I’ve started working on having Thankful Thursday posts…it’s just a random post of things that happened during my week that I am thankful for. It started after I’ve been reading The Frugal Girl blog and she has a feature called Thankful Thursday. I loved the idea and have been doing it here. Today I’m thankful for the stages in life.
After spending time with the family over the holidays, I got thinking about the stages of life. I went from college student to wife, to mom, a little break, and then grandma. It was crazy. Life was always busy with five kids around the house and then a rush of grandkids.
In that “little break” time, people always said to me, “You’re not a grandma yet. Aren’t your kids old enough?”
Yes, yes my kids were old enough but they chose not to have kids right away. Two of our daughters, Kelli and Kayla dated over five years before they got married. Then they didn’t have kids right away…
I always told people that as much as I hoped to be a grandma someday, I didn’t have children to have grandkids. I had my kids to have my kids. I enjoy and appreciate them just as they are…married or not, grandkids or not. Lately, more than ever, I’ve been appreciating time with Karl.
Our son Karl isn’t married. He lives just a few houses from me (we can’t see each other’s house). On Christmas Eve day Karl and I kept our tradition of making tamales. It was wonderful. Just Karl and I hanging out in the kitchen.
Karl and I had to commemorate the moment by taking this picture. Notice in the photo above, everything evened out. We ran out of masa, meat, and wrappers all exactly equally. The last tamale is in the photo below.
Here they are steaming…
Karl is single…not married and never has been. I’m not sure he will marry. It’s going to have to be the exact right girl to pull him out of bachelorhood because he enjoys his life as is.
I am enjoying his life as is too. I appreciate it when he stops by for supper…plays a couple of games of Patchwork and heads off to his house. It’s a nice quiet visit.
I love days when the grands are all here and the house is chaos, but I love this stage with Karl too. I rarely get to visit with my other adult kids without all the little ones around and miss that. So more than ever, I am thankful for this time with Karl…if the right person comes along for him, that’s okay too…he needs to do whatever makes him happy. For now, I’m appreciating and being thankful that I have this time with Karl.
By the way…it was our best batch of tamales ever!! So good. Good food and a good time together, that’s something to be thankful for!!