And a lot of them! (just one shy of a dozen) Some of them live an hour or so away and the rest are about 5 hours in another part of the state. I don't write about them a lot so they can grow and develop with a little less social media vying for their attention.
However, important milestones are popping up, so I'm sharing just little about our dear ones today. As is often the case when I do include them in a blog post, I don't present clear views of their faces to preserve their privacy.
Grandson #4 has recently moved up from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. We are very pleased that he is loving his troop and happily participating in the campouts even during the times when his dad's job takes him out of town. It is also good to see the disciplines of good citizenship, sportsmanship, and patriotism being taught. (I just love a man in a uniform, don't you?!)
Three of our young un's are celebrating birthdays this month. They had an early party when all of the immediate family could attend. Oh for the days when we could get away with climbing on top of the table to blow out the cake candles! This is Grandson #5, Granddaughter #3 and Grandson #6.
Last weekend Granddaughter #5 and her mommy came to see us. As all my regular readers know, we HAVE to take pictures of our visitors in the gargantuan master bathroom shower. Our little bunny was intimidated by such a strange room (as I would have been at her age, too!).
As an aside, since we are all standing in the bathroom anyway, allow me to slip in this note on decorating.
There is a very high, narrow window at the top of the shower tile. Beloved brought in the 6-foot ladder so I could position some large star fish in that window.
They show up a little better at night but since they are so high up, it's very hard to get a good picture of them.
But back to the subject of grandchildren, we took Surfer Girl and Granddaughter #5 to the amenities areas of our new neighborhood. This is the outdoor pool (there is a huge indoor pool as well). I'll just say it. This place nearly takes my breath away.
Lil' Bunny wanted to touch the water. They pronounced it suitable. But we were unprepared to swim that day and it's a good thing because just minutes after we got back to our house, the clouds ripped open and rain fell hard!
I have saved the best news for last. Granddaughter #4 asked Jesus into her heart, accepting Him as her personal Savior and Lord. After talking it over with her parents, she was baptized this past Sunday by water immersion. She is not only my granddaughter, but also my little sister in Christ!
My prayer for her now is that her relationship with Jesus Christ will be rich with meaning and a light for others to make this decision for themselves.
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father
which is in heaven.
This is Palm Sunday weekend. May we all take time to contemplate what this Holy Week means to us both now and for all eternity.