Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Jer 17:7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope IS the LORD.

Tomorrow is Thankful Thursday and my heart as always is full of the many little things going on in my life right now that I am thankful for.

As most of you know, I babysit my oldest son Joe's children a couple of days a week.  With the holidays and such I have been on a much needed break.  In fact I have not spent much time at all with the baby, Cody, who will be a year old next month since that WILD day a couple of weeks ago when I got their pictures taken.  If you missed that post you can read about it HERE.  Anyway, this morning my son brought the baby over and I was quite anxious to see him.  I can't believe how much I missed that sweet little face.  He was soo happy to see his Gamma too.  He is soo active and has perfected his walking now and gets around in that darling little toddle type walk typical to babies as they are first learning.  He laid his head down on my shoulder and was content to just lay there a while, as I sang to him.  On a side note, you'd have to be a baby who doesn't know any better to enjoy MY singing, haha.  But for some reason it has always calmed Cody, and he enjoys it.  At noon we headed over to the school to pick up Jeffie, the KG, and brought him back to fix both of the boys lunch.  He too was happy to see me, though I have spent a couple of days with him and his sister Lindsey during my "break".  They aren't nearly as much work for this Grandma and so we had done a couple of movies and play days together.  But back to today...Jeffie wanted me to fix all of his favorites for his lunch, which of course I was happy to oblige him with.  He talked almost non stop as he frantically tried to get all his stories told in between his baby brother Cody's interruptions.   At one point he said to me, "Grandma, I just have soo much to tell you.  Let's just put Cody to bed."  haha  Another hour or so later and their daddy arrived to pick them up.   After they left and I sat enjoying the quiet after I tidied up the kitchen, I thought to myself, how blessed you are to be able to spend this time with them.  Before you know it, in a blink of an eye, they will grow and mature, and won't need me to watch them as they toddle about, or be picked up from KG and have their lunches fixed.  They won't curl up in my lap and want me to sing.  It really is amazing to me how quickly they grow.  So let's see....

1.  I am thankful I got a MUCH needed break from my babysitting.

2.  I am thankful I got 2 whole hours to myself this morning with that sweet little toddling baby.

3.  I am thankful he is healthy, and active, and curious, and LOVES his Gamma.

4.  I am thankful for little Jeff and his obvious enjoyment of his time with me.

And a few others I can think of without much effort are..

5.  I am grateful that as I took a break from 6 months of Jenny Craig, that I only gained 2 pounds!  I went somewhat beserk, haha, but I got all it out of my system and feel ready for another 6 months at least.

6.  I am grateful that our women's Bible study group at my house is starting up again on Friday morning, as I have really missed it and the ladies.

7.  I am REALLY grateful (for the first time I think) that I am at this season in my life.  Where I don't have the daily responsibility of children, but yet have soo many little ones to enjoy whenever I would like.  I am free to spend my days as busy as I do sometimes, and yet free as well to not do much of anything at all.  My husband and I can enjoy each other's company and spend our week-ends doing whatever WE would like. (if we don't have any "chores" that is, haha)  I read a couple of blogs this week where the young girls talked about how hard it is to get babysitters and enjoy "date nights" with their men.  I remember those days well, and it has made me grateful that I no longer deal with any of that.   But as always I am grateful for my Lord and Savior Jesus.  I am grateful for this New Year He has blessed me with, that is laying before me waiting to be filled with times and memories such as these, and serving Him in any way He would chose to use me. 

I have a few random pictures I want to share with you as well.  ENJOY them, and may the Lord bless you all as you go about these new days of 2010..

Jeffie, the day I took him to see Alvin and the Chipmunks.  He LOVED the movie.  We had a really good day together just the two of us.  I justy noticed his teeth are somewhat blue cuz Grandma let him have a blueberry icee, haha

One day during Christmas break I took my two grandkids, Jeffie and Lindsey, down to my sister Donna's house to enjoy the day with her two children, Katie & Blake.  The kids had such a GOOD time playing together.  We all also went out to lunch and to see Princess and the Frog as well.  How cute are they?

And I just had to share this story about JD, haha  My daughter in law Larissa posted a blog the other day about what happens to Ginger bread houses after Christmas.  This year two of their kids, Capri and JD wanted to eat the candy off the house etc.  They were told that after Christmas, they could.  Soo I guess Capri carefully picked her chosen pieces of candy off the house and ate them, while JD chose to go somewhat beserk and just bit into the roof....haha  Such a Class that boy.   How grandma loves him!!

To enjoy other thankful posts click HERE.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.


  1. Hi, I found your blog through the Thankful Thursday meme. Looking at those photos, it is easy to see why you would have much to be thankful for. May God continue to bless you and all your family this year and those to come!

  2. Aw Deb, How precious are your thoughts of your grandies! So glad for your break and the joy you give and receive!! I just bet you're the bestest Gamma ever!! :o)

    Hope you're keeping warm gal and that you have a blessed Thursday! Love your thankful heart!

  3. Gamma (Debbie)

    Girl. YOU ARE RICH INDEED. Just a precious, precious post. I enjoyed every word.

