A Beautiful Life…

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On August 18th, the world lost a little bit of sunshine when my grandmother known as “Ma” passed away in her home surrounded by people she loved. She was 93 years old and lived a beautiful life. One of her greatest joys in life was her family – she raised six children and always said that her most important and cherished role was being a mother.

As I type this, tears are flowing down my cheeks. I miss her so much already. She was a very special person in my life and played such a huge role in who I am today.

She taught me to live life to the fullest, to laugh often, to dance whenever and wherever possible and to never take any days for granted. I also learned so much from her about being comfortable and confident in my own skin… and letting my authentic self shine.

Anyone who can get a TSA Agent to smile, while getting mad at him for trying to confiscate her full bottle of water that she tried to take through security, has to be pretty special… 🙂

I know many of you have felt a connection to Ma from her presence here on Hip2Save. She absolutely loved being a part of Hip2Save and raved about the Hip2Save community – so thank you for bringing her so much joy throughout the years with your kind and uplifting comments, emails and messages.

Although I am feeling so much loss today, I can’t also help but smile a bit as I picture my grandmother and grandfather together again… smiling down on myself and my family.

I am writing this post on August 20th, my birthday. Today, I not only celebrate my own birth, but I celebrate the amazing life my grandmother led. I celebrate how blessed I am to have gotten to spend so much of my 34 years here on earth with such an amazing person. I celebrate all of the laughs, all of the love, and all of the incredible memories that I’ve had because of having Ma in my life.

Today, I celebrate life and I know she’s right there celebrating it with me.

I love you, Ma. I know you’ll always be by my side.

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  1. Helana

    So deeply sorry. We’ll miss her in pictures!

  2. khlod

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Ludmila

    So sorry for your loss… 🙁

  4. Stacy Cockerham

    Your Grandmother will be missed by many. So many of your followers, including me, loved seeing that spunky little lady brightening up hip2save photos & videos. I can understand how she taught you to be comfortable in your own skin & to be yourself. She certainly showed that through example. I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

  5. Amy

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Just from the photos of you two, it was always so obvious how close you were and she just seems like one of the coolest grandmothers ever.

  6. Carol

    I am so sorry Colin! Your Ma was so cute in your videos! I remember the one where you were driving back from shopping, and Ma was trying out the lip gloss you had bought and she was making kissy faces at the camera! She was a hoot! Memories of Ma Forever!😇

  7. Tracie

    Hi Colin, I am so sorry for your loss. Ma made me laugh so many times and she was amazing. Thank You for sharing her with all of us. I will miss seeing the to of you together. Please take care and thanks for all you do!

  8. Peg

    So sorry for your loss, savor all the great memories

  9. Allison

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed seeing Ma in your posts and videos. It was evident what a important part of your life she was, and vice versa. You and your family are very lucky to have loved and been loved by this lovely woman.

  10. Robin

    I have been on a coupon break and just checked your site, and I am truely sorry to hear about “Ma”. This literally brought tears to my eye. May God wrap his arms around you and your family at this time. She will be so dearly missed by not only you and your family but by your followers on this site. I absolutely loved watching your videos with you and your Ma!

  11. radrenee

    Colin you are so blessed to have so many wonderful memories with your ma, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers…

  12. VictoriaF

    I just saw this post… I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Collin. Ma was such a great person and will be missed dearly.

  13. arielm

    Wow i just saw this, i am so sorry for your loss. Those photos are great by the way, you are very lucky to have so may with her

  14. Tina

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing the videos and posts with you two together. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful grandmother in your life.

  15. Van

    so sorry for your loss.

  16. andrea

    Im so sorry for your loss, she was such a fun lady and a joy to watch. She will be deeply missed.

  17. Juanita García

    Just saw this and I feel so sad that the world lost such a bright light! So glad that you got to spend so much time with her and shared her with the rest of us. What a beautiful woman!

  18. Priscilla

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

  19. Sarette

    So sorry for your loss,she seemed like so much fun from your pics and videos.i’m sure you will miss her so much! Prayers to you!

  20. Wendy Rafferty

    Collin, so sorry for your loss. Ma will be missed by all of us who loved her beautiful smiling ways.

