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Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Special Delivery…

First of all, thank you for all the support and wisdom you shared with me this past week. Your words were very much appreciated and not taken lightly.

Enough of the seriousness for awhile…a special delivery came to my house and I must share it with you!

This sweet adorable young lady just arrived from Florida!!!! I get to have her here with me for a month! Of course I have to share her with the other side of the family but nonetheless after a whole year of not seeing her, she is here!


Her parents can’t come, which makes me sad but she could!

She is eleven years old and my eldest grandchild. How did I get old enough to have a grandchild this old already?

She has been a source of joy and love from the beginning of her existence.

I am so happy to have this time with her.

The little’s adore her. She is such a big help with them.

The little’s have been on vacation at their aunt and uncles this past week(the lucky ducks)but I know that when they see her tomorrow they will scream with delight.

The little’s have been away doing things like…

…fishing, canoeing and playing in the ice cold water even though the weather hasn’t been very warm…

Nevaehs fish

Yes, she caught this fish! I hear she put on her own worms and even touched the fish! I’ve told you, she isn’t scared of much of anything.


Nevaeh swimming

kids at J & J

Nevaeh canoeing at J & J's

jordan canoeing at j & J's






kids at judies







These are 2 of my favorites…

jordan and sprinkler

nevaeh in sprinkler


 We didn’t have daycare this past week, so my sister and brother in law were brave enough to take them on. They are the ones that live where I call a little piece of heaven.

The little’s are so loved and lucky!

Even though I have missed them, I know they have been in good hands. I have welcomed this break to sleep past 6 and not having to leave sad children behind to go to work.

I have enjoyed the few moments of peace and quiet.

We have seen them almost every evening through the wonderful world of Skype, to hear about their day and give them kisses goodnight. If you have loved ones that live at a distance, this is so worth having and did I tell you it’s free?

While they have been away, I got a chance to enjoy being a grandma to these 2 without them having to share me with the little’s. That rarely happens.aidyn and Rayna at beach


Have I told you how much I love being their grandma?

And next week…my “baby”, who turned 21 recently, will be flying home for a month. He recently finished his 2 year college program and will be starting a police academy this fall. So he’s taking a break from the hot Florida sun and coming home.

I love the sound of that!

I can hardly wait to hug this guy.


My other kids cannot come home which makes me sad but I am focusing on the one’s that are here and enjoying every second I have with them.

I am blessed. I know this but sometimes I forget.

Are you blessed? How? I would love to hear about your blessings.

Hope you are having a good weekend!

To all you father’s and those that stand in as father’s to the children in your life, Happy Fathers Day.

Until next time, love and hugs, Lori


Natalie said...

The photos are great!I loved the water ones.

I can see why you would be so proud of your beautiful family. :)

Brian Miller said...

smiles. looks like you are surrounded with love and fun...that is good. love the shots of drinking out of the hope you have a wonderful weekend...choose to live...

TechnoBabe said...

Kids take turns with different relatives in the summer and everyone has a chance to catch up. Your oldest granddaughter is lovely. Enjoy your time with her.

Jeannie said...

You are sounding much happier! Perhaps the break was needed. Your grandkids are adorable.

Busy Bee Suz said...

How wonderful for you Lori. A whole month???? She and you will have so much fun together.
Love that your family helped you out with the little ones this deserve a break woman!!!!

Hugs, Suz

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lori! This makes me so happy for you! Enjoy your time with your grands and youngest.

I, too, can see why you're so very proud of your lovely, wonderful family. And I'm so glad you're back with us!

Jan from the Sushi Bar

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You have a beautiful family and they look like a lot of fun. Enjoy your month Lori!

Buckeroomama said...

I am so happy to read this.

Your granddaughter is lovely. Have a wonderful time with her and with your son when he goes home.

Buckeroomama said...

I wanted to say that I LOVED the pictures of the littles with their faces in the water --so cute and so much fun!

Debbie said...

What an uplifting time for you Lori...enjoy every minute! I also wanted to say that I think you were very brave to "put your feelings out there" recently. Don't beat yourself up for could not have been easy. Now that you have heard from all of us "arm chair psychologists" you can make up your own mind!! I don't have any grandkids but I wish I did....maybe some day. I suspect they are like our beloved animals...they warm our hearts and make us laugh from the soul. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the pics! Looks like you were having a great time with those kiddies... they are too cute! It's joyful to read your excitement :)

Michelle said...

I haven't been to your blog in ages and was amazed to see how big your grandchildren have got... and all of them so gorgeous. :-) What wonderful photos of bright happy healthy faces. Love them! :-D