Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Molly Jane LaRoche, our fifth grandchild, was born on May 2, 2015, to Deborah and Dan in Charleston, SC.  I’ve written a letter to each of the grandchildren that I’ve shared with others.  Here’s my letter to Molly.  

Dear Molly Jane:

You surprised us by arriving a few days early, on the first Saturday in May.  That’s when the horses run for the roses in the Kentucky Derby.  There’s always a lump in our throats when they sing “My Old Kentucky Home” because that’s where Gamma and I met, where your Aunt Carrie was born, and the day of your mother’s annual Derby Day party complete with big hats on the women.

Your run for the finish line started well enough, but in the back stretch things got tough, resulting in an emergency c-section.  Your Daddy used the word “violent” to describe it.  We wanted to hang a blanket of roses around your Mamma’s neck just like they do at Churchill Downs.  You entered the world a little bruised and absolutely beautiful!

That’s just how it is in this world.  You’ll find it to be a beautiful, wonder-filled place where you will be surrounded with love that is beyond your ability to comprehend, but it can also be a painful place with unexpected hurts along the way.  I assure you that the parents who brought you to the finish line and the family that welcomed your arrival with tears of joy will be loving you and cheering for you all along the way.

You were a surprise to all of us (including the doctors) from the very beginning, a sure sign that “every good gift comes from God.” So, we look forward to the wonderful surprises you will bring to us in the years ahead.

Your big sister, Mattie, came into the family by a different way, biologically born from another mother and claimed by your family as a wonderful gift of God’s love.  You can look forward to lots of laughter and fun together because your family really knows how to enjoy life in the Low Country with your Daddy’s family at Hickory Hill and in the Sunshine State with your cousins in Florida.  You’ll also discover a network in the Harnish and LaRoche families that stretches from coast to coast, all of whom are thrilled that you are here.

I’d tell you that there is a long family history to your name, but the truth is that when your Daddy saw what your Mamma went through to get you into this world, he transferred all “naming rights” to her and Molly is a name she has always loved.  Perhaps you will begin a new tradition and pass it down to generations in the future.

The most important thing we want you to know is that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ and nothing will ever separate you from the love we have for you.

So, welcome to our world!  Wherever the race takes you, I hope you will always run for the roses.




Categories Uncategorized

16 thoughts on “Good Golly, Miss Molly!

  1. Larinda Smith May 5, 2015 — 7:47 pm

    She looks bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to me! Congrats and best wishes to the entire family!!

  2. I’m teary from reading this. “Massive” congratulations!*

    (*I’ve taken a liking to Roger’s massive use of the word : )


    From: Jim Harnish Reply-To: Jim Harnish Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 2:36 PM To: Magrey deVega Subject: [New post] Good Golly, Miss Molly! jimharnish posted: “Molly Jane LaRoche, our fifth grandchild, was born on May 2, 2015, to Deborah and Dan in Charleston, SC. I’ve written a letter to each of the grandchildren that I’ve shared with others. Here’s my letter to Molly. Dear Molly Jane: You surprised u”

  3. Your letter brought tears to my eyes….. beautifully said!! Beautiful child!! God’s blessings on precious Molly and her family!

  4. Congratulations, Jim, and prayers for her continued growth and health. Our last grandchild is a Molly (Mollie, in our case) blessings. Larry

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful and heart-warming letter. What a great idea. You’ve inspired me to write a letter to our newborn son Daniel. He was born on May Day… a day before Molly. Molly happens to also have been born on the same day as the royal baby, Charlotte.

  6. Well, you made me cry (again). Dennis and I are so happy for all of you! Much love to all, Caroline and Dennis


  7. My heart is so full after reading this! Blessings!

  8. CARMEN CUNNINGHAM May 5, 2015 — 11:34 pm

    Congratulations on your new Low Country baby.



  9. Beautiful, Bro. And from the northern fringe of the Harnish clan, welcome to the Magical Miss Molly!

  10. Sandra Gardner May 6, 2015 — 12:27 am

    Beautiful! Beautiful! We will be cheering Molly on– right along with all of you!❤️Sandra

    Sent from my iPhone


  11. Charles Killian May 6, 2015 — 12:34 am

    What a sweetheart, already! And what superb letters that will mean more and more as time moves ahead. You and Marsha are the best…and with five grandchildren onboard, your crew will bless us all. Chuck and Jane

  12. Absolutely beautiful….thank you for sharing.
    With love for all of you….Joanne Dorr

  13. David and Patti Dodge May 6, 2015 — 3:00 am

    Beautifully said, dear friend. She’s a lucky girl to have the love of such a wonderful family ! I expect she will bring a fresh perspective to “Good golly, Miss Molly!”

  14. Mary Webb Walker May 6, 2015 — 5:05 pm


    What a beautiful tribute! Molly will no doubt treasure this forever, as all your grandchildren will cherish those special letters you have written for them over the years. We so enjoy reading your blogs when we have decent wifi on the boat, and we can always tell when it’s you who has written an Upper Room devotional way before we get to the signature at the bottom. Nice to feel connected!

    Sorry we did not get to see you while we were back in Tampa for a bit of the winter. Hope all goes wonderfully well with your new location and your new retirement adventure.

    All the best to you and Marsha, and loving welcome to Molly!

    Pax et bonum,
    Mary Webb & Howard Walker
    Aboard NOMADE
    St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France

  15. May 6, 2015 — 5:52 pm

    Congratulations, Jim.

  16. Mary Katherine Meyer May 7, 2015 — 3:50 am

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close