In Others’ Words: Smallest

Winnie the Pooh quote 7.26.13 I am still trying to find the words to describe the birth of my granddaughter, Alison Elizabeth, on Wednesday, July 24.

I’ll let you know when I find them.

All of my emotions seem to find their expression in tears … and silence whenever I hold this miracle in my arms.

I’ll be spending Friday welcoming her home … and falling more in love.

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  1. July 26, 2013, 10:04 am   /  Reply

    Beautiful, Beth. Somehow, I knew there would be a lot of happy tears for you. 🙂

    I think times that have left me speechless were the first time I held each of our sons. There are no words that fit some occasions.

    Congratulations again, my friend.

    • July 26, 2013, 11:24 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Jeanne. Tears seem to be my response for now.

  2. July 26, 2013, 10:10 am   /  Reply

    Last Saturday when my nephew-in-law placed my great nephew in my arms for the first time. No words, just tears of joy for that long prayed for baby boy!

    • July 26, 2013, 11:24 am   /  Reply

      Congratulations to you too, Anne!

  3. Sonia Meeter
    July 26, 2013, 10:15 am   /  Reply

    Wednesday. She was born on Wednesday. (You said you couldn’t find the words.) 🙂 I can’t wait to meet her!

    • July 26, 2013, 10:41 am   /  Reply

      Once a Preferred Reader, always a Preferred Reader … <3

  4. Bernadette DesChamps
    July 26, 2013, 10:15 am   /  Reply

    Loss for words?
    Right now…looking at your photo with misty eyes and remembering my own first grandma moments…

    Sweet blessings to you as you begin this new journey.

    • July 26, 2013, 11:25 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Bernadette.

  5. terri tiffany
    July 26, 2013, 10:22 am   /  Reply

    So happy for all of you! When I saw my dear grandson for the first time, I felt that same way. They are so precious! Enjoy!!

    • July 26, 2013, 11:25 am   /  Reply

      The enjoyment just keeps happening …

  6. July 26, 2013, 10:40 am   /  Reply

    Sweetie, sometimes you don’t even need to search for the words. Allow this precious miracle to flood your heart with joy!

    • July 26, 2013, 11:25 am   /  Reply

      Amen to that, Lisa!

  7. July 26, 2013, 11:55 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Beth! Savor the experience. It must be surreal.

    • July 26, 2013, 9:42 pm   /  Reply

      “Savor” is the perfect word, Keli.

  8. Michelle L.
    July 26, 2013, 11:59 am   /  Reply

    She is beautiful! My marriage, the birth of my children and each of my grandchildren left me speechless with wonder, thankfulness and pure love. And many happy tears! Enjoy that baby, treat every moment with her with wonder – she is precious.

    • July 26, 2013, 9:43 pm   /  Reply

      Wise words, Michelle. Ali Beth can certainly make time stop … and all the things I have to do disappear.

  9. July 26, 2013, 1:04 pm   /  Reply

    At a loss for words … I think my time’s coming soon. She really is beautiful and precious and perfect, Beth. I’m so happy for you!

    • July 26, 2013, 9:43 pm   /  Reply

      Cannot wait until your time comes, Kim — and we both are speechless.

  10. July 26, 2013, 2:04 pm   /  Reply

    Sometimes the words needed do not come in verbal form. And they never will.

  11. July 26, 2013, 2:41 pm   /  Reply

    She is absolutely precious, Beth. Congratulations to your family.

    At a loss for words? So many times. Beholding God’s creation does it for me, whether it’s my children, my deep love for my husband, or a sunset, God leaves me at a loss for words. He is Awesome to behold.

    • July 26, 2013, 9:44 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Alycia –and yes, those other moments that are beyond words are precious gifts from God.

  12. July 26, 2013, 3:21 pm   /  Reply

    She’s sooooo beautiful–just like her grandma! 🙂

  13. July 26, 2013, 3:27 pm   /  Reply

    Such beautiful news, Beth!! Congratulations to you and yours.

    • July 26, 2013, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Coleen.

  14. July 26, 2013, 4:54 pm   /  Reply

    Welcome to the world of grandlittles, Beth. We got here so quickly, yes? There really are no words….just love and wonder and breathtaking joy. Much love to you, dearest Beth.

    • July 26, 2013, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

      “Grandlittles” — I’ve always like that word you invented, Patricia.
      And it is grand … and breathtaking.

  15. Susan Mason
    July 26, 2013, 6:49 pm   /  Reply

    So happy for you and your family, Beth. I was wondering how it compares to having your own child? More intense because you don’t have the physical recuperation happening?


    • July 26, 2013, 9:46 pm   /  Reply

      It is different from having my own child … the love is intense … and yet, I am watching my daughter be the mom …

  16. July 27, 2013, 6:45 am   /  Reply

    You are responsible for one of those times at my first ACFW. Susan May Warren was for another this last weekend at Duluth–grateful.

  17. July 27, 2013, 7:14 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations Beth! Truly precious and I love the qoute.

  18. July 27, 2013, 11:59 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Beth. May Alison be blessed with much health & bring her family much joy.

  19. Teresa
    July 27, 2013, 2:59 pm   /  Reply

    holding my kids and grandsons for the first time, and when I got the call that my daughter had died

    • July 27, 2013, 4:04 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, Teresa,
      You have experienced both the greatest joy and the deepest sorrow. I am so, so sorry.

  20. Andrea Cox
    July 27, 2013, 10:00 pm   /  Reply

    Beth, congratulations to you and your whole family. I know Ali Beth will be giving you lots of joy in the coming years… and probably fodder for many more stories as well (dare I hope?).

    When I asked four different writer friends to read over my ms proposal, and all four women said yes… I was so humbled and definitely at a loss for words. (Thanks, Beth!)


  21. July 28, 2013, 7:51 pm   /  Reply

    Warmest, most sincere congratulations.

  22. July 29, 2013, 3:37 pm   /  Reply

    Such a precious moment. I was beyond joy when I held my grandson for the first time. I thought it couldn’t be more wonderful. Then came his baby sister…

  23. August 6, 2013, 1:20 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations! I saw this while traveling and wasn’t able to say congratulations to mom & dad too!

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