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 really, really 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) super-hero 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. And 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 it’s way to my house for the 4-year-old’s birthday. I am so blessed!  Like 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 above photos by Caitlin Smith Photography (my daughter)

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Kirsten @ One Tough Mother July 1, 2013 - 9:57 am

You have some handsome grandsons! And they sound like they are awesome kids who will grow into wonderful young men! 🙂

Marilyn July 1, 2013 - 11:32 am

What a handsome bunch…you truly have been blessed!

Alli July 1, 2013 - 12:46 pm

I know! Of course, I’m a tiny bit partial! 🙂

Alli July 1, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Aren’t they? :O) Just patiently waiting for a granddaughter to join them (drumming my fingers as I speak)

Alli July 1, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Hello my new BFF! Flattery will get you everywhere with me! 🙂 They are precious, as is every grandchild to his/her grandmother!

Alli July 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Thanks! They take after their Nana! Just kidding!

Lori @Vintage Charm Restored July 1, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Such sweetie boys!!! Thank you for sharing. Have a great 4th of July!!

Alli July 2, 2013 - 6:14 am

I try not to brag about my grands too much . . . 🙂 But we grandparents can’t help it! Thanks for stopping by.

Sherry July 2, 2013 - 1:46 pm

I agree with the comment that you don’t look anywhere near grandma age! These boys are absolutely adorable. LOVE the song and the sentiment behind it. It’s nice to stop sometimes and reflect on all that we’ve been blessed with. Life gets so crazy sometimes and it’s easy to just get caught up in it and not feel that appreciation. Hugs to you!

Alli July 2, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Thanks so much!

Rebekah July 2, 2013 - 5:23 pm

This is so sweet, Mama! These are some of my favorite pics of the boys also. When I showed them this post, they were so happy. Caden said, “Nana’s so sweet!” We are truly blessed to have you as well. Love you!

Alli July 2, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Thanks, Bec! I love the pics, too!


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