Sunday, April 13, 2014


If you know me, Granna, you would know I have never been a person to get angry, much less, rant and rave about something that upsets me.  I’m usually pretty positive; in fact there have been times I have been told I am too positive!  Today was a different kind of day; a Granna speaks out day, right here, right now, in this blog.  Welcome to the other side of Granna! 

Friday is Jude, Reid and Granna day; just me and my grandsons enjoying our time together doing a variety of things.  Jude is four and Reid is almost six months old.  My age… never! 

When they got to my house on this particular Friday morning we were excited to plan out the day!  What adventures will we have today?  We decided on a trip to the library to take back movies and books only to get more, look for outside toys, and decide on what color of rose bush to plant.  Then, after looking at reviews from a Christian perspective on we decided on going to the theater to see The Lego Movie because they gave it a 4.5 rating!  What an exciting day we had planned!  So, we are all buckled up in the van and off we go!

With the boys in tow we enter where the movie is playing and realize we have the whole place to ourselves!  Awesome!  It is 11:55 and time for the movie to start!  Well, the theater manager was having difficulty getting the film to work so the movie didn’t start until 25 minutes later; which was fine because I knew they were trying.  So, the movie started at 12:20.  We walked out at 12:40; there were words, violence, sexual and immoral inuendos used.  Not only do my grandsons deserve better but I must die to self again and follow the perfect, golden rule; WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?).   Although The Lego Movie got a great rating from a “Christian perspective”, there are things that we as Christians either are blinded by or compromise to; we have become so complacent and allowing what we call “little” influences to filter into the minds of our children and grandchildren.  Whatever happened to real PG rating?  That is exactly what it is; PARENTAL GUIDANCE; that is our job.  So, this Granna guides her grandsons right out the door.

While we were walking out toward the front I prayed, “Lord, if I am supposed to say something please let the conversation begin with those who work the theater.  Also, Lord, I am not going to say anything about a refund.  If You think I deserve one, You make it happen.  I’m just honored to walk out on Your behalf in protection for my grandchildren.”  As we are walking out, the nice, young gentleman who had previously taken our tickets asked, “Did you enjoy the movie?”  Which, I guess he did not realize the movie still had over an hour to go.  I mentioned to him that the movie was not over and that I walked out because it is not a movie my grandsons needed to watch.  Without me asking, he radioed the manager and let her know what I had just said.  He then said to me, “If you will just wait a moment, the manager wants to see you.”  So, I did.  The manager apologized, although it was not at all her fault, and proceeded to not only give me a refund but also 2 movie vouchers to come back!  I thanked her and thanked the Lord!  The blessings already were beginning to show up because we had taken a stand! 

After we got back in the van, I told Jude, “Babe, I’m sorry we had to leave but it just wasn’t a very good movie, it had things in it we shouldn’t see or hear.”  He responded, “That’s okay, Granna.  We have other movies and the movies we got at the library!”  Oh, how he makes me smile!

So, our adventure just took a little detour.  We went to get something to drink and go play at the park!  Forget showtime, we made our own family time movie at the park!  Jude swinging was making his little brother, Reid laugh; me acting silly with them both made them laugh; they make me smile!

After arriving back at Granna’s we check the mailbox for mail and find another blessing!  Jude has received his first letter from one of several soldiers he had written!  I had been praying that Jude would get a response from them because of the heart he put in to writing these soldiers.  God’s timing is perfect! Thank you, to the soldier whose letter put a smile on Jude’s face!

The world can’t take away the joy God gives from day to day; from glory to glory; from smile to smile.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Now, please know this is just my opinion and you may think differently.  But, I do encourage you to find where you can also take a stand for Christ; for what is truth, for what is right and for what gives glory.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Yesterday, Jude and I were sitting on the front steps just enjoying the end of the day sunshine.  I love these times; just me and Jude talking about nothing that always means something to the heart; discussions about the neighbors, birds in the trees and all the fun we had sliding down the driveway the last time there was ice and snow… making another memory talking about memories.

As he adjusts his sitting position to match mine it reminds me of how careful I need to be in all my actions; does what I do mimic Christ?  Little eyes and little ears are fragile to the world they live in and I know without a doubt with my grandsons, my husband, my children, actually, with everyone I must follow Christ in all I do.  The Bible calls us to exemplify the “fruits of the spirit”; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  My “sitting position” must be aligned with Christ.

