Our son, daughter-in-law and their two small ones are staying with us for a few weeks. Dave and Des teach English in Asia and our opportunity to spend face to face time with them is limited. When each of our five children was born we dedicated them to the Lord. Bud and I understood (at least on some level) that this likely meant that God might direct them to live and work in a place far from us.
China is far from Canada. We are so grateful for Skype and Dropbox and e-mail and phone calls. Many of the missionary biographies I read speak heart-wrenchingly of men and women leaving home and family never to see loved ones again. They were willing to do this out of love for God and in obedience to the Great Commission.
We are very, very blessed to have these few weeks together as a family. Three of our daughters finished college and worked elsewhere for a time. They moved to our area last year. Our youngest daughter leaves to begin her second year of Bible school soon, but she’s been home for the summer. So right now all five of our children, our daughter-in-law, and our two grandchildren are nearby. Very blessed.
Author Lois Wyse once said, “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” We are having a wonderful, interactive time with our grandkids. They are delightful and do unexpected things, and we can give them back to mom and dad after we spoil them a bit.
Chloe is a little bit of a thing who just turned two (born on Canada Day!) but she is very articulate and conversive. It’s easy to forget that she is just two at times. We have read books, played in the yard, tasted herbs from the herb garden, and played delightful, imaginative games together. She loves to sing and recite and repeat things she’s heard. We were humored by her recitation of a Mother Goose rhyme, “To market, to market to buy a ……fence!” (there was a fence in the picture) and “Home again, home again…..bibbity, bobbity, boo!” (we’d been singing the Cinderella song, too.)
Little Paul is called Didi (Chinese for little brother.) He is four months old, as chunky as his sister is diminutive, and full of smiles and cooing. He’s almost turned over but that shoulder keeps getting in the way! Chloe loves her Didi and he is laid back even with all of her frenetic attention and(usually)gentle hugging and kissing (think Energizer bunny.)
One cannot help but think of Proverbs 17:6, “Children’s children are the crown of old men” with grandchildren in our lives. Grandmas feel that way too. Dave and Des are rearing their little ones with love and care and boundaries. The children are sweet and polite and fun to be around. Yes, we are blessed. Very, very blessed.