The biggest love she’s ever known

“Having grandchildren expands your heart beyond all boundaries you’ve ever known,” Elaine Dove, a 58-year-old landscape architect who lives in Tustin, Calif., recently told me.

“It’s like loving your children on steroids.”

“You have all the joy and love without the day-to-day responsibilities that can sometimes bog us down. When I’m with my grandchildren, I am completely tuned into them. I simply enjoy every minute and the opportunity to listen, learn, and love these little children who are part of the two families that came together to create them. My¬†granddaughter and grandson reflect their parents in different ways, but also the families their parents came from.”

“I sometimes think that having grandchildren is the secret gift you get for raising wonderful children ‚Ķ and it’s a complete surprise.”