Isn't it amazing that God gives us a second chance to make up for the little things we missed out on, or took for granted when we were raising our children? And He does it through this wonderful miracle of life we call Grandchildren!
For two years now I have had the privilege of making memories with a dear little granddaughter, Karleigh Brooke. Her older brother Christian was two years old when he and his Mommy came into our family. I vowed back then to try to never be the grouchy Grandmother I remembered, growing up. And now I've been blessed with another, now seven months old, Dylan Chase.
I rocked all three babies to sleep singing "Bye-O-Baby" to the tune of "Precious Name", an old church hymn. Got lots of smiles from Karleigh when I sang "K-A-RLE-IGH spells Karleigh" to the tune of "Harrigan", an old Irish song my Dad used to sing. And when we swing outside, I sing "Oh how I love to go up in the swing", a song I learned years ago. Do you think I'm one crazy grandma? I'm making memories! Karleigh at 2 years old knows all the words and sings herself and her baby dolls the "sleepy time" song and that's a part of the daily ritual at naptime. Dylan loves it also and closes those big eyes when I hold him close, rock and sing.
Guess there's really something to that poem that says "I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep." Moms - it's a win-win situation. I'm not only teaching the love of music (though goodness knows I'm no Dolly Parton!) I am making good memories and maybe they'll pass them on to their little ones when I'm gone.
Before I close I'd like to share a few thoughts I call "Reflections From The Heart Of A Grandmother":
If tomorrow never comes, I feel that I am one happy and extremely blessed Mamaw.
By Sharon Shearer from Ravenna, KY
I know exactly how you feel. I always had to work while my 2 children were growing up. I always wanted to stay home with them but wasn't able to. Now I have 4 grandchildren and 2 years ago I got to retire. I take care of 3 of my 4 grandchildren now while their parents work! I am loving every minute of it. I have a grandson that's 11; granddaughter 9; and 2 granddaughters, 2 years old. Sometimes it gets hectic, but it's worth every minute of it!
I have 3 loveable grandchildren: Hayley 2 1/2 years and twin boys Kolby and Carter who are 8 months old. My heart melts every time they smile and when Hayley says"I miss you so much Grandma" (even though I see her almost every day.)
I realise now why my Mother enjoyed being with me and my daughter so much when she was growing up.
Being a Grandma is a special person in the growing years of a child's life!
God bless you and your precious little ones (I have 16 and each one is a ray of sunshine from above) Keep making those memories that will last them a lifetime. You can NEVER spoil a child with too many kisses, hugs, songs, or LOVE!
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