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Happy Mother’s Day – remembering firsts and lasts

Let Me Hold You Longer

Let Me Hold You Longer
a poem by Karen Kingsbury

Long ago you came to me, a miracle of firsts;
First smiles and teeth and baby steps, a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of a lifetime of your lasts.

First day home from the hospital
First day home from the hospital

The last time that I held a bottle to your baby lips
The last time that I lifted you and held you on my hip,
The last night when you woke up crying,
Needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket
Wanting to be rocked.

The last time when you ran to me still small enough to hold
The last time when you said you’d marry me when you grew old.

Precious simple moments and bright flashes from your past
Would I have held on longer if I’d known they were your last?
Our last adventure to the park, your final midday nap
The last time when you wore your favorite faded baseball cap.

Your last few hours of kindergarten, last days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League, last colored picture made.
I never said goodbye to all your yesterdays long past
So what about tomorrow? Will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog in that old backyard pond
The last that you ran barefoot across our fresh-cut lawn
Silly, scattered moments and bright flashes from your past
I keep on taking pictures, never quite sure of your last.

The last time that I comb your hair or stop a pillow fight,
The last time that I tuck you in and pray with you at night.
The last time when we cuddled with a book just me and you,
The last time you jump in our bed and sleep between us two.

The last piano lesson, the last vacation to the lake
Your last few weeks of middle school, last soccer goal you make.
I look ahead and dream of days that haven’t come to pass
But as I do I sometimes miss today’s sweet precious lasts.

The last time that I help you with a math or spelling test
The last time when I shout that “Yes! Your room is still a mess!”
The last time that you need me for a ride from here to there
The last time that you spend the night with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster, stealing precious days that pass
I want to hold on longer, want to recognize your lasts.
The last thing that you need my help with, details of a dance,
And the last time that you asked me for advice about romance.

The last time that you talked to me about your hopes and dreams
The last time that you wear a jersey for your high school team.
I’ve watched you grow and barely noticed seasons as they pass
If I could freeze the hands of time, I’d hold onto your lasts.

For come some bright fall morning, you’ll be going far away
College life will beckon in a brilliant sort of way
One last hug, one last goodbye, one quick and hurried kiss,
One last time to understand just how much you’ll be missed.

I’ll watch you leave and think how fast our time together passed
So let me hold on longer, God, to every precious last.

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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Whoosh! Time Flies – Almost 1 Year Already!

Is it possible? Almost a whole year has gone by already – my beautiful, precious grandson is almost ONE!

I didn’t “get it” that whole “Grandma” thing. I heard about it, I was warned that it was a feeling like no other, the love you have for your grandchild…NOW I get it!

I love this little boy so very much. There aren’t adequate words to describe how much I love him.

He is…….

Adorable

Precious

Captivating

Beautiful

Sweet

and so much more.

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone – he is walking and communicating – not exactly talking but he gets his point across. He is so much fun and I just love him so much.

Please let the next year go by slower!

 

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A Baby Boy!

(this is not my grandson or my photo – borrowed from the www)

On March 12, 2011, our oldest son became a father!

I’m a grandma but not sure yet if that is what I will be called. I like “Gramma” but I haven’t decided yet.

This is our first grandchild and my husband is so in love with this baby boy, he is beaming from ear to ear!

I thank the Lord that he arrived safely and healthy. He is already home with his proud mommy and daddy.

I cannot wait to get to know this precious new member of our family.

Welcome to the world, little man ~ “Gramma” loves you!

The greatest gift that God could send He sends with love to you. A sweet and helpless baby boy an obligation too.

Each baby boy God gives to us is merely lent awhile to cherish, love, protect and guard from every snare and wile.

To form within his childish heart His image good and true. God bless this newborn baby boy and may He bless you too!

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Mary Did You Know?

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the Great I Am

 

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Posted by on December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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