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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Now & Then

I am sure, that by now, most of you are tired of hearing about and seeing pictures of my children and grand children. That’s okay. I’ll understand if I don’t see you around here until I have finished recording the interruptions that filled up my summer. Since this is my place to record such interruptions and my heart is so overflowing with the indulgences that filled me up this past month, I must share. I must.

At the end of July, for 3 glorious days, I had 4 of the 5 grandchildren, here with me, at one time. This doesn’t happen very often. You already know that we are raising 2 of them and over the past 3 years of doing this, have become "daddy and mommy" to them....BUT at special times like this, they get to join the grandchild brigade.


Watching the 4 of them together is priceless to me. It is moments like this, that make my grandmother heart burst with such pride and joy. They are like my crown of glory. I will never forget those first moments in which I was born into this special club called "grand parenting". I have been blessed with the joy of being present at the births of 3 of them. I was privileged to be asked to be present for such a moment as giving birth but to also hold each of them when they were minutes old. I cried tears of joy at each of their births. All 3 are “awe” moments in my memory bank…they are part of my list of life’s greatest moments.

I will never forget the day, some years ago, that my eldest granddaughter, who is now 10 years old, crowned me "Queen Grandma". What an honor to have this title. What an honor to have such miracles of love in my life. What an honor it has been to watch my daughters become moms and to blossom in this role as their children grow...to watch them grow up with their children, much like I did, with them.

We spent one whole day with my parents. I know this means the world to my parents to have this time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am thankful that they can know their grandparents and that we have these pictures of our time together.

For 3 days, we had a blast just being together. Three whole days, packed full of playing together, love, giggles, hugs, kisses and fun.
For 3 days, these precious people rocked my world and filled it up with their noise. They are fabulously fun. These moments of being all together are rare and far between so we have to fill up our time with as much as possible. And we sure did. I indulged in their love, much like it were candy but only better. Much better.

Oh the wondrous adventures of grand parenting…Oh the memories that fill me up…especially as I look through pictures that have helped me record this journey.

This was then…

This is now...


We have had the time of our life. Now and then...


My precious grands…
This has been a most amazing grand adventure…watching each of you grow. So many wonderful memories we have of our times together…so many priceless moments that we have shared. My heart bursts with such happiness because of each of you. You truly do make my life grand. You rock my world. You make my heart smile and my soul leap with joy. I love you more today, then I did yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow…

I love you to the moon and back…XXXXOOOO...hugs and kisses for your pockets, to pull out for later...XXXOOO Grandma L

14 comments:

Fragrant Liar said...

GORGEOUS family! I know what you mean about sharing all the nana/grandma stuff. Can't help it. Family is just the ultimate!

Beautiful pictures, and I'm glad your summer has been filled up with kid love.

bernthis said...

you are a true saint. I am sure I have said this before but your love for your grandkids and the way you stepped in to raise two of them from the beginning, I'm just so moved. You're really incredible

SciFi Dad said...

Queen Grandma.

Quite apropos.

The Incredible Woody said...

Queen Grandma - I love it! I am SO glad that you all had this special time together.

And no, we don't get tired of anything that brings you so much joy!

queenofphrump said...

You always make me cry. Good cry this time. Have a great week!

LPC said...

So much love. How amazing.

Brittany said...

:) such wonderful memories :) You are MY favorite memory!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Such beautiful photos and post *smiling*

Jacquelyn said...

I know exactly the feeling of not being able to help yourself when it comes to the grandkids. There are times I think my heart will just burst with the joy of having them. All those obnoxious grandmothers bragging about their grandchildren, and now I've become one myself! You are a very special grandma; it is plain for all to see. And you must have one very special hubby too...you are a blessed lady indeed!

Busy Bee Suz said...

How could we tire of seeing your smiling faces!!! I am so happy you had some great family time this summer...YOU deserve it.
Hugs, Suz

nothingfancy1 said...

OMG! The kids are SO CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful family!

Bina said...

You are so lucky to have so much love in your life and your heart. Those are some beautiful looking kids, too!

Joanna Jenkins said...

As soon as your header photo loads I'm smiling :-)
More please!
xo

Debbie said...

Nope. Not tired of seeing or hearing about them. I actually enjoy hearing about how much you love them!