The second one of the next generation. A great-grand.
At the hospital the evening after her birth, I receive her into my arms from her father. He is the first one I received of his generation. Firstborn of my firstborn.
She squirms as if to acknowledge I am neither mother nor father. So begin my efforts to erase the unfamiliarity.
I speak the words I’ve spoken to all new ones after her father–since I realized these first conversations are important. They set the tone for all that follows.
“Jesus loves you. Grandma loves you. You have a wonderful mommy and daddy.”
Her face is that of her grandmother–her Mimi–my daughter. This new one’s hair is darker than her sister’s–like an uncle’s–her father’s brother–like her Mimi’s. There is no other feeling to rival touching that soft hair.
I look around the room where she will stay for the next few days with her parents. The clear bassinet holds a pink knitted hat. My mind works to recall details from those days when I was a new mother–pieces that come in snapshots I’ve carried in my mind over the years.
This one’s parents are making their own mental snapshots.
We worried about her coming. A potential complication required close monitoring. We prayed. Others joined us in prayer.
But the coming was simple. Fast. She would come on her own, not via surgery as we had thought would happen. It seems she has her own mind already.
Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
But there is no one moment on one day that holds our purpose. We carry purpose with us every day. Why she has come to us will unfold over the years in multiple ways–in ways we can’t pin down to one moment. In ways we will never fully fathom.
Today she is here for us to hold and celebrate. To remind us that time passes quickly between that first moment holding a newborn and the others that follow.
The before and after and the moments between each new coming contain their own purposes. Their own wonder. Their own great times of struggle and triumph, fear and wonder. Prayers of pleading and prayers of gratitude and joy.
Welcome to this journey we call life, little one. We are so happy to have you on the path with us.
24 Replies to “To Hold Another New One”
Oh, how wonderful! Blessings on your newest addition. Praise God for this new and precious life!
Amen, Jessica. Thanks and God bless!
Beautifully written. Celebrating with you!
Thank you, Linda. God bless!
Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing!
A blessing, indeed, Melissa. Thanks and God bless!
Congratulations! This is such exciting news.
Thank you, Julie. God bless!
Beautifully written. I love what you said about first words; love the simple powerful words your chose. Congratulations!
Thanks, Candice. Someone else suggested most of those words. I tweaked. God bless!
So beautiful! Congratulations on another member of the family! How true it is that our purpose is not just for one major moment, but for each day we have breath!
Thank you, Emily. God bless!
What a blessing to hold a great-grand baby. When I held my grandbabies for the first time I had such wonder. Wonder at the new life and wonder about where their journey will lead and what they will be like. But as you write, “there is no one moment on one day that holds our purpose. We carry purpose with us every day. Why she has come to us will unfold over the years in multiple ways–in ways we can’t pin down to one moment. In ways we will never fully fathom.” While we cannot fathom the mystery of their lives and how their lives will unfold, we can trust the God who has created them and who will lovingly care for them.
Amen, Anne. He sent her for a purpose. Can’t wait to see. Thanks and God bless!
Congratulations to you and your family, Nancy! What a precious gift from God. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us. We need the gift of a baby’s presence these days.
I have a friend who always quoted Carl Sandberg–A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” Thanks, Melissa. God bless!
Congratulations on this precious new life.
Thank you, Yvonne. God bless!
Lovely piece – so well written. Congratulations, Nancy! May God continue to speak life into your family.
Amen, Lisa. Thank you for such a precious prayer. God bless!
Congratulations on your precious great-granddaughter! Children are a gift from the Lord, and He has most thoroughly and abundantly gifted you with this precious little bundle of another one in the fourth generation. Enjoy your new tiny girl, such a precious gift!
Thank you, Melinda. She is indeed a precious gift. God bless!
So precious and beautiful, Nancy. Congratulations on this new little girl in your life.
Thank you, Karen. She is so sweet. God bless!