Tuesday, December 03, 2013
"Nina" is my title as grandma. Actually, I was going to go for "Nana" to differentiate me from my first grandchild's other grandmother, but at two SHE changed it to Nina, so's not to confuse me with BAnana.
So, anyway, I've seen new grandbabies on different buddies' blogs, and so I figured, I have to put some pix of MY latest grandchild. I haven't met him yet, but in April, during spring break, I am flying to Ireland and staying for a week to visit him and my youngest daughter and her hubby and 2 Boston Terriers.
So, here's a spread of Rory. Here's a "Baby Burrito"
angelic, ain't he?
Here he is with Daddy, Paddy (THAT's not Irish, IS it?)
and with his Grampy Kevin
his royal cuteness
going for the toes (this actually has a date of September)
Guess what month THIS was?
His friend Hoban likes to help keep his face clean!
He is a happy baby!
That's all for now - I have a whole lot more, but, one can only stand so much cuteness!
Monday, December 02, 2013
I know there is fluctuation. In yesterday's blog, I told how I maintained - actually, the scale showed me to be half a pound less than last week's weigh in. But I should have known, because last week, before my weigh in I was 208...On weigh-in day, it was 210. Okay, I figured, it was still less than what it was before. So what was it this morning? First the scale told me it was 211.5. I argued with it.
So it showed me 213! I argued again. 212.
I heard a great phrase to describe this: "the consummate obstinacy of inanimate objects."
I'm not discouraged. I will beat this. I have been within my limits, and I'm exercising. Watch, tomorrow it'll be 208! Just to spite me because it knows today is my OFFICIAL weigh in.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I was reading a post on one of my team boards about the anniversary of someone having lost a child, and it got me to thinking.
Of course, it is never easy to lose a child at any age, whether through miscarriage, accident, sickness, or any other tragedy.
I lost my firstborn through a cord accident on Christmas Eve - by the time the distress was noticed, even with the emergency C-section, it was too late.
When I returned home, empty-armed, I had it out with my God. I told Him I wasn't sure I wanted to trust Him with any more children, because look what happened with THIS one! But after venting to Him, I had to conclude that I still believed He was wise, and good, and loved me. So I surrendered completely to Him - come what may, whether I understood or not, I was going to trust Him. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQ1O-40BGY
That was some 38 years ago.
Since then, I went on to have three kids, all of whom have given me both joy of pain at various stages. Presently, I thank God that my relationship with all of them is good.
My eldest, Abi, who lives with me and has become one of my best friends and greatest help...
My son Ben, who after a season of antipathy, has reconciled to me...
My youngest, Cass, with whom I keep in touch via internet, as she lives in Ireland...(this was the last time I saw her, in Rhode Island)
About 5 years ago, around Thanksgiving time, I was rejoicing in and thanking God for the many "SPIRITUAL kids" I had acquired over the years through my mission trips, and their numbers have grown, and our relationships have strengthened with each successive visit, and through internet contact.
And the Lord pointed it out to me, that by choosing to trust Him back when I was hurting so, I was able to grow in faith and begin to go forth as a missionary, and so come to experience this great joy that I was unable to imagine back then.
So I can declare with the Psalmist in Psalm 40
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord...
5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I DID start tracking my calories, in advance even...But when DD Abi (AKA Glitterfairy 77) presented her unparalleled "doubled" eggs, I had to enjoy them - they are a seasonal treat. Fortunately, she had allotted portions, so I didn't eat an entire dozen's worth!
We had a wonderful spread...
Mashed potatoes, Butternut Squash (yes, that gourd that left my hands aching for a while from all the peeling and cutting!), greens with smoked turkey wing, cornbread stuffing with oysters...
Home made rolls, Johnny cakes, pumpkin and apple pies,cranberry sauce, and macaroni and cheese...
And of course the featured main dish
And that's not to mention the candied sweet potatoes that didn't make it to the table before I took the pix.
We brought up two of my folding tables (for use at art shows) and managed to seat all eight of us, with no TV, not even music - just 3 adults and five kids aged 7-11 1/2, and enjoyed good food and family time. The kids especially loved it - I was amazed that the younger boy was able to finish not only one plateful, but had some seconds! The eldest commented how it was the best ever - based on the fact that we were all seated together.
Definitely worth going over calories for a day.
Okay, I'd better get back to my bike!
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