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Two Grandmothers Broke The Tradition And Gave Their Grandkids The Best Wedding Blessing Ever

Two Grandmothers Broke The Tradition And Gave Their Grandkids The Best Wedding Blessing Ever

Grandparents are such amazing people that newlyweds Josh and Maggie Wakefield knew they both wanted their grandmothers to have a big role in their wedding.

Instead of opting for the traditional walk down the aisle as the honorary grandparent and being seated first out of the immediate family members, the Wakefields decided to ask their grandmothers to be flower girls instead. While this duty is usually reserved for little girls, these grandmas rocked this role.

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    Joyce Benedict, 75, Maggie’s grandmother, and Drue Fitzgerald, 74, Josh’ grandmother, proudly strolled down the aisle during their grandchildren’s summer wedding in Pennsylvania in June, fulfilling their duty of scattering white rose petals from the woven basket they shared as they walked. The grandmothers loved the smiles they received from wedding guests, who equally loved seeing the grandmothers in their special wedding spotlight. Joyce and Drue even picked out matching formal dresses to wear while they walked.

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      It only surprised the wedding guests for a moment when they saw the grandparents so involved in the wedding. That’s because the couple visits the grandparents quite frequently, sharing meals and shopping together. Joyce even raised Maggie and her older sister, creating an even tighter bond. Joyce’s husband Ronald Benedict, Sr., Maggie’s grandfather, also walked the bride down the aisle. It meant the world to the newlyweds to have their grandparents as involved in their wedding as they were.

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        In fact, because Maggie’s father died of colon cancer in 2013, the couple wanted to have as many loved ones as they could participating with them on their wedding day. To memorialize her father on her special day, Maggie carried a locket in her bouquet that contained a picture of her father, so it was almost as he if was present, helping walk her down the aisle, too.

        The newlyweds were thrilled to see their grandparents have as much fun as they did at the wedding reception, dancing together and laughing. It was a wonderful wedding and reception for both generations.

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          The Benedicts and Fitzgerald have been shocked at the attention they’ve received in their role with the wedding. They giggle and smile about it still today.

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          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

          Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

          But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

          Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

          1. Spend Time with Positive People

          If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

          Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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          2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

          When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

          Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

          3. Contribute to the Community

          One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

          Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

          4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

          Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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          5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

          You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

          If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

          There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

          6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

          It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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          Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

          7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

          Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

          For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

          Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

          8. Offer Compliments to Others

          Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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          9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

          If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

          Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

          10. Practice Self-Care

          Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

          Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

          Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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