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Long-Term Wishes for a Grandchild on His First Birthday

Grandparent, added to MsDora's profile of teacher and counselor after she became a senior citizen, gives her a new interest to explore.

He eventually broke those glasses.  Big deal!

He eventually broke those glasses. Big deal!

So it was not last week, though it seems like it. Fifty-two weeks have passed since the writing of Promises to My Unborn Grandson.

Thank God, he arrived safely with all the extras we prayed for—good health, good spirits and good looks. He also demonstrates good motor skills and good brain power; he walks and he thinks—he thinks he can outrun me. What a joy he has been to the family!

We expect that my grandchild has a future much larger than his past. Therefore, as we celebrate his first birthday, we appreciate who he is and has been; but our minds stare into the future, wanting to see what he will become.

Offering prayers and making wishes are the least we can do, since we have limited control of his future. These five long-term wishes are our expressions of prayer and hope for what will come true in his life. They come from hearts full of love.

Why Five Wishes?

Why not three (the usual number)? It is difficult to think of three wishes without thinking of fairies and fairy tales. Authenticity is hardly associated with three wishes.

Well, three in the Christian tradition depicts completeness starting way back with the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Good, but that's just another reason not to use that number, or the number seven which also symbolizes completeness to an even greater degree. There is no intention to suggest that these wishes are complete.

If symbolism is to be attached to the number of long-term wishes for a grandchild, five is the number of choice.

"The number five symbolizes God's grace, goodness and favor toward humans . . . and multiplied by itself . . . is 'grace upon grace.'"1

Wish #1: Happy Childhood

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

You have the primary ingredients for a happy childhood—parents who consider you their pride and joy, in a home where love and respect are priority values.

We pray that this setting remains stable and functional, during your childhood and forever.

  • We wish that love at home will empower you with self-worth along with other virtues of integrity to prepare you for a productive life.
  • We wish for you, teachers who will be a positive influence on you during your formative years, who will cooperate with your parents to help you develop the skills and talents for which you are gifted.
  • We wish that you acquire an appetite for nutritious foods, and a healthy balance for media usage in the interest of a sound mind.
  • We wish for you, ample opportunity to laugh and play, to explore within bounds, to develop your individuality, to make childhood memories you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Wish #2: Safe Friendships

While you are a toddler, your parents will choose your playmates. Soon after, you will begin to choose your own friends at daycare, and then at school; and your friends will choose you. Our wish is that among them, you will lead more often than follow.

You deserve to enjoy your friends, and we wish that from an early age, those in your space will know right from wrong. May you treat each other kindly with words and actions.

Our wish is that all the children in your group of friends remain children for as long as you should, with your innocence and sensitivity intact. May you have similar values and help each other be safe, while you enjoy your childhood.

Wish #3: Wisdom beyond Years

As handsome as can be

As handsome as can be

Once upon Bible time, there was a little boy who demonstrated wisdom beyond his years. At age twelve, he was found sitting among teachers, "discussing deep questions . . . And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.”2

All through his childhood, the little boy’s wisdom was affected by His connection with the Source of Wisdom who is also available to you. May you follow the example of that little boy Jesus, and gain wisdom like He did.

Wisdom is the ability to apply the knowledge you learn from your parents and teachers in your everyday situations. Wisdom beyond your years is the ability to apply it more effectively than other boys in your age group.

Ask questions when you do not understand. Follow your God-given instincts in every choice you make, and you will obtain the kind of wisdom we wish for you.

Wish #4: Clear Purpose

We wish never to hear you wonder why you are here. You were born with a purpose, and your most genuine joy will come from discovering and following it. Our wish is that you find it early, and make the pursuit of it your long-term goal.

