Josephine: Welcome to Our New Grandbaby!

Joise2_100813A wonderful addition to our Gap Year arrived yesterday in the person of Josephine Catherine Harrington. Welcome Josie! She’s the daughter of our son Timothy and his wife Jessica and has a big brother named Cornelius whom you’ve heard about. We haven’t met Josie yet as she was born in Mountain View, CA where Tim moved recently to work for Google.

I don’t want this welcome to sound too casual. A new healthy baby is always a miracle. We now have four grandbabies (ages 3 to one day). If you had asked Sam and me 40 years ago if we were going to take a Gap Year at age 62, we would have said:

Huh?! That’s impossibly old. Nothing happens then.

And if you’d asked us back in college if we pictured ourselves as the parents of three amazing children and, now, four grandchildren, I think we might have replied:

Ha! How could that happen?

One of the pleasures of our Gap Year, heightened by spending it in a quieter place than DC, is that we have more time for reflection. We are so lucky and we have been blessed. I don’t take it for granted. I am savoring it.

Savor, BTW, is the word-of-the-year that Timothy and Jessica suggested we adopt several years ago. Thanks, guys. Oh, and thanks for the new grandbaby.

4 Responses to Josephine: Welcome to Our New Grandbaby!

  1. Tim Harrington October 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Our pleasure–great post!

    • Debbie Weil October 10, 2013 at 11:13 am #



  2. Barbara McNichol October 10, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Congrats, Debbie and Sam, on your new grandbaby! Such a miracle indeed. Love the new look on your blog. Fresh, inviting, energetic. Keep the posts coming. They’re fun to read.

    • Debbie Weil October 10, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you Barbara. More posts coming soon.

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