(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.)
David and Sam Sept 2015. Grandchild #10
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??
With 9 grandchildren on Christmas 2012…the last time they were all here together
Making faces with my 10 year old Autumn, back in 2014
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.
Taking a picture with Grampz at the movies…Landen, Autumn and Joselyn
Taking a picture with Grampz in Washington. My Matthews grandkidz – Livvy, Benson, Charles and Kade in summer 2015
Rockwell and Grampz at Old Orchard Beach in Maine in September 2015
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!!
Rockwell and Sam Kravetz – the only “namesake” grandchildren (photo by Marissa Noe)
Hanging with all of the grandkidz except the Matthews Christmas 2014
Landen Noe in 2014 (photo by Marissa Noe)
My sweet wife and I with grandchild #10 in Connecticut, Sept. 2015
Olivia Matthews at the beach in Washington 2015
The Matthews kidz on a hike in Mt. Rainier National Park in 2015
The Noe kidz 2015 (photo by Priscilla)
Reading to Grandkidz in Montana in 2013
Olivia and Benson buried in sand at the beach in Washington state August 2015
Hanging with Autumn Summer 2015
Young Lyla scampers along the beach in Maine in September 2015
Rockwell on his first day of school August 2014 (photo by Holly Kravetz)
Baby Sam Kravetz – September 2015 (photo by Marissa Noe)
Joselyn Noe – her (soon to be) 8th birthday photo shoot
Olivia and brother Charles, who turned 8 earlier in 2015
Getting ready for a treat at Wendy’s early in 2015
Fun with little Bensy in Washington August 2015
Cousins in summer of 2011
Lyla plays peek a boo on a road trip to Nebraska in 2013
Joselyn inspecting a plant in Connecticut Sept. 2015
Landen at the park in 2015
Lyla romping at a park in 2015
Charles at the Seattle Market
Livvy taking a dive into a pool of water at the beach in Washington 2015
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.
Fun with the Grandidz Landen, Lyla and Jos on my 59th birthday, Oct. 4, 2015