Aug. 5, 2016

Grandchildren...all the joy...none of the responsibility!


“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Francis Chan, Crazy Love

It’s August! School will be starting soon and you parents are counting the days and growing happier with each one you cross off. John, and I have just returned from Wylie, Texas, where we celebrated our daughter, Crissy’s, birthday and her daughter, Emily’s, 6th birthday. Notice I don’t give Crissy’s age. As my grandmother, Louise Pitzer Sessions, who was born in Texas and raised in Virginia used to say, as she drew in a breath and swelled out her chest with great indignation, “You do not ask a lady’s age!” I never did know how old she was.

We had a fantastic time, and were horribly jealous as it rained several times while we were there. Texas is green, green, green...and flat, flat, flat. We actually get tears in our eyes when we fly over our mountains on the way back to Ontario Airport. Emily had a splendid birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, and we dined and shopped all over the place. We went to church with our Texas family – First Baptist Church of Wylie - where their pastor, Dr. Kris Segrest, told us their church added 450 new members in the past year. Wow! That’s where we got the great quote above. They had a wonderful baptism moment where grandparents were part of the actual baptism and we hope that when Jessie and Emily reach the point where they are ready to be baptized that we can be there with them.

Had time to do a lot of reading – 3 hour flights back and forth, plus airport waiting time. Finished the newest Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child book, Beyond The Ice Limit, which I devoured. Of course, those guys are among my favorite authors – they are also the writers of the Agent Pendergast novels. If you’re looking for something new, check out Preston & Child. Their works are extremely well-written with great vocabulary and sufficiently thrilling to keep you reading far into the night. Also thoroughly enjoyed, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, very well written with interesting characters. It’s about a bookseller who one night finds a baby left in one of the aisles of his book store. Trust me, you’ll like it. It’s on Amazon, of course, as are the Preston & Child books. I frequently feel that I have single-handedly put a bookstore out of business as I am a Kindle only reader these days.

Spending time in Texas with Crissy and Chris and their rapidly growing girls is pure joy for us.  Jessie, who will be 9 in November, is a good reader and we enjoyed reading Princess Pink and her various adventures together. Children’s books are so much more fun than we were kids. No more of this Dick and Jane and Spot stuff, they’ve got Captain Underpants and so many other fun stories which make kids want to read. Emily, who has lost 2 teeth, but the new ones are already coming in, is still positive unicorns are real, and will start First Grade already knowing how to read. She likes sausage and eggs for breakfast and Jessie likes strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes and pineapple with an occasional egg or sausage. They announce their menu choices to me as soon as I open my eyes. Coffee first, ladies!

It’s not that we do amazing things, we just spend time together. Seeing the little guys in Huntington Beach, 3 year old Caleb and 1 year old Brady, is just as much fun and we are so delighted to have these little people close enough to see fairly frequently. God is so good, allowing us to live to see our grandchildren grow and flourish. If you’ve got grandbabies, spoil ‘em as much as possible. We, of course, have all sorts of grownup grandchildren who are incredible people, but these little ones.....ahhhhh...these little ones...

Good to be home amongst our oak and jacaranda trees and right below our own personal mountains. Why is everybody’s crepe myrtle blooming but mine?

“Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly...” Prov. 17:6

“May you live to enjoy your grandchildren....” Ps. 128:6