- Family and Parenting
Loving the Grandchildren
Our grandsons Colton and Maddox wearing Dr Seuss outfits made by my wife
Grandchildren God's Gift to Parents
This coming January our oldest grandchild, Colton will be eleven years old. My wife and I were there in the birthing room the night he was born. Of course the room was filled with other grandparents and Uncles. It was a time of celebration for us and I remember how proud my son and daughter in law were of their first born.
Over the last ten years we have seen Colton as he has grown and shared his first steps and words. Going to preschool, kindergarten and this coming year will be his last year in elementary school. He loves football and has excelled in the kid league in which he has played the sport with so much enthusiasm. This year he played baseball for the first time and surprised he coaches with his athleticism.
Two years after Colton was born along came his brother Maddox Elias. Our Maddox is the spitting image of his mother. Blonde hair and blue eyes and full of mischief!He is our own Huck Finn. This weekend he came out of the bathroom in our house and calmly asked,"Paw-paw, do you know there is a frog in your bathroom?" I tried to remember if there was a bath toy in there my wife had for the grandchildren to play with when they take baths. I answered "No,Maddox. Is there one in there?" Yep, sure is!" About that time my wife came down the hall having heard our conversation and peeped into the bathroom. Sure enough there he was, a cute little tree frog waiting to be kissed!!! She picked the little guy up with some Charmin and set him free on the outside of the house. With grandsons, I'm not sure just how that frog got into the house and inside our bathroom.
Maddox has a bright mind and is gifted is so many ways. He too is an athlete and plays football and baseball. He doesn't take the sports as serious as his older brother. His mind is constantly learning and he loves origami and making things with his hands.
Maddox keeps all of us on our toes and can con his pawpaw into almost anything. Last week he took the responsibility of puppy sitting for a lady for whom my wife works and was going to be out of town. The duties were simple. Feed and water their three month old white lab. Colton would also be a partner in their entrepreneurship endeavor.
My wife took them over to pick up the puppy with all its supplies for the weekend and a detailed list of instructions on what would be expected. They were so excited when they returned to our house and brought Millie inside. Millie had her own accommodations and a leash so she could take three walks outside to use the bathroom.
The boys did an admirable job but elected to go spend the next day with their Grammie and left me and grandma to tend to the puppy. They were back on Sunday the day we were to take Millie home. The weekend was filled with other things so puppy sitting was only a minor inconvenience for us. My wife drove Mille home and the owner paid the boys $40 each for their effort, When asked if they might share their pay with us well,,,, you can figure that one out. lol
Maddox has so many interests and this summer he is participating in a local theater company singing and dancing in Lion King Junior. We are so proud of him. In addition, he and Colton are in football camp this week. So pawpaw will be busy picking them up each day.
Six years after Maddox was born along came our first granddaughter, Brynlee Marie. We had already gotten rid of car seats not expecting any more grandbabies but what a delight to have a little girl in the family. Jane and I had three boys so Brynlee would be spoiled rotten! She is 30 months now and is so full of energy. She is girl and love her dolls, stuffed animals and playhouses. With two older brothers she has learned to roughhouse with them and can hold her own. Brynlee has started her first dance class.
Our oldest son and his wife gave us our second granddaughter, Finley Kate. Since both parents work full time, we keep Finley five days most weeks. She is now 20 months old and is so much fun. She is walking and putting words together. She repeats everything we say. She is so bright and loves being outside.
If I sound like a proud grandpa, I am. Children are a heritage from the Lord and we were so blessed to have children who took to their raising and are passing those things we taught them to their children. We know as time goes on we will be less involved but for now we are so happy to be reasonably healthy and can have interaction with the grandchildren we have been given.
In this world of chaos, providing a loving atmosphere and a healthy environment will pay dividends in their development.