Sunday, May 21, 2017

How It's Done Now

Family...the word means many things doesn't it?  Family in the old days meant Mom and Dad and kiddos...or maybe just a "you and me".   In the here and now the word "family" encompasses many aspects of living as a "unit".   Single parents, gay parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, adoptive parents, friends that gather for dinner on a regular basis....however you want to use the word family it's OK because in the end the real meaning is "LOVE".   Last week our Granddaughter, Summer, called and asked it she could celebrate her birthday at the Pines.  She said it would be her and her boyfriend, her Dad and Evelyn, her Mom and Brian, (her Mom's boyfriend), her other Grandparents, and her siblings.  Of course I said yes and we discussed the menu and who would bring what for the party.  Later she called and asked if it would be OK if her Great-Grandparents could come too.  You bet!  Unfortunately, they weren't able to make it. Shout outs went to the uncles also.   I always hoped my kids would not have to go through a divorce.  But life happens.  Change is part of that and today we all gathered to celebrate a birthday of  one of the sweetest young ladies around.  Summer has the perfect name because she's always happy, full of life, and brings sunshine every time she walks into a room.  It was a lovely afternoon full of all the good things about family life.  I can look back on my life and like most people know I've made mistakes along the way.  But looking at the happy faces of family gathered to celebrate together, it's proof that many good things happened along the way too.
She was crowned princess for the day with her constant companion "Happy"!
19yrs young!  Her other Grandma made the wonderful cake!
We hope all her wished come true.
All the chairs were filled with family and friends.
Summer, her sister, Driana, and her other Grandma, Kay.
All her sibs and Happy.
PawPaw and this pic!
Chubbs was there enjoying all the attention from Phil and Jack.
We love you sweetie!


Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, YaYa!

Happy birthday to your wonderful grandkiddo Summer! I have been watching Summer grow and following her accomplishments since she was 14 or 15. I can tell that she is one of the sweetest young women around and that her bright smile lights up a room. It was also great to see Driana and the other grands and family members that were on hand to celebrate Summer's 19th birthday at the Pines. Chubbs looks like he prefers to hang out with the guys and if I had been there I'd have given him hours of lubbins. Once again happy birthday to Summer. May the coming year bring many blessing to her.

Have a wonderful week, dear friend YaYa!

betty said...

Such a beautiful young woman Summer is! Happy belated birthday to her! Glad she wanted to spend her special day at your place and glad you were willing to accommodate it all! Sounded like a fun time!


acorn hollow said...

So wonderful you can all get along for the children. It has made her want to be with family.
Happy Birthday Summer

Rick Watson said...

A lovely celebration. Everyone looks so happy.

Julia said...

What a nice grandma you are.
Happy Birthday Summer. I love that name.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

A beautiful name for a lovely young girl. Happy Birthday Summer, it looks like you are surrounded by love.

gin said...

Happy Birthday Summer! She knew you would say yes when she asked if everyone could be invited. That's because you set the scene years ago that life has family, and you can't change the outcome. I'm sure it's a Birthday Summer will always treasure.

Stacy Crawford said...

Happy birthday. So true about family. It's hard being a part of a divorce.