Without her, my family would have had a few miserable years growing up. She taught us how to live without running water, grow a garden, work hard, and love every minute of it.
The little things I'll always remember and keep close to my heart:
pinto beans and fried cornbread
shelling green beans outside under the trees
camp fire talks
the smell of her cigarettes
"wash down as far as possible, wash up far as possible, then wash possible"
dollar pancakes, as many as you can eat
Tom Selleck and Magnum P.I.
the movie Hiroshima
painting thousands of wooden watermelons
soaking up the sun all summer long on Dolphin Island
her scriptures, worn with love on her table
her straight forward, no nonsense way of stating how it is
her laugh, more like a low chuckle
all the times she teased me about dancing at my wedding
the love she had for all of her children and grandchildren
she always wanted us to have more and do more than she could
pride every time she talked about any of her family