    Oh I can't wait for my days of Gamma (ing). Thank you and God bless, Happy TT. Hugs.

  4. Great thankful list! You are indeed quite blessed!

  5. I think that is so precious how your grandson had so much to tell you that he wanted to put his baby brother to bed so you could talk. What a sweet moment.

  6. The gingerbread house pic is too funny! Sounds like you have tons of blessings over your way. Enjoyed reading the post. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Hi Debbie,
    As always I so enjoy reading anything you write, especially if it has to do with grandchildren.
    We took the g-girls to see Alvin and the chipmunks during the holidays and had fun.
    I also enjoyed reading your thankful list.
    And you go girl on not gaining but two pounds. I gained most of mine back. Oh! Well, just as soon as we get out of this deep freeze and I get the decs. put away I will start again. lOL

    Oh Debbie , talking about grandchildren growing up fast. Trust me they will, as five of our other grandchildren whom we kept all summer every year have now become teenagers and are going on with their lives,(they live in other states). That is why I am so thankful for all the memories we made with them. We knew even back then when we were keeping them that the day would come when they would grow up. I guess Katie and Susie will be our last ones, and we intend to make as many memories as possible. (They also live in another state.)

    Now if they lived nearby, that would be wonderful, but since we are enjoying all of the new found freedom like you all are enjoying , I would probably
    exercise my right as a grandparent and send them home when I got tired of playing with them. LOL

    And that is one of the things I have always said I like about being a grandparent. LOL Even after two weeks 24 seven can become tiring especially when you are not used to it. LOl.

    I wish I lived nearby, as I would love to join your women's Bible study,....enjoy getting back into your routine, it seems to be taking me a little longer this year. We are still recuperating from all those late nights with

    Hope your week is filled with many blessings,
    Hugs and much love,

  8. oh how cute! love the last photo so much. classic!

    God bless you, debbie. may you have a blessed and prosperous 2010.

  9. Great post! You are blessed to have your grandchildren so close and be able to spend time with them. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Your grandkids are adorable! I can identify with you so much when you talk about them. My heart is so full of love for our three little ones, and it is such a different feeling from when we had our own children. And these blogs are a wonderful way to remember all of those precious things that they say and do, like your grandson wanting you to put the baby down for a nap so he could have you all to himself. Love that!!!

  11. Great post! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the grandchildren. They are just too cute! Loved your thankful list, too. Happy TT!

  12. Wonderful things to be thankful for. I just love that last picture. Priceless.

  13. Ah, Debbie, such a sweet little post!!

    I love how Jeffie had just soooo much to tell you that it was time for the baby to go to bed, that just is the sweetest thing!! I know that warmed up your heart all the way!!! Kids are just too cute!

    I feel the same way about my kids as you do about your grandkids. As crazy as they make me sometimes, I do want to bottle up every day that I have with them because they change so fast. I don't want them to ever grow up, hahaha!! Little Madi will walk over to me and back her little bottom right into my lap just to sit with me, and I love that. They are precious aren't they?

    Love that picture of the four kids, and that one of JD biting that roof off, such a boy!

  14. Hi Debbie,
    You have such wonderful grandkids. The pictures are adorable. I'm sure Cody enjoyed time with Gamma so much. When it all comes down to it; family is the most special part of our life. It must be so special being a grandparent. Your children and grandchildren are blessed to have you.

    Have a great year!
    Yoli :)

  15. What a wonderful and grateful post today! I love when you share these sweet pics with us and I know how adorable that little toddler walk is. Ours began walking while our daughter was here with the kids and we were in Florida with dad. She is still perfecting it and it is sooo adorable to watch her transform before our eyes :) SIGH
    It does go so very fast....
    Love and Blessings to you my friend ....enjoy every precious second

  16. Oh - those grandbabies are so sweet...reading about your times with them, just makes me smile! My granddaughter will be here on Tuesday. We really only see her about two or three times a year - but she is getting older now...I hope we begin to really make a "bond"! I am so excited for her visit!

    Yes, this is a wonderful season of life - and I love your attitude about it. It really helps me - yes, your blog is a blessing to me!

    Sure would like to hear about your Bible study tomorrow. Do you lead it? or use a video or other curriculum? Hope your day is a blessed one with all the ladies back -

    God bless, Jennifer

  17. Aww..the kids are just adorable! You are truly blessed! It certainly is nice to enjoy time with grandkids without the added responsibilities.

  18. Such a great picture of your little gingerbread eating grandson! Glad you guys have that memory recorded forever!

  19. Okay, I need to make sure my son never sees the picture of your grandson eating the house. I tell both my children they're not really for eating!

    My son is almost 13 and he loved that movie! Love the picture!!!

  20. Deb, I loved this thankful post. Your very fortunate to have precious grandchildren. I love that you are enjoying this season in your life.

    I also wanted to thank you for your kind and understanding comments on Heart Choices on the day I was so weary. I really appreciated that. I'm feeling better today so I'm back to blog hopping. I had to stop in and say thank you my friend.


  21. Beautiful sharing! Beautiful Grand children.

    Blessings for the new year!


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