Realization of Life’s Best Moments Through a Generation



Dear Reader:

Putting a generation between you and your grandchildren produces miraculous changes in one’s perception of the precious moments of childhood… lost on parents living in the “Hurry Up, We have to go” stage of life.

When I think back on my own parenting skills (or lack of) it is all a blur today. I remember feeling like I was playing a dot-to-dot game on a daily, constant routine.I felt sure that if I missed one connection everything would untangle and blow up in my face. Life became a “check-off” list of daily survival things to do.

I still have some Mother’s Day cards and other mementos made at school by the children that help me remember that there were moments when I knew that these were the best of times, at the time it was happening, but, unfortunately, life, like a river, swept us all along…faster than I ever dreamed. “Row, Row, Row your boat…Life is but a dream.”

The one thing I am most proud of and see in all my grandchildren is their love of imagination. They would all rather dress up and play “pretend” than anything else in their world. Eva Cate writes whole scripts in her mind…playing several different roles and changing her voice to accompany each invisible character in her “pretend” games. Rutledge goes right into character depending on what outfit he has on….Spiderman, Captain America, or police chief. He always wants to be the hero no matter which character.

Jake and Lachlan are studies in imitations of their older siblings…whatever they are doing, they want to do it too. Thank goodness Eva Cate and Rutledge mentor imaginary worlds to perfection for their little brothers.


Yesterday you might remember I shared one of Debbie Macomber’s daily devotions with you and there is one more sample given from the book (that I ordered) that I would like to share.

“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23) 

My husband Wayne and I were blessed with four children in a five-year span. By the time Dale, our youngest, was born, I hadn’t slept through the night in three long years. The house was in constant chaos, and in those pre–disposable diaper days, the washing machine was going day and night. My hands were more than full with the demands of our growing family.

Thankfully, I was blessed with wonderful parents who visited us often. Soon after Dale’s arrival, my mother came to help. Early one morning, when our newborn woke for his feeding, his older sisters and brother came looking for attention. Jody sat on one knee and Jenny on the other, and Ted shared space with his infant brother on my lap. All too soon, the older three started squabbling and whining.

My mother woke up and joined us in the living room. “Oh, Debbie,” she said with a smile, “these are the happiest days of your life.” Aghast, I looked at her and said, “Mom, you mean it gets worse?” Now, in retrospect, I can see how very blessed I was. Mom had the perspective to see it then; thank God, I can see it now.”


So until tomorrow: Lord, give all parents the patience, the prayer and the sense of humor they need to raise their children in Your grace. 

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Gin-g shared her word with us for this upcoming new year (2017)…FAITH. If any of you know Gin-g…you know she lives this word every single day…but like she mentioned in her comment…she wants her faith to expand even larger to welcome new understandings of God’s love for all His children. Thanks for sharing Gin-g!

*Cindy Ashley said her perfect word for 2017 is EAGERNESS….to set new goals, explore new possibilities, travel, and simply be ready, be eager to continue a lifetime of learning.

*Ambika said her perfect word is TRUST….simply putting her trust in God. And that you do Ambika!

*Sue Anne Strickland also chose FAITH…she said she would be lost without it. (Again another strong woman of faith herself)

*Guess what? I found my perfect word or God found it for me and it is part of tomorrow’s blog…so I will reveal it then.


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to Realization of Life’s Best Moments Through a Generation

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I can’t wait to see what your word is…Mother wanted the song Great in Thy Faithfulness sung at her service and Clyde did….Love the words before and especially that day…

    On Jan 16, 2017 6:05 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Putting a generation between you and > your grandchildren produces miraculous changes in one’s perception of the > precious moments of childhood… lost on parents living in the “Hurry Up, > We have to go” stage of life. When I think ” >


  2. Janet Bender says:

    My word for 2017 is “renewal.” It’s not as beautiful as last year’s “treasure,”but I’m not arguing with the One who spoke it into my heart.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love “renewal” because I feel that way each day when I wake up…renewed in the conviction that God will guide me through the day.


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