Friday, July 17, 2009

Times to Treasure

One of the best things about getting married is aquiring a new family. It's a challenge, a growing opportunity, and in my case mostly fun. I had many bumps to work out as I began to forge my relationships with various inlaws. Some came easily. Some were hard work. Some ARE hard work. But overall, I am extremely blessed with my second family.

Case in point, Doug's grandparents. From our second meeting I've called them Grandma and Grandpa. They are just those kind of people. Funny, fun, opinionated, caring and - oh, my - do they love well. They've loved me and accepted me in ways I could not have imagined.

After I got over my shyness and could take their very hard teasing in stride, I was hooked. Grandma and Grandpa's is really a second home to me now. I love helping in the kitchen, working around the house, but my favorite is working in their yard. I love to garden; they need a gardener. It's a match made in heaven. Earlier this year Doug and I went over and helped plant shrubbery.

The kids played in the hose for a while. Hope loved the drinking fountain. :) She stood there and drank out of it while the big kids helped out.

Hope got good and cold and decided to warm up on Grandpa's lap. She planted a big wet one on him.

Becca loves to notice similarities. We walked into the house and she said, "Grandma! We're pink and jean twins." Grandma was once again wrapped around her little finger.

At dinner Hope fell asleep. Ty and Becca had ice cream and went back out for more fun in the yard. Obviously their mom doesn't know enough to wash their faces.

Grandma and Grandpa have a beautiful Maple tree out front. Here is Ty in it last year and all the kids in the tree this year.

These times are such priceless treasure. I feel so blessed that my kids have great grandparents on both sides of the family. Here is one last picture (I promise!) of the kids last year with Grandma and Grandpa.

Okay, I lied. But this one of Grandma is too funny.

Have a great weekend!


Amanda said...

These pictures of family are priceless.... and adorable too!! I love how you have totally embraced your in laws... its a wonderful example to us all!


Laura said...

Oh I love all the pictures, they are so great! How wonderful that you get along so well with your inlaws, that doesn't happen every day so it's pretty special! :)