Artwork by Emmeline
It’s a big day for our Grandma Shumway today so we (the kids and I) wanted to post some pictures up here of her throughout the years. I’ve always loved my mother-in-law, but going through these pictures where she is frozen into the fabric of so many of our family moments and memories has made me realize just how lucky we are to have her, as a mother, a mother-in-law and a grandmother. She is elegant, classy, smart, driven, thoughtful, good, hard working, fiercely devoted to us and spiritually solid. She loves to teach my kids new things, experience the beauty in the world, work on a good puzzle, read and pass on good books and send thoughtful care packages for us all. If you’re gonna have a baby, she’s the lady you want to have around about two to three weeks in when the baby has decided that he/she doesn’t really want to be crammed into that little body, stuck in that chaotic household. She brings some method to all the newborn madness, gets us all organized and under control. Anytime she gets the family together every thoughtful little detail has been considered and worked out….there are welcome gifts, constructive activities and crafts for the kids, outings planned, logistics all worked out and communicated and (best of all) lots of good food and (of course) cookies.
And, as measured and collected as she is, she’s not afraid to really enjoy the ride.
She handmade these gorgeous blankets for each of my children. Heirlooms, really. Here’s Hazel’s (made to replicate one that she had made for Jeff when he was a baby that he loved to death)And Charlie’s ^^And Emmeline’s ^^ (sorry it’s black and white)and Peters ^^She took me and my sister-in-laws to NYC for an amazing weekend few years ago (we missed you MA).She is always sending/giving the most thoughtful care packages and activity boxes to my kids. They know she loves them.
Always has a good idea to keep the kids stimulated and busy and happy.
Here’s what my kids had to say when we asked them what they thought of when they thought of Grandma Shumway:
We love you Grandma Shumway. (And sorry about the public display of affection here, I know it’s not your favorite thing….but we want this to be part of our family history here on the blog. We are so thankful for you).