  21. Shayla

    Lovely memories to cherish a lifetime. Prayers for you and family~

  22. adriana

    I am so sorry for your loss….my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  23. Joe

    I feel so terrible for you and your family, Collin. Ma was such a great person to have on hip2save. Ma was such a great person and i am so sorry for your loss

  24. LisaS.

    So sorry for your loss Collin! your Grandma was such a special person:) prayers to you and your family.

  25. Heather N

    I’m so sorry for your families loss. She touched the lives of so many people. You will all be in my thoughts. <3

  26. Rita Petko

    A doctor once told me tears were a good thing…….you both made a great couple

  27. Mari

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Ma with us.

  28. april

    So sorry about ur loss. I enjoyed the fun pics with her in them.

  29. Nancy Hernandez

    Sorry for your lost

  30. Bev

    Oh, Collin, I am so very sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I know from all your posts that included her, she truly was a special person to you. Cherish all those wonderful memories of her. Memories are forever!

  31. Rebecca

    I know it must be hard to have lost your grandmother so close to your birthday but I hope that you were able to enjoy it knowing that she is in a better place. And I’m sure she wouldn’t want you to be sad. I’m sorry for your and your family’s loss.


  32. Ann C

    Sending hugs your way, sorry to hear of your recent loss.

  33. Azal

    So sorry for your loss… Ma will be missed a lot…

  34. Mari

    My condolences to you and your family. And thank you for having shared your grandmother with us. You have many beautiful memories to treasure. Keep her in your heart always.

  35. Lenore

    Dear Colin and Family,

    What a wonderful life she led and with such joy, thank you for sharing all the wonderful times she was with you. You both made happy memories for all of us I remember how much I enjoyed those videos and pics your love for her is an example of how we should all find joy in our elders. Thank you for allowing us in to your life and for letting us all get to laugh and smile along with you and “Ma”. She was so darn cute and stylish. Heartfelt sympathy to you and yours on your loss.


  36. Kelly

    Collin, I am so sorry for your loss. Through the pictures and videos that you’ve posted through the years, it has been easy to see how amazing Ma was and how close the two of you were. *hugs*

  37. Bessie

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your pictures show her beauty and love of life. I am praying for you and your family.

  38. Amy

    I am so sorry to hear of your beautiful grandmother’s passing, but from what ice seen, she lived a long and happy life filled with the people who meant the most. I have enjoyed seeing her on Hip2Save and I would live to be that cheery and also loved as your “Ma”.

  39. kelly

    I’ll miss Ma too. I can’t help but cry as I read your post. I’m sorry Collin. We love you.

  40. Nina

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  41. Sheryl

    So sorry for the loss of your Grandma. She will live forever in your heart. Keep your memories alive and she will always be with you. May God bless you all.

  42. Sophoeun

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish those memories of her and she will never be forgotten.

  43. Rikki

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You can certainly see that her beautiful spirit lives on in you. Prayers for your and your family during this very difficult time.

  44. Rocio

    Descanse en paz

  45. samantha g.

    Collin! I am soooooooooooo sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother! Ma seemed like the most wonderful lady from watching your fun and entertaining videos! I always looked forward to seeing you two together and those videos brightened up my days! I can only imagine how much she brightened up your entire life! Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time! We love you Collin!

  46. Heather C.

    Omg, Collin… I’m so very sorry to hear about this. My heart breaks for you and your family. :'(

    Hoping you keep finding the strength you need to get through this difficult time.


  47. MichelleH

    I am so very sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute. I will miss your grandmother’s beautiful smile. She was so obviously full of joy, her face in a post always made me smile. You were blessed to have Ma in your life. Thank you for sharing her with us!

  48. Lori

    Tragedies are something we all face but do not expect even when we know it’s coming one day. My birhtday was Aug 13th. While on our way to eat lunch for my bithday I get a call that MY HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN!!! I was in shock!! But God is in control and their is a reason and purpose for everything. Let’s pray for one another. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Hip 2 Save!!!! I lost everything and need it now more than ever. Thank u for all u do.

  49. Cheryl G

    Collin, I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I so enjoyed all your posts with her in it. She was always up for a good time no matter what you were doing and so full of joy! The wonderful memories will be with you always! Thanks for sharing her with us! God’s peace to you and your loved ones!

  50. Laura

    So sorry for your loss 🙁

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