I’m taking on a new name and have several suggestions to consider. Grandmom. Grannie. MomMom. Nana. Mimi. Grammie. That’s right: I just learned I’m expecting my first grandchild! Can you tell I’m overflowing with joy? I’ve had many exciting times in my life. This ranks up there among the best. I have my son and daughter-in-law to thank for the honor and I just can’t wait until the birth of this most special gift from God, due to arrive next spring. I hear stories and watch my friends and sisters-in-law enjoy time with their grandchildren. I see their eyes light up as they talk about holding their newborn grandbabies and spending special times with their little ones. Laughing. Imagining. Watching movies. Picking flowers. Singing. Coloring. Having tea parties. Playing games. Snuggling up together and reading stories. I remember sharing many of those things with my sons as they grew up, but my friends tell me it’s different when you share them with a grandchild. I can’t wait to find out for myself. The new parents are already busy preparing for such a big step in their lives. With God’s guidance, they’re going to be amazing parents. I couldn’t pick a better pair to raise my new grandbaby. They even sent me a copy of the first ultrasound of our newest family member, and I’m on the list for weekly updates about this little one’s growth and development. Amazing. Now it’s time for me to prepare for this new role I’m eagerly embracing. I’ve found some quotes that capture various aspects of grandparenting. Those of you who already have this honor will relate to them, perhaps. For those of you who don’t fit this category, please bear with me as I share some grandparent commentaries I’ve found on my journey of discovery. “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” – Rudolph Giuliani. God has taught me some powerful lessons about life, about Him and about relationships. Now I’ll ask Him to help me pass along what I’ve learned. Say, do you have any good cookie recipes to pass along to me? “Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” – Author unknown. I’m asking the Lord to fill my heart with His love to share with this grandbaby. Love that will last a lifetime. “Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” – Mary H. Waldrip. Along that same line, “My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, ‘Gramma, do you know how you and God are alike?’ I mentally polished my halo while I asked, “No, how are we alike?” ‘You’re both old,’ he replied.” – Author unknown. OK, so I’m not exactly excited about this aging process, but I’m determined to make it be the best years of my life – halo or not. “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley. When I see the twinkle in the eyes of my grandmother friends, I can’t wait for that sparkle in my own. I know it will be a challenging time, but I also want it to be a magical time for both my grandchild and for me. “It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.” – Christopher Morley. God’s grace in my life is an amazing gift. He has been there to pick me up when I fall, to wipe the tears from my eyes, to fill my heart with joy, to teach me about life and about how to share it with others, to love me unconditionally and to grant me blessing upon blessing. Now I’m asking my Heavenly Father to prepare my mind and heart and to teach me how to share those gifts of love, grace, patience, compassion, forgiveness, and real joy with this new little one He’s bringing into my life. Oh, by the way, I’m thinking Gram has a nice ring to it. Don’t you think? Nancy Williams, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, life coach, speaker and writer in Kingwood. Send comments or questions to her at www.nancywilliams.net.

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