Monday, July 4, 2022

The Best Time Ever!

 


Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.  And teach them to your children and grandchildren. ~Deuteronomy 4:9


How can I even begin to describe the memorable times we have spent with granddaughter, Virginia, and other family members over these last two weeks?  Blessed beyond measure is a start, but even that cannot convey the joy of our days together.  And honestly, the time flies by so quickly while Virginia is with us, I find myself wishing with all my heart that I could stop its flight or, at least, slow it down.

Photos will have to do for a freeze frame, though.  Before I get into our specific adventures and experiences over the last several weeks, I'm going to share some pictures of Virginia that we took.  She certainly has grown and matured since last fall.  It's hard to believe she will be turning 12 later this month - talk about time flying!  Enjoy!










When we finally have to say good-bye a week ago Monday, I say to Virginia, "I wish we were starting out our time together all over again."

She hugs me and says, "I do too, Gammie.  It was the best time ever!"

Amen!

(More adventures to come!  Stay tuned!)

41 comments:

  1. It's so good you had a wonderful time together. You made happy memories which Virginia will always treasure. You are a lovely grand-mother.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Victor. Yes, we had the best time ever! :)
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Best time ever for sure! Way to go gammie. :) My has she grown! And I know I would like her and get along well with her. Pizza. Backgammon. And a huge love for life. Thankful you had that time Martha.

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    1. I know you two would get along, Bill. :) Yes, all the days we shared together were magical and flew by way too fast. I'll be sharing more photos and adventures soon.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. I don't know if they understand what they do for a grandparent's heart. If they don't, they will when it's their turn. My grandson Jacob just turned 7, and we gave him a Golden State Warriors jersey. He opened the gift, saw the jersey, and hugged us both, saying "I am a happy child!"

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    1. Aw, what a sweet story, Glynn! Alexandra will be turning 7 this month. And no, I'm not sure they realize what joy they bring to their grandparents, but that's okay - we do realize and are blessed by it.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Dearest Martha Jane,
    The top photo is showing a perfect clone of yourself!
    No wonder you like her so much as it is kind of reliving your own youth.
    But it is very special to make such lasting impressions on her life, that will remain with her forever.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. I'm flattered, Mariette, that you see me in Virginia. She really and truly takes after her dad's side of the family in looks - just being honest! We have treasured her from the moment she was born and always will.
      Love and blessings!

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    2. Comparing your profile picture next to hers at the top Martha; she has parted her hair opposite yours. But she DOES resemble you a lot! We all know that facial expressions do change and one can find similarities from both sides—no doubt and then the character which I cannot judge of course. Plus, what we always studied in biology; look at the 3rd generation! True in mushrooms and often true in humans as well. Hugs,
      Mariette

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    3. Thanks for going into this in detail, Mariette. Much appreciated!

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  5. I too thought I was looking at a photo of you in your youth Ms. Martha. What a joyous time all y'all must've had. I will long cherish Miss Virginia's note. In fact, I'm framing it. :-) So very glad you guys all got to make some great memories together. God's blessings.

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    1. I'm glad Miss Mariette got a second for her observation, J. D. Now I truly am flattered! And how wonderful it is that you are framing Virginia's note - wow! The subject of my next blog is all about the rocks you so thoughtfully sent her, and her response. She had absolutely no coaching from either Danny or me - these were all her own honest words of appreciation. I know when I tell her you will be framing this, she will be overjoyed.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Aw! So happy to hear you had such a wonderful time! God is good. :)

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    1. Yes, God truly blessed us with amazing days together, Cheryl. Still, the time was simply too short . . .
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Aw, Virginia's smiles defy mere words. I know God was smiling down on y'all!

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    1. He certainly was, Myra! We are blessed.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. She is blossoming into a teen, Martha. Hold on to your hat- those years really fly by! Thankful for your sweet time together.
    Lulu

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    1. Oh, I know, Lulu - the teen years are almost here, and I pray they don't change the sweet, loving girl Virginia is right now.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Oh, Martha! Virginia is such a lovely young woman! I'm so glad you were able to share this precious time with her and your family. I look forward to hearing more.
    Blessings on you and those grandchildren!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words here, Beckie! I'm glad you're looking forward to seeing more adventures, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Virginia is so beautiful. You are very blessed to have her in your life and you in hers!

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    1. I think she's beautiful, too, Lisa, but I know I'm biased - lol! Yes, we are so very blessed to have her in our lives, though I sure wish she didn't live so far away.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Aw, that was so sweet and precious. I know you hated to see her go back home. Maybe she can come again before school starts. She is growing up so quickly. I love the relationship you have with her. She is so blessed to have you in her life like you have been. I never had that kind of relationship with either of my grandmothers. I feel like I missed out on something really special. What a blessing for both of you.

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    1. Our relationship with Virginia is so very special, Pamela, that's for sure. So much of her young years were spent with frequent visits with Danny and me. Now that they live in NC, we miss those days all the more. I'd love to see her again before school starts, but we'll have to wait and see how the summer goes.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Sweet pictures from good times. God bless

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    1. Thank you, Nells! There are many more pictures to come.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. How delightful to see Virginia's happy smiles. (And I KNOW you were smiling just as big behind your camera/phone!) That "best-time-ever" comment proves you made memories that will make her smile for years to come. Well done, Gammie!

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    1. I have to agree, Nancy, that Virginia will have life-long memories of this special time together. And yes, I was full of smiles the entire two weeks, and so very sad to have to say good-bye to our special granddaughter.
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Virginia is so pretty and I know her heart is too! I remember well how fast two weeks can go with grandchildren. Ours lived in New Jersey and we got them for two weeks in the summer. So much fun and so many wonderful memories! I am looking forward to your next blog, Martha!!

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    1. When I was a kid, I, too, only got to see my grandparents for two weeks during the summer when the entire family would visit. Yes, I have great memories of those times, but always wished we could visit more often. I got so spoiled when my daughter's family lived close by, I'm still finding this adjustment difficult. Glad you're looking forward to the next blog!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. This is precious, Martha. Love all the photos of Virginia. She really has grown so much. She's a doll. Glad you had the time and adventures together while she was here. God bless!

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    1. We treasured every moment with her, Karen, as you can tell. Virginia is growing fast, that's for sure. It's hard to believe that she will be turning 12 in just a couple of weeks. We will treasure the memories we've made forever.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. So happy for you all. Perfect blessing from. Our Father.
    Keep well.
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless you and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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    1. Definitely, a perfect blessing from God, Shaz. He is so good, all of the time.
      Love and blessings!

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  17. Beautiful in every sense of the word, Martha. This whole grandparent thing is one of the most wonderful of God's gifts to us, and we rejoice along with you as you embrace these moments in concert with the Spirit of God and the love that Jesus embodied. I'm convinced that Virginia will be a conduit to pass that along to others as she grows and develops. Many thanks for allowing us into these precious experiences.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Ron. Yes, being a grandparent is one of the most joyous gifts God gives to us; I have treasured every moment we had with Virginia during her recent visit, and pray that many more are on the way.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. I do believe our grand-sweethearts would have a fine time together! God is good to have blessed us with these wonderful girls in our lives ...

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    1. God has blessed us, indeed, Linda, and we have the hearts to recognize that fact. Grand-sweethearts? I love that term, my friend, because that's exactly what they are.
      Love and blessings!

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  19. beautiful memories for sure. She is really growing up fast!

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    1. She sure is growing up, Jean, and too fast for my liking. But it is what it is, and Danny and I had such fun with her after two many months of being apart.
      Love and blessings!

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