When he was about two months old we along with our son and family rented a huge house in Simi Valley, California. It was perfect for two families, we had our own bedroom, bathroom and living room. All we shared was the kitchen and dining room.
So from the time he was a tiny baby we got to hold him, rock him to sleep, play with him and before we knew it he had taken over our hearts. The other two grandchildren were ok with this because they loved, "this boy" too. As our grand daughter said about Reedley, he rocked our boat.
We got to be there when all three of our sons children were born and God worked it out for us to be there when our daughters three children were born. And even though being there for their birth was something we will never forget, there is a difference in that and then being there day after day and watching them grow.
We have six grandchildren, three from our daughter, Scarlett Rose 23, Logan 18, Ava Jo 12. Three from our son, Jared, Emarie, 11, Austin, 9, and Reedley, 5. All of them are special in different ways but living with them day after day from birth build a special bond. And that is why Reedley would want to call us and have a special time with just us. He feels the bond very strongly between us. He misses us the most since we moved away.
Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
Psalm 103:17 “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lords love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.
Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
Grandparents are given to us to bestow their wisdom on us, to teach us about God and His Word, and to help raise up children who will serve the Lord. Even as they age and are able to do less, they are no less valuable. Their lessons may change as the age--but we still will learn to love others and to love God by caring for them.
Ace and I both feel the blessing of being part of grand children's lives. They love to come see us and that makes us extremely happy.
Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends - and hardly ever our own grown children. ~Ruth Goode