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Our Girl


We had the opportunity to visit with our daughter at our house this past weekend, who will soon be having a daughter of her very own.  While she was here we happened to come across an old box with some of her papers from when she was younger that had something I had written about her when she was only about 3 or 4 years old.  Here is the original paper I had hand written those so many years ago.


Our Girl

“She came into our lives as a blessing from above.  So tiny, so beautiful.  GOD blessed us with our little bundle of love.  At first she barely crawled, and now look at her run.  At first she could hardly talk.  Now look at her; she hardly stops talking!  Each day we grow to love her more.  Thank you LORD for our little blessing.  Thank you LORD for Valerie.  Brown eyes, brown hair, and that special warm caring smile.

 Each time I look at her, I hear GOD whispering in my ear.  Be good to her, and raise her to learn of me.  Teach her love, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and train her in the way she should go.  Teach her right from wrong.  Teach her to love others, to give unto others.  Look at her now how big she is growing, changing every day.  Thank you LORD for our gift from heaven above.  May we love her and show her your ways each day. Thank you LORD for our Valerie.”


Valerie and Papa

The picture above is of our daughter Valerie and her own grandfather, my wife’s dad.  His name was “Papa”  I can’t wait to have a photo taken with my own granddaughter.  I know people say it often, but it does seem like only yesterday when our daughter was this age.  As a matter of fact, it still seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her to her first bed to lay in after being born in the hospital.  As the days pass, I pray that I will be able to be the grandfather that my granddaughter deserves me to be.  I pray that I will be able to show her the right road to take too, and that we will have many good years together.  If we are together, they can’t help but be good!

I promise again LORD that I will teach her just like I taught her own mother.  I will teach her the road to take, right from wrong, to love others, and to give unto others….. and I promise you I will love her every single day!


  1. jjspina says:

    This is beautiful, Tony! I am sure you will be a wonderful grandfather as you were, I am sure, a wonderful father. Blessings to you and your family for a wonderful New Year ahead! 🍾🎉🎊❤️

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  2. This is just lovely Tony! It’s obvious you’re going to be as wonderful a grandfather as you are a dad! May 2017 be a joyous one for you and your family!💁🏻

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  3. lynn__ says:

    Grandchildren are a precious legacy, Tony. May you be blessed in the new year!

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  4. tabitha59reachingout says:

    What a blessed daughter you have, to have a father who loves the Lord and desires to lead her in Godly ways. I’m sure you will be a wonderful grandfather, Tony. There is much joy ahead. Savor it. 🙂

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  5. Daughters, ain’t they great? (ours is 35 now) Sons are pretty nice too. (he’s 29)

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  6. osarobohenry says:

    What a remembrance Tony. This is awesome and she will be very happy to read such words. God bless you and may He give you many, many more years to show her more love to the glory of God.

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  7. ropheka says:

    So how does it feel to be a grandpa?

    I am sure you will be a good mentor to guide her to the Light.

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  8. milliethom says:

    A lovely post, Tony, and a wonderful tribute to your daughter and to her maternal grandfather, Papa. Being a grandparent is a wonderful and special thing, and I’m sure you’ll take on the role brilliantly.


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