I have recently entered into a new phase of my life – that of being a grandparent. My first born recently became a first-time Daddy making me a first time Grandma! Actually, my husband and I are going to be called G-ma and G-pa because we are the “cool” grandparents – YO YO! We are even thinking of getting heavy gold chains, baggy t-shirts and ball caps to wear backwards. LOL
Although my life as a mother went through some pretty tough patches, I have a lot of good memories about being a parent. I loved doing things with my kids – reading, crafts, baking, nature walks. My favourite time was story time when they would snuggle up to me. I loved hugging my kids!
Like many families, we went through some pretty difficult times. One son wandered down wrong paths and gave me much to worry about and much heartache. When my marriage ended, the other son was angry and confused and distanced himself from me. I watched them make mistake after mistake and my heart bled as I suffered while watching them suffer. I wished that I could just pull them onto my knees and hold them tight like I did when they were small when they used to come to me for help, comfort and protection. All I could do was to continue to let them know that I loved them – no matter what. AND I PRAYED (AND PRAYED).
I continue to pray for my sons, even though they are young adults and now starting families of their own. And I have been praying for my grandchild since I learned of her conception.
I am really looking forward to my role as a grandparent. We get to do all the fun stuff without having to worry about the unpleasant stuff – like night feeding and disciplining. By the time my grandchild is old enough to form her first real memories, we will be retired, and then be able to spend as much time with her as we want (or as her parents can stand to have us around – lol) We will be able to give her our undivided attention, as our time will not have to be shared with working and the day to day tasks of keeping house, home and family.
As a parent, I desired to be the very best but I often fell short of the mark. I hope to be an awesome G-ma but I know that I will probably make some mistakes along the way. I hope to teach her a number of things like knitting, crocheting, sewing, crafts, photography and a love of nature. But above all else, I want her to learn two things – that I love her very much and that she has a Heavenly Father who loves her even more.
Prov. 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men… (and women too ( smile))
Ps. 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is eternal for his worshipers, and their children’s children will see his righteousness (BBE)