It's been awhile since I got to spend some extended time with my youngest granddaughter so this past weekend was a true delight. No sisters or brother around to share the attention with, just one-on-one with Grandma and a little time with Grandpa, too.
Piper is two years old and smart as can be. She is much more grown up than I had realized. It was an eye opening experience that I'm so thankful for. She loved to sit on my lap facing me, eye-to-eye so we shared some great cuddle moments, some fun peek-a-boo games with her 'blankie", and she picked up a new phrase, "be careful of my glasses."
What is more precious than a sleeping child? So relaxed and comfortable, looking so big. The sight melts your heart. I was amazed that Piper didn't cry when it was nap time or night time. She stayed in her bed like a big girl. She talked about Mommy several times so we discussed that she was in Minnesota (another new word to learn) and that she would be home on Sunday. She trusted that her Mommy and Daddy would be back. And only needed reassurance once or twice.
She liked playing with her baby doll and was very kind and gentle with her. She always took baby to bed with her and covered her up with blankets. Another favorite activity was running; she's so cute with her bent arms rushing back and forth at her sides. Grandpa would tease her and she would laugh with every inch of her being.
There were moments that just can't be explained but are treasured in my heart forever. What a blessing grandchildren are! And what a special way to see how great their parents are at the same time. Time is so valuable when spent with a child.
"Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children" (Proverbs 17:6 NIV).