I remember Gwen's birth like it was yesterday. Truthfully it was almost 35 years ago. And unfortunately, my mom was not with me. As a matter of fact she did not meet Gwen until she was 7 weeks old. I can't tell you how much I missed my mom during those seven weeks. It was such a wonderful thing to share my daughter with my mom.
And this is the picture I snapped the first time my mom met Gwen. I will love this picture forever. The absolute joy and wonder on both their faces! So I am thankful for the many, many pictures that are taken of me, Gwen and Lia, Ellie, Zeke and Anna. And more than anything, I am thankful that I got to meet all of my grandchildren as they were born.
What a big week this has been. We were talking about how special it will be that Anna will have the only January birthday in our family. A few months ago I learned about an amazing women's conference that is taking place this weekend. I told my friends that I would not be able to go because Gwen's baby was due. They all laughed at me because her actual due date was in February. But I knew for sure that I should not register for this event. And then Anna made her appearance, just as I suspected she would, the last week of January. What a great time for a birthday.
Jesus, thank you for reminding me how special that mother - daughter connection is. Holy Spirit, remind everyone reading this blog to appreciate and celebrate the mother/daughters in their lives. Bless Gwen and Tim and their family. Thank you for all that you are doing in them and through them. Thank you for family and new life. Amen