|~ photo by Bekah ~|
There were many years of great distance between us and our son's family. Visits were once a year, or sometimes even two years. When they moved back to the East, visits were a bit more frequent, but there were still long stretches when we could not be together.
But now...oh, how wonderful it is for us to be able to hop into the car and head on over for a weekend! We met Baby Paul in early December, and then, less than six weeks later, we got to see him again! We are actually going to be able to watch him BE a baby! Not only that, but we are forging new relationships with the other three children! We are no longer faces on a computer screen or names on a "happy package" or voices on the telephone, but we are Gran and Papa in the flesh! A couple of days before we visited, Sarah told us that Peter kept saying, "Two more days 'til Papa and Gran come!" and then he'd clap his little hands. We LOVE that!
(I know I'm using lots of exclamation points here, but I am feeling exclamatory!) :)
So here I am with a very grandmother-ish post...with lots of pictures of our time together.
Peter had drawn a picture of Papa and Gran to greet us.
Aunt Kati met Paul for the first time! (She had to work the first time we came.)
So this time there were THREE women to take turns cuddling Paul!
Presents for all!
Eve (7) with Aunt Kati
Nora (almost 6) with Aunt Kati
Aunts and nephews.
Paul and his mama, our beloved daughter-in-law Sarah.
Guy time at the grill.
We played our own version of Pictionary...fun for all!
On Sunday, Kati did a photo shoot with all the children.
We had a mini birthday celebration with Nora who will be 6 in a few days.
Good-byes are not so painful these days.
Instead of tears and sniffles, we hug and say, "See you next month!"
I totally love that!