A holiday blessing

There are pivotal points in each of our lives that change everything and take us in a different direction, showing us the world from an entirely new perspective. Sometimes these moments occur by happenstance, like when I rolled my truck almost exactly ten years ago and ended up having to give up office work because of back pain, making me a full-time shepherdess. And at other times, we know in advance that a turning point is coming, like the purchase of a new house or the addition of a new family member. This week, Rick and I had the very good fortune to celebrate one of these latter moments, when our son and daughter-in-law brought a tiny new life into the world. We are now the proud grandparents of a lovely granddaughter named Emily — our very first grandchild!

Just a few short days ago, we celebrated Christmas, knowing that a dramatic change was coming very soon. Just as when we were expecting our own first child, we knew that the addition of a new family member would be momentous. But little did we know how the incredible experience would soon engulf our entire family! When the news came from the hospital that our granddaughter had arrived, the news spread quickly, and there were celebrations that rippled through family gatherings from Pennsylvania to Florida, from North Carolina to Arizona, and beyond. The joy was palpable!

My mother, who lives near us in Iowa, has been visiting with my brother and other family members in Phoenix, Arizona, over the holidays this year. Because of the impending arrival, Rick and I had excused ourselves from this celebration, wanting instead to be with our son and daughter-in-law for this exciting time in their lives. As soon as we got the news, I called my mother, knowing she would not want me to delay! As I told her the news — “You have a great-granddaughter!” — we broke down in tears of joy. I couldn’t help but remember years ago when her most fervent wish was to live long enough to see our son happily married. Now he and his wonderful wife are the parents of a baby girl — and my mother is a great-grandmother!

I hope my regular readers will forgive me if I take a bit of a break this week for family matters. I’ll take a short hiatus from blog writing to spend some quality time with our son, daughter-in-law, and new granddaughter. As I know from having our own children years ago, we will never get these moments back. Now that we are grandparents, I want to cherish every moment that we have with this newborn bundle of joy. I’ll be back to blog writing on Wednesday, January 4th. Until then, both Rick and I wish each and every one of you a very happy 2017!

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