My youngest son, Jacob, received his First Communion yesterday. Fortunately, we had a beautiful day in Michigan to enjoy such a special occasion!
My Mom and Step-Dad made the trip from Indiana to Michigan, so that they could celebrate Jacob's First Communion and also watch him play baseball and hockey. This really meant a lot to Jacob, as he typically only has Mom & Dad cheering him on at games (sometimes Big Brother Peter when I can make him look up from his book or video game!). All of our family lives out of state, so we don't get to spend much time together.
When Peter was younger, my Mom traveled from Indiana to Michigan constantly to help out. She was there for most of his surgeries and often came when he was sick. My Mom spent a lot of time at the hospital with us, and I am so grateful to have had her close by during the most difficult of times. Grandparents often have double the worry since they are not only anxious about their grandchild but also for their adult child. They witness the grief, anger, fear, and stress their child is going through while also enduring the heartache of seeing their grandchild crying in fear or pain.
This Sunday I'm grateful for all the CCA grandparents who give their love, support, and helping hands to their children and grandchildren.