WOW…Giving Thanks!

Those who are close to me had no doubt what I would blog about this week. There is no way I could avoid weaving such a spectacular event into my blog.

My first grandson was born Friday night. While I have many opportunities to interact with very young babies, there is nothing like holding a newborn and watching his eyes explore your face during the second and third day of his life.

While I marveled at his perfect features, I also felt the responsibility of being a support to his parents. I believe that it truly takes a village to give families the support they need to raise children into healthy, happy, and thriving adults. We must pledge our commitment to Holton and his family if he is to reach his full potential.

I also held my grandson with such an understanding that he “feels” so much more than he can communicate back to us. I was holding him on my chest yesterday when his daddy walked into the room talking. Holton lifted his head and turned toward his dad’s voice. It was a very distinct movement. We know that babies recognize the voices that they heard while in the womb. It was a WOW moment for me and for his dad.

Don’t miss the WOW moments during this holiday season. Be fully present with those you love. Take the time to linger with that special child or that special person you haven’t seen in a while. Let one task go undone and take a moment to marvel at something in nature or exchange an old memory with someone you love. You will be very glad you did.

This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful … for a healthy new baby who is surrounded by a village that will support him and his family, for my faith, for my family, and for my amazing friends who give my life so much meaning.

With a grateful heart, Donna McClintock


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