"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Showing posts with label granddaughter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label granddaughter. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Love-Ums

Joy comes in many styles and places.  And, what better place to bring joy to a Daddy than visiting him at work.   Little Lady reminds me so much of her Mommy (my Granddaughter) because she seems to have a huge reservoir of smiles.   Her Mommy was always smiling even when life wasn't treating her kindly as a little girl without an involved mother!    It looks like Little Man is getting ready with his tablet to help Daddy with some of his work.  Daddy has a new job so he can use all the help he can get.


When moving to a new town as the family recently did, it is important to find the library early on.  As Mommy wrote with the next photo , "You're never too old , too wacky , too wild , to pick up a book and read to a child .  -  Dr. Seuss"    Oh , how wonderful it would be if I was close enough to read to my Love-Ums !


I pray that their childhood continues to encompass multitudes of happiness.  Healthy parenting has always taken a lot of love and certainly a lot of hard work.   The family of my Love-Ums will be moving into a newly build house in November, just in time for Christmas!   They are currently renting for a few months.

I continue to work with a Psychologist with a focus of  reuniting my little family before I die.  It is a very slow process but there certainly has been some progress. It is extremely difficult when we are possibly working with an adult with traumatic brain injury since infancy.   I am looking forward to the day when a diagnostic MRI can be accomplished and hopefully a treatment plan.  The biggest word right now is Acceptance and that can be a huge attainment.  One moment at a Time.

Even with all the worldly complexities I wish you a fulfilling and joyful week.

Mary

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Dream Came True

This past Tuesday my Granddaughter phoned to say that their Thanksgiving plans to go out of town were canceled due to illness of the host. Then she asked if she could come and pick me up on Wednesday and spend Thanksgiving with them and then she would drive me back home on Friday. I do not know if I can put it in words how thrilled and grateful I felt. I was so excited!


In the process of getting a few things together to take I decided to prepare some Chicken Honey Lime Enchiladas that we could have for dinner Wednesday evening. I had grocery shopped the day before.

I did not get a photo of the finished dish but it looked very nice with the browned melted cheese on top. I also baked some 7 Layer Bars that seem to be popular on the blogs lately. Yummy!

I did not take many photos but after our great Thanksgiving dinner I had to take a photo of this sweetie helping mommy to load the dishwasher. This was the first time I was able to meet this little gal. She and her brother are so much fun and sweetness. They were always busy, busy and busy. There wasn't a quiet moment unless they were sleeping!

Mommy and Daddy are constantly teaching such things as please and thank you which I think is so important but it sure takes a lot of effort. And the little ones have a zillion questions. They truly have great parents. Thankfully. 

The Great Grands are the same age difference as my boy and girl were. But they sure seem to be more advanced because of all the technology. It is certainly a different time ! ! !


And Friday she brought me home, two hours-plus drive each way. So much driving but she was so happy to do it. Little Carter kept us company riding in the back seat on all four trips. He was such a good boy. And, I had such a wonderful time. And, I felt very loved!

Upon getting home I was greeted by my Holiday Cactus putting on a beautiful show of lots of different color.


I hope all of you had a Great Thanksgiving. We have had a rainy weekend which is lovely.

Mary

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Operation Christmas Child

My Granddaughter is the most wonderful mama. Just a little Grandma bragging - she is only 24 years old and has her BS degree and two precious little ones.

She took the children (my Great Grandchildren) to the workshop in their area to pack Operation Christmas Shoeboxes. And, they had a great time!


The comment she wrote  was - One of the greatest things we can do for our children is to teach them to be selfless. 
This fine boy is certainly growing up fast. He just finished his first season of playing soccer!

For more 40 years Samaritan’s Purse, an international nondenominational organization, has embraced the story of the Good Samaritan and reached out to children in need around the globe with its Operation Christmas Child program.

Often referred to as Operation Christmas Shoebox, the program sends the holiday boxes filled with stuffed toys, school supplies, crafts and toiletries, to children of need around the world.


Once packed, boxes are collected nationwide and shipped to more 100 countries and 12 million children, where they are distributed by local pastors. Some pastors use the opportunity to reach out to orphanages and other areas where children are at risk
OperationChristmasChild Website Maybe next year if not this year.

