Life offers a few endearing moments that take your breath away. It is when there are no words that adequately describe the depth of the emotion you’re feeling.
Today was one of those days, and all I can do is cry.
A few months ago I finished the third draft of an historical novel I’ve been writing for over 12 years. It’s based on the life of my grandmother whom I wrote about yesterday. My main purpose in capturing her story was so my children and grandchildren would know her and her amazing story even though she died decades ago.
The beginning of the year I gave a draft to my daughter to read, and she was blown away. Not by my writing skills, mind you, but because of what I’m about to tell you. She was pregnant with her third child at the time. She and her husband had decided not to find out what they were having since they already had a girl and a boy. One night she had a dream that they were having a girl. They named her Stella Grace. Imagine her surprise when she picked up my book and discovered my grandmother’s name was Grace Stella. She had heard the name Grace before, but never her middle name.
From that moment I hoped, I prayed she would have a girl. But all the while I knew it was God’s decision not mine for the sex of the baby had already been determined.
Today I held Stella Grace in my arms for the first time.
It was like the Lord was sealing the completion of my book with a very special gift. I felt His arms holding me as I held her saying, well done. <tears>
So I want to pause today and thank my daughter and son-in-love for giving me a moment, a gift I will cherish for the rest of my life.
The best part? This moment is just the beginning of getting to know this precious little girl and enjoying the privilege of loving her the way a Nana should.
Now to start writing Stella’s special song from Nana–a tradition I’ve kept with each grandchild. I already know the tune, so I’m certain the words will come.
Have you had moments like this that you know you’ll never forget?