Now, hold on there. Before you get too excited about this older couple and a new baby, it’s not like that. Admit it, the title had you going, didn’t it? Everybody loves babies, and you almost can’t help yourself when you see the sign of what might be the announcement of a brand new baby coming into the world.
In the words of our brand new son-in-law (spoken just today) “you’re not losing a daughter, you’re gaining a son.” I’ll just tell you right now, we’re keeping our daughter and gaining a son in the process. Sure, she’s changing her residence, but my wife and I are not getting rid of her at all. We love her dearly, and love her husband, too.
He and our daughter have been seeing each other for about two years now, and I think that’s enough time to begin knowing someone. Our daughter and her husband have a life ahead of them, and we want the best for them. Sadly, we have seen so many couples call it quits after just a short marriage, and it is sad beyond words. Our hope is that they grow old together and live in the fear of God all the days of their lives.
Our daughter is the mother of two amazing children – our grandchildren, who we love with all our hearts. They have lived us nearly all their lives, and we are so thankful to be such a big part of their lives. We are not alone as grandparents who have grandchildren living under the same roof with them, and I’m quite certain others will carry on the tradition after these two darlings leave our house.
Our son-in-law is taking on a big responsibility with a wife and two young children to care for. He seems fit for the task at hand, though, and will quickly learn what it means to be a provider for a family of four. He loves our grandchildren, and they love him. That’s a big part of the battle, and I commend him for the responsibility he has taken on.
My wife and I have lots of adjusting ahead of us, too. What will we do without our daughter and grandchildren in the house with us? I’ve been getting up every school morning for several years and taking the little ones to school, and oftentimes picking them up in the afternoon. That’s not going to part of my routine any more, and I miss it already. I won’t hear “Pappy, can I get on your computer?” unless they happen to spend some time with us, and that better happen a lot!
You know, one of the things I’ll miss the most is getting ready for church, and walking across the street together. Now, they’ll still be part of our church, but it will be different not seeing them get dressed before service each time. That part of our lives is so important to us, but it will just be different, not gone.
My wife and I hope and pray this new family will allow Christ to be the cornerstone of their lives. We raised our twin daughters to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and our son-in-law was raised that way, too. As parents, we must allow our children to grow up, but we never stop praying for them and hoping they will serve God with all their hearts. As a new family, it is so important to put Christ first in all they set their hearts to accomplish.