Long-Term Wishes for a Grandchild on His First Birthday

So it was not last week, though it seems like it. Fifty-two weeks have passed since the writing of Promises to My Unborn Grandson.

Thank God, he arrived safely with all the extras we prayed for—good health, good spirits and good looks. He also demonstrates good motor skills and good brain power; he walks and he thinks—he thinks he can outrun me. What a joy he has been to the family!

He was six months old when we first met.  He eventually broke those glasses.  Big deal!
He was six months old when we first met. He eventually broke those glasses. Big deal! | Source

In the normal scheme of things, my grandchild has a future much larger than his past. Therefore, as we celebrate his first birthday, we appreciate who he is and has been; but our minds stare into the future, wanting to see what he will become.

Offering prayers and making wishes are the least we can do, since we have limited control of his future.

These five long-term wishes for my grandchild are our expressions of prayer and hope for what will come true in his life. They come from hearts full of love.


Why Five Wishes?

Why not three (the usual number)? It is difficult to think of three wishes without thinking of fairies and fairy tales. Authenticity is hardly associated with three wishes.

Well, three in the Christian tradition depicts completeness starting way back with the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Good, but that is another reason not to use that number, or the number seven which also symbolizes completeness to an even greater degree. There is no intention to suggest that these wishes are complete.

If symbolism is to be attached to the number of long-term wishes for a grandchild, five is the number of choice.

"The number five symbolizes God's grace, goodness and favor toward humans . . . and multiplied by itself . . . is 'grace upon grace.'"1


Wish #1: Happy Childhood

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Christmas 2013 | Source

You have the primary ingredients for a happy childhood—a father and mother who consider you their pride and joy, in a home where love and respect are priority values.

We pray that this setting remains stable and functional, during your childhood and forever.

  • We wish that love at home will empower you with self-worth along with other virtues of integrity to prepare you for a productive life.
  • We wish for you, teachers who will be a positive influence on you during your formative years, who will cooperate with your parents to help you develop the skills and talents for which you are gifted.
  • We wish that you acquire an appetite for nutritious foods, and a healthy balance for media usage in the interest of a sound mind.
  • We wish for you, ample opportunity to laugh and play, to explore within bounds, to develop your individuality, to make childhood memories you will enjoy for a lifetime.


Wish #2: Safe Friendships

While you are a toddler, your parents will choose your playmates. Soon after, you will begin to choose your own friends at daycare, and then at school; and your friends will choose you. Our wish is that among them, you will lead more often than follow.

You deserve to enjoy your friends, and we wish that from an early age, those in your space will know right from wrong. May you treat each other kindly with words and actions.

Our wish is that all the children in your group of friends remain children for as long as you should, with your innocence and sensitivity intact. May you have similar values and help each other be safe, while you enjoy your childhood.


Wish #3: Wisdom beyond Years

As handsome as can be
As handsome as can be | Source

Once upon Bible time, there was a little boy who demonstrated wisdom beyond his years. At age twelve, he was found sitting among teachers, "discussing deep questions . . . And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.”2

All through his childhood, the little boy’s wisdom was affected by His connection with the Source of Wisdom who is also available to you. May you follow the example of Jesus, that little boy, and gain wisdom like He did.

Wisdom is the ability to apply the knowledge you learn from your parents and teachers in your everyday situations. Wisdom beyond your years is the ability to apply it more effectively than other boys in your age group.

Ask questions when you do not understand. Follow your God-given instincts in every choice you make, and you will demonstrate the kind of wisdom we wish for you.


Wish #4: Clear Purpose

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Searching for purpose | Source

We wish never to hear you wonder why you are here. You were born with a purpose, and your most genuine joy will come from discovering and following it. Our wish is that you find it early, and make it your long-term goal.

The same spirit of curiosity and adventure which you exhibit now will help you recognize what you are capable of doing well. Your purpose is connected with:

  • something you like to do whenever you get the opportunity to do it;
  • something you like to do even if there is no applause;
  • something you like to do which other people admire because it helps them in some way.3

No matter what other people think or wish, it is your responsibility to claim your purpose. We are committed to helping you and guiding you. For that reason, we will check your progress, at least on every birthday, and we wish to hear you state it clearly while you are still a child.


Wish #5: Grateful Heart

Among the things grandchildren add to our lives, which of these impacts us the most?

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We wish that you will always recognize a reason to say, “Thank you.” You first learn to say it for family and food; but the more aware you become of your surroundings, the more reasons you will find—the birds, the flowers, the trees, the sunshine and the rain. You learn to say “Thank You” to God, and may you never neglect to say it to people.

