S: Fran's Life
BC: Made With Love
FC: Fran's Life
1: “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.” - William W. Purkey
3: To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible.
5: Mom, you mean so much to me because you have unconditionally loved me all of my life. You have always been there for me. Thank You for loving me. I love you very deeply with all of my heart. Mom, when I think of you, I think of your essential goodness and your optimistic view of life. Your religious faith is extremely important to you and I have always appreciated your devout example of religious piety. Mom, one of my fondest memories of you is when I was in the first grade. You would sit on my bed, at bedtime and help me learn my prayers, review my phonics so that I could read better, and go over my multiplication / division tables so that I would do better in math class. You were very patient with me. - Ft. Jim
6: You mean so much to me because: Tracy: You have raised my mom to be a wonderful mother herself and have taught me that giving to others is far more rewarding than what I may receive. Dusty: You always have something good to eat. Dave T: You’ve been such a great grandmother to me. You have showed me the true path of life and love. I like to joke around with you and you get my jokes. It’s easy and fun. You are a strong and wonderful person and I’m glad you are my grandma. Carmen: You were a great mother to us as we were growing up. - Don: You gave childbirth to my wife. When I think of you I think of: Tracy: A person who has a strong faith in God; a great cook both in cooking meals and baking sweets; energetic, fun, beautiful, tailored...a lady. Dave T: How I’m so lucky to have the hottest grandma on the block. Nicole: When I think of you I think of my mom’s parents and that you’re exactly the same as them. It feels like family in the states which is nice to have. Carmen: A hip-hop, young looking and youthful acting mother. Don: A classy dresser making a good meal while playing the accordion-good multi-tasker. My fondest memory of/with you is: Tracy: when you and grandpa were watching me one weekend, you helped me memorize the Apostles Creed for church school. Also, how your scrambled eggs always had a new surprise ingredient in them each time you made them... sometimes ham, green peppers, mushrooms, etc. Dusty: When we were all getting ready for the Braaten family picture at our wedding, you grabbed me real tight and said you wanted to be next to me. This made me feel completely welcome to your family.
9: Mom, you mean so much to me because: All the love and support you've given me through out my life has meant the world to me. I don't know what I'd do without you. | Mom, when I think of you I think of: Mother Teresa (haha), Seriously I think of a very religious person who has devoted her whole life to God and family. | Mom, my fondest memory of/with you is: You always being at home when we got back from school or where ever we were. We'd always come through the door and yell "MOM!!!!!!!" and you'd answer so we knew where you were. | Grandma you mean so much to me because you are always you. Your smile is contagious and your heart is always full of love. Grandma when I think of you I think of leopard-print jammies, dry pork chops, lots of pretty jewelry, painted fingernails, bright orange-pink lipstick, and all the other things that make you so awesome!! Grandma my fondest memory of/with you is watching you play on the floor with my Ace & Emma and listening to all of you giggle, and watching you make me poached eggs and a cup of tea in your leopard jammies, and eating your dry pork chops, and putting on your pretty jewelery, and trying to find the same color of nail polish that you created yourself by pouring a bunch of colors into one bottle, and throwing away your left over lipstick that you tried to pawn off on me!! I love you Gramma!! xoxo Missy | Fran, when I think of you I think of your beautiful smile and laughter. Arlo | Fran, my fondest memory of/with you is watching you crack out the accordion and listening to you play us a tune. Arlo
10: When I think of you I think of: What a strong little quote "mini" mom you are and how you gave your best to raise all of us. | My fondest memory with you is: Your beautiful blue eyes, smiling, sitting next to me on the living room couch in the 70's in Minot, with your hand on my knee, hanging out together after I finished the dishes. | You mean so much to me because: I have learned a lot from you and I can / have always felt your strong unwavering love for me no matter what. | Grandma you mean so much to me because you listen to me no matter what, you instantly brighten my mood when I am with you. Grandma when I think of you I think of : my cute little smiley grandma! My fondest memory of you is playing Mall Madness, the board game. So many laughs!:) Love you Grandma. - Bailey Grandma means so much to me because whenever I'm around her, I am instantly happy due to her contagious fun personality. She always puts a smile on my face. Grandma when I think of you I think of going to church.:) Grandma my fondest memories of you are watching your face when I sing.- Carlie | Grandma means so much to me because she has a great personality that rubs off on people. She is always helping me out in any possible way she can. When I think of you: A role model of a grandma I wish to become like someday. Fondest memory: When my family and I lived in Brillion, and we would sit on this brown couch while I read to you. I was struggling while reading the book about a Boa Constrictor on a field trip, and you would help me sound out the words. - Ciara
