What a blessing our daughter has been to us from the very beginning. When I was a small girl I had some medical problems that led to several surgeries and a plastic surgery on a kidney, later removal of that kidney. My parents were told that because of the extensive surgeries I may not end up with children. God's plans are above man's predictions and we were blessed with the most wonderful little girl who has grown to be an amazing woman. She always had a special love for children and was a born mother and as a child mothered everything. In fact Robert, our son, once told her to quite mothering him as he already had one mother. When I had the problem pregnancy with Brian, she stepped up as a mere 13 year old and helped Pops take care of the family while I was bedridden for four months. Amazing young woman to say the least
We have seen this daughter that unable to have a child for 17 years of marriage, with all the hurt that goes with it. This mother would dream of her daughter in a maternity outfit and KNEW her daughter would bear a child from her own womb one day. God had a plan though. You see, we owned some apartments, and we found a two year old boy hanging from a fence, upside down, next to our apartments. We pulled him down and scolded him for climbing the fence and told him he could really hurt himself badly. WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT HE WOULD LATER BECOME OUR GRANDSON. Our daughter was given the opportunity to adopt him that same year. His name was Keith so we nicknamed him "Keeper' because we told him to us he was a real Keeper.
Then we had to go through more heartbreak when our little three year old "Keeper" was found to have a tumor wrapped around his optic nerve. He had to have an operation to remove it. Sadly, he lost his eye sight in one eye. The doctors told us he would need more surgery, when the tumor returned the following year to claim the other eye. Our God was faithful and merciful to us and led us to a new treatment called the "Proton Beam". We were able to salvage the other eye with this procedure at Loma Linda University Hospital and to date the tumor is still dead. Keeper is now a hearty 21 year old, giving his momma all the challenges that go along with having a young man with two youngsters in the household.
Not the end of this one my beloved friends, Our daughter has since delivered TWO boys FROM HER OWN WOMB just two years apart. They are both healthy boys, excelling and active in Little League. Jonathan is 12 years old and Joshua will be ten this year. Actually Jonathan is a BIG boy. At thirteen he wears men's size 14 shoes and men's large shirts. He is taller than me now. My daughter is 5'11" and he is about six feet right now. My husband, Bob, is 6'6" and his two boys both wanted to beat this but stopped about 6"2". Well, looks like Jon will make it all right and be Papaw's size, maybe taller!! Keith had asked his Dad why it took so long for Momma to have a baby. David told him it was because God wanted them to adopt him and if they had children, maybe they would not have been in a position to do that. Just maybe God put off a family so Keith could be put into the family first. Keith today is 22 years old. My goodness, how time does fly. God is faithful always. He never fails and is never late. Sometimes we think so but He knows things we don't. We must wait on God's perfect timing. The answer is to be content in all things. He will supply our needs and the wants can wait on HIM and His PERFECT timing. His desire is that we prosper in all things but especially the spiritual things. He is more interested in our eternity but He takes care of the here and now meanwhile....when we trust HIM to lead us.
In my daughter's eyes, I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light
And the world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me
Gives me strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes
And when she wraps her hand around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about
It's hangin' on when your heart has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes, I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see
How happy she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes.