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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Grandchildren--What a blessing :-)
Since I gave my grand children credit for shaming me into this blogging thing, I thought I better share a little information about each of them. I do this with some risk given my grand kids will read this blog and take me on for misrepresenting or embarrassing them. Oh well........
Alex Hale says "... Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children". I beg to differ. It is the grand children that spread joy, love and stardust over our lives. Thank God for their innocence and their unconditional love :-)
Where do I begin? I suppose the easiest way to start would be by family.
In Florida, I have five grandchildren. They range in age from 22 down to less than a year. Caitlynn, the youngest daughter in the Florida clan is loved (????) by her three brothers but teased at every opportunity. She is a dancer and does very well in school. She organizes the house for her Mom and takes good care of her newly arrived brother Evan. Lauren Reed is our 22 year old granddaughter who loves animals, works for a vet and is undertaking course work leading to a dental hygiene degree. Adam, is driving now (stay off the road everybody), works for a vet part time, is starting to look for college scholarships and joined the high school crew team this past year. He also carries a Blackberry so is always in touch with others. Brandon, 14 years of age, is a whiz at technology games of all kinds. I play him but have no chance of winning or even understanding the basic nuances of the game. He is very active in his church youth group and school activities, takes special care of the family's two dogs (and vice versa) and is busy learning more about his computer for school assignments and e-mailing his extended family. Evan, the youngest of all the grandkids, is starting to crawl (watch out folks) and according to Mom is well behaved and rarely cries (lucky you).
My Chicago clan is home to three boys. Ryan, the oldest, is a very good student, plays high school sports, lifts weights with his Dad and has found girls or have they found him? Colin is in Junior High, loves basketball, is on the middle school and high school feeder team, loves family time with all of his relatives and is teaching his little brother, Owen ( 4 years old), all of the ins and out of athletics. Owen must have been born with a ball in his hands and gym shoes on his feet. From early on, he became a sports fan and has been adopted by all of the parents and players on his brothers teams.
Our North Carolina family is home to Jordan Elizabeth who is soon to be 5 (going on fifteen) and ready to start school next year although she has to wait a year :-( She loves to dance, enjoys educational games, has a wonderful sense of humor, takes great care of her dolls ( a good little mommy) and is quite the actress-- all the while wrapping her Dad (Mommy too) around her little finger. She loves going to the other grandparents farm to play.
Each of our grand children have grandparents on both sides of their family. I know we feel blessed and I know the other grand parents feel the same way. I have such fond memories of my Mom's parents. I only knew my Dads father for a short time and never knew his mother. While I don't know that I recognized it then, I missed out on the fun, joy and security of having two PaPa's and Grandma's.
There is so much more to say about each of these special young family members. There will be a time and place for additional bragging. Stay tuned.......I'm not shy.