We decided to head out and join some family for Christmas this year and it was such a great decision! On our way to Pennsylvania (and yes, Sterling sang that the entire drive) we stopped in Virginia to visit Grandma and Grandpa Cain--Sterling's maternal grandparents on his mother's side. He hasn't seen them since he was 6 or so, but he has memories of visiting their farm when his father was still alive. They are super cool! Grandpa Paul Cain is a patriarch, and has basically been taking care of grandma for the past 12 years as she has advanced Alzheimer's. She is still in their home and they have a live-in retired nurse living with them, her name is Ival. We know a LOT about her, haha, we kept saying "Ival-we want to talk to Grandpa!" haha. Apparently, grandma is a superstar and had a couple masters degrees and was pretty pro women's rights. Ival's son is taking care of their small farm now. But Sterling said it is just as he remembers it.
|They had this painting hanging on their wall, it is Sterling's great-great grandmother and she had red hair! That is where Ruth gets it! (you have to have it from both sides)|
We had our camera stolen the night we left Miami, and I was SOOOO annoyed. I knew my sister would have her camera for Christmas--but I had wanted to take nice pictures of the grandparents SOOOO bad because it might be the only time I ever get pictures of them with my kids!!!! This is the third time we've had our vehicle broken into in Miami--and this was in a four hour time span in our GATED and GUARDED community and I only left it there because I wanted to make sure I didn't forget it when we got up at 4am to start traveling. I'm still so annoyed at myself.
It was a really great visit. Sterling really needs to sit down and write all the stories Grandpa Cain told him (I tried to listen but I was mostly watching kids) and we even snagged a Book of Remembrance from him to do some genealogy (both of them are converts) so I'm pretty excited to start that journey--haven't done much of that yet!