Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Once my children, Daniel and Sarah are born, I repeatedly hear from my mother, "Your own children are great, but there's nothing more special than being a grandparent." I confess, with diapers to change, noses to wipe, endless laundry to do, maintaining feeding schedules, and attempting to juggle home and work, I hardly understand where Mom could possibly be coming from.
But now I know. And Mom was spot on!
There is no greater joy in this life, aside from knowing the Lord, than being a grandparent. This Gammie and Papa, aka Danny, are enjoying every sweet and precious moment we spend with them.
Alexandra Nancy is uncharacteristically fussy in the family photo above. She is, overall, a calm, good-natured baby who is always looking around and taking everything in. She will be three months old on October 23rd. Hard to believe!
Then there's Savannah Jane. She is always on the go as you can tell by the photo and eager to explore the next forbidden fruit available, be it the cupboard doors under the sink, a plug outlet, or a remote control. At sixteen months, Savannah isn't quite grasping the concept of "no," but she's getting close! We never had that issue with Virginia Rose, but her dad, John, reminds us that Virginia didn't walk until eighteen months and Savannah walked at a year. That explains a lot, doesn't it?
Still, Savannah's humor and adventurous spirit are captivating and contagious!
Last, but not least, is the confident, unflappable, ever cheerful Virginia Rose. She is this Gammie's heart's delight. That is not to say the other girls aren't, but the two of us have spent so much time together during her five years, we have forged a special, indissoluble bond. Virginia's winning smile and bubbly personality, I'm convinced, can win the heart of even the most inveterate curmudgeon.
Virginia is, and always will be, our precious princess!
Danny and I know how much we are blessed by this family, and the young ones who bring the crown to the aging (not that aged yet!). We savor and cherish with abundant love the joy of being grandparents.
If you are a grandparent, have you found my mother's saying to be true? If you have neither children nor grandchildren, are you finding ways to spend time with little ones whom Jesus said bring us closer to God's kingdom?
Prayer: Father, we thank You for children everywhere in this world. They are treasures! Let us celebrate every moment we spend with the ones through whom You chose to reveal Your kingdom to the jaded and worn. May we all become as little children as we seek to follow You in our daily faith walk. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Meditations of My Heart will be on hiatus next week due to my plans to visit with my mother. Hope to see you all back here on Tuesday, October 20th. God bless!