Have you ever heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”?
Last year was an exciting one for Jim and I. In July, our son and daughter-in-law made us grandparents for the first time. David James True, named for his grandpas, was born July 16th. I went to be with them in Colorado and I must say, as proud as I was to be a grandmother, I was equally proud, if not more, of the parents that Derek and Brittany were instantly. They were so calm and discussed every situation as it arose. It was amazing to watch the change in them.
Another change was watching our younger son, Craig, and his fiancee’, Karrie Anne, graduating from U of E. And in the fall, going to Central High School, to see Craig’s very first classroom…it was so exciting! No longer “Craig” but “Mr. Keepes”…such a change!
This year has already had it’s moments. The birth of our great niece, Willow, just a few days ago. And the news that we will be grandparents again this fall. (Brittany is due at the end of October.) And this June, Craig and Karrie will be married. It certainly is satisfying to watch your children grow up and go into the world, find the person that God has for them and begin families of their own.
Along with the good changes have been some that weren’t so great. But even in those, God’s hand was felt guiding us along the way.
Spring officially begins next week. Spring time, a time for change. A time of renewal. A time to wipe the slate clean and begin again. We’ve had some exciting changes in our lives and I’m so grateful for them. What does spring mean to you? Are you looking forward to gardening? The Sweet Sixteen? Vacation? What kinds of changes are you facing? How can I pray for you?
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown