I Have Been Blessed

by Alli

It’s red, white, and blue Monday!  Tomorrow I will be sharing a 4th of July menu, but today I’m kicking off July a little differently. This post, I have been blessed is a tribute to my grandsons and features my very favorite pictures of them.


I love how my super-intelligent four grandsons think that I’m the same age as they are and that I can do everything they can do.

On a nice, sunny summer day, you can find us swinging high, counting to 100 as we hide and seek, racing down the driveway (I always lose), engaging in a little one-on-two (my one on their two) b-ball, playing follow the leader on our bikes, throwing the football or baseball around or having a picnic in their clubhouse.  

I draw the line at climbing trees with them! And I count myself so very blessed!

Sleepovers Are The Best – I Have Been Blessed!

And during sleepovers, when night falls and baths are done, the squeaky clean four-year-old and the exhausted 50+-year-old (me) crawl into bed around nine while the older grandsons (9 & 7) challenge poppy (the hubs) to a high-hopes-of-staying-up-late, leisurely game of Scrabble, Chess or Cut Throat Bridge.  

Did I mention how smart they are or how blessed I am?

The four-year-old and I converse for a few minutes as Ben 10 morphs into a hundred (seemingly) superhero characters and saves the entire universe (on TV).  

As I fight to keep my weary eyes open, he tells me stories of talking to angels and wanting a Kindle Fire like his big brothers. He rambles on about our adventure-filled afternoon. The last thing I hear as I float into dreamland is, “Nana, open your eyes.” And I mumble my standard reply:  “I’m just resting . . .”

And the very next day, that Kindle Fire is on its way to my house for the 4-year-old’s birthday. I am so blessed!  As the old saying goes, “If I had known how wonderful grandkids would be, I would have had them first.”

I have been blessed
And I feel like I’ve found my way
I thank God for all I’ve been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed ~ Martina McBride


All the above photos by Caitlin Smith Photography (my daughter)

Here They Are Now in 2019! Did I mention how fast time goes by?

I Have Been Blessed - Updated photos of my four grandsons


I’m in the. middle of updating old posts. I love to revisit these memories and I miss the boys being this small. Here is an updated photo of us with the grandkids. 

family photo 2023

PS – My oldest grandson is getting married in May! How in the world can that be? 

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