November 5, 2008
I am grateful for my in-laws. They are good, good people and I have loved them for longer than I loved Tyler. (I know I've said that before, but it's true.) Last night my mother-in-law came over to my house to babysit my 5 and Mindie's 3 kids while we went and did our callings. Yes, she even kept Briggs, a true momma's boy. Just so you know she (and my father-in-law) babysit for all of us A LOT. And I really appreciate it. And the extent of their grandparenting doesn't just start or stop with the tending of our kids; they are our mentors, sounding-boards, cheerleaders, defenders, and supporters (kids, in-laws, and grandkids alike.)
A few weeks ago my father-in-law took a job in California. With this economy being what it is (and has been), he took a job as an independent contractor working in different stores around the country. He's specializing in closing down stores, so he seems to have plenty to do these days. Luckily, he hasn't been sent too far, but it's still been hard to have him any kind of far for so many weeks now. We're hoping, and yes, praying that Grandpa Bruce will be able to make it home for Christmas. What a gift that would be :) I can't completely express the sense of loss I sometimes feel to know Bruce isn't right around the corner, waiting to come over and play games with my girls or watch western shows with my boys. Bruce has always been a hard-worker for his family's benefit, and Dodie has always been willing to sacrifice. So, her days have been busy with work and, well, life, and her nights have been solo, yet she still has been willing to help all her daughters-in-law with the raising of our kids. And for that I'm grateful.
Here's a photo of all the grandkids with Grandma and Grandpa the night before Bruce left for Cali. [No, Jared and Alexis (in the back) aren't grandkids, but the rest of them are.] I know. D'ems a lot of kids! And, yes, they are THE CUTEST!