First Post… the journey begins

Most women blessed with a child while in their mid-40’s would be overjoyed, but this child arrived amid great sorrow.

She is not my own – she is my grand daughter, brought to me through a  tragedy in my own daughter’s  life. But, even in this horrible situation, she is in some odd way, an answer to prayer and I cherish her.

More than 12 years ogo, when my own life capsized , while I was floating along, clinging to bits of wreckage, I prayed and asked G0d for another chance. A chance to do things right, perhaps to right wrongs, to raise another child differently than I raised the first 3.

This blog is a way for me to share my personal thoughts while dealing with all the emotions involved with raising a grandchild & dealing with an incarcerated child…. If someone tells you a different story, it’s their own.

This part of the journey began May 23, 2010 when we took a 3 hour drive to pick up our grand daughter, (We will call her “Bug”) after receiving a desperate phone call from my daughter “Bec”.

The name for this blog comes from the Scripture God gave me in the weeks following that overwhelming trip. He has helped me to focus daily on the Blessings Instead of the pain, grief, and guilt, while promising me restoration and renewal.

Isaiah 61:1-4

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
 instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
 instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
  instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins

and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:38:45

    : )


  2. Marcia McKibben
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:05:24

    Ann, my dear friend, I am so glad that you are sharing. May this be a blessing and comfort to you, and safe place to land for others in similar situations.


  3. Linda
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:59:34

    I like it Ann and I’m looking forward to reading more in the days ahead!


  4. Lori
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 12:04:57

    Well written, Ann! I’m so glad you started this blog. It will help you to sort through your feelings and perhaps help others along the way. Blessings!!!


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