I find that being a grandmother and great grandmother just feels right somehow. I have earned these moments. This is my time to just sit back relax and enjoy every single second that I have with each and every one of my them. I don't have to be the mother anymore. I have paid the price to be a grandmother. Of course, I will be worried here and there, but that is all part of the package of experiences.
I remember well the minute I first became a mother. It as so exhilarating. I was holding in my arms a true gift better than any other present ever received. These brand new little ones were mine. Each child that blessed our home would be our own children forever. Each would take their place in our family. These treasured moments between my dear husband and I were sacred and sweet.
We were so happy as we welcomed into our home each of our 6 children. We knew that this was a huge responsibility to care for them. We knew that they were cherished gifts from a very loving Heavenly Father. I still could tell you details of each of their births and the feelings of that day. I remember that with our first little one that I was petrified to give him a bath. He was so slippery. My dear Mother was with me and she talked me through it. I in turn have been with my children when they have brought home a new little one for the first time and it is has been my turn to talk them through it.
As a mother you just feel such a responsibility. You want to do everything right. However, as time marches on you see that won't always hold true.
You desire to be a perfect mother or father, but we all will make mistakes and goodness knows I made plenty. I just know that the most important ingredient is to love these little ones with all your heart. I reflect back on all the experiences of being a parent and feel that I did the best I knew how. I love each and everyone of my beloved children with a deep and constant love that will weather any storm. I feel so pleased with all that they are accomplishing as they become part of the circle of generations.
Now I sit and ponder on this new generational line. Thirty adored grandchildren have blessed our lives. I am enthralled with each one of them. I see their potential and I am at wonderment at how intelligent they all are.
These children are a chosen generation. They will be part of the final days of this earth. They will fight valiantly for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I desire that there be "No Empty Chairs" at our table in the Celestial Kingdom; that is our family motto. We will constantly pray for, love and tenderly care for each of these special spirits that have blessed the homes of our children and grandchildren.
I have held in reserve all the memories that have touched my soul through the years of raising children. The experiences have been varied and unique to each child.
I am happy now to just be a grandma and make all those cookies, and give all those hugs and loves to my cherished gifts from Heaven.
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