Jenna Bush Hager shared a heartwarming tribute for her late grandmother’s birthday on Instagram.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush would have been 95 on June 8.
Jenna wrote a book, Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss, dedicated to her grandparents and their legacy.
On Monday, Jenna Bush Hager honored her late grandmother Barbara Bush, who would have turned 95, for her birthday on June 8. The Today with Hoda & Jenna co-host shared a family Instagram photo of Barbara alongside her daughters Poppy and Mila with a sweet caption.
“Happy 95th birthday to our Ganny. I love the way Mila is looking at you in this picture: full of awe and admiration. That’s how we all saw you, Gans. Miss you more than tongue can tell,” she wrote.
The last line is actually a sweet phrase Barbara used with Jenna’s late grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, according to Today. The couple would say that they loved each other “more than tongue can tell” every day.
A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Jun 8, 2020 at 6:14am PDT
When Barbara passed away on April 17, 2018, Jenna shared an emotional Instagram post expressing how much her grandmother meant to her, calling her the “glue” that held their family together.
“I already miss this FORCE of a woman,” she wrote in the caption. “She taught me to use my voice but also to value the opinions of others. She adored her friends and family; her loyalty was unwavering. Gans, people stopped me all the time to tell me how much they loved you. I didn’t mind sharing you with them.”
I already miss this FORCE of a woman— the “enforcer” because she was the glue that held our family together. She taught me to use my voice but also to value the opinions of others. She adored her friends and family; her loyalty was unwavering. Humor helps, she often said and it does, Gans, but I will miss your laugh terribly. She adored my Gampy, the first man she ever kissed; their love story is so engrained in the history of our family. Thinking of my Gampy tonight —no doubt missing his beloved desperately. Gans, people stopped me all the time to tell me how much they loved you. I didn’t mind sharing you with them. I love you more than tongue can tell, my Ganny.
A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT
To keep the spirit of her grandparents alive, Jenna wrote Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss to honor their legacy. “I wrote a book in the year I lost three of my grandparents, and it’s really just a love letter to them,” she told Good Housekeeping. “It’s because I love them so much ... anybody who has lost somebody they love hopefully will enjoy it.”
In the book’s description, Jenna writes that her grandparents “will not be forgotten” during her life and that her memories, along with the letters she’s cherished from them, “offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always.”
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