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Grandmothers come in all shapes and sizes and personalities. My grandmothers were polar opposites. When I was a teen, Maw and I wore the same size clothes and often traded outfits. Although church rules advocated no makeup, she wore mascara and blush. Grandma Sid was very conservative but managed to hogtie me long enough to teach me to crochet — a skill I still pursue.

My children’s grandmothers were also very different. Unfortunately my mother was very stern, so my children were not naturally drawn to her. My mother-in-law doted on Scott and Joelle and spent hours coloring or playing in the sandbox with them.

In 2002 when my first grandchild was born I enthusiastically introduced Tommy to nature: leaves, ants, dirt, flowers, worms. As he grew, we branched out to aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and children’s museums. My daughter-in-law’s mother enjoyed playing games and introducing him to books.

Thankfully, God didn’t make us with a cookie cutter and each trusted senior who comes in contact with any of my six grandchildren, leaves them a little richer.


Here are some notable grandparents in Scripture. Imagine learning at the feet of Methuselah.
  • Abraham and Sarah were Jacob’s grandparents
  • Isaac and Rebecca were Joseph’s grandparents
  • Jacob and Rachael were Ephraim and Manasseh’s grandparents
  • Boaz and Ruth were David’s great-grandparents
  • Enoch was Noah’s great-grandfather
  • Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather
  • Lois was Timothy’s grandmother
In fact, in 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul credits Lois: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

“Grandparents are extremely important in the lives of their grandchildren. God purposely slows them down to fulfill their role. They have the time, experience, maturity, wisdom, stability, and love to perform this task. God never intended the experience of life to be wasted, but to be passed on. Grandparents are to be a testimony to the little ones, in their life, marriage, work, and faithfulness to God.” 1

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