...his first and only granddaughter was born!
He couldn't risk the health of his precious newborn grandchild,
who lived under his roof (along with me & dh & my first
home business!) for the first 2.5 years of her life. So after
43 years of smoking, he quit cold turkey ;-)
Here's Jessica, our firstborn, enjoying the
adoring, compelling, ever-attentive love of her grandparents.
Imagine, four adults watching and applauding her every move during
her early development years! To this day, my husband and I believe
that living with my parents to save money for a house in our
early marriage was no sacrifice...it was a gift we will always
be grateful for.
When my youngest child Thomas was born, my
father said to me, "If you fill up his first two years with
love and joy, he will be happy for the rest of his life."
Here is Grandpa pouring it on Jessica, as he did for the first
two years of the lives of all his six other grandchildren (including
Thomas) as well.
Dad and "dh" coming together, walking
down the same road, living for the same dream...