I've shared previously how amazing my grandma is. She's the type of grandma who would send me the most amazing chocolate-chip cookies while I was in college...and would send along a check for $15 to get the milk to go with said cookies. She also sends advent calendars each holiday season to my nieces and nephews on my husband's side of the family. I shared just last week about how she sends us each seven birthday gifts so that we can open one for each day of the week leading up to our special day. Another really cool thing that she does is pick up coins that she finds along the side of the street on her daily walks, and then divides her loot between her five grandchildren as part of our Christmas gifts. It never amounted to more than $5 per kid, but it was still such a sweet gesture.
In preparing for her own future role as "grandma", my mom has started picking up coins off the street as well. A few days, she called me excitedly to share that she has been finding a lot of pennies on the ground lately. She works in Downtown Sacramento with parking meters galore, so it's understandably a prime location for her to find loose change; but in my mom's "magical thinking" sort of way, she blissfully thinks that the universe is bringing the pennies to her, giving her hope that this pregnancy will continue to develop and thrive. So she is pretty pleased with the stash that she has saved up, and I earnestly pray that she has the chance to wrap it up as a Christmas gift to my child, the same way that my grandma does.
I try not to get too caught up in "signs" or "serendipity", but I have also found two pennies since finding out that I'm pregnant again. The first was on the morning that I took the test, and the second was the day after I had the penny conversation with my mom. I'm still not giving them too much credit as a "sign"...but rather than just throwing them in my purse, I brought them home and put them in a little box...given to me by none other than my grandma.
My mom and grandma are so different, and yet each so amazing. I'm blessed to have them both as role models of how to be a good wife and mother. I pray that I am able to bless both of them with this child in their respective roles as "grandma" and "great-grandma".