Home Hopping

A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world. ~
Charles and Ann Morse

It’s been a busy winter in which we have been home hopping, going from one set of grandparents house to the next. Both homes are different and vary slightly from food spices to bedtimes, but the one thing that is the same is that both sets of grandparents, and an extra-loving great grandmother, love their (great) granddaughters. Z &A’s great grandmother told me that if a child feels that love, then the child will be happy. Such a simple piece of advice, but so true.

Back home, it is normal to rush from one thing to another, from morning waking up, grabbing breakfast, rushing out the door for school, eating a quick meal, rushing again. But amidst all this rushing, if one steps back and takes it all in, life can be enjoyed properly and humor can be seen. I remember today telling Z and A to go down the stairs, it’s time for school!, and giggling inside when I saw baby A bewilderingly toddle over to the baby gate, to look up at me, as if saying, it’s your turn to open the gate so we can go, come on now!

Below is a variety of photos taken from my home and from one set of grandparents home in West Virgina. I didn’t get to take photos at my parents home, but a few from an old post are here. There is nothing like being back in your own home, but to visit the home that you lived in for many years and to stay there for a few days is another experience in itself, especially when you get to sleep in while babies are watched by a loving grandmother. Yes, if a child feels that love, then the child will be happy, as will the mother who gets to sleep in!IMG_3112-2

Z’s magnet dolls.IMG_3116-2

Baby A’s weakness. IMG_3127-2 IMG_3346 IMG_3329-2 IMG_3289

big girl braids.IMG_3275-2

how I love feet in motion.IMG_3274-2

hope and pray they may always be in motion.IMG_3231-2

Walking. Walking, and more walking!IMG_3228 IMG_3200 IMG_3174-2

so under my sofa needs a cleaning, but so much easier to snap a photo of it than clean it!


A child’s handprints. Reminds me of the quote, “It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.” Dorothy EvslinIMG_3163

how I love this book.


matching socks are no small success!IMG_3416-2 IMG_3415-2

boots on the wrong feet happen more than I’d like to admit. at least they sparkle!IMG_3412-2 IMG_3486-2the ages of 3.5 and 1.25 are meshing so much nicer than 2.5 and newborn!

And an ayah from the Quran that I like about mothers and children:

“So did We restore him (Moses) to his mother, that she might be delighted, and that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the Promise of God  is true. But most of them know not” (Quran 28:13).



  1. Lovely pics as always 🙂 I feel just the same about when we stay over at my parent’s house…that one time I can relax a little and not be constantly conscious of everything going on with my son, because my parents are with him and I know he’s safe! 🙂 (especially in the morning sleeping in a little!)

      1. Sometimes, a company or author will contact me and ask me to review their product. In some of those cases they’ll offer a “free sample” for the publicity. Other times, I may review something I bought myself unprompted 🙂 (it’s always mentioned in the review if I got something free in exchange for the review).

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