25 July, 2008

Granny Goodneedle

He's been here for almost 48 hours now; that's how long I've officially been a Granny and, naturally, I have a few thoughts to share:

1. Even though I thought my heart and mind were ready to welcome this precious child, nothing could have prepared me for the first moment I saw my first-born holding her own baby; it was both amazing and completely overwhelming at the same time.
2. The capacity for love in one's heart knows no limits; there's always room for more. I couldn't love this little boy any more if I tried, my heart was already full, or so I thought, and then... I held him.
3. I am deeply thankful to God for each day, every single moment; they are blessings, like pearls, and they stretch out far beyond my gaze, my grasp. Shining brightly among the pearls are scattered brilliant diamonds, flashing their own lights and illuminating whatever they touch. Precious, special blessings; God reached down and quietly added one more of these to the treasury two days ago.

"...Grandmas can shed the yoke of responsibility, relax, and enjoy their grandchildren in a way that was not possible when they were raising their own children. And, they can glow in the realization that here is the seed of life that will harvest generations to come... "
-Erma Bombeck, American writer (1927-1996)

Life is Good!

22 comments:

Nane said...

I felt similarly the first time I looked into the eyes of my sister's baby boy. Instant Love. I can only imagine how much more intense it may feel when its your baby's baby. Sweet Picture Granny Goodneedle. And I bet Grandaddy is grinnin too!

Todd, Kari, Anna and Gracie said...

AWWWW Congrats!!!! I am soooo HAPPY for you all!!! HE IS BEAUTIFUL!! That is soooo special... I really am very happy he is here and it looks like everything went great!!! Enjoy him Grandma!!! ((SMILE))

Now, you can REALLY spoil him..lol.. fun times are REALLY here!

Faith said...

ooo congratulations grandma lovely pictures and wow all the quilts are going to be xtra special now
;o)

Connie W said...

What a precious photo. Ah yes, there's always enough love to go around. I'm now a Grammie to seven and it just keeps getting better. Someone once told me, "becoming a grandma just makes you act silly" and I understood. I'm a fool for mine :)

Su Bee said...

So true - seeing YOUR baby gazing at her/his baby is overwhelming. I had to sit down and catch my breath then I just stared for a long time. There's no words!

Char said...

Welcome to the world of grandmothers. A totally different feeling than being a parent. Enjoy every minute you are with him. Your comments were so true.

mamaspark said...

You made me cry! It is a beautiful thing and I am so happy for all of you. I am waiting patiently for that day to arrive in my own life (no hurry yet though, they are still too young)

Janet said...

Oh, I cannot wait! Your post has made the anticipation so much more exciting. Countdown to grandmahood - 10 days!

Libby said...

Enjoy!

Salem Stitcher said...

I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my face. There is joy in my heart for you, my friend!

Quilt Memories said...

What TRUE joy!! The love for a grandchild is so different than anything I had ever experienced, no words to describe the intensity... Wonderful !!!! I have said many times, when you see for the first time your daughter holding her child, the feelings you experience is like nothing before.. That's when you know without a doubt, LIFE IS GOOD!!!
Bobbin

Pam said...

Such a treasured blessing!!! He is so beautiful and precious. Having a grandchild is the most special gift we can get!

Congratulations to you and your family!!!!

lindsey said...

Congratulations and thank you for your post, you describe the time so beautifully. My first Grandson was adopted by my daughter and son in law in South Africa, he had been abandoned at birth. The first time we saw him 'in the flesh'was at Heathrow airport on their visit home. Joseph was nearly 4 months old by then and the moment was amazing! They have now adopted another baby boy and we have twin granddaughters.God is so good I am constantly overwhelmed by His blessings!

Cheryl said...

Weepy eyes here!! Great post and congratulations to your whole family ((hugs))!

Marcie said...

I am so happy for all of you! You are a very beautiful grandmother, by the way!

Tanya said...

And what a BEAUTIFUL grandma you are!

Ancestor Collector said...

Precious miracles! I, too, was unprepared for how much I would love our little grandson. I thought I knew, thought I would love him, thought I would be excited, but it's all so much bigger than I ever thought possible. And it's so much FUN!!!!

Love you!

KQ Sue said...

Congrats!!! Grandbabies are the sweetest thing in life. I am in the process of moving to NC, to be with mine!

Rhonda said...

Congratulations Grandma! Mason is soooo precious!

Beth said...

Congrats! He is a beautiful baby! Thanks for the quote by Erma. She was from here in Arizona and I miss seeing her quoted in the newspaper. She still makes me laugh.

Jane Ann said...

Just when you think you know every experience life offers (I idiotically thought being a grandmother would be a watered-down version of motherhood), you get thrown a beautiful curve like this.

The power of motherhood overwhelmed me, but grandmotherhood was just was as momentous. Congratulations to everyone. What a blessing.

meggie said...

It is true, you know you will love your grandchild, but you just don't realise how much love you will feel, until you experience it!!
So glad he is here, & all are well.
Congratulations all round.