Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!

Today is my daughter’s birthday. Happy Birthday Baby! It seems like it was only a few years a go when I was holding her in my arms and welcoming her to this crazy mixed-up world of ours.

Oh, how quickly the time has gone by…but the memories, they really are very precious.

(I realize this would have been better if I had pictures from her childhood mixed in here, but I’m thousands of miles from home today, so the memories will have to do.)

I remember the days when we would cuddle and read books for hours.reading books
Now…it’s her turn to snuggle with her little guy, and share her love for reading.

I remember when I would squeeze her tight, and absolutely delight in the feel of that little body in my arms.

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Today…she’s experiencing this joy and wonder of holding her precious child, and the feeling of pure delight that comes with it!

I remember those moments when something as simple as a balloon would bring joy to her heart…and mine.

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And now it’s her turn to experience the little things in life and just how amazingly special those little things and moments can be!

And I remember those times when she would run into my arms, squeeze my neck, and want nothing more than just to be held in my arms.

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This moment…I know is one that she thoroughly enjoys. I’m so thankful that she is getting to experience this joy and wonder of being a mom.

I am so proud of her and the beautiful young lady she has become!  Her gentle spirit, kind heart, and loving soul, touches my heart in ways that are quite difficult to express.

She is a wonderful person, a loyal friend, a fantastic little momma, and a loving daughter.

I am so very thankful God blessed my life by giving her to me on this day….30 years a go!

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Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Said

3 gifts Said:

1. I am so very thankful for the day he said…I love you…will you marry me? I can’t imagine my life without him!

2. Oh, and then there was that special day when they said…you’re going to be a mom! Yep…that was a good day too!

3. And…I’ll never forget the day my kids said…you’re going to be a grandma! I am thankful every day for these 3 wonderful blessings in my life.

Think Happy Thoughts

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

One is better than none

One of life’s valuable lessons seen through the eyes of a five-year old.

Sometimes, one thing is better than nothing at all.

I have the joy of taking care of my grand kids every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.  In an effort to keep them busy, and not totally bored, I’ve been taking them to the park for a few hours each time. My backyard is more of a garden than a playground, so it just makes for a happier grandma to take them to the park.

So the other day when we were getting ready to go, the request was made to go to the “Pirate Park”.  The “Pirate Park”? Where is that? Well, a quick text to Dad, and the mystery was solved! Thank goodness for text messaging.  It made this Grandma seem pretty smart!

So, off we went to discover a new and exciting park!

I got the drinks ready, but I forgot the snacks this time. Trust me, that won’t happen again! Last minute trips to the bathroom, shoes on, and we’re ready to go!

Everybody on the bus! (The nickname the kids have given to Grandpa’s car.)

Excitedly driving to our destination, with great anticipation of getting to play at the “Pirate Park”.  We drive up to the park, and the gate is closed.

It’s locked.  Closed for repairs.  Really? But this is the park we wanted to go to! Today!

A temporary moment of great disappointment is quickly adverted when my granddaughter says: “That’s o.k. Grandma, we can still go to another park, because one park is better than no park, even if it’s not the one that we wanted to go to“.

A valuable life lesson she is learning from her parents.

Even though we don’t get everything that we want, well..somethimes, one really is better than nothing at all.

Weekly photo challenge: a day in my life

A day in my life is usually very quiet.

But on Saturday, I had the joy of spending it with my husband, my grandson, my daughter and son-in-law.

Because we don’t live close to them, I treasure the moments that we spend together.  The little guy is simply amazing!  Full of laughs, and hugs and eager to explore the world around him!  His mom and dad are pretty cool too!  And of course, his Grandpa is just the best!

So, come join me on this day! It starts off bright and early with one happy little guy! 🙂

I’m so thankful for each of these people in my life, and that we were able to share this beautiful day together!

Thank you for spending my day with me!

Don’t shut your eyes tight

We were sitting at the kitchen table playing with the play doh. She was making ” spaghetti and meatballs” and he was making “solid shapes”.

I grabbed a chunk of the play doh and started mashing and squeezing it through my hands. Transported back in time at the smell of the fresh new play doh.

Then I just listened.  I listened to the happy chatter of our 4 yr old granddaughter and 6 yr old grandson, as they talked about their lives!

And as I listen, I find out that the life of a 4-year-old in preschool includes taking a nap, and she is not real fond of this requirement.  It is in fact, a very traumatic event in this little girl’s life.

So apparently her big brother has come to her rescue, and has been giving her some advice on the matter.

“Did you do what I told you to do?” he asks?   “When it’s time to take a nap, you just lay down, but you don’t shut your eyes tight, just squeeze them almost all the way closed, and it will look like you’re asleep, but you can still see everything that is going on!”

Sounds like good solid “big brother” advice to me!  I ask him if that is what he did when he was in preschool.

“Yes! One time when my dad came to pick me up, he thought I was sleeping, but I could see everything”.

“Do you think your dad ever found out that you weren’t  really asleep?”   He assured me that his dad never found out.

Ahh…the “innocence” of youth!  Or is it?