Speak to us of children.

The wonderful news is that our precious grandson will be going home today with his mummy and daddy to start their lives together as a family and Tony and I can breathe a sigh of relief that our prayers have been answered.

The painting above is an illustration I made for a new baby card some years ago, I used our son James (the new daddy) as a model, now the debate continues as to who baby George looks like. I think he definitely has his daddy's nose, judging by this recent photograph!

Speak to Us of Children (by Kahlil Gibran)

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterdays.
You are bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer seeks the mark upon the path of the infinite,
And he bends you with His might that His arrow may go swift and far.
Let your blending in the archer’s hand be for goodness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves the bow that is stable.


  1. The similarities are so great, when I opened the page and saw the drawing, my immediate thought was 'how did you manage to get that done so quickly!'


  2. Congrats again and so Happy that he is going home. Love the poem


  3. Oh, how happy you must all be! :) A new little one in the family is always such a joy. Congratulations.

  4. Isn't it so nice to have a new member in the family? Congratulations!

    I love that poem. What a gentle reminder. xoxo

  5. Hello Valarie, I am very happy your wee grandson is heading home and is doing well. The card is truly beautiful and the wee one does really look like his daddy. Hugs Judy

  6. They could be twins. Amazing resemblance. I'm so happy the little fellow is home! Wishing you all many wonderful times with him!

  7. What a beautiful illustration! Congratulations on your little family being complete!

  8. I love that poem Valerie and the words are so true. I am so glad that George is better and off home to begin his life as a son and grandson. Make the most of the next few months - he/ll be starting school before you know where you are.

  9. Valerie, this post is so full of love and beauty.

    Best wishes to all in your family ... best wishes to that fantastic new baby.


  10. What wonderful news - all best wishes to the happy family.

  11. Your grandson is beautiful and so is your card. I really like the the wonderful yellow ribbon you wove around the sleeping baby - it's a really nice design.



  12. Really good news and such a lovely card.

  13. I am so glad that all is well; what a relief for you all (sometimes it is harder for grandparents to sit and wait). And what a darling card, I love the soft yellow - so much less blatant than pink or blue.

  14. I was pleased to read your wonderful news - I, too thought you had been busy with a new illustration of little George - so yes, the resemblance between father and son is definitely there:)

  15. I love the little quilt the baby snuggles under. He's a lovely chap. Good luck to all of you and if you all remember he is an arrow he will become an independant and wonderful being xx

  16. Congradulations...I'm so gald everything is going well with his health. Enjoy being a grandma!


  17. These are some really beautiful words !! GReat post !!Unseen Rajasthan

  18. Congratulations. What a beautiful grandson, my best wishes to your family. He will bring you so much joy and happiness.

  19. How lovely! Congratulations.

  20. Congrats on the babby and on a lovely post. It's a lovely time. Enjoy the littl'un!

  21. What a precious baby - how lovely for you all. He looks like a delightful armful to cuddle.
    And very like his Dad indeed!
    Best wishes to all,

  22. So pleased to hear little George has gone home and such a sweet illustration too. What a wonderful poem that is, I have not come across it before, very appropriate for all us parents.

  23. Beautiful! Congratulations to you & your whole family... so glad your adorable grand-baby is stronger and going home~
    Wishing you the best!


  24. So very pleased for you all Valerie. What a relief for your family. I hope he goes from strength to strength now he is home with mum and dad. Your James was a lovely baby btw. I think George has his nose as you say.

  25. Such wonderful news!
    Congratulations to all concerned.

  26. I definitely see the similarity in the noses of your illustration and the photo. What a sweet lil' pea head! So thrilled to hear of prayers honored !

  27. How exciting for you all, a new addition to the family, and rather a gorgeous one too! I am so happy he is now home from hospital, looking snuggly and cuddly. My goodness, there's such a resemblence between father and son! Your illustrations are lovely heirlooms for your family to treasure. x