The same spirit of curiosity and adventure which you exhibit now will help you recognize what you are capable of doing well. Your purpose is connected with:

  • something you like to do whenever you get the opportunity to do it;
  • something you like to do even if there is no applause;
  • something you like to do which other people admire because it helps them in some way.3

No matter what other people think or wish, it is your responsibility to claim your purpose. We are committed to helping you and guiding you. For that reason, we will check your progress, at least on every birthday, and we wish to hear you state it clearly while you are still a child.

Wish #5: Grateful Heart

We wish that you will always recognize a reason to say, “Thank you.” You first learn to say it for family and food; but the more aware you become of your surroundings, the more reasons you will find—the birds, the flowers, the trees, the sunshine and the rain. You learn to say “Thank You” to God, and may you never neglect to say it to people.

May gratitude be a way of life for you. A grateful heart will remind you that you are favored, that other people contribute to your well-being, that these people deserve your appreciation. The more gratitude you show, the more blessings you will receive.

On your first birthday, let our hugs and smiles convey to you the meaning of these long-term wishes. May they produce great joy in your life!

How Grandchildren Impact Us


1. Barnabas Ministries; The Bible Study Site, The Biblical Meaning of Numbers (visited 3/25/2014)

2. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Illinois (1966) Luke 2: 41-52

3. Biali, Susan MD: Psychology Today, Prescriptions for Life, Helping You Find Your Life Purpose (11/08/13)

© 2014 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 01, 2018:

Thank you, Yves. Praying for his total life, so will include that lady-killer part. You made me smile.

Yves on February 28, 2018:

Is he a gorgeous boy or what? You might have to pray that your grandson won't break too many hearts! He's got lady-killer written all over him. Lol.

Your prayers for him are beautiful. With you, his parents and God nearby, your little grandson will do very well indeed. Congratulations, Ms. Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2017:

Kingsley, I am favored. Thanks for sharing such a sweet blessing on his life for his fourth birthday.

manatita44 from london on March 26, 2017:

Loving and wholesome wishes for a cute and charming boy. You must be very proud of him.

The Heart carries the beauty; the innocense of the child.

Happy Birthday and loving thoughts. May the Grace of God and the mercy of Christ, shine on his purity Heart and promising life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2017:

Thanks Bill. He's already so grown. Let's pray for all the children.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 26, 2017:

He is a cutie, Dora. Time waits for no one. He'll be a man before you now it. This hub will something to him in years to come.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 27, 2014:

Thanks, Ologsinquito. Over the past five months, he has become even more handsome.

ologsinquito from USA on August 27, 2014:

I thought I had commented on this before, but couldn't find my comment. Anyway, he's a very cute kid.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on April 25, 2014:

You are welcome :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 25, 2014:

LadyFiddler, thank you very much for your wishes. His relationship with God is a priority; and we will never lose sight of that. Blessings on you, too.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on April 25, 2014:

Nice wishes for your grandson. My first wish for him will be that God save his soul , always provide food and shelter, keep him from all sicknesses and if he should grow to the age of accountability he would give his life to God. It's most important in other to prosper and move on in life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 03, 2014:

Tireless, thank you for your kind words and for making me smile.

Judy Specht from California on April 02, 2014:

Hub Pot success pales in comparison the blessing of this little boy, who has you for a grandma. Bravo! I will join you in praying for the little one who thinks he can outrun you:)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2014:

Parrster, thank you very much. Here's hoping I will always be worthy of such kind words. I appreciate your support.

Richard Parr from Australia on April 02, 2014:

Congrats on your Hubpot successes. You are a worthy writer to receive praise, and this article an exceptional example of your skill in the craft.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2014:

RTalloni, thank you for your pryerful commment. I appreciate the sentiments.