After a short while, we decided it would be fun to play with the little toy cars on the steps.  So, Jude hurries inside then brings out the yellow, purple and silver cars and a fire truck.  We play making car sounds zooming around.  Then I say, as if my car had someone driving in it, “Well, I’m going to work now.”  And off my car goes to another area on the steps.  Jude then says, “I’m going to work, too!”  With a smile I say, “Where do you work?”  He said, thinking I was talking about location, “Over here.”  “No, I mean where do you work? Like what place you go to work at...” I asked.  Without hesitation, Jude exclaimed, “Oh, I work for Jesus!”  Oh, my heart!

I didn’t think it could get any better than that until my daughter-in-love, Jude’s mommy, shared something with me this morning.  She said the other night they were watching the T.V. talent show, “American Idol”.  While sitting there, Jude looked at the television then at mommy and said, “Are they talking about Jesus?”  She said, “No.”  With boldness he stated, “Well, I want to talk about Jesus!”  So proud of Jude, mommy gladly turns off “American Idol” and gets the Bible and reads him the story of how God enabled Samson to kill a lion.  This is a wonderful story we all can learn from.  God showed Samson what he could do by relying on God’s strength alone.  He was trying to teach him not to be afraid to look the greatest difficulties in the face and trust Him.

Today, Jude, his baby brother Reid, and I arrived early to his preschool.  Sitting in the van, I asked Jude to give me one word to use today.  I felt he had a word for me that would be a "reminder to be thankful" word; a "happy day" word.  Although I tried to explain, he did not seem to understand.  We stepped out of the van and Jude asked me to wait.  He bends down and grabs a rock.  As he is wiping the dirt off he says, “Here, Granna!  I want to give you this beautiful rock!”  Unknowingly, he gave me my one word… beautiful. 

JUDE LESSON:  By adjusting our position, “tuning out the world” and focusing on God and His word, we will learn of God’s faithfulness and gain that same strength; therefore, enabling us to take on the “lions of life” as we cheerfully work for Jesus!  Living in Christ can be summed up in one word…beautiful!  Just beautiful!

Thanks to my grandson, I can’t quit smiling… don’t want to. 

Friday, October 18, 2013


It has been a while since I have written a post in this blog.  But, that does not mean I have not been receiving many smiles from my little grandson!  Jude keeps me smiling! So much so, that others might think I have had plastic surgery from seeing the constant smile on my face!  Actually, I have been working on some other projects that have limited my time blogging.  But, one of the smiles that came this morning, I felt the need to share.

“Jude and Granna Day” is what we call Fridays because it is just us two sharing the day together.  Every day I smile just knowing that Friday is coming!  Most people in the workplace are so glad it’s Friday because it is the end of their work week; it’s the highlight of mine!

As I was in the kitchen getting our day together, out from the living room Jude calls, “Granna!” I respond, “Yes, darlin’?”  With sweetness in his tone, and for no reason at all, he says, “I love you!”   I have heard Jude do the same with mommy, daddy,  all his grandparents and others.  Just because…

Something Jude and I started and really enjoy doing on most Fridays is our “othersB4me” project.  This is where we help out in our community as a way of saying “Thank you!”  Jude has visited the fire and police departments delivering candy (his choice) and told them “Thank you for helping and protecting us.”; He has helped teachers pass out snacks to those with learning disabilities as to say “Thank you” to the teachers and “I’m your friend, too.” to those with a disability; Jude also, picks up trash at the community parks where he loves to play and fish!

Today was the monthly “park” day. Without a complaint, he got his trash bag and began picking up the trash.  After we washed up, before our picnic at the park, Jude prayed a prayer of thankfulness from a heart of love.  Though I might think I’m teaching him, he is really teaching me.  Work without complaint and love others,  just because…

Isn’t that what being Christ-like is all about?  When Jesus Christ died on that old rugged tree, was beat upon and mocked, He did not complain.  His love is so massive that He will forgive as far as the east is from the west!  We could never repay such a great love as this and He still loves us… just because.   It is amazing He sees that much value in me and in you. There is no greater love to ever be found.  We are never too far away to not hear Him say, “My child!” and then… just because… with arms wide open, in many ways He is shouting, “I love you!” 

