i walked in to my bedroom to see a wonderful and peaceful moment with L and Gracie.  i was speaking to my mom this morning and she asked me if Gracie was protective of the kids.  at the time I didn’t think she was.    after i hung up the phone,  i reflected on this moment from yesterday and realized how often Gracie takes her naps at the foot of the bed while the kids are napping…so, maybe it is her way of protecting them.