Grandparents: A Gift from God!

Grandaddy and John David 

Proverbs 16:31

A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

 

  Today I have been grocery shopping alone.  Daniel played trains without me.  John David was bounced on the knee of someone else.  I walked only two children to school, without having to drag the ‘littles’ out in the cold.  There are even neat little piles of folded laundry all over my bed.
  Do you know what that means?  Nana and Granddaddy are here!!!!
  This may be the most exciting thing that happens to me for a long time!  We are so lucky to have such wonderful sets of grandparents.
  My parents were the world to Caleb from age 1 to age 2 1/2 because back then we lived in the same town, and we spent a LOT of time with my parents.  Oh, we would have had it made, if only Alan had not been deployed at the time!
  Right now Mom is at the school, picking up the big boys, and Dad is downstairs, waiting.  When they get home he’s taking my car to get serviced, as well as taking Joshua and Caleb to get Joshua’s birthday present.  Should be an exciting evening around here!
  I’m so glad they have come.  You know I was in need of an almost vacation!
  Last night we went to our parenting class without having to take Dan and Caleb to the church nursery, and I saw Jackie there.
  Jackie is my reminder that I can do this.  Jackie has five-WEEK-old twins, plus a 3 and 5 year old at home.  Can you imagine!???  And yet she always looks peaceful!  She might look a little tired, but never sad.
  This encourages me.  If she can do that and still be happy, surely I can do this.  (And thank you, sooooo much, dear Heavenly Father, for not giving me twins!)
We’ve been having a fun time around here!

 Caleb loves playing with Dominoes.  I HIGHLY recommend this educational activity.  He builds things with them, and he is constantly calling to me, “Hey, Mom, 8 +5 is 13!  Hey, Mom, 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 equals 12!!” because he enjoys adding the dots.

Joshua was born to read.

Daddy made quick work of the dead tree.

 Good ol’ fashioned fun!

The kids had to dig through their toy boxes and created make-shift costumes for the school’s fall festival….  Joshua was Green Lantern and Caleb called himself  “a little ax man”.  He’s really been into the lumberjack thing since Alan cut down the tree.

 

 

JD cam.  He kicked himself sideways and then went back to sleep.

 

 …..and then he woke up

 Intruder alert!  ; )

 The crib is covered in teeth marks.  Baby Dan was the beast of teeth-ers in his day.

A visit from the grands always means getting to play the games they have on Granddaddy’s iPad.

 

 Nana, sweetly helping in the kitchen

 

Such beauty!


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WE LOVE OUR GRANDS!!

 

 Nonna, Caleb, and Joshua

Granddaddy and Caleb

 

  simpler times!

 

 

 Nana and Caleb

Caleb and his great-great granny!  She is now 100!

Thanksgiving 2011

 

 

 Dan and his great-grandmother

Nonna and DaddyO

 my mom’s parents
I just adored my grandma when I was a child, but I never met my grandfather because he died young.

Amber, Grandpa, Grandma, and me
This was my step-grandfather, but he was a really fun Grandpa.

 

 my dad’s dad
My brother looks so much like him!  He had the turned up nose that I think some of our boys have.

Great-Granddaddy and Great Granny on their 50th Anniversary
I think Granny was about 76 in this picture.

 

 my two grannies, on the day of my graduation
Granny on the right was my dad’s step-mother, but she was the only grandmother I ever knew on that side because his mother also died young.

Granddaddy and Caleb

 

the growing family, last Christmas

 

 Daniel with his great-grandparents

Caleb was our last baby to meet DaddyO’s (Alan’s dad) mother.
Grandparents are such a great compliment to the “village” and the family.  We’d be a wreck without them!!!
  
 

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9 comments

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Alan! He is a model handyman by wearing safety glasses while cutting down the tree. (My grandfather was blinded in one eye while cutting firewood).

    A great photo essay post. ~Daddy-O

  • Love it! I am so glad you get to enjoy this time!

    Last year, I had one day a week off. It was fantastic – my family would come over & the kids would get to see their aunt, grandma & great-grandma, my house would be cleaned and my 91 year old grandma (Boo-Boo to my kids) would fold all my laundry!!!

    I think my favorite picture was of the 'intruder'! Classic!

  • So, your kids get their adorable cheeks from their grandpa!! Maybe I'll pinch his when I meet him 🙂

    Hang in there, you're doing great April!

  • Thanks, Daddy O, and yes that Alan is a smart one. You did well.

  • That always makes me feel better when I hear of other moms taking a day off! Goodness knows I have to!

  • Ha! !! I can't wait to show my dad the cheek comment, Christine! His friends have always said Caleb looks like him.

  • Anonymous

    Caleb does look like Uncle Terry, I've always said that! lol Great pics! Tell everyone hi for me! Love Amber

  • Anonymous

    Great post, April. LOVE the picture of the boys pushing down the tree, and the one of JD in the rocker seat – SO angelic. Caleb dressing up as the Axe Man is so sweet and the picture of the grandmother (your mom's mom)…wow! She was a beauty! Your mom looks just like her. Glad help has arrived! Enjoy 🙂 Amy

  • Thank you, Amy, I know my mom will really enjoy hearing that.