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Saturday, February 2, 2013


My memories of my grandparents are in snatches, scenes I remember mostly because my grandparents did things for me and with me.

My only grandmother was a craftsy person. She had all kinds of handcrafts already cut out so that my brother and I could put them together. She crocheted tirelessly. She also played the piano and tried—bless her heart—to teach me to play. I was to be her “star pupil.” Well . . . let’s just say I didn’t exactly fulfill her dreams. Carnegie Hall never called.
Her husband, my paternal “Granddad” passed away when I was nine, so I remember less about him. He was always smiling and laughing. He could recite poetry—long poems—one after another. He was educated with the McGuffey readers and shared them with us. He planted the most amazing organic garden you ever saw. He planted flowers next to veggies. It was a work of art. He even raised raspberries.           

All my grandparents were born before 1900, so you can imagine the changes that came in their lifetimes. I have a picture of my paternal grandfather in a buggy behind a horse. He was seventeen and quite a dandy. My other grandfather actually surrendered his life to the Lord while riding on a horse.

My maternal grandfather was a character! He was a tiny little man who had suffered rheumatoid arthritis as a young man, during the Great Depression. He kept going, though, and he could do things (like making knives he cut out of saw blades) that most people with perfectly well hands couldn’t do. He loved gardening and hated dandelions in the yard. He would ask us questions just to make us think. Often, he’d play the “devil’s advocate.” Many times, we children had no idea what he really thought! He had sparkly eyes and a ready laugh. My Granddad lived with our family for the last ten years of his life, and we all dearly loved him.

This week, our son’s wife had their first baby, a little boy. We’ve been grandparents before, but this one is so special. Every child is a blessing.

What kind of a grandma do I want to be?

How will our children’s children remember me? 
  • I want them to think I’m fun.
  • I want the children to know they’re loved but not indulged.
  • I want to impact them for the Lord in a natural way.
  • I want my gifts to them to be toys and books that will be cherished and remembered. (Better to buy less and the gifts be fun and meaningful.)
  • I want them to remember me as godly.

Our new baby grandson is named Samuel, which means “asked of God.” His parents asked the Lord for him, and I did, too. He’s a tiny answer to prayer.

I pray I will mean as much to him as he already does to me.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them (Psalm 103:17-18).

“Lord, help me be that kind of grandma—the kind that obeys you.”

Do you have any special stories about your grandparents you’d like to share? What qualities do you think are important for Christian grandparents to have? I’d love to hear your ideas.


  1. De mis abuelos paternos no recuerdo mucho, pero se que mi abuela era muy tranquila o como dice mi madre un pedazo de pan.Mi abuelo era muy bromista uno de los recuerdos que mas me viene a la cabeza es una vez que fuimos a visitarlos a Tarifa, donde estaba su casa. Mi abuelos se puso a peinarme con el cepillo del revés intentando gastarme una broma. Pero también tenia muy mal genio.
    Mis abuelos maternos bueno, a mi abuela no la conocí sana (_tenia ya mal su mente), Mi abuelo era muy trabajador tenía unas cuantas huertas, solo recuerdo un momento de cariño, cuando yo tenía dos años se me rompió la patilla de mis gafas y yo me puse a llorar y mi abuelo me cogió en brazos y me dijo que no pasaba nada.Ademas tengo una foto de ese momento.
    A mi, me hubiera gustado tener mas fotos de mis abuelos paternos para poder recordarlos mejor. Recuerdos de algunos momentos.
    A la segunda pregunta, no se si soy la indicada para dar la opinión pero hay va, Ser amorosos , pacientes y dulces, pero también firmes.
    bendiciones y ¡felicidades!

    1. Thank you for sharing the experiences with your grandparents and also for the congratulations on our new little grandson. God bless you. (Gracias por compartir las experiencias con tus abuelos y también por las felicidades. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!)

  2. My father's father died before I was born and my mother's mother dies when I was about four, so I mainly remember my mother's father, who had a unique laugh and loved to tease and tell jokes, and my father's mother. I spent more time with her, traveling with her during summers when she'd visit her kids in AL, LA, and TX (we used to call her the galloping grandma) and spending the night with her, both of us staying up late reading. She crocheted, too -- she always had a project she was working on.

    I'm so looking forward to being a grandma some day. I hope to be the crafty, cookie-baking, story-reading kind. I also hope to be a good example and share my relationship with the Lord visually as well as verbally.

    1. Love the "galloping Grandma"! My grandmother was like that, too. She loved big cities, noise, buses, and going from place to place.

      Barbara, you will be the crafty, cookie-baking, story-reading grandma. You'll be fabulous!

      God bless you!


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