Monday, June 6, 2011

Tasting


Can you taste the joy? Our five year old granddaughter Anne Marie lives just a few blocks away, so we are very fortunate to be able to see her quite a bit and spend quality time with her. Several months ago, she spent the evening with us, and we took her to Chick-Fil-A for dinner. And they just happened to be serving their annual peppermint milk shakes. Can you remember the last time you enjoyed a shake this much? Anne lives in the moment and makes the very most of it. I think that is one of the reasons we love to watch children so much, they know the secret to happiness. Their feelings are totally transparent and there for anyone to see, and they do not worry about the past or the future. A while ago, little Ella asked me for something, and I told her "later". Her reply was both innocent and wise: "Ginny, later is a long time." It sure is. Milkshakes are great, but here is the best taste in the world.


"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."  Psalm 34:8

29 comments:

Melanie said...

Those pictures are just so sweet! Anne Marie has such a precious little smile. I'm so glad you live close and can spend time together. :)

Chatty Crone said...

Right you are Ginny.

I love those pictures of your sweet granddaughter.

How cute - later is so long away - kids do think that way don't they?

To us time is different.

Love the taste of the Lord.

Mildred said...

Hi Ginny, It's refreshing to see the joy of a child. As adults, we often forget to enjoy the little things! You have a beautiful granddaughter!

Arti said...

Such beautiful and joyous moments... You are so right Ginny children are so innocent and spontaneous... They certainly know the secret to happiness...
Have a great day:)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

ADORABLE!!! I was grinning from ear to ear, I could hear her laughing and all the sounds. What memories you all are creating.

Milkshakes...slurpin' good!

Regina said...

Hi Ginny..I remember the smell of chocolate milk shakes my mom would make..there was even a certain smell from the blender- I'd recognize anywhere- seriously!! I wish I could get away with it more often! It is fortunate to be able to see your grandaughter like that- Wishing you a lovely evening-

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Yes I see the fun of a milkshake with your granddaughter!!

Karin said...

Laughter with the little ones - oh the joy!! Beautiful photos!

S. Etole said...

What a happy, special time!

SquirrelQueen said...

What a delightful series of photos Ginny, Anne Marie is enjoying every drop of her shake. But I think she is also enjoying being with you and Phil even more. Of course I suspect you and Phil were enjoying the moment as well.

Joanne said...

aww you definitely captured the joy. what joyful picturtes! Blessings, Joanne

reanaclaire said...

Yes, looking at her brings so much joy to our heartss...she is really adorable.. but then which kid isn't! Love the pictures here, Ginny!! brings a smile to our faces.. .

Remington said...

SO happy! Love the pics!

Sandra said...

i can see the joy on her face and also on Phil's face. a wonderful post and it makes me feel happy and put a big smile on my face. if only we could live in the moment like she does. she is such a sweetie and you and your family are blessed to have her. love that header shot, great big shake for me

Kanak said...

Ginny..you captured those precious moments so well!! Oh to see that kind of happiness and joy that only children can experience! The fifth photo says it all!! It's wonderful you can spend quality time with her!

LC said...

What wonderful images that capture that childhood capacity for sqeezing every bit of enjoyment out of each momrnt. And I loved the photos revealing how grand children help their grandparents reactivate that childhood "in-the-moment capacity!"An inspiring way to start my day. Thanks, Ginny!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, Super sweet pictures as is your granddaughter! Have an excellent day!

srp said...

It reminds me of something my dad always told me when I ate watermelon. I tend to eat the outside first and save that sweet seedless center for last. But he said that if you started in the middle and ate outward, you always had the best last... the best was always what you had left. I guess that is so... still, I eat watermelon the same way today... just that familial stubborn streak I guess.

hip-chick said...

I love the way you bring the word of the Lord into your posts. I know I have told you that before but I felt I should say it again. It's never forceful it is just there. Just as it should be. That shake looks really good. I just had a mocha coconut frozen frappachino but it was made with soy milk. I think I am fully lactose intolerant now...no more ice cream. But, there is always sorbet.

DawnTreader said...

Oh yes, you can just see how good that tastes... mmmm...

Ann said...

The milkshake sounds good. I always enjoy seeing pictures of Anne Marie. She never fails to put a smile on my face, she just looks so darn happy no matter what she is doing

Fred Alton said...

Ahhhh! JOY - Pure, simple, wonderful joy, the joy of children. It's so obvious that love abounds in these pictures!!!

Bobbi said...

This little girl is having the time of her life!! What a great evening that must have been. Her smile is just beautiful... Anne Marie is blessed to have you and Phil close by and visa versa.
Hope you're having a great week, Ginny.

Shug said...

This is the most precious post...I love that little smile on her face and I can tell that her Phil was enjoying himself as well...What a wonderful Blessing to experience the simple pleasures of a grandchild..Glad you had this special opportunity...
Hugs to you Ginny...
shug

Rose said...

She does look like she is enjoying herself...and I do love a child's innocence.

Stephanie V said...

I don't think I ever had that much fun with a milkshake. Nice photo sequence...well done.

And that header is quite amazing.

Ann said...

she is so sweet, my daughter was like her, may e it is a mirror of me. Thatwhy we are such good friends?

Deborah said...

I love that! Your granddaughter is so cute! They both look so happy.
Peppermint ice cream just happens to my favorite and I hardly ever eat ice cream, but when I do, I try to get that flavor!!
xxoo
Deborah

Stacey Dawn said...

What fun - priceless pics... love it.