When I was a little girl, back in the 1950s and ’60s, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a typical Christian home where traditional values were instilled in me from an early age. My mom was the homemaker, my dad was the breadwinner, and like most all-American families, we attended church every Sunday. As I grew up, I excelled in school and went on to study music in college.
I had visions of grandeur dreaming of making my mark singing on a Broadway stage. I knew those odds were not in my favor, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that what I really wanted out of life was to be a wife and mother.
The Lord blessed me with my heart’s desire, and I married my high school sweetheart and gave birth to three beautiful, amazing and accomplished daughters. Over the years I wore many hats: real estate agent, office manager, teacher’s aide (all part-time) but mostly a devoted mom. I didn’t miss a beat. I drove on every field trip, volunteered in the classroom and ran the PTA.
The next thing I knew, the years had flown by and my daughters had all grown up. Andrea, my oldest, had fallen in love at the tender age of 19 and was getting married. Exactly 13 months and six days later, my life was changed forever when Andrea gave birth to my first, beautiful grandchild, Adora. I felt as if my heart had grown a whole new chamber because the love was so overwhelming! It took me completely by surprise.
Flash forward 15 years, I am now blessed with eight grandchildren and with each one, the love in my heart has just grown and grown. All this brings me to sharing the joys and trials of being a grandma, or Mamaw to me (it’s a Southern thing).
I can honestly tell you that the trials are few and the joys are countless! As for the trials, they really fall on me. Finding the energy to keep up with grandkids can be exhausting, and dividing my time among all of them can be quite challenging as well! I do the best I can, never wanting to let them down, but the truth is I’m in my 60s and my energy level is not the same as it used to be. So I pray for the Lord to give me the strength and endurance I need to be as loving and involved in their lives as I can be. I remind myself daily that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
My joys of being a grandmother are very simply called Adora, a genuine, loyal friend and optimist; Eliana, a loving caregiver and reliable; Isabella, encouraging and compassionate; Wyatt, tender-hearted and adventurous; Evangelina, feisty and endearing; Lucy, mischievous and charming; Rohan, happy and inquisitive; and Joanna Joy, who joined us on February 5, 2016. I can’t wait to discover what her personality traits and gifts will be.
These remarkable grandkids keep me mentally young and give me purpose in my golden years. I revel in their joys and accomplishments and try to provide guidance, wisdom and strength during their adversities.
I pray that these little treasures will come to know the precious love of our Lord and will choose to follow Him! Some are off to a great start while a few need a little extra prayer.
So, as they grow and develop, I watch with amazement and complete joy for they are brilliantly, beautifully and uniquely made. I am blessed beyond measure. Praise the Lord!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ida Ingoldt has been attending The Father’s House for about 10 years. Married for more than 40 years to her high school sweetheart, Bruce, they’ve raised three beautiful daughters and are blessed with eight grandchildren. Before retiring in 2004, Ida worked for 13 years as an instructional assistant for the Escondido Unified School District where, in addition to her work with the students, she served as PTA president and music leader at assemblies. Her most recent calling has been to start a “Homeless Blessings Bag” ministry at TFH. This is a grassroots, organic effort to reach the less fortunate with the loving touch of our heavenly Father. “My health issues may not allow me to serve The Lord on a global level, but He has provided a way for me to show His love and serve Him in my community through my Homeless Bags ministry!”