The two things that I admire most about my grandma are 1) her example of faith, and 2) her work ethic.
When I was in middle school and high scool I would go spend the night at grandma's when grandpa was out to Panguitch feeding cattle or moving water lines. Oh the stories she would tell while I rubbed her feet and put her to sleep! They were always enjoyable to hear. One night she told me that when Grandpa was off to war with the army she prayed and promised Heavenly Father that she would say her prayers EVERY DAY and never miss if he would bring grandpa home safe. Lucky for all of us, grandpa did make it home safe. Years and years ago grandpa was hit by lightning while out working in the field at Panguitch. It is an amazing story (but I won't go into detail here) and grandpa came out of it alive but with some pretty bad burns down the side of his body. Grandpa said that it was his rubber watering boots that he was wearing that saved him. Grandma argues it was his "silkies" that he was wearing that saved him. I tend to agree with Grandma. :0) Grandma studies her scriptures daily and is always listening to conference talks and anything church related. She always encouraged us to serve a mission growing up and to live worthy to go to the temple. There isn't much that makes grandma more happy than being able to attend the temple with her family. She has a strong testimony that shows through her daily actions. I love that she has been, and still is so dedicated in the gospel!
Grandma taught me all about "elbow grease" at a very young age. When there is cleaning to be done it needs to be done well and thoroughly. She still prefers hand-washing dishes and hanging clothes out to dry on the clothes line. Grandma always has a garden planted in the yard and is know for her yummy vegetables. The reason that she can grow some darn good vegetables is because she spends hours and hours out there taking care of her garden in her wide brimmed hat. Grandma is always on the go and we just can't get her to slow down. She says that if she sits down she'll fall asleep. I venture to say that this work ethic has rubbed off on me. :0)
Happy birthday grandma! I love you!