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In my 19 years, I have met many wonderful people. There is one person who has had the ability to make a special impact on my life that will last a lifetime. She has had a profound influence in my life and helped make me a stronger person. She has shown me how to give unconditionally. This lady is my grandmother, Vickie Bambenek.

She has been there when I needed an ear to listen, a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on and a hug to make everything better. She taught me all the basic principles and the elements necessary for a successful life. She taught me the importance of being thankful for what I have. She is a strong, loving and caring person who had many things to give to others and would help anyone in need.

My grandma, 68, started sewing when she was in elementary school and has been sewing for 50-plus years. She sews anything from burping clothes, to receiving blankets, throw blankets and different quilts. Thanks to new technology, a standard bed-size quilt can take her a few days while smaller quilts take a day.

“I remember the times your grandma and I quilted,” my mom, Tammy, said. “When we sewed the front and back together, it was all done by hand. Now, she has a sewing machine that does the stitching.”

These quilts are made with love and are given mostly to family and friends. Recently, she decided to make quilts and give them to the local women’s shelter in Minot.

My grandma is a loving and supportive person, and we have a great relationship. Every summer during my younger years, I would spend a week at her house. This was one of many of my favorite times with her. We would go shopping, go out to eat and sew together. I remember when I would first get to my grandma’s house and ask if we could get ice cream and she would say: “I just bought a new pail of ice cream for you and me to finish this week.”

Somehow when we are together we are always smiling, laughing, and I will cherish these moments forever.

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