Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A new kind of love.....

My heart has been filled to over-flowing with a new kind of love that I NEVER could have imagined!
Here are a couple of hints.....

"Hey Diddle Diddle,
Some new, Someone Little
My heart is over the moon"

"If I would've known how much fun grandchildren were, I would've had them first"

(Okay, that hint should have really given my news away!!)

Introducing....... my precious grandson,

22 February 2013
5 lbs

I have respected my older sons' wish for privacy on my blog (mainly because I know too much and would be a source of constant embarrassment - LOL) but with Jackson's arrival, I am allowed to share the love!!
Is there anything on earth sweeter than seeing your child hold HIS child?  This picture just bursts my heart every time I look at it.  ('Course right now, EVERY picture of Jackson just bursts my heart!!!)
Justin and Jane, his lovely wife (of 11 years! - not that I was counting or anxious to be a grandma or anything - ha ha) have blessed our family with Jackson.
We are so grateful to God that Jackson is here -  safe and sound and loved!  

I am going to be a "GiGi".  Because of divorce/blended families/etc...Poor Jackson would have so many different "grandma's", that we each decided to have our own names for "grandma".  We don't want to confuse the poor little guy...he's still. just a rookie.   :)

The only down-side is that Jackson and I live on different coasts...but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to do everything in my power to make sure that the little guy knows how loved he is.  I can spoil him from afar with snuggle visits in between.  Hey, Gigi lives not far from Disney World...Mickey and Minnie will be waiting!  :)    Come visit Gigi, Jackson...we'll share "firsts" of our own! 

We've already decided that we're all going to have to chip in for hair gel expenses for that little guy.  Isn't that one of the most beautiful heads of hair you've ever seen?  Jackson's - not Justin's.  LOL  Although I love every hair on Justin's head too.  :)

We love you, Jackson....forever, for always and no matter what.  Thank you for reminding us that the world is a wonderful place and full of joy.  We can't wait to watch you grow and find that out for yourself.
Be blessed, little one...

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shall we (happy) dance?

Hi Gang!

What say we have a happy dance?  This piece is not only my first finish of 2013 but it's also my first finish for a Christmas gift for 2013.  Woot, Woot! 

I have the best of intentions of starting something new (probably Little House Virtues "Hope" sheep, but as the saying goes, life is what happens when you're making other plans.  My mom's care needs have begun to change and that has taken an incredible time and emotional drain on my life.  Bless her heart, dementia is such a cruel, unforgiving disease...and the effects it can have can reach far beyond merely "just" her medical needs.  I literally have been spending upwards of three hours a day for the past two weeks trying to iron out some of the wrinkles in her life and trying to find solutions to her special care needs.  I see why folks my age are known as the "sandwich generation".  Between trying to care for my mom and being there for Ian and his busy school/medical/tennis/conditioning schedule  (not to mention hubby and I need to feed our relationship as well,) sometimes it just feels like it's a little too much...physically but more importantly, emotionally. 
Some days, my "grace" tank seems to be running on empty.

Speaking of Ian, he continues to amaze us.  He still gets so tired but when he's on a tennis court, he gives it his all.  He made his high school team and is currently playing as the #1 seed.  He's done well in both his singles and doubles matches (Go Pirates!).  He is so excited to be playing again but his stamina level off the court is still lagging.  He's had a few headaches and fevers lately as well, so we're still not completely out of the woods yet, but I'm oh-so-grateful for the progress he's made over the past year.

I'm thinking that my bloggy give-a-way will happen sometime near the beginning of March.  I'm trying to put it together little by little.  I do know that it won't have any stitching-related items (I just don't have time right now to guarantee a finished stitched piece) but hopefully it will still be a fun give-a-way.  I'll keep you posted on when sign-ups will start.

Thanks for all your prayers, love, comments and visits.  They are SO appreciated! 

Hugs and Grace,