I’ve been doing the family math lately.
- Seven years ago, both my parents died, 7 months apart. Minus 2 here.
- Six years ago, my oldest daughter Morgan got married. Plus 1.
- Almost one year ago, my youngest daughter Jenna got married. Plus 1.
Although we never really lose the people we love when they die, our hearts do feel emptied by their absence.
And when we add in new people, our hearts expand to practice more love.
We’re getting a new opportunity to love – our first grandchild is due in January!
A big plus 1.
Morgan and Fuller are expecting their first child. And we couldn’t be more excited for them and for us. (If you have good grandparent name suggestions, please share!)
When we decide to love someone new, the atmosphere shifts.
- We move things around.
- We clean out space.
- We spruce things up.
(And we buy new toys. Jeff rescued this mechanical horse to restore for the new grandbaby. It needs a lot of work, but he can do it.)
Regardless of age or situation, adding a new relationship to our lives gives our hearts reasons to change for the better.
Who new needs your love?
- Maybe a new co-worker.
- Or a neighbor who moved in next door.
- Or an in-law marrying into your family.
Or in our case, a growing baby inside our own daughter. (We hope to find out next week if it’s a boy or a girl!)
Wherever and whoever, may we each continue to find new people to love. Another person made in God’s image.
Every time we do, we glimpse God in a fresh way, see him from another angle.
And we experience a flush of new love—a breath of God—inside our own hearts.
Do the math. Count your blessings. They keep adding up.
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Who have you most recently begun to love? Any grandparenting tips? Please share your thoughts.
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