This is one of those books I was sure I would hate…or just quit reading entirely. But I was immediately drawn into the lives of the McCarthy family. A broken family, each of them with their own very deep problems. Grampa John, the family’s patriarch was on a mission to heal his family. One by one he dealt with each of his grandchildren. He left the relationship with his own son to the end. It was a poignant saga about a man who loses his soulmate. The book explores their memories and weaves in his deep faith in God.
It was a heart-warming story that restores your faith in family and humankind. I found myself cheering for the successes, crying for the struggles and smiling at Grampa John and his love and his methods.
I really recommend this book. I downloaded this book for free as a promotion from Amazon, but I’m going to look into other books by Steven Manchester. I gave this book four out of five stars.
What a day we had. First Soren went to the office with me. That really didn’t work out so good. But then we had lunch with a couple of my friends. One was a preschool teacher so she played games with him, got finger puppets out, and sang songs. He loved that.
Then our two hour drive to the Thomas the Train Ride. Luckily he fell asleep. First thing we did was get our picture taken with Thomas. I know it is a ripoff to buy those pictures, but I’m a grandma and I really wanted the pictures.
I don’t have one yet of us with Thomas.
Then off to to the train play area. The children were fine. But there were some parents that were rude and bullies. As Soren was playing, one dad was determined that his kid have the train Soren was playing with. He ended up pushing against Soren and knocking him down. I lost it. In a controlled way since I didn’t want Soren to hear me. And we left the area. No wonder some kids are bullies.
Anyway, then Soren got to meet Sir Topham Hatt. I think that excited him as much as anything.
Then off to board the train. The kids helped yell All Aboard! Then the train ride. I thought that was a little anti-climatic myself. But Soren enjoyed it.
After the big train ride, Soren wanted to ride this little train. He loved it and it lasted quite a few minutes.
Today, we not only had fun, but we made memories. It is so hard when I don’t get to see him much. But I’m thankful for the fun times we do have.
P.S. Now I’m off to bed. I’m exhausted and tomorrow is the lake.
You may (or may not) remember that my daughter is a fashion designer and that she used my grandson in a runway show back in April. (It was April 14 and, for the life of me I can’t figure out on my iPad how to get the link for that post).
I don’t think I ever posted any of the final pictures with him. This one is my favorite. I think he looks very GQ.
So today I asked him to pose so I could take his picture. He had on pants with pockets clear down below his knee. He was trying to put his hand in that pocket because he had been coached for that fashion show to put his hand in his trouser pocket. He cracks me up! But finally I was able to get a couple of pictures (I deleted the one with his finger in his nose).
He has had a fun day. He and Warren stretched netting across the garden to keep the birds out. He “drove” the tractor. He went to see great-grandpa. And now he is anxiously awaiting the cutting of the watermelon.
I’m so thankful for the time we have to make memories.
And another favorite from his runway debut