Throughout that time, I've had the priviledge of hanging out with my parents at least twice each year. Sometimes even three or four times per year. It just depends on the year.
Our time together is wonderful, and I treasure every minute of it.
Today I'm going to tell you about one little tiny aspect of our time together that has become very special to me.(and my kids)
Usually, at some point in our visit, my mom (Gingi) will say to me, "So, do the kids need any shoes?"
Sometimes it's a no.
But many times, it's a yes.
Fellow parents, you know how it goes.
You try to keep your little critters fed, watered, and clothed.
And you try to keep their feet shod. (not sure if that's a real phrase, but you get my drift.)
The thing is, those little feet grow so quickly.
And sometimes you have a shoe that fits perfectly in July, but it's no longer the season for that type of shoe. (winter boot, for example.)
There are quite a few moving parts: growing feet, what time of year is it, is there money in the budget for a new pair of shoes?
When my mom asks, "Do the kids need shoes?", it is such a gift.
It's so thoughtful.
It's so generous.
It's so helpful, in a practical sense.
And it's so much FUN for the kids to go pick out a new pair of "Gingi shoes."
I remember being with my sister-in-law, Allison, last year. As we were talking I said, "oh, I love those cute little shoes she is wearing" (pointing to my niece's feet.)
Allison's response: "Oh, those are from Gingi!"
I should've known!
(So Mom, I know you'll read this at some point: I know we've said it before, but I'll say it again--thank you so much for all the shoe love! I appreciate it so much, and you know the kids do, too!)
If there are any grandparents who are reading, take note: here's a wonderful blessing you can give to your grandchild....offer to buy that cute kiddo a new pair of shoes!
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I was just looking through a box of hand-me-downs the other day.
Manzo is wearing some hand-me-downs from his big brother. And some hand-me-downs from his cousin, who is 4yrs old.
Anyway, I opened up a box that said, "Boy shoes, infant to size 6"
What a delight.
A little boy's feet grow so fast--most of the shoes in my box are in GREAT condition.
And when I look at them, the memories of Superboy being that age just flood back to me!
Makes me happy about the past (Superboy as a 2 yr old) as well as excited about the future (Manzo as a 2 yr old.)
Thank the Lord for little feet, little shoes, and beloved grandmothers who pour out love and blessings on all her little people!