Friday, June 01, 2012

Meet the (Great) grandparents...

The real reason why Luke was brought to San Diego at six weeks of age:  To meet his great grandparents!
First he met my parents, the Dustin side of the clan.
That's where Luke got his middle name from.
Luke is my folks first great grandchild.

Great Grandmother June fell in love with her first Great grandson, of course!

My Dad...with his only grandson and only great grandchild.

Luke thought Great Grandpa Dustin was a riot!

Nothing like holding hands with someone you love...or fingers as the case may be. 

My Dad is 88 years old.
I did a bit of math....when Luke is my Dad's age it will be the year 2100.

My Dad met his own grandfather when he was three years old.
His grandfather was born in 1856.
The stream of the centuries seem brief when I consider those fact.

Then we drove a few minutes away to Bernie's parent's house so Luke could meet Great Grandma Barbara.
Our son Jeff was Barbara' seventh grandchild.
Luke is her seventh great grandchild.
Barbara is just as delighted with her seventh great grandchild as she was with her first!

It must be a really interesting feeling to hold your own son's grandchild.
I hope someday to find out what that is like myself!

Great Grandfather Hal agreed to hold Luke after worrying a bit that he might break him.
Not a chance...Luke is just as sturdy as the rest of the Spriggs men!

Sometimes Luke look doll like to me.

But that look doesn't last long...not with the rowdy men that love Luke like crazy.

When it was time to leave, Hal did a check to make sure Luke was all tucked into his car carrier just right.

During the visit we squeezed in two visits to each great grandparent's houses, and got professional photos of everyone done too.
After often does a baby have FOUR living great grandparents around for picture taking?
(Actually, he has five...another great grandmother, Rachel's mom's mom, is also alive and well, and living in Maryland!)

I especially love this picture...Hal and Barbara will celebrate their 60th anniversary in December, God willing, and they are the sweetest most loving couple together.

Are we not blessed to have such a moment with our parents?
Sacred time.
Holy ground.
A blessing indeed.

How I wish that Luke would always have these four great grandparents around to love him and cheer him on. 
But we will have pictures, and stories and memories to share.
And he will see for himself from these pictures exactly how much he is loved.


ellen b. said...

A huge blessing indeed! Wow. These times and photos are so precious.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful post! And yes...he does look rather angelic. How special to have all those great-grandparents in his life!

Vee said...

What a heritage! Are you kidding me? Luke's not a doll? He is the cutest and his expressions are so pert and intelligent. No wonder his great-grandparents are so impressed with him!

Sara said...

I just love his cute little nose! What a darling he is. And so blessed to meet four of his GREAT grandparents. I can see they think it is a huge blessing too.

Lorrie said...

I LOVE those photos of Luke and his great grandparents. What a blessing - for all of you. Luke is such a beautiful gift.

Lovella ♥ said...

Beautiful Jill! You captured it all so well. What a tremendous blessing it is for a child to be loved as Luke is loved.
He is growing like a weed! Oh my goodness, I can't believe how long he is already.
So cute...I love all his smiles.

Neabear said...

What wonderful pictures!! The whole post is beautiful and gives me the goose bumps and tears in my eyes. Some special moments are certainly captured here!

May you many more special moments!


Kathie said...

What a smiley little boy!! Josie is only just starting to smile - it's rare and I've yet to catch one on camera!

What a blessing that he has not only loving grand-parents but great-grandparents as well. Great pictures - capturing priceless moments!

RoeH said...

He is so cute! Those eyes!! Babies are just too much fun to have around. They're quite a gift.

Dolores said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family - especially that heart-stealer, Luke.
There must be something about that name...since my own first grandchild is named Luc.

Julie said...

Treasures indeed .. in mind, heart and photos!
That little Luke of yours is definitely just biding his time until his tongue catches up with the turning wheels in his brain !
He is surely a keeper and a heart throb! smile

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Luke looks like one of the happiest babies I've ever seen! It is incredible that all his great grandparents were able to meet him, and it was so nice that you had professional photos taken --Luke will love those one day when he is older.

Anneliese said...

Oh, this is beautiful! How blessed he is indeed to have five living great-grandparents and well enough to show how much they love him! Love the pictures! His smiles for them are precious.
I hope you did four generation pics as well. I'm sure you did.
Great-grandparnets are getting younger looking all the time. =)