RTalloni on April 02, 2014:

Precious words for a precious little one. One day, what we write to them may be all they know of our love for them. May our words continue to help direct them to their only lasting joy, a relationship with God the Father through Jesus the Christ according to His Word.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 30, 2014:

Hi Mona, If you follow the link to Barnabas Ministries, the first in my references, you will find some interesting information on numbers in the Bible. Thank you very much for your very kind comment.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 30, 2014:

Never knew about the biblical meaning of no. 5. What a wonderful lesson to start with. Your wishes for your grandchild have pretty much covered his entire future. He is a lovely, beautiful boy. The photos are terrific. No wonder your hub was a winning hub. Congratulations. This is a beautiful way to describe the passage of new stages of life -- his and yours.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on March 30, 2014:

Indeed! Have a great day MsDora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 30, 2014:

Thank you, Kathleen. Thanks to God for giving me something wonderful to share.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on March 29, 2014:

A well deserved hubpot challenge win MsDora! Congratulations and thank you for this heartfelt hub!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 29, 2014:

Cecile, thank you for your kind words and especially the blessing.

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on March 29, 2014:

A very beautiful well written tribute to your handsome grandson. May God bless him!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 28, 2014:

Flourish, thank you so much. I still have the broken glasses as a momento of my interaction with him. Your comments are very encouraging, and yes, every child deserves the love and care of grandparents or grandparent figures.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 28, 2014:

Rajan, thank you for adding your wish to mine that they come true.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 28, 2014:

Yes, Faith. Thanks to God, to everyone and everything having to do with my winning. Great idea, there! Thanks to you, also.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 28, 2014:

What beautiful, heartfelt sentiments. Also, congratulations on the HubPot Top 10. Your grandson is lovely and I enjoyed the personal photos. Those glasses must've known their days were numbered. I hope every child has someone who loves him or her as much as you obviously cherish him.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 28, 2014:

Such beautiful wishes for such an adorable grandchild. I hope they all come true!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 28, 2014:

You actually won the pot! Enjoy your weekend and I bet you will spend your winnings on that sweet grandson.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 28, 2014:

Faith, thank you and Congratulations to you, too. It means a lot being in the top ten with you. These pleasant surprises surely do encourage us. Best weekend to you also.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 28, 2014:

Congrats MsDora for winning the Hub Pot Challenge! I had no clue I was in the top ten too until Flourish told me, and so thrilled you have won for this gem of a hub!

Enjoy your weekend,

Faith Reaper

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Thank you Sally. Your comment is very encouraging, and it sure feels good to win something. Your crafty skills also has my admiration.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on March 27, 2014:


How beautiful is that! It was so lovely to see an image of you with your special little person. I love reading your Hubs. Your writing gives me a lovely warm feeling inside and I thank you for that. Congratulations on your well deserved award today, so well deserved.

Best wishes


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Michael, I appreciate your kind words. You also have a really, beautiful heart.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Manatita, thank you for your good wishes and your prayer for blessings and peace.

Michael-Milec on March 27, 2014:

Hello MsDora.

Awesome. The best lessons come from experienced , beautiful heart you always share with us . Thank God and thank you.

manatita44 on March 27, 2014:

Wonderfully innocent and beautiful child.

All your wishes echo my own sentiments. May our Lord bless him and keep him safe. Infinite strength to you to play your part. Om Shanti.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Ebonny, I can hardly wait, but since I have to, I'll try to occupy the time wisely. Thank for your kind thoughts.

Ebonny from UK on March 27, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wishes, not to mention these lovely images of your grandson. I bet you can't wait to show him all of this when he's old enough to appreciate.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Frank, thank you for your blessings and your support.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Faith, thank you for your efforts to show your support. Sometimes there seems to be no reason to these glitches, but then again there might be some things we don't know.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 27, 2014:

such a wonderful tribute.. god bless you and blessed you

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 26, 2014:

Been trying to pin, but it keeps saying "Whoops" so I will return. I tweeted, but it just will not pin at the moment for some reason.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Parrster, thanks for your comment. I waited longer than any of my friends for my first grandchild. Your turn will come and you will be blessing.

