I went to visit my youngest daughter, "May May" and my youngest grandbaby, "Little D".
After lots of playtime and a wonderful lunch I rocked "Little D" to sleep. He just looked up at me with those little eyes and listened to me sing. It didn't take long before he was fast asleep.
This little monkey started climbing out of his baby bed a couple of weeks ago so his Mom & Dad went ahead and switched his bed to the toddler bed. As you can see I put the ottoman in front of the bed. I am a typical Gran. Isn't he just precious?
As I was rocking my grandson to sleep I could not help but think of when my children were small. As much as I love my life of freedom it still brought tears to my eyes. I could not help but think of how they depended so much on me. If we crossed a street, we held hands. If they fell and hurt a knee, I could kiss it and it would all be better. If they were sleepy, they would crawl in my lap or in my bed and sleep peacefully. If they were scared they would reach their little hands up to me and I could make it all better. A sadness came upon me thinking of these things today but I looked around "Little D's" room and saw this picture. It reminded me that even though my children are grown up and have their own lives that God is in control. Sometimes I wish I could fix any problems that arise for them but I can't. It is just not like that. Some of your children grow up, work hard, make good choices and then some don't. I thought of the Mama bird that has the baby birds in the nest. Once they are big enough, she pushes them out of the nest and I am sure that she hopes they fly. But if they don't, they are on their own. I have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I have watched my children learn to fly and one day I will watch my grandchildren learn to fly. Being a parent and a grandparent is a spiritual journey for me. What a special time I had today just rocking my grandson to sleep. Who would have thought I would feel so many feelings in that room with that little baby. They grow up so fast. I loved being in "May May's" home today. They are so blessed. I am so proud of their little family and the Christian home they have made. I am sure that my daughter had no idea that having that special quiet time with "Little D" was so special to me. I am learning so much as I get older. It is in those "Be Still" moments that I hear from above. We are so blessed.
SNIPPETS FROM MY HEART
Today I will remember to be grateful.