A Tale of Six Grandparents.

“There’s nothing quite like watching your parents..grow into grandparents.” — ad-libbed from Cassidy after Scarlet’s birth.

My kids have six grandparents. Sometimes that statement makes people give me a funny little look and ask, “How?” Sort of like how they give me a funny big look when I tell them that my two oldest siblings are only two weeks apart, but that those two weeks occurred over the deadline for starting kindergarten, so they were always in different grades. How are they two weeks apart? Are they freak twins? No, they’re technically step-siblings. We just hate the word “step.” And that makes the grandparents thing tough too.

There is no “step.” It’s just that there was a divorce and two re-marriages and Cassidy’s family widened to include these spouses. And his mother’s husband and his father’s wife are every bit the kids’ grandparents. In heart and love and support and all that jazz.

These photos are not of my parents. They’re Cassidy’s dad and his lovely wife. She’s “Amma” to the kids. I have more photos of these two with the kids than I do of the kids with the other four. I think it’s for two main reasons. 1. We live semi-close to them. 2. They have a wonderfully lit living room. Kids or no kids, it requires a camera. I can’t resist rooms with multiple picture windows.

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I also, as you know, cannot resist photos of interactions. I’m beyond fried on this beautiful day. Yesterday we broke the “no Bowmans in the ER in 2013” rule. We are all going to be ok. The next several weeks may be tough as Cassidy recovers from a bad fall.

All six grandparents are in other states or even other countries right now.

I don’t just miss them – I also miss their numerous offers of help that they all so graciously offer when possible. Their open arms.

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Humorous interactions. Love interactions.

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Each picture tells such a story – I am having trouble leaving any out!

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I hope you’re not at a computer to read this, and you’re out on your vacation journeys..but come back soon!

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This guy’s hands miss your hands.

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22 Comments

  1. Such a blessing to "watch" this story of grandparents! You know your pictures are always heart warming but I just love to see kids get to share time with Grands. I think it's awesome that they have 6! I only had 1 that lived during my childhood. Grands do all the spoiling:)

    1. They do! I can't believe I had seven but they weren't all that…grandparently. I had my favorites, basically. Scarlet doesn't and might never. All six are equally enamored with her.

  2. I love these pictures. Grandparents are such a special part of kids' lives! We live next door to my in laws and what a blessing that has been! The kids are so close to their grandparents because of it!

    1. Thanks, Rabia! It's only been 48 hours but I suppose there's a gradual difference in his pain levels. He'll be good as new but it will be a few weeks which is a HUGE bummer this time of year.

  3. My husband and I always talk about the blessing of having a daughter be so well loved – and liked – by all sides of the family. Unlike me, he didn't grow up knowing his grandparents. The love of grandparents and the memories, like those you are so obviously capturing, is SO amazing.

    1. It is. Such a blessing. It's the most intense kind of love. Not that I know what it's like to be a grandparent but being a grandchild is pretty darn special.

  4. First off, I have to say that I LOVE Amma's matching purple nail polish and sweater!…..was that weird to notice that?Grandparents are the best! The only thing about relocating to a different state is being separated from such awesome grandparents. The pics are amazing……..as usual!

  5. My step dad was the "alpha" grandfather to my kids from day one. He was so involved and so loving and not once was he ever a "step" grandparent so I get what you are saying. The joy in these photos is priceless.

  6. I just love ALL of these photos. Des looks VERY happy to be in his Amma's arms. Watching my mom as a grandparent now, makes me wonder who on earth raised me! She is SO different with them, catering to their every need! I'm often quite disgusted, annoyed but mostly I'm grateful for her.Sorry about Cassidy's fall. The ER is no fun, I know all about that.

  7. Lovely lovely photos – thanks for sharing them with us! And how wonderful to have so many grandparents – it's a blessing. Hope all is well and he is healing quickly.

  8. That must have made their hearts so happy that he feels so safe and loved in their arms. My in laws are rarely around and my son plays strange with them. Such a happy post my friend.

  9. These are great! I'm finally visiting from Saturday Sharefest… love the photos and the relationships you illustrate and oh, that toothless grin is TO DIE FOR!Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. I'm sorta under stress this week so I needed it!

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