Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Birthday, Care Bear!


G'maandHayley



The day you become a grandmother for the first time is indescribable. It wasn't supposed to be for 3 more weeks. What excitement! Kristen describes the day in detail. The room was full of people awaiting the arrival. When Kristen was born, nobody was allowed in the room except Daddy. Only our pastor could visit after she was born. My sister and her husband came running to the hospital when we let them know we were there, but they had to stay in a different room and talk to me on the phone as I was in labor. What a change!

We all left the room as Care Bear actually arrived - we thought it was a moment to be shared with the Mommy and Daddy, without so many spectators. But we were there moments later. What a thrill to see this new tiny little life.

The picture was taken on my birthday. I was in another world as she snuggled on my shoulder. Life took on a whole new dimension when she was born. All of the memories of new motherhood came back so clearly. All of the joys and struggles rushed back as if they were yesterday, not 27 years before. If you go to Kristen's post, you will see the picture of Care Bear in church for the first time, wearing the dress her mommy wore on her first Sunday in church, when she was one week old. What a special day for me!

The last four years have gone so quickly. Care Bear, as she is called in blogland, has brought so much joy to our lives. She is incredibly bright (I would go so far as to say gifted). She "gets" so much of life at such a young age. She has an amazing vocabulary and uses the words in the correct context. I am consistently amazed at what she knows and understands. My greatest wish and prayer is that she will become the person God wants her to be. I know God has a plan for her life, and I want to watch that plan unfold. Happy Birthday, sweet Care Bear!

13 comments:

kpjara said...

I don't think she could "miss" being who God created her to be with you and Kristen watching out for her!

God has blessed her richly with Godly women in her life.

Ashley said...

i love to hear the different perspective (the grandmother's). my mom says i don't understand and i'm sure i don't so it helps to hear (read) how you feel b/c i'm sure my mom can relate!

Sherry said...

Nothing like watching a Grandma work her magic. We miss having our "Grma" close by=)

Praying for your Prodigal said...

You are so lucky to have such a little darlin' so close by! Actually--she's the lucky one!

What a sweet picture...I can hardly wait for my grandchildren! I'm workin' on it.....but I guess my daughter and her husband are really the ones who need to be workin' on it!

Diane

Heather Smith said...

Awwww...adorable picture! Happy Birthday to Little Care Bear!

Nikkie said...

That was a very sweet post! I love being able to read this from your perspective!

Diane said...

Happy Birthday to you and to Care Bear, Dawn!! Many happy returns of the day, my friend. :-)

Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

What a precious picture. Now where in the "foothills of the Rockies" are you?

I lived in Colorado almost twenty years ago...

Love your blog, by the way.

Yellow Mama said...

Aaaaaahhhhh. So sweet. I don't know about being a g'ma yet, but someday I will. Blessings!

PEA said...

What a precious picture...nothing quite like holding a brand new baby!! Happy Birthday to Care Bear...may all her dreams come true:-)Is it your birthday too Dawn? If so, then Happy Birthday:-)

Dawn said...

Care Bear was actually 3 weeks old on that picture. It was my birthday. She was due about then, but she decided to make an early entrance. You can read about that on her mommy's post, which I highlighted, if you would like to.

Barb said...

Oh, you are so right. There's no describing it. I have a photo of me in my Flikr badge that I love. I'm in the surgery recovery room with Krissy and holding my first grandchild for the very first time. He's about half an hour old.

It's so moving you almost can't describe it to some one else. It's like they won't really know until it happens to them.

Maggie Ann said...

How precious!!