Putting “othersB4me” is an act of love without complaint.  Before even walking out the door, Jude started off the morning by putting me first with those sweet words, “I love you!”… just because.

He’s my forever smile.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Before I begin, I want to say “Thank you!” to my son, Josh and daughter-in-love, Crystal for teaching Jude the good that matters.

As most grandparents, I love just sitting and having chats with my grandson, Jude.  I get these opportunities often because I watch him every day; such a blessing.  Our talks are not at any particular time or place; I’ve learned just an ear will do.  Some days these special talks are at the breakfast table and other days while sitting on the porch, taking a walk or even riding in the van.  So, he starts and I listen. 

This particular morning’s conversation started as we were eating breakfast and continues to this day.

With a piece of bacon in one hand and a biscuit in another, Jude leans toward me, looks me right in the eye with a serious excitement and says, “Granna, you know where me, mommy and daddy are going to move?”  Since mommy and daddy just returned from a mission trip to India, I’m thinking, “India? uh…  oh my!  Or Colorado?”  (I don’t know why that one came to mind).  So, to end the beginning of sadness brought on by the unknown, I ask, “No, I don’t.  Where are you moving to?”  Immediately he says, “Heaven!”  A deep breath enters my soul with sweet gladness.  “I’m moving there, too!”  He continues to eat his breakfast as I look upon what I should be; a soldier bold.

The heavenly home conversation continues…

A couple of days later he approached me and said again, “Granna!  Me, mommy and daddy are going to move to Heaven!  Are you going there?”  Smiling, I replied, “Yes, I am!”  He then asked me, “Am I going to beat you there?  Am I going before you?”  My heart aches at the thought… “I don’t know, darlin’.”  As Jude runs off to play I sit ashamed that I lack that boldness.

The way home…

Another one of my favorite things to do with my grandson is movie time.  Probably because I enjoy him sitting nestled up to me and watching him empty the popcorn bowl at lightning speed!   We are watching a good Disney movie called “Return To Neverland”.  At one point Peter Pan is flying high in the sky.  With much excitement, Jude exclaims, “I’m going to fly like that!  I’m going to fly just like that!”  Thinking he was talking about being a super hero, I said, “When?”  Once again with that un-relentless boldness he says, “When I go to heaven!!”

Although I am in the Lord’s army, sometimes just staying at the “camp” seems easier; fewer encounters happen there.  Yet my 3 year old grandson, this little soldier with such boldness for Christ is already fulfilling his purpose; telling others, telling me…

You see, at my age I should have already been camped out for a long time at the front of the enemy line shouting, “Guess where I’m going to move?  Are you going there, too?”  Instead of being in the comfort of my camp, with that un-relentless boldness I need to be bringing many to the assurance and comfort of God’s grace.

Thank you, Jude, God’s little soldier, for helping me make my way back to the front line sharing with others these reminders through the smiles you bring.

Porch time with Jude. 

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Oh, how my grandson never ceases to amaze me with his thinking!  I am sure most grandparents say that about their grandchildren and I can see why.  But, I have to say Jude really is a thinker!  He makes me think!

The other day Jude had the refrigerator door open, standing there with one hand on the door and the other on his little hip looking, looking and looking…  His eyes were gazing over each shelf in depth.  He was going to find exactly what he needed no matter how long it took.  At the time I did not realize that what he was going to be reaching for was exactly what I needed today... well, in a way…

Since he had not made a decision I thought he might need a little help.  As I approach I ask him, “Darlin’ what are you looking for?”  He just sighed, “Hmmm…” then reached for this small carton of heavy whipping cream.   I said, “Oh, you won't like that, it’s whipping cream.”  Immediately he asked, “Why, because it will spank?”  As I chuckled I realized that the only whipping he knew was due to disobedience.  I then informed him it does not spank and together we found something he would like.

Like I said, Jude’s thinking makes me think.  I knew I would be sharing this sweet story with you, I just did not know when, until today. 

Have you ever felt whipped by life?  Are you feeling whipped now?  There are different types of “whippings”; some of us call them trials or tests.  It could be you are physically, financially, mentally and even spiritually feeling like you're down for the count… whipped.  So, like me, you may be asking “why?”.  Is it just because I don’t like of the taste of the trial or the hurt of the heavy?  Complaining never got me anywhere; only praying.  Could it be that this area of my life is not exactly in the right place, fixed?  Trying to fix things, myself, never worked.  So, I stand on God's word with the bible open, my heart open, looking, looking and looking... praying, praying, and praying.  Not wanting to close the door to God's word searching in depth until I find the answer, my heart cries, “Dear Lord, What do I need to change in my life?  Help me to see  that the whipping, spanking, trial, test is for my good.  It hurts now and I know there is a possibility it could hurt more.  So, please help me to accept while You direct showing what is best for me.”

Even though I don’t think Jude fully understood the difference here between whipping and spanking, he took me at my word that he would not like the heavy whipping cream.  Sometimes I don’t understand the "whips" of life.  But, I do know God is faithful to His promises... I just have to take Him at His word.

No matter the test or trial you are going through, somewhere there is always a smile; Jude is mine.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Recently, my grandson, Jude, has had to experience events that have been a discomfort to him.  He has a weak eye and therefore has had to wear a patch for one hour a day.  Mommy and daddy had a great plan!  As soon as the patch goes on, distract him with delightful things for his mind to be off the obvious.  So, out came his little golfing and basketball games.  Swinging the golf club and slam dunking the basketball removed the discomfort and frustration of wearing the patch.

After a few weeks of wearing the patch we find out he has a case of moderate asthma.  This precious little 3-year old now has to undergo about four home breathing treatments per day for about a week or so.  Since I have the opportunity to watch him during the day, he is with me for two of his 20-minute treatments.  Another discomfort calls for more distractions!

Here we go… let’s do it.  It’s time to embrace what is ahead.  I tell Jude, “It is time for your breathing treatment.”  As I put the mask on him, he cries, “I don’t want to do this!”  Oh how my heart breaks!

What can I do to ease this for him?  How can I make my precious grandson, who didn’t ask for this, to feel okay about going through it all?  How can I show my love and concern?  I’ve got it!  I will do it with him!  I will be right by his side every minute of the way!  So, I took a clear plastic cup and a rubber band and made me a mask to wear alongside my grandson.  Since I forgot to put air holes in my cup, I couldn’t breathe with my make-shift mask!  So, I tried other things!  During his treatments we played in a “tent” with flashlights, played match the dominoes and a few other things.  Each time I was ready for him with a surprise, a 20-minute distraction to take him to the very end… a victory.  Before long, I could see his frustration leave; peace took over.  Even though the circumstance was the same, he embraced it with anticipation of the joyful surprise.

My Heavenly Father has done far more for me and will do for you!  There may be a discomfort you are going through right now.  You scream, “I don’t want to do this!”  Hold fast, God is by your side and has a perfect plan, a joyful surprise, and a victory.

Though my heart hurt to see my grandson with a patch over his eye and a mask covering his face, watching him endure the task with excitement made me smile.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Those of you who are around toddlers a lot know very well there are many questions that envelop a child’s mind.  This causes a chain reaction of many “whys”; not just one, but many for the same question! 

Well, my little grandson, Jude, is right there with the rest of his inquisitive friends; seeking understanding and wanting to learn.  Some questions require more whys than others and every now and then there is the question that gets an immediate response of “Oh.”  Either way, Granna is in it for the long haul!  So, I say why not answer; again and again and again and again… until finally I hear him say, “Oh.”  He is either tired of asking “Why” or maybe I have given an answer that makes sense to him.  Whatever it is, he is at peace.

In trials I have gone through there have been many times I have asked God “Why this trial?  I’m just trying to understand the pain, why?  I’m just trying to understand the heartache, why?  I’m just trying to understand the purpose…why?”  Through those challenges I have learned the answer to my “why?” isn’t the solution to my burden.  The solution is “Oh, okay.  I trust you, God.”  The solution is trusting in His faithfulness to get me through the storm, “the why”, to His peace, “the oh”.

I don’t think it is necessarily the question Jude wants answered, as it is that he can rest in the fact Granna listens and can be trusted.

Whatever trial comes your way rest in His peace that passes all understanding and whisper, “Oh.”  God hears you.  Trust His plan.

Every time Jude gives me that calm “Oh.”, I smile.  I can’t help but think when we say, “Oh.” to God, He smiles, too.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-8
I love my little Mister Inquisitive!