This week, as we saw our first grandson born, our hearts filled with unspeakable joy, knowing that the light that shines from this little family is bright and that Melanie and Casi have shown with Mei-Ling that they too know the importance of raising a family to be a blessing.
I watch Melanie and Casi as they show love, compassion and consistency. They are gentle parents, yet know how to created good limits. As I have been caring for Mei-Ling this week I so appreciate that she doesn't touch things she shouldn't, she knows what "no" means and I never have to tell her twice of raise my voice to her. She goes to bed without a fuss and just pulls the covers up and says, "nighty night". She eats her food well, is not picky and wakes up each morning singing a song. This is a beacon of light that brings joy and shines far and wide.
Family is a wonderful thing...take time to build relationships with your children that show honor and respect to you. Be worthy of that honor.
Don't worry about how organized your cupboards are or what hangs in your closet more than how your children, adult and small alike contribute to this world. Work as hard on your relationship with your adult children as much as you do your hobbies and interests and if your children are small, give them more attention then you give to the stuff in your life.
This week, I am so well reminded that all the hard work of the past has paid off big time.
My children are a blessing to me and now I am seeing that there is another generation that will bring more and more blessings to us. Emery and I can sit in the evenings and give thanks for children that know what really counts in life has nothing to do with material gains.
We also can rest well and give thanks that our children have good lives, living free from so many of the problems that plague many young people.