This week I heard the best new word coming from the sweetest little voice! This year was Destination Christmas for our whole family and we spent it on the beach in Florida. A week with our whole family is a rare occasion but spending it with our grandson is DOUBLE the joy and fun. The day after Christmas we were all together when I heard him call me "MeeMa!" for the first time. My heart just melted and jumped for joy and it really made my day! Actually, it has made my whole week, Christmas, and all!
I have had many names in my lifetime. I am a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mommy, Mom, mother, mother-in-heart, granddaughter, cousin, niece, etc. just to name a few. I've wondered for years what our grandchild would call me (he calls Steve, "Papaw"). Just to hear his sweet little boy voice call me "Meema! Meema! - over and over again is music to my ears and totally priceless! I just wanted that moment to stop in time for just a little longer....
As I wrote in my journal this week, I reflected on Psalm 139 where God knew our names long before we were conceived or born. He know a long time ago what Jackson would call me.....
"You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit.
How I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day..."
(from The Message)
I really didn't want to be called a traditional name like "Grandma" or anything like that but I love "Meema!" It would probably change over time to something like "MeMaw" as he gets older but this is perfect! We've enjoyed our time together playing with his new toys, going for walks, eating together, shopping, etc. He doesn't sit still for long!
Soon it will be a brand new year with new sounds, opportunities, and changes....
Happy New Year to you. And may 2010 be the best yet!