Friday, April 12, 2019

Yes, I have grandkids!

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.
Matthew 5:16

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.


  1. Oh what He did for us! “Every step He took” as the song says, “led Him to the cross.” Oh joy that your little granddaughter invited Jesus into her heart. Precious photo.

    I enjoyed seeing all the grands’ doings. The starfish decor is perfect for that window.

  2. Oh what wonderful news...starting at the end of your post and moving backwards...So marvelous that your sweet granddaughter has accepted Christ and has been baptized! What a wonderful blessing that is for all of you! You are so blessed to have such a wonderful group of grandchildren...they are all so precious. I know you have many reasons to be proud and thankful for them. That pool looks marvelous! Wow! What a blessing! And that shower...well you know I can't wait to come see that! You will have to be sure to keep it nice and clean to show it off to everyone who comes!! LOL. I love the starfish. And your cub scout/boyscout! What a sweet young man! I know that is a great milestone. Thank you for sharing more about your family with us. Love to see these blessings. Praise God for such joy.

  3. May God continue to bless your granddaughter in her relationship with Jesus!! A lovely way to end your post! I LOVE the starfish in the shower window! Perfect!!

  4. Always wonderful feelings when one gives their life to Christ. That verse is one of my absolute favorites. I struggle with posting those pics too. I think that social media Big Internet world is just a bit scary sometimes.
    The starfish is perfect for the shower window. It is nice to have the window for the light it provides.
    And that pool...I see why you liked the new neighborhood. I am with bunny girl. It has to be warm enough to get in and in Florida you always have to keep you eye on the sky. I am the official watcher in my family and the kids know to start scooting to keep Mama happy about it:) I have prayed over more than a few crazy kids (not mine...they know to get out) in our bayou who try to stay until the last minute. It gets me all flustered.
    Anyway it was great to hear from you. I know you are busy adjusting to a new place. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Such a joy-filled post, Barbara--from beginning to end! You are SO very blessed with all of those sweet grandchildren (I am still waiting (not so patiently!) for even one)! Your new home / neighborhood sound wonderful and I know you'll have fun decorating. You are off to a great start with that cute starfish idea--enjoy!!

  6. Many great milestones and you did save the best for last. I love baptisms. May your sweet grand grow in the Lord all the days of her life. I like the star fish in that window. Good idea. A very meaningful week ahead as we look back at all that was done for us and what it took to secure our salvation. Blessings!

  7. I love the fact your granddaughter accepted Christ, awesome news, my friend. Liam was 10 and I asked did he want me to go with when he was baptized--he said, "No Mom, I got this." (and he did)---I/we were so proud of him--I balled like a baby when the pastor "submerged" him...smiles

    AND I so love you take photos standing in the shower, giggles, love the starfish, smiles. Waving to Tom.

  8. Such a sweet post about your grands....I, too, wouldn't show their faces when they were, they are all grown up and on Instagram showing their lovely faces everywhere. I still feel like it's a good thing to do to cover their little faces for social media photos, especially the little ones.

  9. Beautiful. That pool is gorgeous, it's like the way they were a long time ago!

    Awww... So great about your little grand-daughter receiving Christ and being baptized. <3 *big smile*

    You have a lovely, lovely family Barbara!

  10. Barbara, what a wonderful post. I just loved the ending 😊. Judy