I had the joy and privilege this past month of becoming a grandma for the first time. Brody Lucas Chase was born on September 17th at 9:25 in the evening. It was a wonderful delivery, and mommy, daddy and baby thank goodness couldn’t be better. This baby boy is the first grandchild on both sides of the family, so you can imagine the unmatched excitement from all sides. Brody Lucas had a loud and enthusiastic cheering section in the waiting room as all 4 soon to be grandparents and aunts and uncles spent the day together. Even before Brody arrived, you could feel the love welling inside all of us, and the ease with which these 2 families came together as we had done before when Jacob and Lindsey were wed. There is something magical about a newborn baby and how this little precious being could instantly bring so much love and joy. A renewal of faith if you will.
I had been told time and time again that being a grandparent is the ultimate joy in life. And it is! It’s like being the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae. I have a wise friend who describes grandchildren as the sweet desserts of life. And they are! But here’s the part that took my breath away that I didn’t see coming…..watching my own son become a parent. This was an aha moment I will never forget. Watching this beautiful young couple become a family of three. I saw my son, who loves laying on the couch watching TV, and still playing video games, transform into the most attentive, adoring father and husband. Please don’t misunderstand, he was always a terrific husband, but for those of us who are parents, we know that something very special happens to you when a child of yours comes into this world. And life is never the same.