As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Grand Gavin

I have introduced you to each of my grandchildren on their birthdays this year. There was Nora, Eve, Maddie, Owen, and Benjamin. (I have also told you about the new grandbabies, Alaine and Peter.)

And now the last "grand" birthday post of the year goes to my very first grandchild, Gavin Christopher.

Yes, Gavin introduced us to the wonderful world of grandparenthood...and he is "grand" in every way!

Gavin made his grand entrance on a Sunday afternoon. Ron and I, along with the soon-to-be aunts (Kati, aged 9, and Bekah, 20 months!) hurried to the hospital when we knew he was about to arrive, and he had been born as we made the drive.

I was the first to go in to meet him...and I was overwhelmed! I had secretly wondered if I would feel "grandparent-y" since I still had young children of my own. But the instant that I saw that sweet bundle of boy, I knew that I was indeed a grandmother and it was a wonder-ful thing!

Although I now have eight of these grand treasures, Gavin will always be my first. Always.

Always. That is a word that Gavin likes. You see, Gavin is a black-and-white thinker. It is always or never in Gavin's world. Something is either the best or the worst. All or nothing. I often hear him say, "For real?" No fuzzy phrases or gray areas for this boy.

Gavin is all boy. He is full of enthusiasm. He has a zest for life. He talks loud. He talks a lot.

He is kind-hearted and sensitive and sweet.

He loves Legos and math and maps, nature and macaroni-and-cheese.

(He can build a Lego creation in no time flat.)

Gavin has brightened my world in countless ways.

Happy 8th Birthday to Gavin,
My First Grand!

I love you...always!
(For real.)


  1. Happy Birthday Gavin!

    P.S. We have a giveaway that you may be interested in trying to win for the grandkiddos.

  2. Gavin is impressed that you mentioned his Lego hobby! And he says he doesn't talk loudly. We know better. :-)

  3. He didn't talk loudly at the Geography Bee! He just worked really hard to do his best!

  4. Cheryl, this is so precious! So moving and tender and full of love. I join in wishing Gavin a Happy Birthday, a few days late. A child with a sensitive heart totally melts mine.


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