Posts tagged ‘grandchildren’

August 9, 2011

Granny Has A Gun

by pastortimfowler

What an eye-opening experience I had yesterday. I am not sure how close together it happened, but my wife had it too. We both realized, not out of ignorance, but rather out of amazement, that as of now, all of our children have children of their own. I am not sure why it was so mind-blowing but it was. We have been very blessed with the fact that we have great children of our own and now each one of them have given us a grandchild. I never dreamed that one day I would be looking at having three children and each of them with children. WOW!.
Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents, and parents are the glory of their children. How true this is. Even though I have been a grandparent for about 7 years now, this never gets old. But seeing the youngest of your own children having his first is pretty cool.
I often get worried about what kind of world they will grow up in. I worried the same about my kids, but they had an awesome dad. My two sons can only hope to be as awesome a dad as I am, and my daughter was never going to find someone good enough for her or to father my grandkids. But that is what my father in law said about me and he was wrong. Some how I think they will all exceed my expectations though.
But we do live in a world that is much more unstable and much less friendly to children. With the invention of the internet, child predators are coming out in groves and it means that parents must be on their toes more. Our kids are really good parents, but I still worry. I guess it would only be fair that I should let every child predator know that I am a Christian. This means that I am forgiven of every sin that I ever have or ever will commit. Although this does not give me a license to sin, it does give me the peace of knowing that if I snap and kill some pervert who would ever even attempt to hurt my grandkids, that I would still go to heaven. And in case someone might be thinking that I don’t have it in me to do such a thing, I should also tell you that I received my marksmanship medal after achieving a perfect score while I was in the military and I still practice regularly. Not only do I have a hand gun, but I carry it, loaded. What would be even worse is if my wife got a hold of you. She too is an expert shot, but she is much meaner than I am when it comes to our grandchildren.
Sorry for chasing that rabbit, but it felt good.
God has blessed me with so much and I don’t know why, other than He is just an awesome God who loves us more than we can understand. Every time I see a newborn baby I marvel at His ability to create life and then to think that He entrusts me to have a part in raising that life. It is a tall order, but I love stepping into the responsibility. I think I am going to pray that everyone gets to experience having grandkids.
So quickly let me tell you a few things that were incredible yesterday when Bryson was born.
Watching my son agonized over his wife in labor.
Watching my son walk into the room holding his newborn son.
Watching my daughter in law weep tears of joy as she held him.
Watching my wife glow with pride and love as she held Bryson and then as she held our son.
Watching Bryson look at me as I held him. He smiled bigger then than any other time that day.
Seeing Bryson wear his Gamecock ‘boggin’ as he was smiling at me.
Watching all the responses from so many of you as you sent your congratulations.
Thanks for the support and prayers. Thank God for His love and blessing.

July 15, 2011

Back Out Bowing

by pastortimfowler

This will be my last blog for a while, until Monday July 25 2011. I will be leaving this Sunday after church for vacation and although I will be taking my laptop, I am not even sure if there is wi-fi where we are staying. If there is I may sneak in a short blog just to rub it in that I am on vacation.
I suppose that you are wondering where the rich and famous go on vacation? I don’t know. I am not rich and famous. We are going to a state park on a lake in beautiful South Carolina. We are borrowing our favorite daughter’s RV that we sold her because she kept borrowing it from us. From there we will get in a few day trips on the motorcycle, but we will mainly relax and do as little as possible, outside of reading and fishing.
On the 19th of this month, my wife and I will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. It is also her birthday: it is not her 29th again: it is not any in the 30s or 40s but she is not in her 60s. She is not 51-59 and definitely not 70-100. We actually celebrated her birthday last month in order to get family and friends together for a surprise party, so this will be mainly our anniversary trip. Of course, since I married her on her birthday, she gets me every year and I am the gift that keeps giving, so what more could she ask for.
Every year we try to get away for a week. We both live very busy lives and rarely take much time off. Most years we take a week-long motorcycle trip. We have been to Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, all over South Carolina, and even rode to Niagara Falls one year. This year we will just use the state park as our base. This allows us to ride all day without carrying a weeks worth of clothes everywhere.
I have been extremely blessed to have been married to the same woman for 31 years. Since I was only 12 when we got married, I had to grow up fast. I had to quickly learn how to handle an older woman and start making her into the woman I wanted her to be. We have had our share of hard times. There was this one time when she rebelled against me as I was training her to bow as she backed out of the room. Wow, I didn’t think we would ever get through that one. But most of our time together has been filled with good times. We have raised 3 children together, several cats, some dogs, a parrot, and a snake. The animals all turned out great except for that mentally ill cat. The children, well lets just say we tried. Now as grandparents we are livin’ la vida loca. We can spoil kids and send them home with noisy toys that drive their parents crazy.
So for the next week, try to think happy thoughts and not drink too much as you suffer through a week that may not contain my blogs. I’ll be back. I am just going to take a few days to celebrate, relax, and reflect. But if you get lucky and there is wi-fi, I just might do a vacation blog just because I can.
To my beautiful wife JoAnne, I love you, happy birthday, happy anniversary, and well done on learning to back out of the room while bowing.

May 6, 2011

Mother’s Day

by pastortimfowler

Mother’s day is always a great time to recognize how awesome God is. He created man in His image and from man He made woman. That woman, Eve, was the mother of all humanity. I think that God made Eve a mom because moms are the closest picture of God’s grace one can find without experiencing God’s grace personally. I think it is that nurturing that causes us all to know that kind of love has to come from God whether we admit it or not.
My own mother was an amazing woman. As a small child she was the type that thought children should have fun. She would play in the front yard with all the kids in the neighborhood. Our house was the hangout for kids because of her. Even if we were sick and a great fun opportunity arose, she did not let us miss it.
In the south where I grew up, it does not snow much at all. When it does, everything shuts down and kids are out of school. Those who have sleds rush out to use them because the snow rarely lasts more than a day or two. I was 7 years old that year and it was the big snow and sleet storm of the year. we got about 2 inches of each and it was the perfect combination for sledding, and we had sleds. The only problem was that I had the flu. I was so sick that I had already missed a couple of days of school and the day it snowed was probably my worst day with a fever of 104. As my brother and sister were getting ready to go sledding, mom came to my room and told me to get up and get ready to go sledding. She said the snow was going to break that fever and if it didn’t I would forget about feeling so miserable by all the fun I had. Guess what. The fever broke and I slept like a 7-year-old the rest of the day and night. Mom knew that was a once a year and for some a once in a lifetime chance and she didn’t even let the flu stop me from have fun.
Mom died in early 1997 from cancer. Even in her death she was a fun person. She did not want sympathy but would rather have you laugh. So this Mother’s Day if you see me laughing, I’m not as crazy as you think, I am just remembering her.
My children are very blessed to have a great mom too. They have me to thank because I picked her out of a crowd of hundreds who wanted to be my wife. But this is a Mother’s Day blog so I will just talk about her now.
My wife is what a mom should be, full of grace and love of life and an incredible desire to see children happy. Proverbs says that a godly woman will have her children rise up and call her blessed, an I think that has happened more than once for my wife. Her love for children is amplified when it comes to our children’s children, (grandkids for those of you who are struggling). They believe that Mimi is God’s gift to them and they are probably right. I can’t wait to see her with our children’s children’s children, (great grandkids). Jesus commands to give a desire to meet Him to the children and my wife does. I think Jesus is very happy with her.
I could not have designed a better mother for my children. But here is something you may find weird. She thinks that she is my mother. Always telling me what to do and telling me what to wear and how to eat. She treats me like I’m a big kid or something. And I love it!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms who show God’s grace in such a special way!