Friday, August 03, 2012


Impromptu: off-the-cuff, spontaneous, unplanned

That was dinner earlier this week. The family gathered. We played on the grass, sat around the table, ate barbecued chicken, grilled vegetables, quinoa, and Blueberry Struesal Squares for dessert. (The link will take you to the recipe, but I warn you, there is no photo - I'm still updating, resizing, etc. It will likely take me years.)

Earlier in the day, Little Miss S and her mother, along with this Nana and Little Miss A went to the park, pushing matching strollers. Little Miss S spent most of the time sleeping peacefully on the grass. Isn't her hat darling?

Not the most flattering view of Nana, who accompanied Little Miss A to the edge of the spray pool. It was very cold and very strong. If the picture had been taken just a few seconds later, one could have seen Nana move very briskly as she's right next to a spray valve. Silly Nana.

Never could I have imagined how wonderful being a grandmother would be. I feel like I'm getting a third chance at the magic of childhood - the first chance was as a child, the second as a mother. Now, I can hardly tear my eyes away from watching these tiny beloved creatures explore their world. 

As many of you know, we raised our children in South America. Taking a stroll to the park, visiting a petting zoo, and going to a spray pool weren't options where we lived. We did other activities instead. Life was full and I have no regrets. But now I have the chance to do these fun activities that I'd read about in letters and books. Such joy! Such blessing!

What's giving you joy these days?


  1. Nana looks just fine and oh to have had someone taking a video just as you made your sprint. The grands are so cute. The baby is simply adorable (yes, cute hat) and the toddler is, too. I see that she knows her way around her grandfather quite well. It must be wonderful to have everyone on the same continent again!

  2. Looks like a wonderful day! At least you can still squat like that! I don't think I can do that! haha My 8 mo. old granddaughter is a pure joy!

  3. Hi Lorrie,

    Absolutely gorgeous the baby's hat.

    Have a wonderful weekend in family company.

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. That was such a sweet post, Lorrie. You're not just having a third go at childhood, but you're having a chance to mother through a Canadian childhood, and I love your appreciation of that. Your two wee girls are beautiful.
    Today I received a whole raft of photos of my two - that brought me joy!

  5. Just reading your post brings me joy as it sparks memories of playing in the splash park with my grandgirlies a couple of summers ago . . . so much fun, still makes me smile. Sweet babies you have there, cousin.

  6. A beautiful post...about the joys of being a grandmother. I'm with you there...another chance to enjoy the delights of childhood. Sweet grands...sweet pic's!

  7. And this time round, we know just how quickly the years fly by, so we savour much more attentively, don't you find?

  8. Hopefully I´ll become grandmother one day :-)

  9. What a blessing! Isn't it wonderful to spend time with family! I try to treasure every moment!

    Have a wonderful day!


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