Nana’s Corner: Quiet Moments

After a morning of intense cleaning, I sit quietly looking at my laptop trying desperately to write. So much time has passed and I realize that I haven’t written in “Nana’s Corner” for a while. My thoughts quickly return to Gryphon and Gabriel who are on vacation with mommy and daddy this week. I know that they will enjoy going to the park and having fun at Grammy and Pappy’s in PA. It is hard for me to believe that Gryphon is almost three years old and Gabriel will be nine months this month; and yet I have witnessed their development firsthand since birth, and I would not trade those precious moments for anything in the world.

Both grandchildren have definitive, distinct personalities with Gabriel being more intense in all his movements (especially eating), and he tries to imitate and follow Gryphon in everything that he does. When Gryphon runs down the hall toward his room, Gabriel quickly crawls after him. They even wrestle together on the floor and both of them laugh and giggle at trying to get away from each other. He is taking many more steps and I believe he will be walking soon. Gryphon’s vocabulary has just blossomed and when you say something he doesn’t understand, he repeats it. For example, the other day I “jokingly” talked about the “sky is falling.” This was from a story about a chicken who thought the sky was falling. As Gryphon looked at the sky and at me, he questioningly said, “The sky is falling!” Realizing how this might have sounded to someone his age, I told him it was a “joke” and about the chicken book. He repeated, “It was a joke Nana!” He realized that the sky was not actually falling at that point. We both laughed about it.

The day is mostly filled with laughter, some “no’s”/confrontations regarding what is acceptable behavior, and also many “yes’s” as the morning and afternoon slip by. Whenever both of them are taking a nap, I try to regroup myself with “quiet thoughts/prayers” by shutting my eyes so that I can re-energize. Gryphon has such an imagination when he plays and believe me, we play hard and laugh until tears come to my eyes. Although I have had some physical issues during the past couple of weeks or so (sinusitis, osteoarthritis–had a cortisone shot in the tendon of my hand–aches and pains all over), I realize that my grandsons are both a gift from God not only to my daughter and her husband but also to the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other relatives who will get to see how these two will grow up to learn more about God’s love and what it means to them.

As the rain begins to subside and the sun is peaking through the clouds, I reaffirm in my heart that I want to be the best Nana and babysitter–as I watch them here in VA–that I can be and to enjoy every moment with them because time is passing by too quickly. The same can be said of my daughter as well. I want to be the best mother and role model that I can be with her as well. That’s why it is important to tell your children and grandchildren that you love them every day.

Quiet thoughts for a rainy day.


Nana’s Corner: Welcome To Our World

Good morning everyone! For those of you who do not know by now, we had another little angel born into this world on Saturday, November 26 at 1:37 p.m.–Gabriel Robert. He was over 7 lbs. and 20 inches long. We now have another grandson to hold, love, and adore just as much as Gryphon!

We are thankful that the delivery went well and mom is doing fine. They are both home now and enjoying adjusting to being a family of four. Gryphon has been a sweetheart. He “secretly” has been placing the little fabric bear that he was given at the hospital in Gabriel’s bed when he is sleeping and lets mommy or daddy know when the baby is crying. When I have been at the house this week, I even noticed a smile from him as he looks lovingly at his new brother. Although naps and general routines for Gryphon and the family have been altered, it will just take a little time for everyone to get back to their normal schedules. This week daddy is home and Gryphon is absolutely enjoying a lot of time with him as well.

Children are truly a blessing from God and many mothers/fathers and grandmothers/grandfathers can attest to that fact. As Gryphon and Gabriel grow up together (two years apart), they will bond as brothers and learn many lessons in sharing and caring for one another as well. I look forward to seeing their interaction as time goes by.

As one of the grandmothers, I am truly feeling blessed today and thankful that I have the opportunity to live close by and enjoy both grandsons at this time in their lives and just wanted to share this eventful moment with all of you.

I trust all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends and are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our King as well this month.

This Sunday at church, Roger will be speaking on John the Baptist, and next Sunday I will be speaking about Mary’s journey and her visit from the Angel Gabriel to tell her the news that she will carry the Son of God–Jesus Christ. We are looking forward to being given these opportunities and sharing these two Bible character stories with the congregation as well.

I am also looking forward to sharing with you on future posts about what God is doing in and through our lives, and may you feel blessed and encouraged by what God can do and is doing in your lives today.


Nana’s Corner: Nana’s Song (I’m Singing Under the Sun With You)

A few years ago I was privileged to babysit for a very delightful baby who was seven weeks old at the time I started babysitting for him (and who, I believe, will be 6 years old this year). I was able to watch him every day for 2-1/2 years, and it was during that time that I began making up and singing a song to him while I rocked him to sleep. Now I am singing this same song to my own grandson and will share this song with yet another grandchild as well.

The song is simple, yet I find myself humming and singing it even when my grandson, Gryphon, is not around. It makes me smile and fills me with utmost joy. The scripture says that “we should make a joyful noise unto the Lord with singing…” and that is what I have endeavored to do by sharing this song with you. It is in the Key of F; and although you can not hear it, I hope that you can visualize yourself singing, laughing, and dancing under the sun, moon, and stars with your own children and/or grandchildren as well.

Nana’s Song
(I’m Singing Under the Sun with You)

I’m singing under the sun with you, singing under the sun with you.
I’m singing under the sun with you. Nana’s singing under the sun…with you.

