Just sharing a picture of me with 8 of my grandchildren a few years ago.
First off today I must say thank you for any prayers sent my way as the weather held and the roads were clear and I made it to my very important appointment yesterday and was blessed by the news that yes, I will have enough benefits coming my way to be able to retire this year. The question now will be exactly when, as I’ll have to be telling my employers the news and they’ll have to find a replacement for me to train.
In honor of DS#6 and his wife, my entry today is all about children. A baby shower is being given for them today. Their 1st child, my 13th grandchild, is expected sometime around the beginning of March.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
One of the happier blessings of growing older, is the arrival of grandchildren. Today I’m going to a baby shower for DS#6 and his wife. He is my baby and now my baby is having a baby. Tis true I must be getting older.
I felt like I had grown a new heart just to hold all the love for my first grandchild and since then I’ve been blessed many times over.
God calls children blessings. We are all blessed in many different ways but it seems to me that one of the most outstanding ways is the blessing of a large family.
Children are a huge responsibility and require a great deal of self-sacrifice on the part of their parents. So in this sense, there is a burden involved too. But the good things about having children are so much greater than the burden of their care and upbringing.
When they are grown, the love and support and assistance of a large number of other family members is invaluable and as my children's families grow, so does the possibility of all that love and support . People in earlier times and in many cultures knew the value of large families and to have one was considered a great blessing. Even in some of the old TV shows from the 1950s and 1960s, the value of family assisting each other was extolled. I’ll never forget the Walton’s.
If you grew up in a family of only 1-3 children (like I did) and nearly everyone you know came from similar families, it is hard to envision a much larger family and how you would cope. But I was blessed with 6 boys and 1 girl and found out very quickly just what a great blessing they were.
You soon find out that it is not nearly as hard as you might imagine. It is amazing how seven pounds of absolute vulnerability can push such wonder to the surface.
But to hold your grandchildren is to touch a bit of eternity. You see more than ever before how the circle of life keeps on going.
We don’t know or understand why some are blessed in this way and others are not, but we all should learn to value all children and welcome each and every one. One is just as precious as another.
Welcoming a new grandchild is one of the great blessings of life. Seeing our own children become parents themselves, gives us such hope for the next generation.
Distance does affect family closeness and especially the grandparent-grandchild relationship. I’ve come to know this very well as none of my grandchildren live close by and I rarely see them except for holidays and family celebrations.
I’ve found though that no matter how far grandparents and grandchildren live from one another there are some things that can help to keep the bond alive and kicking. To be there when your grandchild is born and be there for the important events; graduations, religious passages, recitals, holidays, whatever events your family values highly is very important
The family pictures today are random ones that have been taken over the last few years. They are my blessings for sure.
Have a great Saturday every one! I’m going to for sure!