Friday, April 25, 2008

A Day with Hannah and Benjamin (and their Mommy)

We had a fun day together.

However, it got off to a later start than we had planned. On the way to their house Grani drove over something. It made a loud noise and then we heard HSSSsssssssssssssssss and then thumpity, thumpity, thump, thump sssssssssssssssss.

Thankfully Papa knows how to change a tire.
Ends up, spare tires tell you not to drive over 50 mph so we didn't get on an Interstate all day which added a few minutes each drive.

First we went to the zoo. You can see a lot of great pics on Christy's blog.

We packed a picnic but no blanket, so we sat on the table.

Little Miss Independent!

Back at Papa and Grani's house Benjamin had fun playing with Papa's hat.

Then for supper we went to the On Mission Conference at Papa's church.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Gift of Life - seemingly random thoughts

I have been blessed in so many ways. I have two wonderful children and two wonderful children-in-law (that seems like a funny way to word that), and five beautiful grandchildren and one on the way. I'm sure there will be more later! God's lovingkindness is very evident in my life and their lives.

Ps 103:17 - Show Context
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children

I have a myspace account now. I had to get one to check on some bands and leave comments and stuff like that. There's a place where you click on your mood for the day. I picked "amused" because the whole social networking thing is rather amusing to me.

Today I sang and played at the funeral of a 6 year old boy. There is something very, very sad about small caskets. I cried a lot. Not the loud weeping and gnashing of teeth type of crying, but it was a very emotional time.

So that is what prompted this little time of remembering how blessed I am to have 5 (soon to be 6) healthy, beautiful grandchildren. I need them all to come to my house tonight so I can give them lots of hugs and kisses.

Bringing all of these seemingly random thoughts together...

Let me encourage all of my faithful readers to get past virtual relationships via social networking sites like facebook and myspace and even blogger, and get involved in someone's life in the flesh. Give hugs and pats on the back. Enjoy life and people. Get your hands dirty and your life messy as you spend real, in-person time with others - family and non-family. Be a witness to God's amazing grace and lovingkindness.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A First for Benjamin

Grani and Papa were taking Hannah and Benjamin and their Mommy to Clarksville tonight for Rivers and Spires. About mile 13 it started to sprinkle on us. We got off I-24 at exit 11 to show Christy Hilldale's new Family Life Center. The rain kept getting heavier, so we decided to not eat at Rivers and Spires and instead to have supper at Crackerbarrel (surprise!).

While we were there, Benjamin learned how to drink from a straw! Pretty cool stuff.

By the end of supper it was pouring down rain, so we drove Christy and kids home. Grani and Papa will try again tomorrow to see Rivers and Spires. Papa has a painting in the art show. It didn't win, but it still looks beautiful hanging there with the others.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Grandbabies and Trees

We plant a tree in honor of each grandchild when he or she is born. I wrote about them on my worship blog if you are interested.

Kids Blitz Live

Hannah and Benjamin went with Grani a Papa to Hilldale to see Kids Blitz Live. It was a lot of fun.

First we went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday (or is it Tuesdays?)

Benjamin had a grilled cheese sandwich. I gave him some little pieces of zuchini from my salad. He tried one. I guess he didn't like it because he pushed the rest of it on the floor.

Hannah had roast beef from Arby's (no bread) and fries from Burger King. They are the only fries that don't have milk or egg or some other allergin in them.

Here we are waiting to go in to the show.

Papa and Benjamin went to the front to take pictures. You can see them by clicking the title of this post. (It will take you to )
Jeremy asked if we wanted him to take our picture.
Benjamin has his usual "Oh! A camera!" look.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Easter Egg Hunting in Edgefield

A few weeks ago, just before Easter, Grani and Papa were able to take Hannah and Benjamin to their church for an Easter egg hunt. They had spent the night before at Grani and Papa's house.

Saturday morning when we got up we noticed that the flags were up on the mailboxes!

We hunted eggs at Grani and Papa's house to practice for the big hunt at church.

At the Easter egg hunt there were a lot of eggs to find and a lot of kids hunting for them. Actually, I've noticed that at most church Easter egg hunts it is really just a race to pick up eggs lying around on the ground. There isn't much "hunting" involved.

Benjamin was very excited to find an egg. Mommy had him put it in his basket so he could pick up another egg. He didn't want to put it in his basket. "Yes", mommy said, "then you can get more eggs." Well, that just made him mad and so then he wouldn't pick up any eggs. He just cried.
Speaking of Benjamin. He's walking! Check it out if you haven't yet.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Family Television

This was originally posted on my Hilldale Worship blog, but I liked it a lot and wanted my PapaLyndel readers to see it too.

I’m happy to report that I have now seen an episode of “Hannah Montana.” My granddaughter loves the Disney channel. After a week in Oklahoma I’ve actually seen many new things on TV.
We watched some show with Alton the cook on the food channel where he was in Minnesota eating nasty things like rotten fish head jelly. My son loves to watch the food network.
My daughter-in-law likes to watch “Good Morning America”, but she likes to see it around 10:00, so it’s on the TiVO schedule. Now and then they watched Fox News with me. But most of the time we watched Gibson bowl and play tennis on Wii.
It was nice, in this day of every room having its own TV, for us to be together as a family. Would I have watched Hannah or Alton or Diane if I had been home by myself? Nope. I guess I could have gone to a different room and watched what I wanted to watch all day long, but then I wouldn’t have been with my son and grandchildren and we wouldn’t have those shared – even if it was TV – experiences together.
Guess where I’m going with this: Sunday morning worship. Our congregation is blessed to have people of all ages worshipping together. How nice it is that when we gather together on a Sunday morning that we sing a great variety of music that speaks to all generations. How nice it is that grandparents, parents and children are singing God’s praises together. They may not sit together (It’s definitely not cool to sit with mom when you are 16.) but they have that same shared experience that helps make a family.
It would be quite sad for grandma to go to one service, mom and dad to another, teenage brother go to another and kid sister to a fourth service. In that situation, where is the common bond, the shared experience, the give and take of loving someone and giving up some of your own wants to meet the needs of another?
Oooo, he’s gone to preachin’. Land the plane! (If you missed yesterday’s sermon I’ll explain that one to you.)
Bottom line. I hope that when I am 70 and my grandchildren are 25, 24, 22, 21, 21 and 19 that we will go to church together. I hope that they will sing “old” songs that I like, like “How Great Is Our God” and that I will want to sing whatever “new” songs are written in 2028 and that we will worship together because we are “family!” I also hope that we’ll still be singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” which was written in 1861. It’s part of our Christian heritage and it connects us with all of the saints who have gone before us (but that is a whole other post).
Who knows, by then we may have rediscovered the grandeur of a pipe organ and how well it expresses the greatness of God and they’ll be replacing guitars and drums…