A Grand Adventure August 2024

Categories: BlogBy Published On: February 27, 202433 min read722 words17 Comments on A Grand Adventure August 2024

On Jan 1 we celebrated Christmas with our family. It is our wedding anniversary, and we decided a few years ago that it would be better to just celebrate on that day so we wouldn’t have to work around so many people and dinners etc.

Preston handed me this gift and I opened it and sobbed.

Preston & Savannah got married in September and they immediately wanted to start trying for a baby. They have been together for many years.

This will be our first grand baby.

my heart is so swollen I can hardly contain myself.

within the box was this:

I was so happy in the moment. full of questions, love, pride, hope and gratitude.

But a few days later would be their first appointment that included an ultrasound:

They sent me a video of the little heartbeat. I immediately lost it all.

Everything in me melted and I was so full of gratitude to God for this moment.

The baby is due within a few days of my own birthday in August.

I thought about how in August of 1977 I was born into a horrible situation. I was an unwanted child, my grandparents on both sides literally got into a fight in the labor room when I was trying to come out. It all just started then. As I grew up I was told I was unwanted, I was the beginning of the end, there was something wrong with me etc. I was treated like garbage and given to any abuser for any price.

I was able to escape and raise my own family in a much different environment. I still have/had my scars and they had to live with those. I was paranoid and couldn’t let them learn a lot on their own until they left home. I catered to them to much in certain ways and not others.  All parents can look back and see their mistakes and faults. But my kids always had a stable, loving home and knew that their parents would do anything to protect them.

As I was raising my kids and they left home and started making mistakes while trying to figure themselves out—I asked myself why I sacrificed so much if it was all for nothing? I didn’t want to watch this road. It was far too painful. They all made different mistakes and choices…as we all do.

Preston is my youngest son. He started dating his (now) wife in high school. He has been pretty stable and he learned from his older siblings what paths he didn’t want to take.

He chose a beautiful, kind, smart and faithful woman to be by his side. That is probably the best choice he has made in his life thus far.   Not only that but her family loves him as their own. I feel so much peace that he loves them as much as they love him. I can be sure that when he seeks guidance from them they do so with a pure heart and love for him. Which makes me feel so much gratitude. I know he/they will always be taken care of.

I share all of that to say this new baby born 40+ years later on a day in August of 2024 is coming into a whole different world than I did. This baby is wanted. This baby was planned for, prayed for, and hoped for. This baby will come into a world with 2 loving parents that will cherish, love, protect and guide. This baby will have everything. This baby will be guided by love, faith and hope. This baby will be welcomed and loved by a HUGE amount of uncles, a few aunts, many grandparents and everyone in our circle.

I am *sobbing* because of God’s mighty blessing in my life. I am so full of gratitude. He deserves so much praise. The fact that I get to see that another chain/curse has been broken in my family. All of that sacrifice, protection and hard work that I had to learn along the way…has paid off. This little bundle of joy gets to be raised in a far different way and that was the plan all along. I am so thankful.

My first grandchild….my heart is so swollen. God has been so faithful.



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  1. Patricia Arbuckel February 27, 2024 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Oh my Congratulations on a beautiful or handsome baby. You are very blessed to be able to love another generation . I will be waiting to see a little face soon Love Pat

  2. Pam A February 27, 2024 at 3:14 am - Reply

    What a blessing! We also found out my son and wife are expecting a baby girl in September! When our first grandchild was delivered I can tell you there is such an overwhelming joy when you first see them and hold them! The joy of being a grandparent, I found, is all you learned from raising your own children of what works and definitely what didn’t! You can always see your faults and wishing you had handled things differently with your own children and ideally learned from the mistakes. Being a grandparent is an amazing gift! Congratulations! I know the joy you’re feeling. Embrace the love!

  3. Candace OBrien February 27, 2024 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I am so happy for you in many ways. Grandchildren are the most wonderful thing. We have 5. Hoping for a great grandchild now. 3 of the 5 are married. I am also happy to hear that you have overcome the obstacles of your childhood. How can anyone be so cruel. You have turned into a wonderful person. Love and cherish that new baby.

  4. Kerry Hoyle February 27, 2024 at 4:53 am - Reply

    I’m reading this and crying. What a blessing to be born into this family. God teaches us we don’t have to repeat patterns but make our own. Many blessings to you all.

  5. Kathy keagle February 27, 2024 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Congratulations and best wishes for the whole family. Grandchildren are a real blessing from God. Enjoy this time of anticipation and preparation.

  6. Janet February 27, 2024 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Grandbabies are such a sweet gift from God. We have 10 so far and each is a precious blessing. There is nothing like the love you feel for them when they call your name and come running for a hug.

  7. Gail Chouinard February 27, 2024 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I am so happy for you all! Grands are the icing on the cake. I know he/she will be surrounded by love. God truly is good!

  8. Phyllis Conant February 27, 2024 at 9:51 am - Reply

    To God be the glory for all the things He has done❣️
    My eyes are leaking happy tears

  9. Jeffry February 27, 2024 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Prayers for a healthy, safe and blessed arrival of this special gift!

  10. Roger Holloway February 27, 2024 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations to the entire family! I know this little one will be loved and brought into this world with great expectations! Whoopie!

  11. Cynthia Marrs February 27, 2024 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I have never thought of your coming from an abusive situation. You are so generous, talented, and kind. I’m just flabbergasted by this revelation. Congrats. on your coming grandbaby. I know your whole family will shower this baby with positive vibes and hugs.
    Thank you for sharing your personal story.

  12. Nicole Wiwatowski February 27, 2024 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Congratulations! God is so good. I’m excited to see the baby quilts this little one will inspire in his beautiful and talented Grandma.

  13. Karen Barnes February 27, 2024 at 11:02 am - Reply

    What a blessing! We also learned about that time that we would get a new granddaughter early in Sept. #15 for us! Grandchildren are such a blessing! You have overcome so much and will continue to do so with help from heaven!

  14. Peggy G Spinelli February 27, 2024 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Congratulations!!! Many blessings to you & your family!!

  15. Julie Naatz February 28, 2024 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Oh my! Congratulations!! May this blessing be the first of many grands on your adventure-Praise God!

  16. Joellen Wollman March 2, 2024 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Charisma! I am so happy for you and your family.God’s blessings on this new life, on you, the very important grandma, the new parents and the rest of your family. Stay strong and stay as loving as you always are.

  17. Sandra Nelsen March 18, 2024 at 10:54 am - Reply

    It just gets better. I have many grandchildren, and now, two great grandbabies. It is ‘great’ to be a grandmother, LOL!

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