May gratitude be a way of life for you. A grateful heart will remind you that you are favored, that other people contribute to your well-being, that these people deserve your appreciation. The more gratitude you show, the more blessings you will receive.

On your first birthday, let our hugs and smiles convey to you the meaning of these long-term wishes. May they produce great joy in your life!


References

1. Barnabas Ministries; The Bible Study Site, The Biblical Meaning of Numbers (visited 3/25/2014)

2. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Illinois (1966) Luke 2: 41-52

3. Biali, Susan MD: Psychology Today, Prescriptions for Life, Helping You Find Your Life Purpose (11/08/13)

© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! Incredible hub!

A beautiful grandchild and your wise words flow so truthfully


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Devika! That was fast. Thank you for your very kind comment.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thank you for teaching me about what will come in handy for future references great tips and so useful indeed.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

What a wise-looking one for a grandson already. He seems off to a great start in life. He's blessed to have you for a grandmother. May he enjoy all of his family as he grows through life. Thank you for sharing!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, thank you for adding to my wishes. We appreciate your encouraging comments.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful child....and the wishes are exquisite...and...it was so nice to see a picture of you. :) Well done, Dora.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful hub of wishes for your cute grandson MsDora. My youngest grandson turns one next month and I wish him the same things as you have written here. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, thank you. I'm always thrilled to get a "Well done" from you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jodah, we all wish the best for our grandchildren. All the best to your grandson, also.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Oh so truly beautiful and such a sweetheart too. Your pride so evident and thank you for sharing this gem with us all.

Eddy.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Devika, thanks again. Glad to share. You will love grandparenting as much as I do.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eiddwen, thanks for reading and boosting my pride in my "sweetheart" of grandchild.


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

This is awesome:) I would wish for all children to be surrounded by so much love and caring.

I must also say that your definition of wisdom is fantastic. Great hub that makes me smile, and such a beautiful grandson:)


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epbooks 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Oh, this was so beautiful. I enjoyed reading this and those wishes are awesome!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, how beautiful! He is adorable and I know what an immense blssing it is to be a grandmother. Love all the photos. They bring so much joy and love into our lives, it is sometimes hard to describe this special kind of love. Blessings, Faith Reaper


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Kerlund, glad among everything else that you smiled. Thank for your kind comments.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, EP. These wishes re for every little fellow I know; they all deserve it.


Lambservant 2 years ago

This was a truly beautiful hub Ms. Dora. You are a beautiful woman and your grandbaby is absolutely adorable. Being a grandparent for me has been the greatest joy of my life. But I am sad that so many of them live out of state and I can't see them as often as I like (I have 13 of them). Christmas is getting to be more than I can handle on my meager income. Enjoy the birthday party and give him a hug from Lambservant.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, thanks for your input. You understand the difficulty in expressing this kind of love. At least we try.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lori, congratulations on your 13. Hope it gets better concerning those who live out of state. Will convey your hug.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

AMEN! And the same prayer goes out to all of the children. Happy birthday to that cute little grandson of yours.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I know the feeling of that first grandchild and we can have so many good feelings without the fear we had when our own first were that age. Being grandma is wonderful isn't it and you have a beautiful grandson and he has a beautiful grandma!


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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR

May this beautiful child grow strong in the knowledge that he is loved and may his horizons be limitless. I was off to a late start, and have no grandchildren yet, but I think this is beautiful. Every blessing to you and your family!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ms Dora, this is a wonderful tribute to this gorgeous little charmer, obviously the apple of grandma's eyes. I hope all your wishes for him comes true. A truly beautiful write.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, thank you and I agree that all the children need these wishes. I appreciate your support.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Jackie. Being grandma is really exciting. I'm praying to be a good one.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Edward, thank you for stopping by. I sincerely appreciate your prayer and your blessing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

ToBusiness, thank you. This little boy is surely the apple of my eye. I appreciate you wanting my wishes to come true.


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Love this article MsDora. what a beautiful testament of devotion to what must be one of the greatest rewards of life's senior years. I'm still waiting for my first grandchild, but you have ramped up my anticipation further. I hope I can be as great a blessing to mine when they arrive as i can tell you are to yours. Voted up and beautiful

God bless


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Parrster, thanks for your comment. I waited longer than any of my friends for my first grandchild. Your turn will come and you will be blessing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Been trying to pin, but it keeps saying "Whoops" so I will return. I tweeted, but it just will not pin at the moment for some reason.

Blessings


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

such a wonderful tribute.. god bless you and blessed you


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, thank you for your efforts to show your support. Sometimes there seems to be no reason to these glitches, but then again there might be some things we don't know.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thank you for your blessings and your support.


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Ebonny 2 years ago from UK

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wishes, not to mention these lovely images of your grandson. I bet you can't wait to show him all of this when he's old enough to appreciate.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ebonny, I can hardly wait, but since I have to, I'll try to occupy the time wisely. Thank for your kind thoughts.


manatita44 2 years ago

Wonderfully innocent and beautiful child.

All your wishes echo my own sentiments. May our Lord bless him and keep him safe. Infinite strength to you to play your part. Om Shanti.


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Hello MsDora.

Awesome. The best lessons come from experienced , beautiful heart you always share with us . Thank God and thank you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, thank you for your good wishes and your prayer for blessings and peace.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, I appreciate your kind words. You also have a really, beautiful heart.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

MsDora

How beautiful is that! It was so lovely to see an image of you with your special little person. I love reading your Hubs. Your writing gives me a lovely warm feeling inside and I thank you for that. Congratulations on your well deserved award today, so well deserved.

Best wishes

Sally


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you Sally. Your comment is very encouraging, and it sure feels good to win something. Your crafty skills also has my admiration.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Congrats MsDora for winning the Hub Pot Challenge! I had no clue I was in the top ten too until Flourish told me, and so thrilled you have won for this gem of a hub!

Enjoy your weekend,

Faith Reaper


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, thank you and Congratulations to you, too. It means a lot being in the top ten with you. These pleasant surprises surely do encourage us. Best weekend to you also.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

You actually won the pot! Enjoy your weekend and I bet you will spend your winnings on that sweet grandson.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Such beautiful wishes for such an adorable grandchild. I hope they all come true!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

What beautiful, heartfelt sentiments. Also, congratulations on the HubPot Top 10. Your grandson is lovely and I enjoyed the personal photos. Those glasses must've known their days were numbered. I hope every child has someone who loves him or her as much as you obviously cherish him.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Yes, Faith. Thanks to God, to everyone and everything having to do with my winning. Great idea, there! Thanks to you, also.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, thank you for adding your wish to mine that they come true.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, thank you so much. I still have the broken glasses as a momento of my interaction with him. Your comments are very encouraging, and yes, every child deserves the love and care of grandparents or grandparent figures.


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cecileportilla 2 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

A very beautiful well written tribute to your handsome grandson. May God bless him!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Cecile, thank you for your kind words and especially the blessing.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

A well deserved hubpot challenge win MsDora! Congratulations and thank you for this heartfelt hub!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Kathleen. Thanks to God for giving me something wonderful to share.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Indeed! Have a great day MsDora!


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Never knew about the biblical meaning of no. 5. What a wonderful lesson to start with. Your wishes for your grandchild have pretty much covered his entire future. He is a lovely, beautiful boy. The photos are terrific. No wonder your hub was a winning hub. Congratulations. This is a beautiful way to describe the passage of new stages of life -- his and yours.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Mona, If you follow the link to Barnabas Ministries, the first in my references, you will find some interesting information on numbers in the Bible. Thank you very much for your very kind comment.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Precious words for a precious little one. One day, what we write to them may be all they know of our love for them. May our words continue to help direct them to their only lasting joy, a relationship with God the Father through Jesus the Christ according to His Word.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

RTalloni, thank you for your pryerful commment. I appreciate the sentiments.


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Congrats on your Hubpot successes. You are a worthy writer to receive praise, and this article an exceptional example of your skill in the craft.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Parrster, thank you very much. Here's hoping I will always be worthy of such kind words. I appreciate your support.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Hub Pot success pales in comparison the blessing of this little boy, who has you for a grandma. Bravo! I will join you in praying for the little one who thinks he can outrun you:)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Tireless, thank you for your kind words and for making me smile.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Nice wishes for your grandson. My first wish for him will be that God save his soul , always provide food and shelter, keep him from all sicknesses and if he should grow to the age of accountability he would give his life to God. It's most important in other to prosper and move on in life.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

LadyFiddler, thank you very much for your wishes. His relationship with God is a priority; and we will never lose sight of that. Blessings on you, too.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

You are welcome :)


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I thought I had commented on this before, but couldn't find my comment. Anyway, he's a very cute kid.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Ologsinquito. Over the past five months, he has become even more handsome.

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