Richard Parr from Australia on March 26, 2014:

Love this article MsDora. what a beautiful testament of devotion to what must be one of the greatest rewards of life's senior years. I'm still waiting for my first grandchild, but you have ramped up my anticipation further. I hope I can be as great a blessing to mine when they arrive as i can tell you are to yours. Voted up and beautiful

God bless

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

ToBusiness, thank you. This little boy is surely the apple of my eye. I appreciate you wanting my wishes to come true.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Edward, thank you for stopping by. I sincerely appreciate your prayer and your blessing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Thank you, Jackie. Being grandma is really exciting. I'm praying to be a good one.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Sheila, thank you and I agree that all the children need these wishes. I appreciate your support.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on March 26, 2014:

Ms Dora, this is a wonderful tribute to this gorgeous little charmer, obviously the apple of grandma's eyes. I hope all your wishes for him comes true. A truly beautiful write.

Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on March 26, 2014:

May this beautiful child grow strong in the knowledge that he is loved and may his horizons be limitless. I was off to a late start, and have no grandchildren yet, but I think this is beautiful. Every blessing to you and your family!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 26, 2014:

I know the feeling of that first grandchild and we can have so many good feelings without the fear we had when our own first were that age. Being grandma is wonderful isn't it and you have a beautiful grandson and he has a beautiful grandma!

sheilamyers on March 26, 2014:

AMEN! And the same prayer goes out to all of the children. Happy birthday to that cute little grandson of yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Lori, congratulations on your 13. Hope it gets better concerning those who live out of state. Will convey your hug.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Faith, thanks for your input. You understand the difficulty in expressing this kind of love. At least we try.

Lambservant on March 26, 2014:

This was a truly beautiful hub Ms. Dora. You are a beautiful woman and your grandbaby is absolutely adorable. Being a grandparent for me has been the greatest joy of my life. But I am sad that so many of them live out of state and I can't see them as often as I like (I have 13 of them). Christmas is getting to be more than I can handle on my meager income. Enjoy the birthday party and give him a hug from Lambservant.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Thanks, EP. These wishes re for every little fellow I know; they all deserve it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Kerlund, glad among everything else that you smiled. Thank for your kind comments.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 26, 2014:

Oh, how beautiful! He is adorable and I know what an immense blssing it is to be a grandmother. Love all the photos. They bring so much joy and love into our lives, it is sometimes hard to describe this special kind of love. Blessings, Faith Reaper

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2014:

Oh, this was so beautiful. I enjoyed reading this and those wishes are awesome!

kerlund74 from Sweden on March 26, 2014:

This is awesome:) I would wish for all children to be surrounded by so much love and caring.

I must also say that your definition of wisdom is fantastic. Great hub that makes me smile, and such a beautiful grandson:)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Eiddwen, thanks for reading and boosting my pride in my "sweetheart" of grandchild.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Devika, thanks again. Glad to share. You will love grandparenting as much as I do.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 26, 2014:

Oh so truly beautiful and such a sweetheart too. Your pride so evident and thank you for sharing this gem with us all.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Jodah, we all wish the best for our grandchildren. All the best to your grandson, also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Bill, thank you. I'm always thrilled to get a "Well done" from you.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 26, 2014:

Beautiful hub of wishes for your cute grandson MsDora. My youngest grandson turns one next month and I wish him the same things as you have written here. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 26, 2014:

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful child....and the wishes are exquisite...and...it was so nice to see a picture of you. :) Well done, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Word, thank you for adding to my wishes. We appreciate your encouraging comments.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on March 26, 2014:

What a wise-looking one for a grandson already. He seems off to a great start in life. He's blessed to have you for a grandmother. May he enjoy all of his family as he grows through life. Thank you for sharing!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 26, 2014:

Thank you for teaching me about what will come in handy for future references great tips and so useful indeed.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 26, 2014:

Devika! That was fast. Thank you for your very kind comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 26, 2014:

Wow! Incredible hub!

A beautiful grandchild and your wise words flow so truthfully

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