Monday, October 19, 2009

We Have Had a Time!!

This is one adorable baby boy. He is mostly quite engrossed with his mama and nursing but there are the occasional times when he can be cuddled. He is an absolute delight!

(These are my new glasses never could get the others to fit right.)

My grandson the Marine and his new bride. He is a love and they are in love. They are planning a wedding in June next year but got married 4 months ago. Better than living together first don't you think?

Be still my heart. This little three year old girl has wrapped up my whole heart in her little hands. She has stolen me completely with her precious sweetness. She is a delightful well behaved and incredibly intelligent little girl; not to mention pretty.

The last day, Papa holding him for just a few more minutes before they left for the airport. We cried, you know we cried.

My Hunny and his youngest son and the grandson.


Somebody is being silly.

Somebody is being thoughtful and what incredible eyes, they really are that blue!

For the footsie lovers...

So much love in such a short time.


I am so in love.

We STILL have house guests! The cousins extended their stay by a few days and will go home on Thursday which is Kayla's birthday. You would NOT believe the quantity of groceries that have gone through this house. 20 half gallons of milk alone! I have been cooking cooking cooking. Baking baking baking, washing washing washing, and then falling into bed with a smile. I do admit to being tired now. I have been reading a lovely book, "The Gentle Art of Domesticity," it is a nice read by a BLOGGER! She is so much more and I am not surprised that she has published this lovely book. What I like about it is her take on those of us who love our homes and the work we do in them as "domestic artists," nice huh? Yeah, I am a bread artist, among other things. It is nice quiet read and pleasant for regrouping. I actually do need a bit of rest and some new inspiration as I have been in the giving mode full throttle for several weeks now.

God has answered all my prayers for the family reunion and it was a blessed event! There were no cross words, no ugly comments, and everyone truly had a great time. This house was full of laughter and great times of reminiscing. The photo books came out and funny stories retold.
The time spent with my grandson was beyond any price. He has spent some hard years of growing up, not remembering the love we once had for him and he has returned. I could hardly contain my self when he looked at me and smiled and said, "I love you Nannie," the little boy was there in the smile of the man. When the girls were young the three of them were virtually inseparable. Through circumstances we could not control we stopped being able to visit him for about 10 years. Restoring his memories and the special times were so healing and it was a great joy to us all! There is hope in those hopeless situations!

I enjoyed getting to know our daughter in law, she is a very special young woman and an excellent mother. I had a hard time with the kissing thing but understood her concerns. I did steal some kisses on the backs of their heads and other "safe" places but tried to abide by their wishes. We all have to make our way in this life. Someone in her family had passed on an incurable illness to another person and they made a blanket rule. She admits to being a germaphobe but she also is very interested in nutrition and we had a lot of good conversations. She is going to read "Nourishing Traditions" and we talked about baking bread a good bit, it was a very pleasant visit. She drank whole milk while she was here and her baby plumped out right before our eyes. in one week he got new fat rolls on his little thighs, just so squishy soft and luscious!

I have so much to catch up on. I have missed you. I have no idea what has been going on at your blogs. My e mail box had several 100 messages in it. I really have not had time or the space to be on the computer. Even tonight the laughter is floating up the stairs, and I should be down there. But I wanted to come up here and say hello. Since I began blogging I have never had this long of a "break" well fuggeddbout it! I'm done with this break thing!!!

Helllooo Debbie, Jojo, Coffee Man,Heidi, Connie farmlady, Cathy, Kathy, Becky,Becky, Becky, Karen, Susie, Angie, Rosie Kate, Mental mama, Grandma J, Peach, Trish, Chris, Kelly, farmchick, and all of you on my blog roll and any others that pass this way often. I have missed visiting your blogs and that lovely quiet connection into other lives that blesses me in such a unique way. I can't wait to come and visit you, hugs hugs hugs!

18 comments:

Tricia said...

I am glad the visit went well. I know from experience that sometimes those things can be dicey. I have prayed for you often. Get some rest. We have waited this long, we can wait a few more days if we must! :) God bless you and yours.

Karen Deborah said...

Tricia thank you for praying, my first thought was, really? she prayed often? As good as everything has gone I do believe it! Thank you!!

farmlady said...

We knew. We missed you, but we knew that your time away was well spent and now, reading this post, we know that you are still here and that you will be back.
Sweet lady.., with laughter coming up the stairs. You are blessed with a joyful heart.

jojo said...

i love this post, it gives me so much hope that my family can be mended in time and with God's help. I hear laughter hear and I know it is coming from your heart. I love you lady...enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a wonderful post. Don't worry about catching up with us, sounds like you are exactly where you should be!

COFFEE MAN said...

its wonderfull that so much can be packed into memories that can last for so long .

the granpa thing is pretty cool , i will attest to that .

I am glad you had such a wonderfull time

Rosie_Kate said...

That's so great that you've had a good visit with your family! I know only too well how that feels. There's just nothing like it.

Kat said...

I am so happy for you! So glad the visit and reunion went so well. What a blessing. :)

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Hello! I'm back too, and reading this was FABULOUS!!!! So glad you had a great time.

(I, too, prayed often for this BIG event!)

God is good! : D

Thanks for letting me take a glorious peek into your family reunion. What a blessing!

Farmchick said...

Oh, this sounds so wonderful I have teared up! I am so glad that everything went well and that you had this time together. Excellent!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

and you should be totally enjoying the people in your life and home while they are there... we will wait... rather impatiently lol but we also rejoice in the time you are getting to spend :)
love n hugs
Laura

Twisted Fencepost said...

Glad everything is going well!!!
You enjoy your company, we'll all be here when you get back.

Mental P Mama said...

I am so, so happy you had such a nice visit. They are beautiful! And I'm also glad you got to steal some kisses. Very important;)

Kathy said...

Hello there! Sounds like an awesome visit. I understand about being worn out. After all of my grandkids went home at the end of the summer, I was tired for a month, hey, I think I may still be tired. No kisses on the baby sounds impossible, head kisses are precious.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh it sounds like it was just heavenly...loud, exhausting, full of love! Lucky you!

Angela said...

Hello sweet sister.. By the way, you look very fineeeee in the new glasses of yours. You have lost weight also..the pics are so beautiful..Oh, how hard of a time not to kiss,but you are awesome by respecting their wishes...praise God your dil is not stuck with an old Italian mil..oh my,,the battle the poor girl would have had,,lol.

I am going to check out that book your reading (blogger?)

love ya

Kaye said...

What a great writer you are! When the baby's b'day? He's adorable and I can relate to the "carefulness" thing! Difficult for me too, but do respect them totally. Your photos are incredible! You are so inspiring, Karen! Wish I'd met the group...
Looking for Kelly's link now....
Love yall, Kaye

Life with Kaishon said...

Every word of this made my heart so happy! What a wonderful love you have all experienced!