13: Mom, you mean so much to me because... You created such a positive and healthy household and have always supported me in everything I have ever done. I hope that I will always possess the same love of life and sense of laughter that you have always demonstrated. You taught me to respect others and to demonstrate a strong work ethic. You mean so much to me because you are an angel in the disguise of my mother. Mom, when I think of you, I think of so many different things... all happy and positive. They include: Sitting on the counter top and talking to you and watching you as you cooked dinner butterscotch covered Ice cream - the smell of canning pickles picking choke cherries - a firm handshake looking people straight in the eye - treating women with respect you rubbing your fingers through my hair as I was going to sleep the responsibility of doing chores every Saturday morning before we went out to play (scraping the bottoms of stools, waxing the HUGE basement tile floor by hand.creating a work ethic in me that is evident today) shopping for school clothes at Big Bear you always putting your kids before yourself laughter - Werther’s original hard caramel candies your favorite hamburger - the deluxe burger from Hardees you having so much fun dressing up as a witch for Halloween cleaning the lake cabin every Sunday before leaving to go home you always being so full of energy and never sitting down: always having something to do growing up in a happy household and knowing you always supported me in everything I did My fondest memory of you is... you helping me to fall asleep at night by sitting down next to me and gently rubbing your fingers through my hair and softly massaging my scalp. It was the most soothing, relaxing, and comforting memory I have. I have done the same thing with Dallas and Makenzi when they were young.
14: Mom, You mean so much to me because your love and support for me has never wained. I am so grateful that I have been blessed with a mom that is as loving as you. Your unwavering faith provides me strength when I am down and thankfulness when times are good. Your love of God has served as a benchmark upon which I try to live my life. You are and always will be my inspiration for going out and giving it my best. I love you Mom. Mom, when I think of you I think of you as "my guardian angel" who is watching over me along side the Holy Spirit. My fondest memory I cherish is when I was little I would fall asleep holding your hand while resting my head on your shoulder as we sat on the couch. Your warmth and gentleness would comfort me and make me feel secure. Love, Dave | Dear Fran: Thoughts that come to mind when I think of you..... You are the best mother-in-law a girl could ever ask for. You are chic, you are fun (hilarious at times), you are ultra happy, you are pretty, you are fashionable, you are helpful, you are a dear friend, you are spunky, you are adventuresome, you are full of wisdom and advice, you are interesting, you are faithful, you are compassionate and caring, you are dependable, you are the ultimate optimist, you are hip to technology, you are an amazing shopper, you are an accordion playing wizard, you are a fashion diva, you are a Christmas cookie & holiday fruit cake making machine, and most of all you are young at heart and a beautiful soul! Also, one of my favorite memories of you is when you and Hayden transformed into the character Tillie on our vacation to Banff. What a sight! May you have many more years to share all of your gifts with your family and the world. You are truly one of a kind and I love you. xoxo, Ann | Dear Grandma: I remember you in the way you give advice to everyone who needs help, by how you keep your self very polished and fashionable. Most of all, I will always remember you as a loving Grandma willing to do anything (but let me see you without your wig). Love, Drew | Dear Grandma, I love you because you are a truly unique & special grandma. You personify kindness through your actions. You dedicate yourself to being a caring & understanding person. You emit vitality & love with every action that you conduct & that's why I love you so much, Grandma. xoxo, Hayden | Dear Grandma, I love you because you are so inspirational. You are my role model not only because you are incredibly positive, but because you continue to stay faithful even in the toughest of times. I wish to live such a fulfilling life like you have, and I will always remember the wisdom you have shared with me. xoxo, Hanna
17: Family is like music: some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.
23: ooo lala
24: Family Reunion: Summer of 2012