Saturday, February 28, 2009

It's the little things.....

It is the little things in the daily lives of our grandchildren that endear them to us. Being blessed with 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, I treasure each as unique and special.

Seth is the son of Jennifer and Rich. Seth is 12 years old, very active in school and an honor student. He is involved in sports playing basketball, baseball and football. Seth is a very serious young man. He is very neat and precise in his work.
Michael is also the son of Jennifer and Rich. He is nine years old. Michael is also active in sports and is an honor student. Michael is boisterous and mischievous. Rich often says, "Life is Michael's playground."

Jennifer e-mailed me these two boxes of Valentine's candy. One is Seth's and one is Michael's. Note that the candy in this box looks like it has not been touched. Each piece of candy is neatly arranged.

This is the second box of candy. You can see that pieces have been eaten and it looks like many of the pieces were smashed to see what flavor they are. Take a guess. Which box of candy belongs to Seth and which box is Michael's?

This is Mallory. Mallory is 11. She takes piano lessons and plays the trumpet. Mallory is Sheila's daughter and Benton's sister. They live just across the street from me so I see them often. Mallory has been sweet enough to spend several nights a week with me. I really appreciate her staying with me. I sleep much better with someone else in the house.

This morning before I went to Curves, I attended Wade's basketball game. Wade is nine and is quite the basketball player. This morning he made a three point basket. Wade is the son of Stephanie and Darren and the little brother of Tyler who is 17. Wade belongs to a church team. The coaches make sure that each player gets a chance to play. I was really impressed with the interaction between the coaches and the players. Wade is attempting to get the ball from another player.

In this picture, Wade had just passed a ball.

In this action shot, Wade has the ball and is trying to make a shot.

This is Stephanie. I didn't take her picture while I was at the game so she took her picture herself.

Answer to the candy questions: The first box of candy that is meticulously arranged belongs to Seth. The box with the squished pieces, of course, belong to Michael.

It's the little things that matter
When children show their love.
It's those priceless little gestures
That we so seldom speak of.

It's the little things in life
That brings to us a smile.
Words spoken so lovingly,
Make life seem so worthwhile.

It's the little things remembered,
Like a teddy bear to cuddle,
Or recalling the many times
A child stepped in a puddle.

It's the little things, which we recall,
Like a kiss from a smudgy face.
Those very precious memories,
That could never be replaced.

Little things forever etched
Within our hearts to stay.
Little things you've said or done
Shall never go away.


Mrs. B. Silly said...

Stephanie looks so much like you and the candy is so funny!

I hope it isn't too cold there this weekend.

Have a blessed Sunday, Bridget

♥ Kathy said...

I so agree with you Sweetie. The little things are what makes life good ♥ The kids are ALL so cute! Michael certainly does look mischievous! (I had guessed the squished candy was his lol) And how sweet of Mallory to stay with you. Those will be such special memories for her when she's grown up. Plus I think it's so cool that the church makes sure each kid gets to play. That's awesome & the way it should be I think. I hope you're having a nice weekend. Big hugs ♥

Jill said...

I was laughing when I saw the boxes of candy. I knew which one belonged to who right away! Lol. I can't believe they are related. They are polar opposites.

Smilingsal said...

Michael is my kind of candy eater! I smash my candy to make sure I pick the kind I like! Your daughter is a beauty.

TheWritersPorch said...

Grandchildren are what make growing
old worth it aren't they Sweetie?

Diane said...

They are all so precious, but I know you already knew that! I loved the poem. Did you write that? It's beautiful and oh so true. Even with the adults in our life, it's the little moments we remember the most. Thank you for sharing about your precious grandchildren and your lovely daughter. Have a great weekend!


Helen said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post ... there is so much to bind humans together, so many shared emotions and experiences. Thank you.

onlymehere said...

I love your new header! It makes me yearn for spring and have hope for a good new year filled with beauty. I'm glad you shared these "little things" with us today. They are what matter most aren't they? Also, I'm seriously jealous that you have family across the street from you. I would absolutely love that but maybe they wouldn't, J/K. I hope they'd love it anyway!

Kathy said...

I loved your post today, Sweetie!
Both boys are dolls but I guessed correctly because of that mischievous smile on Michael's face. What a great picture. Won't it be fun to watch him grow up! You have such a great family, Sweetie. And by the way, Stephanie looks like you! Have a beautiful Sunday and a blessed week.

Kathy said...

I loved your post today, Sweetie!
Both boys are dolls but I guessed correctly because of that mischievous smile on Michael's face. What a great picture. Won't it be fun to watch him grow up! You have such a great family, Sweetie. And by the way, Stephanie looks like you! Have a beautiful Sunday and a blessed week.

Spruce Creek Farm said...

Just wanted to drop in and say Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.I realy like the picture of you with all your granchildren, you had mentioned that you like anything that was blue & white and I thought it was appropiate that all your grandchildren were all dressed in white shirts and blue pants. This was my first visit to your blog, I've enjoyed my visit.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie, this post was just precious! Loved the Valentine candy pics. LOL! Thanks for sharing your family with us. You are a wonderful mom and grandmom!


Sheila :-)

squawmama said...

Good Morning Sweetie... What adorable grandchildren... I knew right off which candy was whose... and the poem or song was so cute. Have a blessed Sunday


Cherdecor said...

Sweetie, You are so blessed with such a beautiful family. To have them living across the street and all around you is a huge blessing! They are all beautiful and talented. Your daughter looks so much like you.
She is gorgeous! You have so much for which to be thankful!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Anonymous said...

GM Sweetie, oh how I love meeting your family. And those freckles on Michael are so cute. Love that kid, impish and all. You have a beautiful family.


Nancy said...

Here are more beautiful Grandchildren. You are very blessed. The boxes of candy are great. I know you could tell right away who owned which one. Your daughter is a beauty. I can sure see you in her. Very wonderful entry.
Love Nancy

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful family!!! You can sure see that Michael and Seth are brothers in looks!!!!

Happy Sunday.

cge4211 said...

hi, I was visiting your blog and noticed that you stopped by Unkl Joe's Woodshed to shop. Would that have been in Lock Haven, Pa by any chance? Both my husband and myself grew up in Renovo and often shopped in Lock Haven.
We live in NC. now and expecting snow tonight, Was hoping that we were far enough south, but not so lucky. Enjoy reading your blog and your wonderful family. So sorry about the sudden passing of your dear husband. Sounds like you stay busy with family and friends..
Sincerely, Carolyn

Bo said...

Hi Sweetie...what blessings life has brought to you & your Pap! Tell Stephanie that I love her new hairdo! She is a living doll...kind of like her momma! Those grandboys are full of joy!

Judy said...

Those boxes of candy just spoke for themselves. It was no problem to guess which one belonged to who. I know you are so proud of your grandchildren and each is special in his own right. I only have one grandchild and I love him dearly. I know it must be so much fun to have so many! I love that poem. It is so true.

Anne said...

What lovely grandchildren. Your love for them really shows. I just loved that poem you posted to.

PEA said...

You are indeed very blessed to have all these grandchildren and great grandchildren:-) I so enjoyed "meeting" some of them, you have every reason to be so proud of them. I had to giggle at the boxes of Valentine chocolates...isn't it funny how two boys can be raised the same way and yet be so different in character:-) Love the poem. xoxo

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