Monday, May 17, 2010

Stephanie

The Lord has blessed us with such a precious family. We are like any other family - with our faults and failures - but we are unique, because the Father has made us so. There is no other family just exactly like ours. We have our own "language" and our own family jokes that would make sense to no one else. We have shared memories and lived through times that have ultimately drawn us closer together. Our numbers have grown and with it so has our joy - multiplied blessings.

I am more thankful than I can ever say for the way the Father has knitted us together. They are my favorite people in all the world.



She graduated on Saturday - this beautiful young woman who ushered us into the glorious world of "Grand-parenthood". Eighteen years slipped through my fingers like silky sand, and suddenly the cherubic baby was standing there in her cap and gown.




The little table held the memories of past and present accomplishments. She is gifted in so many ways. Musical, artistic, bright and so lovely. You can see all of those things in the picture. What you cannot see is the absolute beauty of her heart. It is a gentle, tender, compassionate heart. It is a giving heart. It is a heart that loves the Lord.






We love her dearly and cannot begin to thank God enough for the blessing she has been in all of our lives. We know He has great and wonderful plans for her life.


Visit Ann's for more gratitude posts.

Blessings,
Linda

17 comments:

Nancy said...

What a great blog Linda and your granddaughter is just precious! Your family is a blessing indeed!

christy rose said...

What a proud grandma that you are!!!! Stephanie is just beautiful inside and out! :) Congratulations to her!!!

Heather said...

You're shaping for her a legacy, Linda... your example, your servant heart, your selfless ways. You're not the only one who is blessed, dear friend! What an awesome gift you give-- the gift of heritage!

May your week be wonderful in every way... so glad you're back :)

Dawn said...

What a special day for all of you! It must seem impossible that your first grandbaby is so grown up. I can only imagine how quickly the years will go for us to that moment.

Anonymous said...

very nice post.
those years go by fast, yet, she has grown up so beautifully.

Maria said...

Oh Linda! congratulations to you too!
How amazing it is to see such beauty in the world. It's truly wonderful to see another light shining ~
She is radiant and so lovely. I can tell by your writing that she is as lovely on the inside... which is where it counts!
God bless her as she goes forth to be a good steward of God's gifts!
Blessings * Maria

Sandy said...

Stephanie is lovely Linda and your
love for her shines through your
words. Congratulations to both of
you! Your beautiful family is blessed
with a godly heritage.
God's grace,
Sandy

May said...

The family is a special unit that God has joined together. May God continue to bless you and your family.

PEA said...

Congratulations to your granddaughter on her graduation!! It's no wonder you're so proud of her, she seems like a delightful young lady. Loved seeing the pictures, look at all those big smiles:-) Families are indeed precious and we should treasure them to the fullest. xoxo

emily wierenga said...

oh, to have children like stephanie... you are such a loving grandmother, Linda. you have such a big heart. i so appreciate you. e.

Susanne said...

Congratulations to your beautiful Stephanie! May God lead and guide her into this next exciting phase of her life.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful granddaughter you have and what an added blessing that she loves the Lord! I pray God's richest blessings upon her as she moves forward to the next phase of her life!! May He guide and direct her steps and may she have a deep sense of His presence with her.

Donnetta said...

What a special day full of memories that must have been! What an even more special thing to know that she loves God!

Congrats!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful tribute to your precious granddaughter. She is beautiful inside and out... she must get it from her grandma! :) Congratulations to her as she begins a new journey!

L.L. Barkat said...

Sweetness! :)

Maxine said...

Linda, I have been reading several tributes today by grandparents about their grandchildren who are graduating. Isn't this a wonderful way t use our blogs?

God bless your dear granddaughter and may she follow the Lord always. I pray that the day will come when the Lord will allow me to write similar words about mine.

Abba's Girl said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing with us.