Happy Trails to You Till We Meet Again....

A huge sadness settled over me this morning as I waved good-bye to our last batch of grandkids to leave us this summer. It probably wasn't so smart to take my 30 minute walk in the cemetery after they left. And the "capper" on the sadness was posting in the Gates' Family blog and hearing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing "Happy Trails to You Until We Meet Again"!

I'm left with the memories of smiles, energy, exuberance, and pride that come with loving these 8 grandchildren. I'm left with great concerns about their futures. I want to protect their innocence and keep them from any harm for the rest of their lives. I'd also like to live closer to them all - which is humanly impossible today.

I'd LIKE to say I trust them to God completely. In my HEAD, I know they are in His hands. In my HEART, however, I want to hold on to them.
Heavenly Father, they are Yours. And I am Yours.
I believe. Help my unbelief.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have some wonderful thoughts on here...I love the prayer for a balanced life.

    I relate to living a distance from your children and also struggle sometimes with the 'handing over'.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. I know exactly how you feel Rebecca. I wish I lived right next door to my kids so that I could take care of my grandchildren everyday!
    We are so blessed to have them in our lives!

  3. Hi Rebecca...my comment to Eileen this morning was of the same nature...wanting to protect and prevent harm to our grandchildren...and trusting in our prayers!

  4. I hear you, Rebecca, for you speak what is in my heart.
    I think that is a kinship all mothers/grandmothers share in.

    And I can't remember where I heard this or who said it but it went something like this, "I pray like there is no one but God, and then I go out and act like there is no God."
    And I think that's very much my actions too!
    Wish I could learn to take a breath, take a step back, and be more trusting!

    Thanks for commenting today, it made me feel much better to know you have had similar situations and similar reactions to me!

  5. I also feel that way about my adult son; so many people have said to me, "what if he gets in trouble again when he gets out of jail?" I just tell them, he is back following the Lord, and seems like he is so much better mentally, and I just have to 'hand him over' to the Lord and TRUST Him to take care of him.

    Sometimes it's hard being 900 miles away! Donna

  6. My heart and prayers are with you my friend, I pray for my grandchilren every day and have had to trust God completely to watch over them, their parents and me! Since I have accepted that God does have them in his hands I have found complete peace and know that all will work out, only God knows the reason for everything....Take care my friend...:-) Hugs

  7. It has been wonderful as well for me to enjoy my grandkids for the last few days. Some of our grandkids only come to visit once per year--if that--so I want to make the most of it and love up on them as much as possible. They have such a sweet faith in God. I also pray for God to keep them in faith and hope.

  8. Thinking of you, and saying a prayer for you.

  9. Oh I know how hard it is to live far away from kids and grandkids. I never thought this would happen to me! I know just how you feel...I was blessed with two awesome grandmas and I always wanted to be just like them, but distance makes it hard. Take care, and God bless!


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)