Since the last time we were all together our mid-kid became a father. The sheer joy on his face as well as his wife's, when they care for the little miss together, makes being a 6-time grandmother brand new again. No wonder they are smitten with this little beauty. She holds my heartstrings in her perfectly dimpled little almost-toddler hands.
The youngest grandson adjusted well to losing his role as the youngest of all grands. I think he believed it to be an honor to be able to share his knowledge with his little cousin. They were very cute together. The eldest granddaughters saved my hide by lingering together for a few days at our house so that the separation by a thousand plus miles of the rest of the family could be endured more easily for this blessed grandmother.
The eldest grandsons are moving along in their lives. One of them is in a construction crew learning about the basics of brick laying and the way a regular job can become mundane in no time at all. He is doing well. His younger brother will be entering into the Navy soon. Oh the lessons he will learn and the places he will go. Grandma is still praying for all of the grands. They will always be her little ones.
The hubs was in his element with his strong, handsome sons as they tackled projects on the large tree house that he and our youngest erected last summer. They added a climbing wall and a rope bridge to which a cargo ladder will be attached to from the ground. Our trees were little bitty when our sons were growing, so this is somewhat of a childhood dream to have this on the property.
They were in amazement that I was all for it and didn't raise a fuss against their project. How could I? It was part of my dream for them as well. I'm just glad that other children who come over can enjoy the fruits of their labor as well.
I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to say something good about our daughters-in-law. They each are different from one another, but beautiful in their difference. I find each of them to be an available friend to me. That is a big deal. In a world where many believe that in-laws are enemies, I find my relationship with these young, beautiful, women to be amazing. They are good to my sons and grands, my husband, and me. What else could I need from them? Besides those admirable qualities, they are so much more than that.
My Mom in law taught me, by example, the value of in-laws. She and my mother were good friends. When my dad passed away, Mama was always invited to come with us to visit Terry's folks. Mama always came when she could. It was neat seeing our moms together. Maybe one reason I get along so well with the dil's is that they don't have to see me every day. (That's probably it. lol) I count them as friends and allies. They are good people.
Aftermath, you ask? The aftermath is a grateful heart bursting with love. I am tickled pink with how the week turned out. We got some nice family photos made and the memories are carved into my heart. Thank You, God, for this blessing.