Eight years ago, my daughter fell in love and married a single dad who alone was raising his two elementary-age children, a little girl and her younger brother. My grandbaby count doubled from two to four overnight.
With Christmas around the corner, HB and I did not hesitate about adding them to our Christmas list, but we were surprised when others did.
Our families are blended. We were ALL married, divorced, and married again, and the innocents in all this drama are the children. HoneyBunch and I decided to look at it from the perspective of the child and not from the ex-in-laws.
We would never separate the grandchildren we acquired through birth from those we acquired as a bonus. God entrusted us with this gift, and we honor it.
Our daughter added to her family with two little boys, and one year after that, my youngest son introduced me to his fiancé and her son. We added him to our Christmas list, jotted his birthday into our calendar, and considered ourselves blessed once again. At that point we had seven little grands to spoil.
Since then we have added three more birth babies into the motley crew we call family. Those who have not seen me in the last few years wonder where HoneyBunch and I acquired so many grandbabies in so little time.
Believe me; we had nothing to do with it. HB and I just smile and enjoy being grandparents to our growing family.