For readers not on FB, in case you missed the 'news'...
Congratulations to my niece Brittany and her husband Josh!
They are proud new parents of a baby girl born on Saturday!
Welcome to a whole new world of wonder!
Can't believe our grandson is 16 mos. old!
Few things in life are quite as dear and lovely to behold
As tender wonder wakening in yester’s girl and boy
When they become the parents of their own sweet boy or girl
Their arms full of new baby and their mouths speechless with joy
There is no sight quite as delightful as parent with child
In new worlds filled with pat-a-cake and baby-hush-a-bye
Where learn-to-walk becomes a catch-me-if-you-can run wild
As mom and dad arrange life around precious sweetie-pie
Ah, there is nothing in the world as beautiful as this;
The clinging-to-one-finger-stroll, dad tall, child oh, so small
Or chubby arms about the neck, or goodnight’s softest kiss
As weariness becomes a way of life’s best years of all
They always seem to catch our eye and stir a tender smile
Where innocence and inexperience make quite a pair
But there is nothing lovelier than earth-heaven’s wee while
© Janet Martin
...and the next best thing to parent and child I'm just beginning to learn,
is grandparent and child!
Brantley loves his grandma's rolling pin collection....
Suddenly there was a big crash and he scooted away with an 'uh-oh, I might be in trouble' look...
'Oh Brantley', I said with a serious face, 'what did you do?!'
Then, to ease his uncertainty about Grandma's face I smiled and said, 'oh, it's okay, you're just a curious little boy and Grandma loves you so much. Do you want a hug?'
and he broke into a big smile of relief and came flying into my arms,
his heart-thump-thumping against mine
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.