I love seeing my dad interacting with his grandchildren!
This is my niece Jessica, the daughter of my brother Mark, and my sister in law Sharolyn! I have loved watching her grow up. She is now a senior in high school, a very talented pianist, and also plays the cello and viola in her high school orchestras.
She is excited about heading off to college and dorm life next fall – ready to stretch her wings and fly.
I know she will go far!
((And have you ever seen a happier grandpa being loved by a granddaughter?))
Last evening’s blog post was non-existent because there just was not time. I have been surrounded by family, and it is right where I needed to be.
Dad and I caught a “Double Dipper” at the movies yesterday, seeing two movies we wanted to see. The Imagination Game, about the cracking of the Enigma Machine ((Fabulous!)) and Selma, about Martin Luther King’s march between Selma, AL and Birmingham, AL. ((Heart wrenching))
Loved them both. SO amazed that what was portrayed in Selma happened while I was breathing on this earth as a 2 year old toddler. It brought out loads of conversation with my dad about where we lived then, what the feeling of the times were from where we lived in Oakland, California – and he said that he wanted more than anything to go join that march, but he had me as a 2 year old toddler at home, and a wife that was pregnant with my brother Mark who would join the family in early 1965. It was great learning about some stories directly from him of what it was like to be a young adult in his 20s then…supporting a small family, and wanting to join that march.
It also makes it very interesting to me, who has now lived in the South since 1999 and to recognize that even today we have so far to go – so very very far to go yet as a nation. We have yet to overcome.
Mark and I in August of 1969
I was 7 and he was 4!
I am also happy to say that my brother Mike and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of little Jaxon Sherwood born on Thursday, January 8th. He is perfect, and I can’t wait to see him!
So now that I have a name, I can finish the label on a Certain Baby Quilt and get it sent off as soon as I arrive home. If you have been waiting for a name for that baby quilt, I think I will be calling it Jaxon’s Nine Patch. At SOME POINT I’ll be making it an available pattern, but right now there has been no time, so please be patient! We will get to it!
Today my sister in law and I are headed to go pick citrus!
And then we have a family trip to the Arboretum!
A family dinner tonight with nieces and their hubbies –what a great way to end this trip. I’m ready to go home!