Recently we celebrated my maternal grandfather's 83rd birthday. It used to be that when we had big celebrations I was reminded how cool it is to actually have my grandparents. My husband doesn't even have his parents anymore. Now, I live in constant gratitude and recognize the extreme blessing to be able to say, "We have five generations here on this earth right now."
There is wisdom to be found in the lives of those that have gone before us. When we have them in our presence it's like getting to interview a historical figure; no need to read the history book. I've been planning for months to give my grandparents a list of interview questions. I'd like to do a video interview with them, but I will be happy just the same if I can get them to answer the questions in any capacity at all. They are a treasure to behold, and I desire to know all I possibly can from their experiences. I'm sure they learned a lot of lessons in 80+ years.
|Yes, my grandpa is Santa Claus!|
Our family is truly blessed to actually have real, live elders. It doesn't seem so common in our society anymore. It saddens me to know that the youngest three of our children will not have any elders when they are our age. If I am honest, they will be lucky to have us. When we realize just how temporary our lives are it becomes a bit more important to make the best of our time. We've been working on doing just that.
There is no greater gift than that of family. Life happens no matter what we are busy doing. The memories we create now will outlast our life, so it is very good to create the very best lasting memories we possibly can. I hope this party lives on for decades with my children and grandchildren.
|This is just part of The Crew. |
We are missing three children, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren.
It would be a miracle to find us all in the same spot anymore.