Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4
Grandparents are an amazing gift to children. So many of my childhood memories include my grandparents. My grandfather was the first person to take me fishing, teach me my multiplication tables, encourage me to read, attempt to teach me how to drive a five speed, and walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. He was, and still is, such an important part of my life. After all I grew up and moved right next door to him, and now my children are creating their own memories with their great granddad.
My 84 year old grandfather holding my 4 months olds' hand
My grandmother has imparted her southern charm. Because of her I know that it is proper to: write thank you notes even if it doesn't seem necessary, always dress appropriately for the occasion, never wear white after labor day, sit with my shoulders up, how to set a table properly, and to always "keep on keeping on". I still smile when she fusses at me for not wearing panty hose with dresses in the summer, and hope and pray that she feels like she spent her money wisely on my etiquette school tuition when I was a teenager.
I treasure all of our mother-daughter-granddaughter Belk shopping trips and am thankful that I was given the gift of therapy shopping. More importantly than southern hospitality, Granny Dot taught me how important it is to hide the word of God in my heart by memorizing scripture. My grandmother was the first person to teach me about missionary work in Belize, and she was one of my biggest supporters when I decided to spend a semester of college on the mission field. There is no doubt that my grandparents influenced my life in a major way.
Dorothy Skelton Waters,
Linda McLean Collis,
Danielle Marie Sosebee,
and Layla Faith Sosebee
The three most beautiful and important women in my life!
I hope and pray that Luke and Lalya will treasure the moments they share with their grandparents and great parents. It is in these moments that family traditions are passed down and that memories are made.
Luke celebrating his third birthday with all of his grandparents.
Papa and Luke admiring Layla the day after she was born.
Two year old Luke on a tractor ride with Granddaddy.
Luke cooking with his Nana
Playing tractors with Grandma
Luke playing with his papa.