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The Third Day of Christmas is About Three French Hens…translate…Three Young Grandchildren!

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Liam and Katy dancing at GiGi's birthday party! March, 2013          Evie Orcutt, at birth, Dec.16,2013I have to admit, I know nothing about French hens, nor do I want to–even though I have a sister-in-law with fancy hens she loves and a good friend! (They’ll be so disappointed in me!) When I sing this happy song…not today…still have laryngitis with my pneumonia…I picture 3 feathery creatures running around noisily with abandon! That picture matches the circus our home becomes when the grandchildren start chasing each other around the house! Our third grandchild Evie, just born Dec. 16, will be joining that chase by next Christmas! The Squeals, the giggles…could there be a more delightful sound! ?  After 42 years of marriage, my husband still just looks at the sublime joy on my face as the noise level rises, and wonders “WHY? Why doesn’t she call a halt? Why doesn’t she calm them down?” Then he sees the joy I have observing them…what a rush!  The Twelve Days of Christmas…thank heavens…we have twelve whole days to celebrate the lives God gave us when he gave us his Son, and our very lives! 

  Evie and momma   Since our new Granddaughter has been born, my husband and I have been having private moments of joy and laughter at our oldest daughter Ali and her husband Greg”s expense I hate, and love, to admit! LOL  In between the extreme worry over our daughter’s difficult pregnancy, the preeclampsia that could have stolen her and the baby from us, in moments of levity, we start thinking of their lives from here on out– now that they have three–THREE children!  LOL.  Ali will be 40 in March, 2014, and just recovering from her third premature birth and c-section!  Greg is 42 already!  I just hope they stock up on Geritol!  Driving home from their house just before Christmas–exhausted but thrilled from our time with 2-year-old Katy and 6-year-old Liam, we start doing the math and comparing child development stages with “parental aging” — and wonder…

–early 40’s–children 6, 2, and newborn, Dec. 2013– home total chaos– no sleep– bottles, diapers, potty training, and PTA!  Poor Liam will be nine or ten before his parents come up for air!  

–mid 40’s–children 5, 7, and 11!  Greg the Park Ranger, Ali the former Evie and papa lovesmusician will be in full-on parenting mode…actually for the next 15 years at least– camping, church, scouts, sports, music lessons, and school of course!  Hope they’ve got their running shoes and pedometers ready!

 –almost 50– Liam will be 13 — a teenager– are you ready?  Your sweet, idolizing young boy you have now, might change.  He’ll be much smarter and cooler than you– and you will embarrass him with your mere existence!  Doors will SLAM on conversations…start your deep breathing exercises Now!

 –ten years from now–  Ali 50, Greg–52— Liam 16, and a new driver!  Katy being 12, and Evie 10, they’ll all be into a million activities!  Having another driver in the house can be helpful… and scary!  We were so happy when 16-year-old Ali began driving. She was responsible, and an excellent driver, so, we askd her to drive her eight year old sister to Vacation Bible School…and whoops (!), she takes out a neighbor’s mailbox while reaching for the Bible sliding off the dash!  Lord???  

—55 year old Ali, and 57-year-old Greg–oh my gracious– the girls, Katy 17 and Evie 15 will be dating!  Greg, a law enforcement officer as well, carries a gun!  Those could be scary years! 

—64– When Ali is our age, her children will be 24, 26, and 30!  Do we dare hope she and Greg will have three college graduates, gainfully employed…grandchildren of their own perhaps…and won’t want to sleep late, now that they can again?!  Yes! This is what we hope for them. “Please Lord, watch over their family and take them through all the years with health and Grace!  Amen” 

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

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