Our grand kids are growing! Fast! We expect them to grow more distant, spending more time with friends; they’re all teenagers now.
When they were little, 5, 2, and 1, their daddy died. So hard. So horrible. But I think it caused us a closeness that some grandparents don’t have with their grandkids. They sometimes called us ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’. By accident. They were here with us a lot. We were at their house a lot. To help. To love. Just to be with.
Then our daughter met a very nice man who fell in love with her and she with him. They married and the kids and daughter the new husband were happier than I’ve seen them for a long time. It’s been 12 years since their daddy died. June 8.
We’ve always been together holidays, got to their house at 7 AM Christmas morning to watch them and take pics. Birthdays. Pool parties at our house. Horse back riding lessons at our house. Week long vacations with us while mom took her vacation…
Then the kids got busy with their school activities and community sports. The oldest is a champion rifle shooter. Number 2 in PA and won gold this year in her district. The middle child plays baseball for his high school and little leagues but won’t play summer ball this year. He’s got a landscaping job. The youngest plays soccer and volley ball for school. They are all active in their church youth group, in church and Sunday School.
Hahaha! The baby, 13, is the one who came to stay with me one day after school and when I pulled out a Tractor Supply catalogue she said, “Memaw, you’re the only grandma I know who looks at the Tractor Supply catalogue and says, ‘gotta get some new work boots’.”
Well, this year the oldest has just graduated from high school. Her daddy would be so proud of her. She’s a Christian with morals, values and she lives them. She’ll be attending college locally this August and she wants to be a nurse. *too bad you can’t see me-I’m beaming with pride* She stopped by today and wanted some help with her student account at the college. She needed to get into get her email account activated and find what else needed done. While we worked on that, it was dinner time so I asked if she wanted to stay for dinner. She said, “Sure’. Her brother was here with his Bepaw working on his daddy’s old tractor. He wants to get it working so he can use it on their farm. So they both stayed for dinner. The oldest then said she’d like to work with Nevaeh more so she could ride her by the end of summer. I told her I wasn’t sure she’d be ready to ride then. So she said she’d like to come out at least once a week, work with the horse and stay for dinner if she could. Wow! An 18 year old. And she wants to come out to be with her old grandparents. (and the horse of course).
The grandson will be here working on his tractor and he wants to help is Bepaw with the weed whacking.
Additionally, the baby, 13, and her best friend, Brianna are so excited! They are coming here to stay overnight Wednesday. We’ll play Clue and Pit! And Thursday we’ll swim, maybe groom the horses… 13 years old and excited to stay with Memaw and Bepaw!
We are so blessed!
Things don’t always happen as you expect them to!
Thank you so much, Lord.