Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.
Robert H. Schuller
Expecting her third child, one mother tells how her two children were suggesting names for the baby. Well, if it's a boy, said the oldest child, can we name him John? Or if it's a girl, can we name her Mary? Maybe so, said mother. Finally, the youngest child, anxious to prove her intelligence, piped up, Well, if it is a dog, Mom, can we name it Lassie?
Children can sure bring us a lot of joy. At other times, they sure can be a real pain too. But one of the characteristics of a great person is one who welcomes and loves children.
Being a grand'ma' and a mom, I've had plenty of experiences of both, the JOY and the pain that children can bring into our lives. Yes, I do have a very loving family, but that doesn't mean that all the moments have been joyful ones. Still I think I tend to forget the bad and remember the good in all things.
I tried to do what I thought best when I raised my children. I grew up with the belief that a good parent taught their children how to take care of themselves so that when they were adults, they could indeed succeed in living a good life. I hope that I've done just that.
I will always be a mom, that is one thing that time doesn't change. The things I do now though have changed. One thing I do a lot of now is to pray for them. I'm not there to tell them what to do anymore. I can only hope that what I taught them has been of help, and I know that the good Lord can do a much better job of taking care of them than I ever could, so I pray.
I miss them all every day, but as I always say those that aren't with us anymore are really only as close as our hearts. That's where I keep them all, right in my heart.
Do not focus on your list of regrets. Remind yourself that everything happens for a reason and count your blessings!
I'm counting my blessings today as always and I'm thankful for my family.