August 31, 2012

one hundred years old

My great grandma Mary is 100 years old.  In early August we made a trip up to Hartwell, Georgia to celebrate her life but first stayed in Athens and spent a little time with the cousins.  The trip (goes without saying) was well worth it. 


in front of my friend, Susan’s store in downtown Athens.  Sadly she was out of town so we sent her a pic



Later that day we headed to Hartwell to celebrate 100 years of my Grandma’s life (she is my great grandmother, my kids great-great grandmother and Mary James’ namesake)

grandma 1

Grandma Mary with her youngest great grandson – Ralston (my nephew)

 grandma 2

my mom, her mom and her mom’s mom. :)


Molly checking out old family pictures

I have always known Grandma as a quiet, kind, strong woman.  To live 100 years you’d have to be!  Here are a few words of wisdom from Grandma Mary on how to live a happy 100 years:

A promising world is built on small acts of kindness and compassion.  Everyday we have the chance to make someone’s life brighter with a helping hand, an encouraging word, a smile.  We can be a source of strength to those around us.  In the long run these small acts of love may be more value than any earth-shaking deed

When you see someone without a smile, give them yours.

True friends are the greatest treasure you can possess.

Anything the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.

it’s better to have heart without words than to have words without heart.

When the facts won’t budge you have to change your attitude and go from there.

A turtle never gets anywhere without sticking his head out.

Remember your state of mind contributes to your health.

Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.

It’s not what happens to you that makes the difference, but how you react to what happens to you.


  1. I think I am really behind but just wanted to say what a precious post. Your great grandmother is beautiful and it seems, very , very wise! What a blessing to spend her 100th birthday with her! Brandi

  2. thank you Brandi! and you are right - 100 is an amazing accomplishment :)

  3. i still can't believe she's ONE HUNDRED! too cool!


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