Jackson Jeffrey - 5 Sophia Dawn - 3 Carolyn Kate - 8 months
The arrival of a grandchild is a life-changing event.
Their presence in the world makes life special.
Just got home from the post office sending another package to our grandchildren in Thailand. Today is a rainy day here in NC and it seems days like this just make me a little more melancholy than usual. Getting together special things that will make them think of their Nan and Papaw is always a fun thing to do... but then it makes me wish that I could watch their faces as they open the box and hear their squeals and giggles.
Our grandson Jack will soon turn 5... thus the occasion for the box. I couldn't help but reminisce about the days they each were born.
When you were born lots of people got excited: your daddy and mommy, of course, and other family members and friends. But the people who got most excited was me and Papaw. This is because you are "big stuff" in your Nanny and Papaw's life, the child of our child, which makes you doubly precious. You each gave our life new meaning. You are the olden days made new, reviving the memories of your mom and Uncle Jun Jun when they were little like you. You are hugs and laughter and old board games and toys brought out of the closet and dusted off. To talk to you on the phone makes us smile, and to spend time with you makes our day (even though it has been since February). Your presence in our life is the consolation for getting old and our reminder of why it's good to be alive. You make life fun. There is not a day that we don't talk about how we wish you were here and what we would do if you were. Even the other evening when a storm came up and we were sitting on the back porch... we talked of how we would love to be snuggling each of you close and watching the rain fall from the sky. Just know that even though we can't hold you in our arms everyday... that we hold you in our hearts and pray for you. Our arms may be empty but our hearts are full because of the precious gift that God gave us when each of you were born.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." (Psalm 127:3)