"Dede's Reflections"


As I look back over my life, I can honestly say that family has always meant more to me than anything on this earth, but my first love is and always has been our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ.

I remember loving the old time TV programs that portrayed family as a very *perfect* unit where mom & dad never argued or has differences of opinion. Things just sort of were always perfect and everyday went pretty smooth. There was Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Partridge Family, Little House on The Prairie, and many more.

It would have been so nice if life was more like this. I'll bet it would have made God so much happier. Being as nave as I have always been, I grew up thinking this must be the way life is supposed to be. What a rude awakening I was about to get! I remember praying a lot as a little girl for God to make our family life better and easier for mom & dad.

I have always believed that Family was the very best gift that you can ever receive from God. My three daughters are the love of my life. When I married my Dear Husband I acquired three more children and along the way we adopted another girl, who turned 12 about 1 week after the adoption.

We have been licensed foster parents for over 26 years now and we have literally had hundreds of children living in our home. Wow! What a family.

Thomas Moore said, "Where there is room in the heart, there is always room in the house."

Our children mean the world to us but the real joy comes when the grandchildren come, then the great-grandchildren. You are so busy caring for and providing for your own children that you never get to realize the real joy of children until you become a grandparent. By that time in your life you have more time, but your energy level is not as high as it could be and illness' set in.

It always helps if you can maintain a closeness in proximity so that you can be together often for family gatherings, but I know now that many times this cannot happen for many reasons. Thank God for e-mails and phone calls..

I believe very strongly in positive parenting, so I have always believed that children have more need of good role models than critics. I truly believe a child will live out what they hear at home. If they are praised their self esteem will be good and if they are criticized a lot they will have low self esteem.

Rose Kennedy said,
"Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments." So make the very most of every moment that you have with your family, especially your children. Once they are grown it is a little too late to be trying to teach them morals and standards. Life is way too short so make the very most of your blessings today.

Grandchildren and great-grand children are so very precious, a very special part of every family. Enjoy every day that you have with them. I like what Erma Bombeck said, "If I had known grand children were going to be so much fun, I would have had them first."

If becoming a grandmother was a matter of choice, I would advise everyone of you to become one right away. There is no fun for old people like it!

This page is dedicated to all our precious grandchildren and great grandchildren.  
Author: Delilah M. (Dede) Haas
2-04 2006




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