Tiny hand, big dreams

March 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Posted in art, baby, country life, faith, family, gifts, knitting, Life, love, marriage, photography, relationships | 19 Comments
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tinyhandShe weighs less than seven little pounds today. The touch of her tiny little hand is soft as a raindrop, her voice quiet as a cooing dove. I cherish the sound of her here and there as she is carried through the house, cared for, rocked, loved, changed, soothed, and fed.

She is a precious new addition to our family, this granddaughter of ours, but she is more than that. She is a member of the future of our little blue planet … I wonder what her place will be, what kind of impact she will make.

Less than three weeks ago she made her entrance into this world and into our lives and hearts. She brought with her magic, peace, and grace. She brought these things so quietly, the big old world did not take notice. That is as it should be for now, child of my child.

I look at her hands, her delicate fingers and I wonder: we are artists and creators, what will she be? Will she paint, sew, cook, heal? What role will she play in life as her life plays through. Will those tiny little hands someday drive a tractor on this farm? How many kittens and puppies will her hands pet and feed? Will she write? How many hats will those hands pick up and place on her head to wear?

It is exciting to see a new life and to realize it is all there ahead of her, yet to be discovered and experienced. There is no rush, no disappointment, no worry. She is an infant just days into the journey of her life, the river that is the power of her life has just begun to flow and meander. Where will it lead?

My daughter and I speak of the many creative things we will do for and with little Sweet Pea. We will make her many things, and teach her anything she wishes to learn so long as we have the knowledge.

17mar09_babyhandI believe very strongly in not having designs on where a child’s life will lead them. As a parent, I felt strongly that my role was to support, care for, nuture, love, and protect my children but not ever to try to mold them to my dreams and wishes. I wanted them to create and follow their own dreams and wishes, and tried as best I could to help them get there if I could.

Winnie-the-Pooh has emerged as a major player in Sweet Pea’s life so far.  Pooh, Piglet, Eyeore, and Tigger have been showing up on everything from shower plates to nightgowns, hats, blankets, and diapers. Our cup runneth over with Pooh and Friends and Days of Hunny. I ordered a set of vintage Pooh books from a bookseller at eBay so that we will have them on hand to read aloud to Sweet Pea when she visits with us during her childhood days.

I have already begun reading the first of the Pooh books to her … strange, I never read Winnie-the-Pooh before. (You think you know a dear character like Pooh all your life, and then find out you had never actually been properly introduced.) We have made it through Chapter Four, In Which Eyeore Loses His Tail and Pooh Finds One (perhaps paraphrased) this morning. She listens and watches me when I read to her already and she is not even a full three weeks old quite yet.

Oh my, what fun the future holds.

17mar09_babyhandsSweet Pea, I am your grandma and I hear you in the other room. Your quiet little chirps and hiccups are too dear for words. You have a sweet nature and you are loved so very, very much. I will be here for you as long as I can, and I will do anything I can, within the the realms of what you want from me, to help you find and reach your dreams. I wish you and your peers a world of increasing love and peace.  I love you, my little Sweet Pea.



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  1. Congratulations on the grand baby, and also on discovering the magic of “Pooh and friends”.
    I was a Pooh lover when my, now grown, son was a baby, and even before he was born. We named said son Christopher Robert, (not Christopher Robin), and his room was decorated with all things Pooh!
    He had a stuffed Pooh, and loved him, as well as Tigger, Eyore, and the other characters.
    I vividly remember him as a three year old, very tired, carrying Pooh, by one arm, through an airport after a visit to grandparents.
    You are in store for much love and enjoyment with that little girl.
    I am a grandmother, and it is wonderful!

  2. Wonders never cease… congratulations to all on Sweet Pea’s arrival. We are all blessed when love is celebrated, so thank you for sharing this precious occasion with us.

  3. Your writing touched my heart. I’m a grandma too, and the tender feelings we have for our grandchildren is almost indescribable. You put into words what I have felt three times. Beautiful.

  4. There is nothing in the world better than holding your grandchild and watching them grow up! They are filled with wonder and always willing to tell you stories and spend time with you. Enjoy her, love her and knit for her!! Thank you for sharing your newest blessing with us. 🙂

  5. http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/happy-birthday/happy-birthday-penelope-079684

    Grand babies are so special. Congratulations on your new little bundle of love. If you like, please open the link above to see my Penelope, aka Peeps. She is 1 today.

  6. Congratulations to all! I can feel the magic and the joy in your words.

  7. You are all so blessed! Congratulations on your cherished angel.

    I still love Pooh at my grand old age. You have given me a good idea for books to buy for our new little grandbaby due mid-April. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Congratulations! I’m happy that everyone is doing so well. I know these are precious and exciting times for your family. What sweet little pictures! Enjoy every moment. Ann

  9. Congratulations on your new Grand-Blessing! I too am expecting my first grandchild in October and we have nicknamed it Sweet Pea too. The feelings you’ve expressed convey what I wish to say to my grandchild. Blessings to your entire family!

  10. You are so blessed to have miss Sweet Pea with you. Being a grand mother I have the sweetest memories of holding my first grandchild, rocking her, feeding her and hearing her sweet laughter as she learned to be amused by the funny sounds we made for her, and much more. Well done! Thanks for sharing with us.


  11. Welcome new little human. Blessings of joy and happiness, to Sweet Pea, new Mom, Grandma, Grandpa and all.

  12. Congratulations to the whole family on Sweet Pea’s safe and peaceful arrival! All the grandparents of Sweet Pea must be on cloud 9!

  13. The little fingers curled around yours tells the whole story of what life will be for you over the coming years. That feeling is invading your heart and will remain with you for your lifetime. Cherish and love every minute for they are fleeting and memories will soon take their place.

  14. Congratulations!

  15. congrats on Sweet Pea

  16. Congratulations on the arrival of Sweet Pea! May she bring many moments of joy to her parents and grandparents! And, may she grow up wise and strong, wherever her river takes her.

  17. Is there anything sweeter than baby hands?!

  18. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and your welcoming promise to your grandchild. May the world be peaceful for you, Sweet Pea.

  19. Aww. Is this the little one? =) Too cute. Congratulations on the safe delivery of your grandchild. So beautiful.

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