Marathon To-Do List w/ Children

listLast week our daughter and her husband had their fourth baby, Heidi Victoria! We’re still celebrating!  The first one, Grace is with the Lord, just in case you’re wondering where she is in the photo’s. Each baby born is a huge gift from the Lord, for which we are ever so grateful.

It is such an honor to be a grand parent. I’ll never forget those days after Grace died, when other grandparents held their  grandchildren and I ached for ours. When I hold ours now, oh my goodness- I cherish them. Every toe I kiss, every nose I wipe, every word they say is priceless. When you lose a life, it makes you more grateful for life. I want to cherish our grandchildren. I want to live life with them, teach them through our actions how to live and love like Jesus.

Before Heidi was born I made a list of things I could do with the grand children while Heather, their mom was in labor. Use the list as an idea bank for yourself, for your children or grandchildren.

Heather’s labor was only five hours, Heidi was born while the kids were still asleep. We decided to do the list anyway so Heather could rest from her night of labor. After hugging and admiring Heidi we ate breakfast and then began our marathon list. The object of the marathon was to complete it in one day. We only accomplished 3/4  by dinnertime! The snag in time that I didn’t account for was  the toy from Target- they didn’t want to move on to the next thing, they wanted to play with the toy.

  1. Dye Easter eggs
  2. Make craft
  3. Finger paint
  4. Read books
  5. Play game
  6. Nature walk
  7. Make Christmas ornament
  8. Pitch tent in family room- to play in
  9. Pray
  10. Tell story
  11. Go to store and buy a toy
  12. Watch movie and eat organic popcorn
  13. Make cookies
  14. Snug as a bug in the rug at bedtime
  15. Make scrape book
  16. Talk for an hour
  17. Take cookies to neighbor
  18. Hugs and say, “I love you!”
  19. Give organic candy
  20. Make yummy meal

game

Dying Easter eggs

Dying Easter eggs

 

Grandman and I took them shopping so they could each buy one toy

Grandman and I took them shopping so they could each buy one toy

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Made a craft

Made a craft

Made cookies- Lochlan choose a cross cookie cutter for Jesus-he told me all about Jesus and the cross

Made cookies- Lochlan choose a cross cookie cutter for Jesus-he told me all about Jesus and the cross

Felicity chose chicks and the cross cookie cutters

Felicity chose chicks and the cross cookie cutters

Took cookies they made to neighbor

Took cookies they made to neighbor

Nature walk

Nature walk

Made play dough- felicity enjoyed throwing it more than anything

Made play dough- felicity enjoyed throwing it more than anything

Read books

Read books

organic candy

Organic candy

Heidi was 7 hours old-we were at the breakfast table with the whole family

Heidi was 7 hours old in this photo-we were at the breakfast table with the whole family-before the marathon to-do-list

What a memorable day!

Comments

  1. SheriA says:

    Congratulations to Heather and her family, and to you and Dale! I have one grandchild, Lisa’s son, William. Grandchilden are precious! Grace and peace to you.

    • How old is William Sheri? We’re blessed!

      • Anonymous says:

        He is 7 1/2 months old! He is crawling and babbling up a storm. I take care of him 2 days a week, while Lisa and her husband work. What a blessing! I know what you mean about holding and hugging and cherishing them!

  2. Dear Sharon,

    Congratulations to your daughter, Heather, and her family, and to you and Dale. You have blessed me through your post. Our only married daughter of our five, is unable to have children, I’m so glad for you and so grateful that you have been blessed with this gift, and that you are so generously sharing it with others. God gives us these babies to love and cherish in His service. may you be blessed and blessings to all the family.

    With love and hugs,

    Ruth.

  3. Joanne Peterson says:

    Congratulations! How sweet are the pictures of your grandchildren and all of your activities. The expression on your face as you are gazing at your new grandbaby is priceless! Many blessings,

    Joanne

  4. Trudy Payne says:

    So happy to hear the good news about another grandchild. Enjoyed the pictures of you and your grand children playing. I could tell both were really having a great time with grandma.
    My love to the parents and grandparents.

    Trudy

  5. Thanks for sharing your story and idea!! We too lost a baby…she would be 5 this month. I understand what you are saying about appreciating life more after it’s been lost. We were blessed with 2 little guys after our loss and I saw God’s hand and grace in those pregnancies and deliveries more than I did in my older 3. Praying for all your little people and their parents…transition time is fun and exciting, but a bit tiring and overwhelming at times! :)
    Blessings,
    jill

  6. Library Momma says:

    Beautiful baby, wonderful precious grandchildren you have, great idea!

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