Well, being a Sunday is something to be grateful for all by itself. I love my morning walks with Daisy on Sundays because there is almost no traffic and no construction going on. It's the only day of the week that I can say my walk was very peaceful. Although we didn't walk too far this morning, the day is very hot and very humid. I'm not a fan of either of those things!
But today I wanted to tell you all how grateful I am for my three grandchildren who live in Roanoke, VA.
This is Faith, my oldest grandchild and my only granddaughter. She was somewhat of a miracle child because it seemed my daughter might not be able to have children. But six years after they were married this perfect, beautiful little girl was born mid-December. I was so happy to fly down and help out for a couple of weeks getting out of the Minnesota cold and snow. She will be 12 this year and has started middle school.
This is Reese Patrick (my Dad's name was Patrick). He is the image of his father, he even walks like his dad and I'm sure he will be as tall as his dad one day. I guess he was another miracle. The doctor had told my daughter that she would not be able to conceive again - well she proved him wrong! Reese was also a winter baby - the day I flew down to see him and stay for awhile we were having a blizzard in Minnesota so I was late to my connecting flight and had to spend the night in Detroit. Not too happy about that when I was so anxious to see the baby. Reese will be 8 in November and just started 3rd grade in a new school. So far he loves it.
And this little cutie is Jamie who came along about 1 1/2 years after Reese. This little guy was born in the spring so Tom and I drove down to Roanoke to visit. Because of finances, my visits to Roanoke have been less often so I haven't had a chance to get to know little Jamie as well as I did the other two. But when we visited in 2016 we brought Daisy with us and he was the first one brave enough to go outside and play with her. My daughter was never terribly fond of dogs growing up and that seems to have crossed over to her children. Not Jamie, he just picked up the rope and threw it for all he was worth! Jamie is 5 now and just started kindergarten.
Here are all the back-to-schooler's. The big one in the back is my son-in-law who also started a new school this year. Dan has been a 7th grade art teacher since they moved to Roanoke in the fall of 2006. This fall he will be still be teaching art but now to high school students. He was very excited about that move. He is a great artist and has been featured several times in Roanoke with his art on display in several places.
I do wish these dear ones lived closer - Roanoke is 1250 miles away which equals about a 21 hour drive. I don't mind the drive. Well, in all fairness, I don't mind the ride because I can't think of one time that I've driven even a short stretch of that route. I am, however, an excellent navigator! And we found that even Daisy loves road trips. Every time we stop I go into the bathrooms first while she waits patiently for me to come back - she sure doesn't want to loose me at a rest stop! We walk around for a bit, she knows she has to take care of business and then she gets water and a snack. And I might be imagining this but I'll say to her "which one is Daisy's car" and she usually walks right to it!
I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday!