Six months ago my mom moved into the area from Texas. Before then, we did not have any family nearby. Grandparents are important, so we adopted some.
It has been five years that we have lived here, but Grandma Bev has been part of our lives since before we had children. She was actually one reason for moving to this area.
Todd was good friends with Bev’s son, but somewhere in time we started to come and visit even when he wasn’t in town.
So it is almost time to leave for our weekly visit. I guess my encouragement would be, if you have a relational need—make effort to fill it. “Adopt” someone.
This past week I talked with a retired woman that was asked to watch four children for five days. Her and her husband jumped at the opportunity. She only had glowing things to share about their time with the children. I don’t know their whole story, but she did share that they had never had children of their own.
Who knows if anything long term will come of this relationship, but I know the sitters are hoping something does.
Perhaps in our considering of who we need in our life, we should look for who might need us in their life.
We just found out our neighbor has liver cancer, their children live over four hours away. So I am thinking they may need us, especially the next few months.
So whether we need them or they need us, God made us to need each other.