Had I Known…

There are many areas of my life where sadly I can say, “Had I Known…”  and Motherhood is one of them.  Especially this aspect… 
My kids knowing my Grandparents… and visa versa.
I adore my Grandparents.  
 My memories of them are full, gentle, funny and warm.  For the first years of our marriage my Grandparents were our rock and our closest friends.  One afternoon years ago they called and invited us to go two steppin’… so, we hopped in the car and were two steppin’ in Indiana 125 miles away from home by 8:30 that evening!  
That was 15 years ago.
They are older now.  
 And so are we.  
I remember placing Aidan in their arms.  He was one day old.  
I remember placing Amélie in their arms.  She was four days old.
This past weekend I placed Juliette in their arms.  She was four months old.
It brings me such joy to see how much my children love my Grandparents… and how much they love them.  Had we begun our family sooner my children would be older, they would have more memories of these wonderful people and perhaps they could have brought the smiles that they bring to my Grandparents faces a little sooner.
I love them so much. 
 I praise God that we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that because of what Christ did on the cross for us that we will spend eternity together*!!! 
 That someday, though I can’t even bare to think of it… but someday, when I miss them, 
it will only be for a little while.
Thank you LORD for your Grace.  
Thank you LORD for revealing your Grace to Grandpa when he was twenty years old so that we could all know You as we do today.  
(a great story we love to hear him tell!)
I love you Grampa and Gramma. 
 My heart aches with my love for you.
More than you will ever know.
* John 1:12, John 3:16, John 14:6, Acts 13:38-39, Romans 6:23, 
Romans 10:9-13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:8-9

10 thoughts on “Had I Known…”

  1. I thought I was going to bed until I saw you posted…..and now I’m crying…..which isn’t going to be good for (you know who)……

    it was that picture of your grandfather’s hand on “hoolie”

    my grandfather’s hands are forever in my mind – frame that picture Ange-

  2. YOU know how I feel about grandparents. If we are lucky, it is the most special bond. To laugh with and to feel loved by these wonderful people IS heaven on earth. Your pictures are so so sweet and you will treasure them always. I hope that you had an amazing time with your lovely grandparents ~ I can tell that they love you and yours so very much.
    xx Suzanne

  3. Angela,

    Thank you for this post. My husband and I only have one grandparent left and Amelia is only two…My how I wish she could have known our other grandparents…They would have loved her and she would have loved them so much!

    Mandy
    P.S. The picture with Juliette and grandpa’s hand…priceless.

  4. Praise God for His attonement for our sin… that we can live with Him for eternity IF we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is the Son of God. When it is my ‘time to go’, I will be looking for my mother and antcipating my reunion with her. I pray that my own children and their children will accept Jesus as their Savior. Oh a lighter note… I’ve mentioned you on my blog post and I need your help. Go see!

  5. I have very few memories of my grandparents and hardly any photos – one set had died before I was born and my maternal grandparents died when I was ten. They were also from a generation that believed children should be seen and not heard and at their home I was expected to play quietly in the corner with the button box – this is what I did – amused myself with vintage buttons which is one of my few memories of visiting their home. How blessed are your children to have grandparents who love to hold them. What a beautiful moment in time that ‘Grandfather’s hands’ has captured. My children have to travel overseas to visit their grandparents though my FIL tries to come over once a year but my own mum on the other side of the world has only met two of her grandchildren. She does not cope with any kind of journey outside of her own neighbourhood( due to anxiety rather than frailness) and has missed out on seeing her grandchildren which is so sad.

  6. How blessed you and your family are to still have your grandparents. How blessed you are to have a grandfather who has a story about his spiritual awakening in the Lord. I can only imagine that your grandmothers life HAD to be blessed in having a man who knew his place with Christ. I can ONLY imagine. Thank you for sharing your story that brings hope and faith. You and your family are rich.

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