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The Gift of Raising a Grandchild

Good morning to all.  Well, another lighter morning.  The time change has really thrown me off.  I am hoping that today will be much better.  I had an unbelievable dream last night.  Of all the people in the world, I dreamt about Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie.  They lived in a house on the river that was rising and we were there with them and the children.  I had to have eaten way too late last night for this sort of dream!
Anyway, today blog will continue on gratefulness.  Today I am so thankful for the opportunity to have a grandchild to raise for the first 4 years of her life.  There was great controversy at the time over my daughter not being married, and having a child, but I made a promise many years before to God that should there ever come a child along, I would raise it.  I kept my promise and that was important to me.  It was a gift, I felt from God.  She came at a time when I had lost my daughter and at the same time that I needed a hysterectomy.  Both circumstances were enough to cause some serious problems in my mind and spirit, but that sweet little baby was so helpless and needing me.  It is funny how different life can be raising a grandchild versus a child.  By the time the grandchildren come, you realize how unimportant all the rest of so called necessary things are.  For the first time, I truly understood the saying that 20 years before I had stitched to hang.  "Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up I have learned to my sorrow.  So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."  That was my new motto.  I enjoyed every minute and every second with her.  We would read 20 books a day, work in the garden together.  work on one of the ABC's a week, make games, go swim, field trips, picnics, cuddle, theater, movies.  I was so blessed to have that opportunity.  There were days that I was exhausted. But never so much that I wished I didn't have to do it.  When my daughter married, she moved upstairs from me and we still kept the connection and then came another child.  I was blessed beyond words.  when they finally moved to Wisconsin, I was devastated, but could still drive the hour to them.  And I did that on a regular basis a couple times a week.  Then came the day when my son in law was transferred to South Carolina for business and I had to say good bye.  I have to tell you that for the second time in my life, I truly  understood how a heart can break.  Mine was ripping apart.  I couldn't imagine my life without them.  I wanted the best for them all,  my mind told me that...I just wished someone could have explained it to my heart.  But no matter where they have gone, my heart stays with them.  My granddaughter and I have this special bond that no one can take away.  I am so grateful for that opportunity.  I am grateful for the way she loves and treats me and all the other benefits that come from having such a beautiful, intelligent, funny, caring and interesting young lady.  She is now ready to graduate this year and move onto college.  She will graduate will honors.  I am so proud of her and all her accomplishments.  I hope that my contributions stay and move with her in her new adventures. 
Sometimes, we question why things happen in our life.  I have learned that even though they may look overwhelming and perhaps even daunting, they are always worth it in the end.  It is just your attitude in how you accept what is handed to you.  Her and I were the front and back covers to a book, but oh the story that is inside is worth the read indeed.  Sarah Victoria....I am so grateful for you!

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Linda Kinnaman on Monday, November 04, 2013 9:52 AM
What wonderful love you have in your heart Debi! I know Sarah will cherrish you all her days, and you will cherrish her too. As you know, I too share these kind of days with my grand daugther. I dread the day she and her mommy move out, but am so grateful I was able to be there for both of them.
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Debi Gajewski on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 8:29 AM
Yes, Linda, what a blessing. We have many things in our lives that correlate. You have a sweet heart as well, and I love to see the love in your heart when you are with your little Elliot. Ass years go by, you will see that this connection made will be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. Bless you for being their for them.

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