I was always an extremely blessed child when it came to grandparents. I grew up to know six great grandparents and seven grandparents. One set of grandparents got divorced and my grandma remarried before I was a born giving me another grandpa. Grandparents Day at school I always had an abundance of them seated next to me. They all are special and treat me special in their own way and I thank God to still have so many still alive and well. Scarlett has a set of great great grandparents that are still with us!
I thought my cup had runeth over, but then I met Devin. After dating for a short time, he introduced me to his grandparents and it was love at first site.
First I feel like everyone needs to know a little of their back story. G & G Sandrock are two of the hardest working people I have ever met. Grandpa is in his mid 80s and still is out every morning farming. Grandma is a devoted farmer’s wife helping him and also working a cafeteria job at the local high school where all the kids call her Grandma. They raised three kids and have been a huge support system to all of their grandkids. They have known great loss losing important family members and have got through everything as a strong loving couple.
If you were to look up grandma in the dictionary. Grandma Sandrock would be the example listed. When you go to visit she doesn’t let you leave without a full belly of desserts. She loves her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids with all her heart. She is the first to help anyone in need. In her early 80s she is still on the floor playing with Scarlett and all her cousins. She’s loving, supportive, and the best example of a wife out there. She takes care of Grandpa better than any human can take care of someone.
Since I was a little girl I always connected on a higher level with males. I’m a daddy’s girl, my grandpa is my best friend, and I preferred to hang out with my brother and his friends over my own. It’s no different with Grandpa Sandrock. We immediately became buds. He is the most precious human being on this planet and in the seven years I have come to know him I love him more every time I talk to him. He loves his family dearly. He cries at every sporting or musical event his grandkids are apart of, because he is so proud to be their grandpa. He’s the only man in the world I will let call my daughter Rosie (it only fits her when he uses it). He picks on Grandma relentlessly, but you know the amount of love he has for her is deep. I will never forget when he said “if I could pick any girl for one of my grandsons it would be you”. Grandpa and I could talk for hours and we have before, to the point Grandma and Devin let us be to socialize alone together one time when they had us over for dinner.
I tell Devin every time we leave from visiting them that they are the reason I married him. It’s not a lie. It’s not the only reason. But it is definitely one of them. They are both so special and every person who knows them knows the truth. I have no other reason to be writing this other than to share how truly special I think these two individuals are. They have never made me feel like anything less than family. I’m not an in-law to them by any means. I have an amazing family and I married into an amazing family. Meaning I am such a blessed woman.