(Editor’s Note: As I approach age 60, I am “Counting My Many Blessings” by doing a daily countdown from 365. These are in no particular order, but, as you will see in days following, there is a method to the madness.)
On August 31st of this year I became a grandfather…for the 10th time! Almost one month later my oldest grandchild turned 10. What a joy. What a blessing… or should I say “What Joys! What Blessings!”
Over the course of this countdown, each of my grandchildren will get their own special posts on their individual birthdays. This one is the “Cumulative” post of gratitude for my grandchildren in general.
Back in January of this year I wrote about 40 years of blessings on the 40th anniversary of my baptism into the LDS Church (see post here) and noted that I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would have ANY grandchildren before I turned 60…and, before I was 59 I have ten. I wonder how many more will come along over the next 2 years??
I love hanging with my grandkidz (yes, with a Z!!) who call me Grampz (yes, with a Z!! I’m a hip grandpa). They are fun and I can feel like a kid again. We go to the movies, to the park, to fast food joints. I love to take them places.
As a grandfather, on these special Grampz and Grandkidz outings we have already developed a routine. “What is the first thing we do when we get out of the car?” (No, its not look both ways…)
Their reply is now always…”Take a picture with Grampz.” Sometimes it is said in fun and excitement. Other times its like its a drudgery, until we do it. But, they know it brings joy to Grampz’ heart and soul. They are all truly my little sunshines.
I am also blessed that I have children who make sure lots of photos are taken of the grandkidz. And I too take lots of them without me in them (believe it or not!!) Here are a few favorites from the past couple of years. There will be many more appear on this blog throughout the next 359 days. You can rest assured!!
Yes, my grandkidz bring me immense joy and happiness. Money is nothing and cannot compare to the wonderful feeling being with these amazing souls can bring.