Are you Holiday shopping?

Take care.

Mary

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Little Catch Up

I am so happy for my Granddaughter and her little family. And, look at those precious little Great Grands of mine. They all look so festive in their 4th of July party clothes. I am so thankful that they are a happy little family.  He has a very good job and this past year they moved to a new house/home closer to his work and she finished her schooling with mostly A's (during which time they had two children) for her Bachelor of Arts Degree which she received this past month. At age 24 she is able to be a stay at home mom during these wonderful "growing up years" of the children. She is starting to relax and not feel so guilty about not working.

There will be a wedding in the near future which they are very excited about. They chose to wait for her schooling to be complete for her Bachelor's Degree because her tuition was paid if she was single. Today's world has so many odd twists and decisions!  

Brother - Sister Love!  So Sweet!  These little ones are so blessed to have loving and guiding parents.

I have been so busy doing a lot of outdoor work and pushing myself to the limit each day. But it's great to see things looking so much better. Even with the pain at the end of each day. Also, getting caught up on maintenance projects like cleaning the coils under the refrigerator, replacing the kitchen water filter and cleaning out a very messy, dirty and full Garden Shed. I am thinking about painting it a pretty color! ! ! This photo is from a few years ago but it now looks pretty much the same. Can you see through the lower left window and see the birdhouse sitting on the shelf?
And, I now have a Home Security System which I did not expect to have. And, a New Television that replaced a 2004 Sony. The Sony was very good but the new one (Samsung 40 inch) is fabulous. One thing lead to another. But, Oh, so  much new technology to get familiar with. I'll tell you all about how this came to happen in another post.

Hope your summer is going well.
Mary

Friday, May 20, 2016

Perseverance

I guess I must have misunderstood (when I was feeling so sick) about the graduation activities for my Granddaughter. There are two days filled with events. Today, the individual colleges had presentations and tomorrow there will be a University Commencement Ceremony.  She will not be attending tomorrow's event.
I am so glad to have a photo of her (far right) in her Cap and Gown.
I called today's post PERSEVERANCE because she has accomplished so much. And, she expressed her feelings on Facebook better than I can. She wrote, "This day has been anticipated for the last 6 years when I moved to pursue higher education. Life took me on another journey midway: motherhood. Through my drive and my family's motivation I stayed in school. It might have taken me longer than most, but I've accomplished so much already. I hope that I'm an inspiration for my children that you can do anything you set your mind to no matter what happens in life. I'm thankful for my family's love and support to finish what I came here to do."

I am a very proud Grandma. And, she is my favorite Grandchild - - - She is my only Grandchild. I love telling her that she is my favorite!

Wishing you a Splendid Weekend.

Mary

Friday, December 4, 2015

Flashback Red And White

This was a little something different a couple years ago. It was pretty and certainly was easy to decorate. However, for me, it felt a little bit commercial. But it really looked nice with the color scheme of the room. The stripe behind the tree that divides the dining room and living room is painted red.
And, there are painted red stripes at the fireplace surround. So, in a way the tree looked quite stunning. I did a lot more decorating after the tree was finished.
When I bought my house the fireplace brick was the raw red brick that was used extensively in the 1970's. When I was able to get the new propane stove/fireplace I painted the brick using a three step process that gave a nice faux shading.

I still haven't decided on this years tree. Maybe, the white tree with different decorations?

And, this was the top decoration for one of my other trees in the past. It has a  lovely Lladro Porcelain angel holding a music scroll. Very delicate!
I really enjoy decorating for the holidays. I guess you can tell.

Unfortunately, my doggy, Lily did not have a very good day. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

The highlight of my day was having a nice long telephone conversation with my granddaughter. I may be going to their home for Christmas. If not then, for sure in the near future. At this time, my Lily is my top priority. Given her medical condition, it would not be smart to take her on a trip! My heart breaks a little more each day as Lily gets closer and closer "To The Rainbow".

(2012)
Prayers for the community of the Southern California tragedy.

Mary

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