Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year

I am so excited! This Friday is the first Tooele High varsity football game, and my grandson Joel is starting on both offense and defense! This is an exciting time for me and my family we love FOOTBALL. All three of my sons were "star football players" at Tooele High and now the next generation is also a "star". Joel is the apple of my eye. He is the first born of my grandchildren and he holds a special place in his Grandma's heart. He lived with me from birth until he was three years old. He was born at a time when my world had crashed. . . and I mean major crash. Six weeks after Joel was born, my husband Lloyd died. It was a rough time for me and my children, but we always had that ray of sunshine in our life because of Joel. Blake nicknamed him the Little Nipper. . . It is amazing how the darkest time of your life can become the brightest time of your life. We all cherish our memories of living together on Upland Drive with Joel as the center of our affections and love. So now the Little Nipper begins his journey as a high school junior starting varsity defense and offense and having all of the family cheering for him and our Tooele team. He stands 6'3" He is a good boy, very humble and courteous. My daughter Emily and son-in-law Russell, have done a wonderful job in raising him.
Last week I watched him play in a scrimmage game, and the tears kept coming to my eyes, I don't know how I will watch a game without tearing. As my years accumulate I realize more each day how precious time is and how fast it goes. These precious moments are gone too quickly. Yes, I wish I could put time in a bottle. . . especially this time. So, Friday nights at Tooele High football games, with Joel and Saturday afternoons are with his brother Andrew at Ute Conference football games. (Andrew is another bright shining star). Can anyone see my light shining because of the countless blessings I have. I will keep everyone posted and soon there will be pictures of my star athlete.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Five Little Granddaughters

What a fun weekend I had. Five little Jackson granddaughters spent Friday night and Saturday morning with me! It was wonderful. They range in ages 8 to 2 1/2 years old. First off we went to a "beading" party. Each little granddaughter made their own jeweled bracelet. I let them be the designer and I just helped string the beads. I must say my little girls are very creative. Hmmm, wonder where they get that from? They had a great time at the bead party. There were lots of other little girls there also. Then it was off to Grandma's house for a sleep-over. We didn't think little Maya would make it through the night, but she did. . . snuggled up to Grandma all night. . . . Zada said it was too scary sleeping in the living room with the others so we made her a bed on the floor next to me and Maya. They all giggled and played and we had a great time. Saturday morning we had waffles for breakfast, and enjoyed being together. I was exhausted! These little Jackson Princesses are so precious. They are very active little girls, and I mean very active. When we were driving home from the bead party, Emma was laughing and saying Grandma you are glowing green. Oh my, I had florescent green in my hair on my arms on my clothes and on my fingers. It seems that little Maya was chewing on a glow stick, and green was all over her and me. How could I get mad, when I looked at Maya and she smiled at me with a green glowing smile. . . . we all had a good laugh. The things they say and the things they do are adorable to me. I wish I could put it all in a time capsule and keep it with me forever. . . they are growing very fast and the time will come when they will all be young women. I pray they will always remember the times spent with Grandma, and how much fun we had. I had a grandma that I adored and I cherish my memories of her, and how we could laugh and play and she taught me so may life skills. I remember her touch on my hand, and how she would brush the hair from my eyes. . . She died when I was 17 and I cried and cried, because Grandma Dot was my protector, and my security. Never again did I feel the same. I want my little girls to remember how much I loved them, and how they have made me happy. To my little Princesses, Grandma loves you. Emma, Brissa, Sara, Zada, and Maya.


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