  49. Congrats! That's pretty awesome.

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

      Thank you for your visit!

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

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    1. 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. :)

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

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    1. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks for your visit!

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  55. 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.

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    1. 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!!

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

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    1. 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!

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

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

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