By Machelle James
After my last article, I received many heartfelt messages. The struggles, the fear, the finances: How can we overcome those obstacles, become an entrepreneur and make our campground venture work. I can feel the support we have and I can hear you cheering us on. I am so grateful for all of you to make sure we keep following our dreams. We are moving full steam ahead!
Since I’ve been in Florida the last 10 days, I don’t have much to report on our campground just yet. I do have quite the personal story to tell you though.
When you become a parent, you try your best to raise your children to be productive members of society. I wanted my kids to grow up to be successful and happy. That really was my goal as a parent.
When our middle son and his wife asked me to come out to Florida to help them with the birth of their first baby, I was so honored and I booked the tickets three days before her due date – because first-time births never come early, they say. Well, my granddaughter, Aurora, decided to make her debut into the world four days early. I missed her birth by one day!
But my mother was in town, drove to the hospital, and was cheering them on, giving me text updates. As I was walking in circles, pacing the floor, begging for a minute-by-minute play-by-play, I had tears running down my cheeks. How could I miss this? Our son is becoming a father and we are missing it! How badly I wanted to witness this little one come into the world.
But I stepped back and realized that my son is an adult, a married man, and he is the one who needs to be there more than me. I had faith my mom was in the right place at the right time. I was with AJ at home and I had the phone glued to my hand. We were cheering her on in the background. Push, Push, PUSH!
When we saw the pictures of our first granddaughter, we both cried. She was perfect with all her toes and fingers and oh-so-healthy. I jumped on my early morning flight the next morning and flew to meet Aurora and help the kids.
When I got to hold Aurora, this perfect little extension of our family, I was smiling with so much pride and joy. The kids were doing an amazing job with her feedings, diaper changes and burping. And, of course, lots of cuddles.
When we got to their house, it was almost surreal! My son has a family, a house and a dog – and it was all clean! Well hallelujah, we did something right!
We figured out a routine for them to sleep in the daytime and I would sleep at night. I cooked, cleaned and shopped for them so they could stay home with their new baby as much as possible. While I observed them getting into a new parent routine, I witnessed something so beautiful unfolding. My son was taking the lead of his family, taking care of his wife and daughter. The protectiveness, the thoughtfulness, the love for his wife. The love he has for his daughter.
That is what I took away from my visit with them. I walked into their house with a mission to help and guide them on their transition into parenthood. But when I left, I felt their connection, their devotion and love for one another. As a mother, I could not wish for anything more for them. They are continuing the James Family circle of life and love and we could not be any more proud of them!
Thank you for following our journey and as always, see you in the trees! And please leave a comment.
Read Machelle’s previous articles here.
Machelle James and her husband, AJ, are building, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.