• Anita Ford Vargas

Grandma becoming Mom again

I have had the honor and privilege of becoming a mom again and raising my granddaughter since she was 3 years old. She was the cutest little girl you ever wanted to see, funny and had lots of energy. And because it was just the two of us we had "no" boundaries, which meant no bedtime and of course, she slept in my bed (I don't suggest that idea for anyone.) By all means make sure that you put in the boundaries to create structure as you transition from grandma to mom again. If not, you will pay the price for it. And now my little cutie is 13 years old and almost as tall as me (although that's not hard to do.) I am currently looking for my cute little girl, pre-teen and all. The one that had more shoes than me, the one who wrapped my heart around her finger because I never had a daughter of my own, so here she is ready to be loved.

At this point in my life I realize why it's a challenge for older people to raise children. This isn't a job to be taken lightly nor is it for the faint at heart (anyone raising teenagers, you already know). Raising and taking care of the gift (your children) that you have been entrusted with and doing your best (whatever"your" best is) is your responsibility as a parent. That may mean making sacrifices and sometimes it means even putting your dreams on hold for your children. I can say, that the teen years aren't easy at all and we're just entering them. The mood swings, the rolling of the eyes. What about the internet and all of it's distractions. The IPhone vs the android. Who's paying for all these things? The friends that are friends until you both like the same boy. I believe they are now called friendenemies... Did I mention school and all the things that come with it? Even if they are wearing uniforms it's always something. In the midst of it all, I wouldn't trade the laughs, the new adventure, disney movies and the growth in both of us. And for myself, I would do it again. My hat goes off to every grandparent who has taken on the responsibility of becoming a parent again regardless of the circumstances surrounding your decision. I am just giving you a glimpse into my world hoping that you'll be encouraged to keep moving forward because I am.

What is love? Love is what Christ did on the cross, if he hadn't died on the cross for me, I am not sure where I would be? Because of His love for me, I am able to love. And because of His love we can and will complete our assignment.

Inspirational reading:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

NLT version

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22 NLT version

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