Saturday, January 8, 2011

Through every generation. . .

"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world."  ~Charles and Ann Morse
I wanted to add this post to the Christmas post but realized that I had rambled enough and decided to give it a post all its own.  Claire is a very lucky girl in the same way I was a very lucky girl.  I met my great-grandparents.  I have a very precious picture of me and Papa (my grandmother's father) when I was, maybe, 2 years old.  We are playing a game of Labrynth.  Everytime the marble dropped into one of the holes, apparently, I giggled like crazy.  In the photo, Papa is grinning like crazy and I'm clapping my hands giggling.  You can practically hear the scene just looking at the photo. 
Great Grandmary Christie, Claire and Me
Claire's Great Grandmary is in her 90s.  She has met Claire once.  She lives somewhat far and, although I'm not sure how much she could comprehend about great grandchild she was meeting, I'm grateful they were able to meet when Claire was around 3 1/2 months old.  Soon, I'm hoping to take her back to meet her again, always hopefully that God grants her even a few moments of clarity so that she can register how far into the future she has reached through this little baby. 
Great Grandpa Tamminga (Bapah) and Claire
This Christmas, Claire met, for the first time, her Great-grandpa Tamminga (Christian's family calls him Bapah).  She was enthralled, I think he was in love.  It was adorable to watch.  He sat holding her far a long while and later, when it was time for us to leave he held her while we were packing up the car.   It was a good part of Christmas for them both. 
Claire and Great-Grandpa Johnson

But Claire's "luck" doesn't end there.  Two of her best buddies are my mom's parents.  They get to watch her one or two afternoons a week while I work.  At first, I felt terrible about having them give up their free time to watch her, after all, they didn't have to do what they are doing and I'm sure they have other ways to spend their time than in Chino with my baby.  But I'll never forget my grandpa saying that "watching Claire is so great, gives us purpose!"  (As if being some of the most caring grandparents in the world who are involved in their church and frequently travel to Arizona, Colorado etc. to visit their family and friends wasn't "purpose" enough. :-) ).  I'm grateful she's so loved by them and she lights up everytime she sees them.  

Me, Claire and Great Grandma Johnson

Some people never even get to meet their grandparents.  We are fortunate that Claire will grow up knowing where she came from in a very tangible way.  It's not necessarily common, but we are thankful and we love them very much!       
"But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children. . ." Psalm 103:17

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