Kidquips 11

March 13, 2013 | My Jottings

My oldest daughter Sharon and her husband Chris flew away to a warmer part of the country last weekend, for a work-related function. Because their youngest child, Louisa, is seven months old and still a nursing baby, she went with them. The older three, Mr. McBoy, Mrs. Nisky and Lil’ Gleegirl, are staying at our house for almost five days.

One of the things that gives me such delight in this life is to see the way my grandchildren love each other. They have their squabbles over toys like most children, but somehow they all treat each other with love and respect, root for each other, give hugs and encouraging words, and help each other when needed.

I’ve seen this in Sharon and Chris’s family with the birth of Louisa last summer. Louisa’s three siblings (age 10 1/2, 8 1/2 and 6) adore her. They want to hold her, play with her, help Mom or Dad with her, and they’re most happy when they’re with Louisa. When they come home from school, they change out of their uniforms, throw down their backpacks, and go to be with Louisa. And Louisa loves her brother and sisters too. She’s always full of smiles and screechy vocalizations when she sees them. She reaches for them and cuddles them, and it’s quite beautiful to see.

Two nights ago at our dinner table, Mr. McBoy (who is a dedicated gatherer of facts and any kind of trivia, as is his mother) asked Mrs. Nisky, “What is the best thing that’s ever happened to you?” And his 8 year-old sister responded with hardly a second’s pause, “Louisa.”

I will never forgot that moment.

Here’s a photo of Mrs. Nisky and Lil’ Gleegirl meeting Louisa on the day of her birth.


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all have someone in our lives who thinks the greatest thing that ever happened to them was the day we were born?  😉

So now Chris and Sharon have a blond, a redhead, a dark brunette, and (so far at age 7 months) a strawberry blond.

Louisa can’t do one single thing for herself, but her presence in our family has brought so much joy!


  1. Steve Bronte says:

    What a wonderful Grandbabies!!! A real gift from the Lord. All of your Grandbabies are not just adorable but beautiful as well. And little Louisa -Wow … what a happy, happy baby. I’m sure you’re very proud of them all. Sharon and Carolyn have done a fabulous job … and of course their kids got their good looks from their Mamas. And Carolyn and Sharon got their beauty (outside and within) from you. So glad to see what a great family you have. Thanks for sharing. Blessings. XOXO

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Steve! I do feel very blessed. We’re all human, though, so like most families we have our stuff. 🙂 xxoo

  3. Kay in Cornwall says:

    It shows how loved your grandchildren feel that they have no feelings of jealousy over their new baby sister. A result of good parenting and good grandparenting! My younger son was only four and a half when we brought our Louisa home from hospital. Up until then, Christopher had been quite a ‘challenging’ child and was not the easiest to get along with. However,from the moment little Louisa entered the house, Chris changed so much. Not only did his general behaviour improve, but he joined his older brother in watching over Louisa, and Chris in particular kept asking, ‘When is it my turn to hold her?’ 🙂 He also became her ‘guardian’ in that, for example, if other children took toys away from his sister, he would quietly take the toy back from the offending child and give it back to Louisa. Christopher is now proving to be a wonderful daddy to Finley (3) and Samuel (10 months).
    You have such a lovely family and we are holding you and all your loved ones in our prayers.

  4. Just Julie says:

    How sweet and interesting that the two Louisas had such an effect on their siblings, Kay. Thank you for sharing…I always love your comments. xxoo

  5. Shari C. says:

    What precious love! Thanks for sharing this Julie. You are so blessed to have such sweet children in you life and to have them live so close by… and you can see their love for their baby sister in the photo, too! Love it! 🙂

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you, dear Shari. I am very blessed, yes! xxoo

  7. Ember says:

    🙂 Lovely post! x

  8. Just Julie says:

    🙂 xxoo

  9. Sharon says:

    I love that Louiser! She is a little ray of sunshine.

  10. Pat says:

    How sweet this is! There’s nothing like having your siblings by your side throughout life. I’m so grateful for my sisters and my brother. I’m glad you have this in writing so you will never forget Mrs. Nisky’s comment. That is worth remembering the rest of your days…

  11. Just Julie says:

    I was so glad to be able to meet your sisters recently Pat. You are blessed to have their love and support. And yes, much of this blog is so I won’t forget what is important. 🙂 xxoo

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