Friday, February 19, 2010


Oh little one, your birth changed our lives forever.


Watching you grow up in all the many phases of life, was one of life's greatest blessings.

And yet, each phase presented it's own joys and challenges to your dad and I.



Because as you can see, we were so young(oh, my goodness where we ever) and inexperienced ourselves, that we lived and learned along the way, how to parent. We did not have any parenting classes or even took the time to read the "how to" books that were starting to fill the shelves of the local bookstores. No, you were somewhat like an" experiment " to us. We lived and learned along the way, praying often as we went.
Today, as the grandparents that we suddenly(or so it seems) find ourselves being, it another one of life's great blessings, watching the two of you in your parenting role. Now it is our turn to stand back, and your turn to parent.
We are older now, and perhaps a bit wiser than we were as young parents. What we have learned for certain is expressed so beautifully by Donald Grey Barnhouse in this quote;
"Our great matters are little to God's infinite power, and our little matters are great to His Father's love."
Therein lies our comfort as you face the role of parenting these little ones, in the years ahead.

18 comments:

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Judy, this is such a precious post. One of the qualities I admire most about you is the fact that you are so grateful. You have such a sense of family and gratitude. You make me smile, dear friend.

Barb ♥

Jeane` said...

Thank you mom, that was so sweet.
I'm very glad you and dad did not read alot (or even) any parenting books, as what you did was 'just right' and I hope to give my children the kind of wonderful, carefree childhood you gave to me!

Love you,
J.

Christine said...

Bless you!

lindsey said...

Beautiful post Judy, I am so blessed by you blog. What year was your daughter born? Those fashions look very familiar!!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Judy,

I love all these old pictures. Sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems ages ago. The quote is so true....and I am so glad that the big things to us are small but important to HIM.

Thank you for sharing

Wanda said...

I agree with the prior post! You never take anything for granted - praise God for that! I loved the pics!!!! SO sweet! Your granddaugters look just like their mommy...and GRANDMA!!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Lindsey, in answer to your question, our daughter was born in 12977. The fashions perhaps a giveaway:)

Just a little something from Judy said...

That would be 1977...not 12977.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

A precious post...is right! I can so identify with your feeling of 'learning to parent by trial and error'. I can identify with the styles of the day as well!

What a beautiful quote by Barnhouse. I am borrowing it...to pass along.

Dale said...

What great pictures of you, John and Jeane...is that Ken and Karen?? How gracious God has been to us!

Jul Hoober said...

Dear friend,
what a precious post...so much truth in the little things in life and how it changes; God has given us rich blessing to be parents and now grandparents. He is indeed GOOD all the time.

Jul Hoober said...

Dear friend,
Such a precious post of the truth of life and its many changes. What a blessing God gave to us to become parents and even now the priviledge of being grandparents. Another part of His goodness to us.

Thanks for sharing part of life's journey...

Jen said...

What a sweet post. I can't believe how much Jeane's girls looks like her!!!

Charm and Grace said...

What an exquisite post. You have said so well some things that have been on my own heart lately. With my oldest a freshman in college, I have been doing a lot of reflection. There is so much I did wrong... but there is so much more grace. Amazing grace.

Blessings,
Christi

Landis said...

Wow! She looks just like her daughters! And you are just as beautiful now as you were then.
What a sweet post!

lindsey said...

Thanks Judy, yes our eldest daughter was born in 1977 too!

Charli and me said...

I loved this post. It was so heart warming. I loved seeing all of the pictures. You have such a wonderful sense of family and always express it just right here. Thank you for sharing.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Judy~
What precious...precious..photo's..and memories! Wow.

You truly are AMAZING grandparents. :-)

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