Thursday, May 14, 2009

Papa Jolley

This is my new favorite picture. I can't explain how it makes me feel each time I look at it, but it just captures so much about my dad. I've always been a Daddy's girl and it's hard for me to be so far away from my parents. I really do treasure every minute I get to spend with them and have been looking so forward to seeing them at my brother's wedding. Especially because it will be the first time that they get to see Maddox. Maddox is just starting the stranger anxiety stage and I was so worried that he wouldn't let my parents hold him, but how could I forget that my dad is like the baby whisperer. He's always had such a way with babies and it melts my heart to see him holding mine. Whenever I hold Maddox it seems like I have to constantly bounce him around, walk around, give him toys and whatever it takes to entertain him. But as soon as my dad would hold him he would just sit so relaxed on his lap and just stare at him. I have so many pictures of him just staring at my dad and studying every feature with his eyes deep in concentration. I swear there's a bond that goes deeper than this lifetime. It makes me sad that my parents can't be here to see him (and the rest of my kids) grow up, but it's comforting to know that there are certain bonds that can't be broken, no matter how far the distance is.

10 comments:

Janessa said...

Oh, that's making me teary eyed. What a precious picture. Dad is the best grandpa and has such a natural gift and bond with his grandkids. They all adore him! I'm getting so sad to join the "living far away" club. We have been so spoiled to live so close to mom and dad. It will be so sad to only see them once a year-ish. Like you said though, there is definitely a bond there that can't be broken by miles.

Nichols Family said...

That's the sweetest thing ever. AAAHHHH! Every time I see Maddox he looks so much older! Hope to see you guys again soon.

Alisa Larson said...

So sweet! Hey, remember the first time I was at your house and i saw something that said "Grandpa Jolley" on it and I thought it was a joke? That was funny. :-)

Chelsea said...

Aw, that is such a sweet one. Ok, maybe I would miss my family too if they were as wonderful as yours.

marcee said...

That is so dang sweet- "the baby whisperer"??? It's true- there has to be more! My dad always marvels @ how each one of my kids just somehow know that he's different- means more to them- than any other "old" man. What a beautiful plan- families!

The Crazy Wyatt Fam said...

That has got to be the sweetest picture ever! They are absolutely precious together! I know how hard it is not to be close to parents. It amazes me how our kids can go months without seeing Grandma & Grandpa and then when they do, it's like they were never apart! I love it!

Jodee said...

Priceless. Those papa's are amazing things aren't they?

Amber! said...

You take the best pictures, Jamie! And you dad is amazing! I am sorry you live so far away, too!

Julie and Matt said...

What a sweet picture! Doesn't make you sad that your kids don't get to see their grandparents very often? Great pic!

Kelmarie said...

Ok, seriously? Go find a photography contest and enter that photo. It is really, really good.