We have a super special guest mom today. My mom! Please give a big welcome to Hattie Ratliff – Robyn DeHart’s mom.
Let me say that I am not an authority on raising children, but I have been at it for a long time. I’ve made my share of mistakes but all and all I can honestly say that they all grew up to be awesome adults.
A little about myself; I married my high school sweetheart at the age of 17, had my first child at the age of 19 , the second child at 21 and the last at age 30. I attended every thing the three performed in, made costumes, baked thousand of cookies, took in friends of theirs with problems, even watched scary movies.
I seemed to always be on the go. I believe I spent as much time in the car dropping one here and another there, than I did at home. But I wouldn’t have missed a minute of that time. And they did repay me. They all gave my husband and I grandchildren, five girls, one boy. Just when I thought my job that I loved was finished, I was now a part of six more lives.
The oldest is my grandson, who turns 21 in August. He is 6ft 5 now, but will always be my little man. I have had the privilege of watching him grow and am so proud of the man he is becoming.
The three oldest girls are ages, 19, 18, and 16. The youngest of those just became an officer for her drill/dance team. The 19 year old just graduated as Valedictorian. And the 18 year old graduated and is on her way to perform on Broadway in New York, and my husband and I will be there.
When they were all little starting at age 8 until they started high school I held grandma camp ever summer. They would come stay a week and we would have a blast. We’d cook and do crafts and go shopping and to the movies. And we’d stay up late talking.
Now I have been given a third chance to be a part of two young lives. My two youngest grandchildren, ages 2 and 4 (Robyn’s kiddos). I look forward to once again opening up grandma camp and knowing even at my later years that I will have a blast.
The reason I have told my life story on this wonderful blog is to nudge you a little to enjoy the moments with your children. What they say is true, time goes by so fast. Don’t waste your time thinking about your mistakes instead stop and watch in wonder as your child does something or says something just the way you taught them. Tuck that smile or giggle away and when they are all grown up don’t be surprised if you hear that giggle again and see that great smile. And this sit back and know you did good, mom.