Saturday, January 1, 2011

new mercies, motherhood, new grandchild...

"It is of the LORD's mercies that
we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not. They are new
 every morning; great is thy faithfulness"
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

I love the fresh start of a new year. I awoke this morning really feeling the immediate awareness of some new mercies today. New mercies that I so desperately need. New mercies that I certainly don't deserve. But nonetheless, new mercies that a gracious and loving God has generously bestowed upon me. For that I am thankful.

I love being a mom. I was blessed with 3 pretty amazing daughters. They are now 25, 24 and 21 years old and I love them. I have been blessed to be loved by them as well. I haven't been a perfect mother. I have made mistakes along the way, but they still love me and are always quick to champion me and assure me of my fabulous motherhood skills. Even though they are grown and 2 of them have families of their own, I still mother them when they don't really need it (or they don't think they do..), and they love me through it.

Ashlie and the boys spent the day over here and left at bedtime. They got home to a power outage in the country and were lighting candles until the lights came back on. Of course, I had to remind her not to go to bed with candles burning...  She was sweet about the mothering advice and assured me she knew better than that. I had to laugh a little while ago when I got a text from her. "lights back on. candles are all out.. :)" She knows me well and knew I wouldn't rest until I knew no candles were burning.. I love my girls, they love me and for that I am thankful.

I love being a Nana. Eight years ago, I was just getting the hang of the grandmother thing and was enjoying it with all my heart. I never dreamed that over the next 7 1/2 years, my 2 girls would add 5 more grandchildren to the equation giving me 6 of those precious babies. I had grandchildren born in 2002, 2005, 2007,2008,2009 and 2010.  Nothing on earth brings me greater joy than those precious grandyoungin's. I love them all with a fierce love that I could never have imagined possible. Each one was brought into the world with this blessed Nana witnessing each miraculous moment of each birth. There is nothing like it. 2011 won't be any different. Sometime in August, my youngest daughter, Ashlie, will bring her 3rd baby into this world. And I will welcome my 7th grandchild into my arms with great delight. For that I am thankful.

God is so good. He has blessed me immeasurably. He has given me grace in abundance.  I pray that in the coming year, I continue to seek Him more and know Him like never before. I desire to be found faithful. I desire to bring Him honor and glory. I want to be like Him.

Begin to know Him now,
and finish never......
(Oswald Chambers)

Happy New Year!


LisaShaw said...

As a Grandma myself I understand the love and the joy! Congratulations Nana on welcoming (soon) your 7th Grandchild. Praying GOD's richest blessings over your entire family. You are dearly loved!

Happy New Year!

Nana Jul said...

WONDERFUL News...congratulations to Ashlie and to you! There's nothing like Nanahood!
So Great is our LORD's faithfulness!
God bless you huge!

angelonwheels said...

Congrats Nana of 7! What sweet news! Thanks for the encouragement Beth! You are such a wonderful writer, so your sincere complements are like gold to me!

Sandy said...

Great post as always! I love being a Mom and Grandma, too, and I also am so thankful for His mercies, new every morning, and that because of His love, I am not consumed! Happy New Year to you!

Stacey Dawn said...

Congratulations to you and your family for the wonderful news!!

Loren said...

Oh Beth! I LOVE this post!! I agree wholeheartedly!! Being a Momma and a Nana is such a precious gift and a blessing from the Lord! I can't imagine having 6 :) We will have our 2nd one on Jan. 19th. Our first grandson! I CANNOT wait!!

Love you dear friend! Happy New Year ~ I pray it is a blessed and wonderful year for you and yours!

nita said...

Great Post and one I can relate to quite a bit. Thank you - God Bless - Nita

mommyto4blessings said...

You are the perfect mother and I love you very much.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

First of all, I have always loved that scripture...such a promise for us to hold on to!!

It's great being a grandmommie! I have 5 grandchildren and feel so blessed because of it!


Yolanda said...

I really enjoyed the Oswald Chambers quote and then to find out that your going to be a Nanna again, well that just totally makes my heart smile.


Mariel said...

How precious!! Congratulations and blessings to you and your sweet family!

Hope your new year is overflowing with Jesus!!

Michele Katherine said...

Hi Beth,

What exciting news, and another little blessing. You look so young to have grandchildren, I'm sure you hear that often.

Tell Your daughter, congratulations.


Beth in NC said...

Oh Beth, what a treasure you and your husband are to those girls and the grandbabies! What a godly heritage! I hope you do print your blog so that they can read about your love for Jesus when they get older.

I pray you have a wonderful 2011! And I'm thankful for His mercies too!

Love & hugs,

Cricket said...

Congratulations! I pray for your dear daughter...and your new grandchild...

~ linda said...

Blessings all over the place! His mercies fail NOT! May your day continue to be filled with the beauty of the Lord, Beth.
loving you, ~ linda

Sue said...

Congratulations on this wonderful news, being a grandmother has been one of the most rewarding blessings in my life.
I was so blessed by this post.
Praying God's continued blessings on you and your family.

Michelle said...

Hi Beth,

Congratulations on the news.
I look forward to seeing pictures of the new addition.

God Bless

Sonja said...

oh Yay Beth! There can never be too many of these precious little ones, can there?

I love the Oswald Chambers quote too. It sure sounds like 2011 is off to a great start!

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Beth, blog surfing, and found yours, Your blog is so sweet, and I love all those babies you have! I am now following, seeking some new blog friends, and I Love my blogging! It is the best therapy ever! Ha-Ha! Looking forward to reading more of yours! Blessings for a great Wednesday! Ps~i too am a Nana of 4!

DeeDee said...

Congratulations on #7! I have three and #4 is on the way. (due in August!)
I just say that the "grands" are as GRAND as we were always told.
Sweet Blessings to you Sweet Friend!

Bernie said...

You have a lovely blog and beautiful grandchildren. You have many blessings Beth and such a beautiful family...Hugs