Four Sevenths of My Heart

January 15, 2009 | My Jottings

My daughter Carolyn just sent me this photo of four of my seven precious grandchildren. It was taken this last summer, when Carolyn, her husband Jeremy and their four children drove to Maryland to visit my oldest daughter Sharon, her husband Chris and their three children.

From left to right, Mrs. Nisky (age 4), E-boy (age 5), Mr. McBoy (age 6) and Pearlie (age 6). Of course these aren’t their legal first names, but if you know me, you know their names already.

As I sit here in my office and feel the 24 degree below zero cold seep through the windows and walls, and watch the wind whip the bare branches of the trees and bushes outside, this sunny photo warms my heart. I love their goofiness. I love their innocence. I love that they are cousins. I love that they look so much like my daughters. I love that they also look so much like their fathers. I love their voices. I love who they are. I love who they will be. I love the God who blessed our family with these children. I love them with my whole heart. I love them with my life.

Today on this Thankful Thursday, I thank my heavenly Father for my grandchildren. These are four of the seven…4/7 of a grandma’s heart.

Can you think of anything today that you’re grateful for? Would you be willing to share?  The sixty-fourth person to comment will win a mediocre prize. 🙂


  1. Tauni says:

    What a cool picture! They are adorable.

    I have been thinking of you A LOT this week in our “summer of a winter” in sunny So Cal, 84 degrees yesterday and almost 80 today! I know you don’t miss much of CA, but days like this have to miss it!

    I too am thankful for my grandchildren, not just Benjamin, but Joseph, Malia and Noah Boomer too!

    Love you LOTS!


  2. Dorothy Sooter says:

    For some reason I did not get the picture. I am thankful for 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren starting with (I am going to list them starting with the oldest person in each family, will start with Larry), Savannah, Lauren, Spencer, Sharon, Carolyn, Sara, Katy, Chrissy, Amanda, Cooper, Emily,
    Christina, Rebecka, Christopher, Mackenzie, Jacob, Jessica,
    Cullen, Eleanor, Margaret, Clara, Elijah, Viviene, Audrey and
    Eric. An naturally, I am so very grateful for their parents.
    I had no idea being a grandparent was going to be so rewarding. Love, Dorothy

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    P.S. I got the picture, they are gorgeous.

  4. Jessica says:

    I’m going to have to think of a lot of comments to get to sixty four!!!

    Children can be the sunshine of our lives when we take the time to appreciate them. I’ve been trying to be better about appreciating all the little joys that my kids bring to my life and not overlook these things in the busyness of life.

  5. Eileen says:

    Your grandchildren are beautiful! Imagine how much fun your grandchildren had taking that picture together and the memories that were made that day. I am grateful that my family – siblings, their spouses, nieces, nephew, and Mom came to Duluth on Labor Day. We all traveled up the North Shore for a picnic and shared a fun day together. We took pictures of our kids (the little cousins) together at Gooseberry Falls and swimming in Lake Superior. Those are the pictures my children always want to bring to school to share with their friends. Good memories…Eileen

  6. Sue Raimo says:

    How precious! What beautiful carriers of life, joy, wonder, and fun! Thanks be to God for each one.

  7. Jeremy says:

    What a wonderful trip that was. I’m so glad to be part of your family.

  8. Jessica says:

    Just one more comment on the way to being # 64!

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.