This morning, my world changed forever. I became a Grandmother. Our family welcomed a precious baby boy, and I marvel at the love that fills my heart for this new little one I’ll meet in just a few days. The days to come will be filled with countless soft kisses, that sweet "baby smell" all new mothers come to know, quiet lullabyes, rocking back and forth as I hold him in my arms, diapers to change, and watching the new Grandfather read books to the baby as they cuddle – even before he understands the words.
I also look forward to preparing meals for our son and daughter-in-law, and helping with everyday household chores to ensure they can be with their new son. And, if time and the baby’s needs permit, I’d like to prepare a candlelight dinner for these wonderful new parents.
The birth of this child has caused me to reflect and reaffirm WHY I do the work that I do. Creating family-friendly recipes, writing cooking and lifestyle books, making countless television appearances, teaching others how to entertain and how to create a warm, welcoming home, and always….always stressing the importance of family and friends.
This child and my newfound Grandmother status confirm for me that there is no greater gift than the birth of a child and the celebration of "Family". You’ll find this message in The Family Table, Where’s My Spatula?, and my latest book Celebrating Home (Bright Sky Press). I invite each of you to pick up a copy of any of these books as a gift for yourself and a friend – then share the joy of family with others. It’s truly God’s work.