There will be no vacation for us this year. No foreign excursion. No Alaskan cruise. No bungalow on the beach. No mountain cabin by a crystalline lake.
Not that those things were very affordable in the past, but this year is different.
This year, David and I have committed to keeping our almost 6-month-old grandson for my son and his girlfriend when they are at work.
When we first learned of our grandbaby’s existence almost a year ago, the assumption was that they wouldn’t be able to keep him because they were very young, unmarried and would not be able to pull if off financially. They had thought it through, talked about it, and decided that adoption was the way to go.
And that’s what they told us when they finally got up the nerve to tell us about the baby.
But no, grace dove in and we were under it’s unrelenting power. If they wanted to keep this baby boy, we would do everything we could to help them, short of paying their bills. We would provide childcare—Nana Daycare we call it—and call upon our vast network of friends to help provide the necessities for setting up a home with a baby.
So this year we will take no vacation, but we will rest in knowing that God’s grace gave us this sweet gift instead.
You are the trip I did not take,
You are the pearls I could not buy
You are my blue Italian lake
You are my piece of foreign sky.
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