Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?

   the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?

   Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows

   are the children of a vigorous youth.

   Oh, how blessed are you parents,

   with your quivers full of children!

   Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;

   you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.

   Psalm 127:3-5 (The Message)

Spending seven days and six nights with three little girls (ages 2, 4, 6 1/2) reminds me why youthful parents are better equipped for the task. My heart fills with gratitude that my daughter spends her days taking care of my special girls rather than dropping them off at day care. It is a sacrifice but one she willingly accepts and is encouraged in by her husband. Raising children today is no small feat…just turn on the television. I am a news junkie but while there, I kept the TV off because if you watch with little eyes, the horrors of the world projected into the family room are enough to make any child have nightmares. Kate did see a clip about a fire out of control and asked if her parents were near it. I immediately clicked it to off and assured her of their safety. The family is God’s picture of love, security, and hope. Grandparenting is a special, wonderful, and joyous privilege but a role completely different from parenting. This hit home daily while we were taking care of the girls. My job is to love these girls and encourage all of the family to always listen and follow our Heavenly Father. See you next time, little ones. It’s good to be home!