Five Minute Friday: Hands

Five Minute Friday

It’s where bloggers write for 5 minutes flat . . no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. Click on the button above to read more thoughts on hands.

“Look, Mom! Look how she’s holding onto my hand!” Sam exclaims as his 2 month old niece wraps her tiny fingers around one of his.

The way we fawn over little Amelia, you’d think we’d never been around a baby. But there’s something brand new despite all the experience we’ve had. Well maybe not Sam, he’s the youngest of our six. But I’ve birthed and raised six babies. Nevertheless, Amelia’s firsts continue to fascinate me as well.

Like the day I saw a glimpse of recognition in her eyes. And when her smiles came in response to ours and not just due to gas. She coos, laughs, and squeals like all my babies did, yet somehow I notice in a way I never did before. 

I guess this is the delight I’ve always heard of but never understood until now. Grandparenting is devoid of the sleep deprivation, the worry of first time parenting, the sheer exhaustion of third (fourth, fifth and sixth) time parenting, and basically all the overwhelming responsibility. 

I lay my finger in her other hand, and feel her tiny, firm grasp.

It is absolute joy. 

Thanks to Amelia’s momma, Hilary, who is as generous with her beautiful photos as she is with her precious little girly. XO (You can see more of Hilary’s photography here!)


  1. Kaylene Yoder

    Baby hands…so very precious! I could almost smell the baby smell reading this. Enjoyed it!

  2. Asheritah

    Baby hands are the best! Especially when they curl around your finger like that. Visiting from FMFparty.

  3. Mel Schroeder

    Soooo sweet! When Mae was teeny tiny, one of my favorite things was when she would grasp onto a finger or two…I just loved that little connection. 🙂 Blessings to you, friend…hope you have a wonderful Friday!


    It's true. Grand parenting is different. All the love, not half as much work. She's gorgeous and I'll say it again…you're a gorgeous grandma!

  5. Beth Stiff

    So very sweet. I'm looking forward to the day when my son and his wife make me a grandma.

  6. nellers

    Oh yes, the joy in those tiny little hands.

  7. Kathleen Guire

    Being a grandparent rocks! The pressure of parenting is gone. The joy of grandparenting is immense! Little hands are so precious, such a wonder to stop and just behold, right?

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