Picture taken last year at Joshua’s high school graduation.  He’s in the middle.  Jordan graduates from college next weekend.  He’s the handsome dude in the white shirt.

Our bags are packed and I’m so ready to go.  The call of warmer weather, green grass and blooming flowers was remote and even impossible last weekend.  A new blanket, about a foot deep, was laid upon the beginnings of spring here in Minnesota.  When we do weather, it’s always bigger than life.  We will soon hit the road to S. Carolina, via a stop in Nashville (my annual visit with my only sibling.)

Our oldest grandson is graduating from college.  He’s the first member of our immediate family to accomplish this task, so it is fitting that we be there to celebrate with him.

We’re fortunate to have had a wonderful relationship with our grandchildren. Usually at this point in their lives, grandkids don’t spend much time with the old fogies.  We’ve just become antiquated versions of what they will become some day.  However, we created a very strong bond from the moment they were all born.  Each grandchild, like every child, has their unique characteristics.  Each will follow their dreams and attain success in what ever they decide to do in the future.  Our job is to encourage and inspire them.

This grandson has always been the studious one.  He often was seen in the wings of a theater production, reading.  More often than not, the book he was reading was the Bible.  For a time I thought he might even become a pastor, but that was not in God’s plan.  We rarely realize what God’s plan for our lives might be until it’s passed us by.  In hindsight we can see His almighty intervention and achieved goals for us, but prior to the actual accomplishments, we seldom know what the outcome will be.  We can, however, trust that God has our best interests in mind and His plan for us will be achieved.

I recall this young man, sitting under our dining room table with our Golden Retriever, Bo.  The two were great friends from the time both of them were pretty much brand new.  This same young lad was so interested in nature and God’s creation and every living thing had a purpose to him.  When I stepped on an ant, he quickly admonished me for taking the life of a living organism.  At the age of five, he went on to write a book about ants, their habitat, their work ethic and their social skills.  The book was illustrated with delightful pictures of ants.  He was the kid on the block that invited everyone to come to church with him.  His paternal grandfather was an evangelist and I’m certain the gene carried on to his grandson.

He would collaborate on plays I wrote – always offering comedic relief during a tense situation.  His voice changed early and it seemed to happen over night.  I don’t recall his voice ever cracking.  He magically turned from a little boy into a young man. By the time he was in high school, he discovered the joy of running.  Up until that time, he had little interest in sports.  I recall a T-ball league he was part of at an early age.  They put him in center field, where absolutely no action occurs and he sat picking dandelions and blowing the seeds to the wind.  Cross country running soon became a passion for him.

His braininess carried over into his studies and he’s always done well in school.  When I referred to him as a walking encyclopedia, his younger brother piped up and said,
“Yes, and I’m just a pocket dictionary – with pages missing.”

There were the hours spent whittling with grandpa, while sitting on a log in the backyard – learning to sketch and paint – enjoying nature.  The silly little performances done by all three of our grandchildren to entertain us.  There were the countless plays he performed in – my special bonding time with him.  There were the “Grandparents Day” events at school, where we saw then progress they made during the year.

Being a grandparent holds a special joy, because we have a chance to make up for missed opportunities we had as parents.  Our grandchildren have learned several things from us.  They know they are loved unconditionally.  They know we still remain active and busy in our lives and that we love the work we do.  They’ve seen us succeed and fail and pick ourselves up and start over again.  They know we are available for them when ever they need us.  They know we won’t judge them – we’re extremely proud of them – we are eternally grateful for them.

So off we go – hitting the road again with my road warrior husband.  I can’t wait!



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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18 Responses to GRANDMA & GRANDPA TIME

  1. congrats and safe travels.

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  2. what a beautiful tribute to a fine young man—takes after his snowbird grandparents–and enjoy flying the coop and heading here—despite it falling back to chillier days—the 60’s beat your white crap any ol day!!!!
    Wave when you get near Georgia and Autumn and I will go stand on the front porch and wave back!

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  3. What a beautiful family you have. I love what your younger grandson said when you referred to his elder brother as a walking encyclopedia: “Yes, and I’m just a pocket dictionary – with pages missing.” Now THAT’S genius.

    Isn’t it wonderful to see your children and grandchildren surpass your own dreams? I graduated from nursing school, but not from college, although I so wanted to do that. But now my daughter is attending Whitworth University in Spokane, studying to be a psychologist. She is already working as an intern therapist. Plus her daughter, my oldest grandchild, is graduating from Harvard next month, with a degree in social anthropology. I am so thrilled! My granddaughter has invited me to her graduation ceremony and I want so much to go, but my husband says we can’t afford that expense right now. But, my heart will be there!

    What makes her graduation all the more wonderful is the fact that she accomplished this, despite a high school guidance counselor laughing in her face when my granddaughter told her that she would like to go to the community college some day. “With your grades, you will never make it,” the counselor said. Which made my granddaughter mad. And she began to work very hard to prove her wrong. Instead of the community college, she got an undergrad degree from Temple University. And now, Harvard.

    Please tell your Pocket Dictionary grandson that if he’s willing to do the work, the sky is the limit!

    I am praying for safe travels for you and your husband. ((HUG))

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    • says:

      Thanks for sharing your pride in your kids and grandkids. Sometimes that negative feed back can be just the motivation we need to push forward. I have high hopes for all the three of my grandchildren. The pocket dictionary kid is in his first year at Clemson and our 15 year old granddaughter is a freshman in high school. She loves drama and is now working in a program with special needs kids who will be doing the show “Annie” this summer. Thanks for your kind prayers. It’s a long drive😳

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  5. Have a wonderful time at the graduation Kathy!! Grandchildren are indeed a wonderful gift.

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  6. Oh, I think your grandson sounds absolutely amazing! What a delightful young man he must be! What passion did he end up following? I hope your travels are safe and full of joy! ❤ and huge hugs!

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    • says:

      He hopes to be an actuary, which suits his analytical mind. I know he will succeed at whatever he does because of his solid partnership with God.


  7. believe4147 says:

    Have a wonderful time! There’s nothing quite like being a grandparent.

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