Count Your Grandparenting Blessings
by Susan G Mathis
All four of my grandchildren were born in South Africa, so in ten years, I took ten trips across the globe to build my relationship with them. Those trips were full of love and laughter, new baby cuddles and little girl giggles. Seeing my daughter mother her four girls and watching my wonderful son-in-law be the daddy that I always dreamed of for my grandchildren was just plain thrilling.
Now they live in California and I’ve been there six times in the past year! We’ve enjoyed holiday fun, tea parties, story time, and lots of playtime. We went on lots of adventures and enjoyed special times together. But then I return home, and I miss being with my granddaughters tremendously.
Yet I count my blessings. I get to FaceTime, WhatsApp text, and talk on the phone. In today’s world of families spread all over the globe, it’s a blessing that we can get there in just a day and a half instead of the several week voyage by ship or not seeing them at all. I get to come home to a beautiful house, a wonderful part of the world, great friends, and an amazing life with a loving husband and all the blessings of being his wife and companion.
Life is good. I am blessed, and I find joy in all that God provides! Today, and every day, count your blessings…one by one.
Susan G Mathis writes more about long-distance grandparenting in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparenting. She’s a multi-published author of historical fiction, Katelyn’s Choice, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and Christmas Charity—and several other books. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs. Find out more at www.SusanGMathis.com.