Nov 18, 2010

Welcome Little One

We made the Big Leagues this week. On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 6:34 in the morning, our daughter Elizabeth (with her husband Chris at her side) gave birth to her first child. 

We are now grandparents of a beautiful baby girl whose name is Fallon Ann Dougherty. The name is pronounced as "FAL-en." The name has its roots in early Gaelic and Irish origin. The meaning of the name is "superiority or power descended from a ruler."

My granddaughter Fallon came into the world weighing 6 lbs 11 oz, 18 ¾” long with a full head of hair; her eyes were wide open, and she was ready to eat. What a precious gift!

We got the call at 2:00 in the morning telling us that they were getting ready to go to the hospital. As I got dressed, my mind played movies for me of Elizabeth when she was a little child. Time flew by so quickly over these past 27 years as Elizabeth has now become a mom. With great fondness and gratefulness I relived those times fully aware that not all men get a chance to have a child; let alone a child who loves them back.

What a privilege it is to be a part of this couple’s new great adventure of life as they now are parents. I am so excited to be a grandpa! I saw what it did to my dad and my father-in-law. I am so looking forward to walks, and talks, and all that my new job description will bring. I am looking forward to once again building ice rinks in the backyard as the seasons change.

What an opportunity to be a part of sharing the love of God with someone whose slate is clean and heart is open to love. The thing I realize is that no matter how old we are, we all need love. We were created to give and receive love. Love is what this whole thing is about.

And, no matter how old we are, we are all longing and looking for love. Some of us find it, and unfortunately, some of us don’t, or we find a substitute that never really satisfies that deep need. And we spend our lives wandering through life as a little child longing for love. 

How about you? Do you know that you are loved; really loved? Believe it or not you can. God is waiting for an opportunity to love you. But don’t take my word for it; take His – the BIBLE.

Unsure where to start? Drop me a line:    
I would love to share with you how you too can, like my granddaughter Fallon, have a slate that is clean and heart that is open to love.  or call 1-877-2GRAHAM (1-877-247-2426) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Child (In Everyone's Heart) by Phil Keaggy from the Album “Ph’lip Side”

Just a little boy in the town, town, town
Just a little boy with a frown, frown, frown.
In the afternoons he goes down, down, down
To the lonely room near the lost and found department.

There's a little boy in every man's heart
Crying out, trying out.
As he rushes in to hear the band start,
So alone in the crowd, in the crowd.

Just a little girl on her daddy's knee,
Just remember when she was one, two, three.
In a little while she'll want to be free,
And your little girl will be seventeen tomorrow.

There's a little girl in every daddy's heart,
Dreaming eyes, scheming eyes.
When she sings for you remember your part,
Listen up when she cries, when she sighs.

There's a little child in everyone's heart,
Needing love, needing love.
There's a little child in everyone's heart,
Needing love, needing love.


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