Monday, December 6, 2010

Livi Lu- Who

One of mine and Jade's favorite girls in this world is Olivia Drae Beasley...also known this time of year around our house as "Livi Lu-Who!" ... and we were DELIGHTED that she came to spend the night with us last week. We jam -packed our night full of fun...starting with a special trip to Joe and Greta's (at their request before I could even get the car pulled into the driveway!)...

(Greta spinning the girls in the computer chair...they squealed with JOY!)

...Making "music" together on the piano...

...and getting a little bit of "Papa Joe love"!

Next we were on to Gingerbread-men-making...

...and EATING! :)

Rich took the prize with his expert "Elvis" gingerbread man...

(UPCLOSE SHOT...for you, Rich! :))

And of COURSE the night would not have been complete without a bubble bath together! Somehow they both had "fros" this night which we were luckily able to tame with a little shampoo and water!

...And just to get them good and fired up before bedtime (and because they BEGGED)...we let them jump in Jade's bed until they were worn out (ok, it was a trick!)

We are so thankful for sweet Livi Lu Who! Her mama and Jadeybug's mama (not sure why I switched to third person here :)) spent so many days and nights together when we were their age. It makes me so happy to see God bonding their young little hearts, too...and I pray they stay close always. We sure do miss Liv being across the street, but it makes us that much more happy when we get to spend special nights, like this one, with her!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Doe and Geetie

After another sweet visit with our "Spring Hill Grandparents" last night, I started thinking about how blessed we to know this sweet couple...and wanted to share them with you! Joe and Greta (also known as "Doe and Geetie" at our house) live directly across the street from us and always welcome us into their home (almost daily since this has become Shaelyn Jades MOST favorite place in the WORLD to visit) with warm smiles and big hugs...and then begins a very detailed course of action for Jade! She immediately runs from Greta's arms (where she usually only gives her "half a hug" since she's so excited!) to the china cabinet in the dining room where she screams with delight as she sees (now remember this is a daily occurence!) all of the snowmen that Greta keeps on the bottom shelf (year round)...always as if it were the FIRST time she's seen them. Greta patiently (again, almost every day) and so lovingly stands with her and twirls the ballerina that hangs inside and takes out all of the snowmen and fish and birds and "pretties" that Jade asks for. When she is finished she darts to her next station- the snow globes (also a year-round "attraction" :)) where she waits (ok, not usually) for Greta to come and wind them each up each one and shake them for her curious little eyes to ears to take in...again, as if the first time...and then its OFF to the train! Mr. Joe is just as sweet and just as patient as he always sits with her for as long as she likes and turns on his amazing Lionel train set and lets her blow the whistle and watch the little man come out of the house and take the barrels apart...and usually try to grab the trains as they come by! When she's done with the train she takes in the
B-E-A-Utiful tree that now stands above the train, intricately detailed with a lifetime of ornaments (and stories for each one) and bright lights (which are even prettier from my living room) and garland and tinsel...the perfect tree for a little girl's curious spirit! Next, she may do a number of things- ask for a "nack" (because Greta always gives her yummy treats!), or run to the computer where Greta takes her in her lap and goes through pictures of everyone in our family, or run to the big pretzel barrel that they keep upstairs with the world's BEST pretzels in them...which she usually shares with her mother...:) She plays the piano, plays with dominos, goes up and down the little ramp Mr. Joe built for their sweet, old dog, Kissie...I am telling you, for as LONG as I will let her stay...she never stops moving while she's at their house. And with these frequent visits, I have found that this house has also become one of MY favorite places, as well...because I see true JOY in my daughter's eyes when she is here. She feels the LOVE that abounds here and it makes her happy. And it makes me happy...and I can see it also makes "Doe and Geetie" happy. It's amazing how God, with his infinite wisdom and also amazing care for the smallest details of our lives, placed us across the street from this precious couple during this time in our lives, where we have needed each other so many times, and enjoy each other daily. Sometimes "family" may not be related by blood, at all, but simply by love. We feel that Joe and Greta are our "family" in the truest sense of the word and are so THANKFUL for them.

Hope that you all find JOY in the "Doe and Geeties" that God has placed in your life this holiday season...whether across the street or across town...or across the world! He does not cross our paths coincidentally. No, there are blessings in people all around us...we just have to slow down long enough to enjoy them.

Thank you, Joe and Greta, for your warm love that we feel all the time. Thank you for taking time for us so often and for making my little girl feel like the most special little lady on the street! We love you!