Showing posts from May, 2012


Yesterday Son#3 rang and surprised us with the news that he was engaged! Surprised - not because we weren't expecting it some time - but only because we had an inkling of his financial state. As a masters student, money isn't in abundance and a recent conversation with him had led me to believe that he didn't have enough money for an engagement ring. Obviously he found a solution to that problem.

DH was mowing the lawns when Son#3 rang. I took the phone out to him so that Son#3 could tell him the news himself. At first DH didn't look pleased about being interrupted (he later told me he thought it must have been a telemarketer) but that quickly changed. He was almost as excited and pleased as Son#3 himself.

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2 will be thrilled (as we all are). She quickly attached herself to Son#3's girlfriend and was disappointed when she didn't spend Christmas with us last year. And as for The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4 and her yet-to-be-born-si…

Not One

It seems that not one of us included in Son#3's grduation photos is happy with the way that we look (although Son#3 and his girlfriend have no cause for complaint in my opinion) but I'll include a few pics here anyway.

Perhaps if I could turn back the clock ... like twenty years or so, I would have taken a better pic. But then I've never really been photogenic to begin with. Besides, it wasn't all about me and the key players look fantastic. Perhaps that's all that matters.


Which is stranger?

Meeting people whose names you recognise but whose faces you have never seen and discovering that they fit the mental image you have held for many years ...


... meeting someone whom you knew as a ten-year-old and discovering that they're now married with grown children and perhaps even a grandparent?

DH and I experienced both this past weekend when we took his mother to the 125th Anniversary of the church that he had attended us a young boy (and later as a young man).

It was perhaps easier for me to get my head around the fact that this elegant woman I was meeting had once been my husband's Sunday School friend than it was for him, or that the elderly woman with teenage grandsons had been taught Sunday School by my mother-in-law (who didn't seem to have any difficulty recognising people from the distant past). In many ways, the weekend had a surreal quality to it.

Apart from eating (every function had an abundance of wonderful food), talking, and meeting o…

It Rained ... It Poured

It rained ... it poured ... we could have got more use out of the umbrellas I'd rushed out and bought yesterday had it not been so windy (and I can't remember the last time I felt compelled to use an umbrella). Yet from the luncheon at the university ... to the official photos on campus ... to the graduation ceremony ... to the walk in the rain down the street to the town square ... to the framing of his "bit" of paper that represents four years' hard work ... to the hot drinks in the cafe to warm up ... to dinner where he continued to wear his gown, it was a wonderful day.

There are only so many public moments in a child's life where the parents are able to shout to the world that they are proud of their offspring without being dismissed as bores or worse.

Today was one of those days.

And despite protestations and initial reluctance on Son#3's part, I have a sneaking suspicion that in the end he ended up enjoying it just a little bit.

But only a little bit.

Mother's Day Surprise

I'm not sure what moment was the most special of all the memories created today for each and every one was special and lodged itself within my heart.

Perhaps it was when I saw my three sons and the lovely girl Son#3 is courting walk into church at the start when I hadn't been expecting them. I had had a thought (a hope actually) at the back of my mind that they might surprise me but I hadn't wanted to put too much store in it in case I was disappointed. The fact that they all sent me text messages to say Happy Mother's Day one after the other made me suspicious. Hope or not, it was a lovely surprise to see them and my heart literally lept for joy to see them there.

Then again, perhaps it was having all the family together and being filled with quiet pride for the men my sons have become and are becoming.

But then, perhaps it was being able to enjoy the antics of The Most Adorable Granddaughters in the World and watch them destroy my house in seconds. (My sons would find t…

It Seems ...

1. ... I'm lousy at keeping my blog updated. I was reminded this week by a family member that I've not written anything since last Sunday. Perhaps that's because I've had so little time with The Most Adorable Granddaughters in the World that there seems nothing worthwhile to blog about.

I did get to make pizza with The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2 last Thursday who told me that it was her favourite (so was most everything else). And The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 told me about her school work (she's home-schooled) and condescended to talk to me on the phone when none of the uncles were available. The Most Adorable Granddaughter#3 gave me big hugs and hid feijoas under her highchair. And The Most Adorable Granddaughter#4 is now pulling herself up and is going to be into mischief in no time at all (she's also put a dent in my heart locket with her tiny teeth which I think is really cute because now I can wear her around my neck and since she's not one for…