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Just wanted to share a quick photo of my granddaughter from 4 weeks ago. This was done on an ultrasound machine in Arkansas and they say baby girl was 21 weeks and 5 days old at this point. The doctors were apparently concerned about low amniotic fluid and other complications which requires my daughter to give herself shots in her stomach area every day during the pregnancy. The medical team highly recommended that further testing be done because of the high risk.
We had been praying for her prior to the ultrasound test at our church and all along for good health. My daughter was sleeping with her prayer cloth on her from the church every night. We believe in Acts 19: 11-12 and the use of prayer cloths or handkerchiefs in our church. “According to Acts 19:11-12 “And GOD was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick and their diseases left them and evil spirits came out of them.” When my daughter and granddaughter were tested they say everything was perfectly normal and the medical staff could find nothing wrong.
Praise the LORD! All is well! She is a perfectly healthy little girl. Please keep baby girl and my daughter in your prayers.
“I know that one day soon you will have children and a family of your own. I keep praying for that and I know GOD does have a great plan for your future. I hope I have instilled in you a sense of what matters most in life. When I am gone from this earth I hope you will reflect upon the life we have lived together. I hope I will have left something you can hold onto that will last and that you can in some way transfer on to your own children. I hope that you will be able to smile when you think about the times we had together. Never forget that I love you my sweet, sweet daughter. I know I have made some mistakes in my life. I hope most of all that I have made a difference in your life. I know you have made a difference in mine. I love you forever my baby girl!”
This is a part of a letter I wrote a few years ago before my daughter was married; and now she is going to have a baby girl of her own to raise and care for. GOD is good and he does answer our prayers in his perfect timing and in his perfect way! And now, she has a chance to make a difference in the life of her own daughter.
I have been thinking about writing a new book in honor my granddaughter who will be born this May. The title I am kicking around is called “60 Thoughts For My Granddaughter”
I am not sure where to take it or exactly what to say quite yet, but I know I want to leave some life lessons for her. I also want to introduce some humor I think for things that new grandpas have to learn along the way, maybe some things they have forgotten and need to relearn. I am not quite sure yet, but I have been doing some thinking along those lines.
What do you think? If you have any ideas or thoughts about what I can include, let me know as I just started to try to build this in my mind now. I welcome any and all suggestions!
I call, and call his name but he’s not there
Sitting snug in his bright yellow chair
I lay on the cold sheets of my bed and just stare
Tears puddle run down my face
And my dad is just not in his place
Hoping for more time
Why I ask you, is life so unkind
Where is that soft, gentle voice
Why didn’t I get a choice
To keep him here
To keep him near
Washed by the waters of time
Nothing can wash him from this heart of mine
I remember his whispering words that day
As he spoke from a smelly death bed, so they say
Cancer broke him down
As it does in many a town
“I’m proud of you my daughter
For the woman you’ve become
You haven’t climbed life’s ladder just to climb
Rung after Rung
Your purpose was “HIS” purpose
And for that, I’m mighty proud
Proud to call you my daughter
Because you’ve kept him number one”
“Help as many people as you can along the way
And make life a joy for all who stay
Those were his words, not mine”
I still think of him all the time
Washed by the waters of time
Nothing will ever wash him from this heart of mine
Have you ever had anything that you are annoyed with or that just plain bothers you sometimes? Some things bother me more than others, but then again there are some things that really bother me to an extreme. I started thinking about it the other day and decided that I had a pretty long list of bothersome things.
Why is it that parents can’t seem to put socks on little babies when they sit around with coats and hats on? Maybe they just don’t think about it. I bet they would though if they walked around without any footwear on in the middle of winter!
People walking around while looking down on their cell phones and almost run in to you. There should be a law banning texting and walking just like there are now laws in some states for texting and driving. I am serious!
People who use texting on their cell phones to an extreme instead of talking on the phone when it is more appropriate. I guess it’s easier to hide behind a few buttons.
Those who sneeze or cough without covering their mouth. Really, do we all want a shower of all those germs propelled upon us?
Those who don’t use turn signals when they drive and then look at you like you did something wrong when you almost slam into them.
People who cut in front of you with only inches to spare when they drive to get out of the way of someone wanting to pass them. The only thing worse is someone who tailgates! Really!
People who lie to you and smile like a big whisker-faced cat when doing it.
Those who let their children run wild in public places like restaurants and stores without saying a word to them pretending perhaps that they are not their little hoodlums who just ripped the wallpaper off the walls.
Loud talkers and those who blast their music with their windows rolled down sitting next to you at stop lights and stop signs with reckless abandon. Please!! You may not want any ear drums. But I prefer to keep mine!
Bug juice and bird droppings all over my car after I just washed it. Guess I shouldn’t park so close to the trees and I’m praying for rain!
Those who talk loud during a movie in a theater, in a library, or in church during the sermon. There are just those times that should be reserved for quiet and for listening don’t you think? I suppose they should offer some duct tape with the price of ticket along with a no munch section for popcorn.
Cockroaches the size of mice that prowl at night in the kitchen looking for something or someone to devour. I had some in Texas that I could have made saddles for!
Those who curse in public with no remorse in front of children and others. Gutter talk should be reserved for the gutters. Foul language contributes nothing!
Women – now I still can’t figure this one out.. But why do women have to go to the restroom in pairs and in groups when they are at a restaurant? Does one hold the small mirror while the other adjusts their make-up?
Why is it that some people can’t figure out how to put a roll of toilet paper on when it is time for a new one? Some people go so far as to make sure it comes out a certain way top, bottom, whatever… I don’t care what you do.. Just make sure you put a new roll on please!!
Those who talk in an elevator and don’t face the front wall where the door is. Don’t you know there is no talking and your eyes are supposed to be forward when that door closes?
Flies that never seem to die! I must have some flies that have been around here for years. Why is it they want to put their grimy mitts on everything I have?
Shopping too long! I can’t stand to be in a store for very long periods of time or I start to get the hives. I know what I need when I go in so there is no need to linger like my wife does for hours on end.
People who use Facebook like a bragging book or “look who’s on top of the hill now” book.
Those who are constantly late wherever they go. There is a clock on most cell phones so pay attention when you have your head down…
Slurping loud when eating soup, or chewing with your mouth open, and people who waste food.
People who talk non-stop yet say nothing. Sound like a politician doesn’t it?
I know I have rambled on here today, but what about you? Surely there is something that annoys you or just plain old gets under your skin. I would like to hear about it! You will feel better if you vent it out a little. I know I did! So let it fly here today!!! Oh no, did I just say that!!
It’s so good to have someone
to listen to my dreams
to make me laugh
to let me cry whenever I need to
someone who really cares about
what I want to be and do.
Everybody needs to have that one special, comfortable place
where you can go just to be yourself
anytime you want.
Everybody needs that one special person
who will love you just for you
without wanting to change a thing.
Everybody needs to feel
that anything you dream is possible,
and that you can accomplish
whatever you set your heart on.
That place… is with you.
That person is you.
Those dreams are happening
because you believed in me….
you’ve dreamed along with me.
You’ll never know
how much you mean to me.
Larry S. Chengges