I wanted to add this post to the Christmas post but realized that I had rambled enough and decided to give it a post all its own. Claire is a very lucky girl in the same way I was a very lucky girl. I met my great-grandparents. I have a very precious picture of me and Papa (my grandmother's father) when I was, maybe, 2 years old. We are playing a game of Labrynth. Everytime the marble dropped into one of the holes, apparently, I giggled like crazy. In the photo, Papa is grinning like crazy and I'm clapping my hands giggling. You can practically hear the scene just looking at the photo.
|Great Grandmary Christie, Claire and Me|
|Great Grandpa Tamminga (Bapah) and Claire|
This Christmas, Claire met, for the first time, her Great-grandpa Tamminga (Christian's family calls him Bapah). She was enthralled, I think he was in love. It was adorable to watch. He sat holding her far a long while and later, when it was time for us to leave he held her while we were packing up the car. It was a good part of Christmas for them both.
|Claire and Great-Grandpa Johnson|
But Claire's "luck" doesn't end there. Two of her best buddies are my mom's parents. They get to watch her one or two afternoons a week while I work. At first, I felt terrible about having them give up their free time to watch her, after all, they didn't have to do what they are doing and I'm sure they have other ways to spend their time than in Chino with my baby. But I'll never forget my grandpa saying that "watching Claire is so great, gives us purpose!" (As if being some of the most caring grandparents in the world who are involved in their church and frequently travel to Arizona, Colorado etc. to visit their family and friends wasn't "purpose" enough. :-) ). I'm grateful she's so loved by them and she lights up everytime she sees them.
"But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children. . ." Psalm 103:17
|Me, Claire and Great Grandma Johnson|
Some people never even get to meet their grandparents. We are fortunate that Claire will grow up knowing where she came from in a very tangible way. It's not necessarily common, but we are thankful and we love them very much!