Jenna Bush Hager Shared Her Dad's Reaction to George H.W. Bush Skydiving on His 80th Birthday

Nicol Natale
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From Prevention

  • Jenna Bush Hager just shared the life advice she received from George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush in a new Instagram video.

  • In the video, the Today with Hoda and Jenna host detailed special memories from her childhood at her grandparents' lake house in Maine.

  • Jenna's book dedicated to her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time, is out now.

Jenna Bush Hager's new book Everything Beautiful in Its Time is now available for purchase, and the Today with Hoda and Jenna star is giving fans a glimpse into its contents on her Instagram.

Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a compilation of all of the life advice and wisdom she received from her grandparents, which include George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Jenna Welch, and Harold Welch, and Jenna shared some special memories with fans following the book's release.

On Thursday, Jenna posted a video of her narrating some stories surrounding her family trips to Maine with George H.W. and Barbara Bush. The video also included rare photos of Jenna and her loved ones.

"At my paternal grandparents house in Maine, my grandmother posted a page of typed rules. With 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren running around, My Ganny, first lady Barbara Bush, wanted to make clear of what she expected from us," Jenna said in the video. "These rules were simple, practical guidelines for keeping the house running smoothly. But they also taught us respect."

"My grandfather, President George H.W. Bush, whom I called Gampy, had a list of guidelines for us too. They were words of advice for living a life of passion and meaning," Jenna said, while photos of George skydiving out of a plane at age 80 appeared on the screen. "Their humility and kindness, as familiar as the loop and the cursive of his handwriting."

While watching her grandfather skydive, Jenna asked her dad George W. Bush, "Could you love a man any more?" The the 43rd president of the United States replied, "No. He is an awesome man."

Some of George's key pieces of advice to his grandchildren were: Don't get down when your life takes a bad turn, don't blame others for your setbacks, and always give credit to others when things are going well.

Jenna also shared some loving memories of her maternal grandparents. "My maternal grandparents didn't have airports or schools named after them. Jenna and Harold Welch, whom I called Grammee and Pa, worked as a housewife and a home builder," the Today host said. "They never posted rules on doors, and yet I watched them live by their own codes and I learned from them.

Some of the lessons Jenna learned from them were not to be intimidated by people who have more wealth or a better education, and that kindness was better than any fortune. Another lesson was to be proud of working hard to take care of your family, regardless of what you do in life.

Jenna also opened up about losing three of her grandparents—George, Barbara, and Jenna—within the past 13 months.

"I know how fortunate I was to have had them for so long. And yet the knowledge that they've had long, happy lives did not make the goodbyes any less sad," she shared. Jenna said this past year has been the most profound in her life, filled with "glorious love" and "terrible loss," as photos of her children Mila, Poppy, and Hal appeared in the video.

"In the midst of grief, life has continued," Jenna said, reflecting on special moments like the birth of Hal last August. "I only wish his grandparents had lived to meet him," she said of her one year old.

Jenna said that, as long as she's alive, she will continue to share her grandparents' legacies. "I'll tell their stories to my children so that their spirits live in our family. And they will be by my side as I walk through life," she said. "I hear their voices in the letters that they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always."

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