We eagerly await the arrival of our granddaughter and it seems she is in no hurry to be born into this world being already nine days past the due date! I can’t wait to see her wrapped in the shell crochet patterned white blanket made by my mom whom my daughters refer to as Granny. Here’s the story:
Every one of us has been wrapped in love by one of Granny’s blankets or throws. When one of her grandchildren announced a baby was on the way, Granny got busy creating a baby blanket that her newest great grandchild would enjoy. The story invokes tears when our oldest, Amy, received a package in the mail from Granny just after reaching her 90th birthday. The present was a white baby blanket that Granny made and sent with a note saying that his baby blanket is for Amy. Amy cherished the thought and stored the treasure on the top shelf of her closet filled with hope that she someday would conceive.
That was over eight years ago. Granny passed in January, 2012.
When Amy arrived in San Diego she told us the rest of the story. As she packed for the trip, she felt led to go to her closet. That’s when a package fell from the shelf hitting her on the side of her head. Turns out it was the blanket and Amy instinctively knew to pack it and bring it and gift it to her sister who is naming her baby after Amy. Now the story is complete. The blanket made with so much love is, indeed, for Amy.
This gift needs one more thing...a blessing, so in adding to my mother’s loving stitches and as “The Grandma,” I’ve composed a prayer for this baby’s shawl:
Thank you for a new baby to love and cherish in our family. Wrap baby Amy with your love as she nestles in this baby blanket. Bless her parents with peace and wisdom as they nurture their new baby. I pray that you will fill Susanna with a gentle spirit as she steps into the role of a big sister. May your guidance and compassion always lead this loving family.” Amen