Sunday, July 31, 2011

Counting My Blessings

When you live long enough to be a great-grandmother, there are so many sweet memories.  Yesterday was a very special day, filled with the sweetest kind of memories.  My oldest grandson called and said that he and his son (my great-grandson) were going to drive over.  They live about an hour away.  I asked if they could stay for dinner.  Of course was the reply.

I just had to stop and thank the Lord for such a wonderful and loving family.  The afternoon was filled with tons of laughter and of course a lot of watching the X-Games.  I loved every minute.

My grandson on the left, then my great-grandson and my youngest son.  Life is good and I am sooooooooo BLESSED.

Dinner was really simple, just what the great-grand would like.

Macaroni Salad
Ranch Beans

The best treat of all was we made shakes in my old Malt Machine that was in my parents soda fountain when I was little.

I am fascinated by the old plug too.

A fabulous day and such a sweet Blessing from the Lord.  I hope all of you have a Blessed day and Count your Blessing too.


  1. That was a blessing, Marty, to have your family there and share dinner too! I was hoping my daughter and SIL could come for dinner tonight but they can't. We did see them briefly yesterday though. I can't believe you are a great grandmother! You do NOT look old enough!!!!! XO, Pinky

  2. You truly are blessed and so are they! Sounds like a perfect dinner (and dessert!). I can't believe you're a great grandmother either!!

  3. What a wonderful looking, three generation of boys!! I can't even imagin Victoria, my older grandgirl been married, you're so very lucky and surely blessed to be so young for a great-grand, Marty!! I love the old shaker machine, I have one from Hamilton Beach, the new version that looks just like it, although, only 18 yrs. old. Thanks for sharing, you've filled my heart! Love, FABBY

  4. How wonderful -- the older we get the more precious our family becomes.

  5. What a wonderful blessing to have all of them there with you! And I love that shake machine, too!!

    After my last child was born, we had him, his father, his grandfather & his great grandfather all together for Christmas.

    There were 4 Thomas F. Austins in the room!!!

    We were so grateful!!!

    Many blessings to you/love/hugs,

  6. I'm so happy for you that some of your family lives in driving distance and can come visit. Two of my boys now live in Colorado and we do most of our "visiting" on skype. I adore that milk shake maker...having you make the great-grandson milk shakes from it will be a great memory for him.

  7. Family sure is a blessing Marty and you have a beautiful one!! Martina

  8. Always a blessing to have family around - whether in body, mind, or spirit! What a handsome bunch to boot. :0)

  9. Hi Marty, Even though I have 9 grandkids, I sure don't think you are old enough for great grands.
    How incredible and wonderful. What handsome guys. We are very blessed.
    Have a great day!

  10. Marty, so glad you had this opportunity to spend time with your family and to share a meal. You are blessed, indeed, and they are blessed to have you in their lives.

  11. I just recently was blessed with my first great grandchild-and am so looking forward to making memories with him.Lovely family you have.

  12. What a treat when good fun, family and time together all coincide.

    Blessings to you - Marsha

  13. What a wonderful day. I am taking my granddaughter to visit my parents in the morning. She and her great-grandma have quite a bond, even though my mom really isn't able to talk to her. Love needs no voice.

  14. Oh Marty, how wonderful for you to have your family that close by. Why, one hour is nothing compared to how far my grand kids are. At least we are on the same coast now.

    That dinner was perfect... all the food they probably like best. That old milkshake mixer must be chock full of good memories.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  15. Now way could you be a great grandma!? What a wonderful day, and I am sure your parents were looking down and smiling while you were eating your shakes..

  16. thanks for sharing your family with us and the wonderful memory making moments ya'll had.

  17. Hi Marty,
    You have a handsome family there! Glad you had a nice visit, thanks for sharing with us! XO ~LIZ

  18. Hi Marty,
    Isn't it so wonderful when we get sweet surprise visits from those we love........doesn't get much better than that.

    Know what??? I so recognized your old milk shake machine, my Grandparents and Dad owned a diner when I was a kid and I remember many a chocolate milkshake made for me and others, on that baby!!

    Fun memory for me too!!

    Blessings hon, Nellie

  19. Me again.........
    Meant to say what nice looking fellows you have there....
    son and grandsons!
    Know you are proud of them all!

    blessings, Nellie

  20. I would say that you are indeed Blessed. You have some fine looking guys there...Glad this blessing filled your heart with joy..
    Hugs to ya

  21. Hi Marty! Oh, yes, ma'am, a blessing indeed! You have some handsome young men sitting on your sofa! Sounds like one of my favorite dinners and that milk shaker ( I know it has a name, but I don't know what to call it ). That is an awesome machine! You'll have to tell us about your parent's soda counter (again, I don't know what it's called) :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Awwwww those are real blessings indeed!! Although I think you're much to young to be a great grandmama *winks* I love your shake machine! I'm quite sure that any shake will taste better made on that fab machine! Vanna

  23. Love the old machine! Great menu for the guys.

  24. blessings indeed marty. thanks for sharing your family.

  25. Hi Marty.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your special guys.

  26. Simple Pleasures. Love the shake machine...

  27. Umm, I'd love a nice cold milkshake about now. (It''s a real furnace!)
    But spending time with family is always COOL!

  28. Marty,
    I hereby deem Saturday...GREAT GUY DAY!!! I, too, was blessed with the presence of my husband and son for our usual Date Night! Like you...I am so~o~o blessed. Thanks for sharing the truest joys in life!

  29. Marty that's wonderful. We are truly blessed to have our families. We spent the weekend moving my grandson back to college, this year in his own apartment instead of the dorm. He was so excited. We worked so hard, but he is all "fixed up" with everything he could need. Of course my little four year old grand daughter helped us a lot with the cleaning. She loves to mop and wipe off furniture. :)

    May we both have many more blessings of our loving families.

    We're tired, but it's a "good" tired!


  30. HOw nice to have your family there and I am loving that vintage milkshake mixer!

  31. Hi Marty. What a blessing, indeed. You spent time with your loved ones but I bet they were just as blessed to have spent time with you. :) Thank you for sharing with us.
    God Bless.

  32. Looks like 3 very happy generations gathered on your sofa. Isn't it great the malt machine stills works - made well the first time!

  33. Hi Marty,
    Love this post! Those are some handsome fellows!
    That old malt machine is amazing!
    See ya soon!

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