Camp Nana is an annual event where all the grandkids come, and we just enjoy being together. This summer was special because the parents came too for the first few days and took the kids to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. They are creating such good memories. My hope is that Camp Nana will be a peaceful retreat in the turbulence of life, not only for the children but for the parents as well. We all need a little break sometimes from the pressures that come into play in a family in today's economy. The parents need time to relax and gain perspective while I need time to enjoy these precious little beings that are my legacy.
I am happy that I can have this time and hope that in some way I can help when my children feel overwhelmed with the challenge of parenting and making a living, etc. I also gain insight from talking to the parents about their own childhood.
When I was a young parent, I was a worrier. I must confess that I still fall into that trap sometimes as a grandparent as well. My oldest granddaughter Jessica noticed that and her mother Teresa told her, "Nana does a lot better at maintaining inner peace than she used to. You should have seen what she was like when Tori and I were kids." Well, that makes me feel good that I have made some progress in that department, lol!
I know it is my faith that has helped me make a change. I know, without a doubt, that God is still on His throne, and that I have the Holy Spirit inside me to guide me into all peace. When turbulence comes, it's a wonderful opportunity for God to show how really great His is! When we face adversity, we realize that God is the One who pulled us through. He is the Light that overcomes the darkness. Our part is just to keep shining and smiling through it all. Joel Osteen says, "When unexpected challenges appear, your attitude should be: This, too, shall pass. God will help me handle this.....God did not bring you this far to fail you now."
Yep, Camp Nana is a fun place, and I hope with all my heart that it provides good memories for the grandchildren and a peaceful respite for their parents.
Love and Light,