baby bump

So in love already…

Our daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child.

And our entire family is eagerly awaiting the warm welcome we will bestow upon this ‘little-one,’ as he or she becomes the newest added member to our (oft’ times) crazy family-unit this Spring!

There are so many things I can already imagine doing with and for our expectant grandchild! And don’t even get me started on the special feelings & emotions that take place when your own child is expecting one of their own. (Tissue Box alert!) Is it just me???  Because as the weeks go by and the big day draws closer and closer I have found you want to share so many things you’ve discovered while raising them. All of which now seem to have become bygone-days, far too quickly!

You want to tenderly grab their hand and explain that; although you know that the two of them will both be AMAZING parents, there is still so much they do not know – so much they cannot even imagine will take place.

Most especially how…

becoming a mom & dad will change them forever.

“The moment a child is born, the mother & father is also born. They never existed before. The woman & man existed, but not as mother or father. Each are something new.” 

Author Unknown

Absolutely, Yes! And the change will indeed be for the better!

Because giving life to another person, who is so much a part of you will change your inner most being.  

And it will bring emotions to the surface that will stay there forever.  

Feelings that will make you cry when they cry.

Feelings that will make you wish you could safe-guard, shelter, and protect their innocence from ALL the harm in the world.  

Feelings that will allow you to encourage this child to be the best they CAN be, while becoming independent enough to live on their own someday; even though that very thing will tear at your own heart, in ways not yet anticipated.


You want to explain that they will never (again) be the cool person they once were, because….  

they will have to be the person who says no,

who says that it’s time to go,

time to stop having fun and

the person who must make them eat their peas and carrots.  

However, they will become the Super Hero; as the person who will jump in front of a train, if necessary, to save them – often at great risk to your own self.

All because YOUR life will no longer be as important to you as theirs.

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”

Author Unknown

I would explain that this little baby, this tiny new ‘bundle of joy’ they have given life to, is not really theirs.  But that he or she has merely been entrusted to your care for a short-while – to love, encourage and teach – because the way he or she will learn about and see the world is up, by the greatest part, to you!  Respecting and teaching, by your own example, the right way to go, will ensure that they too will grow up to please God and God alone.

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

“A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.”

Author Unknown

More importantly, I would wish them the very best as they navigate together through this holy new role as parents: the toughest, most rewarding job a person could ever love, this side of heaven!

hugs n’ blessings for all the tiny miracles who are nearing their time to be born into this world. May we always remember how each and every one has such limitless potential!  

ten little toes

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”  Isaih 52:7

 

Two little feet, ten little toes,

running and jumping at play.

Two little feet, too little time,

will be walking to school one day.

Kicking a rock, or skipping a rope,

wading a puddle or washed with soap.

Two little feet, one little child,

will soon go their own way.

But footprints in my mind recall,

they stood here yesterday. Continue reading “ten little toes”

And so we March.

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Man’s Best Friend?

Cruelty to dogs is the worst kind
lies in cobwebs of my blown mind,
How

could mankind be so damn cruel
over the animals we were given to rule?

They are ours given by God to protect
seems to me these at times we reject,
mistreatment of animals of our world
always makes my blood boil and curl.

Can’t we remember dogs are man’s best friend
they always remain loyal to the very end,
to see them in such cruel punishment
irks my nerve and burns my sentiment.

Azantquill

And so we March.

(Because an Animal’s life must be protected.)

A Million Human March’ for Animal Cruelty.

*All 50 States now have Felony Animal Cruelty Provisions!

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A Dog’s Best Friend?

Weeks 1-4 Gender is determined immediately during fertilization. Nervous systems start to form creating a foundation for a childs thoughts senses and feelings. Heart and circulatory systems also start forming.
Week 5 A baby’s heart beats for the first time! Their blood starts pumping and organs begin to develop.
Week 6 A baby’s brain is growing. Lenses of the eye appears and nostrils are formed.
Week 7 Elbows form. Fingers start to form. Feet start to appear with tiny notches for toes. Ears, eyes and nose start to appear and teeth are starting to form under the gums.
Week 8 A baby’s bones and cartilage start to form. Tongue begins to develop. Fingers and toes have appeared but are webbed and short.
Week 9 A baby is beginning to move. Their joints are formed. And a baby will curl their fingers around things in the palm of their hands, like the umbilical cord.
Week 10 Eyelids fuse shut and irises begin to appear. The most critical part of a baby’s development is complete and he or she is headed toward rapid growth.
Week 11 Nearly all structures and organs are complete and starting to function. Fingers and toes are separated and fingernails and hair start to grow. These tiny little hands and feet are about the size of your own thumbnail.
Week 12 A baby’s vocal cords are forming. Their eyes begin shifting closer together and ears move to their right place on the side of their head. Your little ones liver starts functioning.

In just 12 short weeks…This is a babies development. At any time it is legal to have an abortion. (Although abortion limitations vary from State to State.) They have a brain, heart, fingers toes and fingernails. They can move their hands and feet and even grasp things. They have had a soul since conception.

And so we March.

(Because a Child’s life must be protected.)

The 2016 March for Life is the largest Pro-Life March in the World.

*And still all 50 States allow Legalized abortion.

How can either not be worthy of Marching for?

Dog and Baby Nap Together
Both treasured & precious in the eyes of God.

 

hugs n’ blessings….until we do not need to March any longer.