I’m laughing under the sun with you, laughing under the sun with you.
I’m laughing under the sun with you. Nana’s laughing under the sun…with you.

I’m dancing under the sun with you, dancing under the sun with you.
I’m dancing under the sun with you. Nana’s dancing under the sun…with you.

I’m singing under the moon with you, singing under the moon with you.
I’m singing under the moon with you. Nana’s singing under the moon…with you.

I’m laughing under the moon with you, laughing under the moon with you.
I’m laughing under the moon with you. Nana’s laughing under the moon…with you.

I’m dancing under the moon with you, dancing under the moon with you.
I’m dancing under the moon with you. Nana’s dancing under the moon…with you.

I’m singing under the stars with you, singing under the stars with you.
I’m singing under the stars with you. Nana’s singing under the stars with you.

I’m laughing under the stars with you, laughing under the stars with you.
I’m laughing under the stars with you. Nana’s laughing under the stars with you.

I’m dancing under the stars with you, dancing under the stars with you.
I’m dancing under the stars with you. Nana’s dancing under the stars with you.

Singing and playing the keyboard has always been a very important part of my life and imparting music to children at school, VBS, church camps, etc. has been very rewarding and such a delight, especially when they begin swinging their arms and legs and begin moving to the beat. At this time, Gryphon does this a great deal while we are watching a PBS program and/or just playing with some hand-held musical instruments. He really loves playing the penny whistle and the little drum playset.

The Book of Psalms is filled with singing and dancing before the Lord, and I believe that music can give one a sense of freedom in our worship to God and enriches our lives immensely. If I am tired or having an “off” day, music helps to change my attitude. Whenever I am out and about–grocery store, restaurant, and/or at church–and see a young child who appears to be fussy/crying, it is amazing how quickly a smile or humming of a tune from my mouth gets such a positive reaction back from them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me…” I truly believe that adults can really make a difference in a child’s life and that is why I have enjoyed working with children so much. Jesus also said that we should come to Him “as a little child” does. As adults we often forget what it was like being a little child–so innocent, carefree, and trusting. Sometimes we often allow the “cares of this world” to cloud our minds. Let us be reminded of the promises that Jesus has given us throughout His Word so that we can trust Him more and truly take to heart that “all things work together for our good.”

May the Lord bless you and guide you in all that you endeavor to do for Him today.


Reading: “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe” by Max Lucado.

Nana’s Corner: Under The Willow Tree

Gryphon’s giggling and laughter were infectious as he kicked up his feet and began running in and out under the huge willow tree in our backyard. He decided to play hide’n seek with me, and every time I said “boo”, his eyes widened as he laughed heartily. He ran after our dog, Toby, trying to get him to go under the willow tree to play as well.

There are moments like these that make me so happy to be a grandmother. He has really “rocked my world.” Since he now walks, runs, and jumps more steadily on his feet, he can really move when he chases me, and the dog(s) for that matter. PapPap just loves to watch Gryphon run around the backyard and gets a smile on his face when he sees him doing that.

Speaking more words have become more numerous over the past few weeks, and he is able to identify the objects/animals on the chunky puzzles as well as numbers and recognizes some of the alphabet as well. He loves books and enjoys helping you read one with him. He is so much fun to interact with on a daily basis. He loves to watch PBS programs (i.e. Curious George, Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood, etc.), and absolutely loves YouTube’s “Little Baby Bum” nursery rhymes, shapes, counting songs, etc. Both mommy and Nana have to limit his time on these things, but he has learned some positive lessons as well from watching them (i.e. potty training, cleaning up, sharing). He is a quick learner and observes everything and everyone.

It is amazing to realize that he is almost 21 months old and in 3+ months, he will be 2 years old. It has been awesome to be a part of his growth development process and progress.

Gryphon is also aware that mommy is having another baby in November, so when the situation arises, we continue to explain that he is going to be a big brother really soon. He just gets a smile on his face and acts like he understands exactly what you are telling him. I just know that he is going to be “mommy’s little helper” and Nana’s too because he is learning to clean up his toys and loves to use the broom and dust alongside us. He also helps with the laundry by putting the clothes in the washer, hands me the clean clothes to put in the dryer, and then tries to help fold the laundry after it is dried.

This morning after I got up and even though I was tired from the weekend, I thought about the willow tree and how much fun it was playing under that tree this past week with my grandson, and it brought a smile to my face. Making memories with your children and/or your grandchildren is definitely a way to leave a legacy for them for years to come. I trust that both my daughter and her children will enjoy the family memories that we are having with them for many years as they live out their own lives and fondly look back at these times together.

May God bless you with your own children and grandchildren as you make lasting memories as well.


Nana’s Corner: 26 Pounds of Fun

Most of us have heard and/or seen the movie, “South Pacific”, and can recall one of the songs entitled “101 Pounds of Fun.” When my daughter told me how much my grandson now weighs and how tall he is, I could not help but think of that song. Now I can sing, “26 pounds of fun–that’s my little honey bun.” He is almost 16 months old and is 2’8″ tall. No wonder it has been harder to pick him up and carry him around. Phew! I am tired already thinking about it.

It has been amazing for me to see this precious little one grow up before my eyes, and I am a very proud Nana that’s for sure. When I watch him and see all of the things that he can do and is learning to do, I feel so privileged to be able to enjoy him every day (except when I have time off). So I decided to make a list of what I have observed him doing more of lately.

Some of the things he is currently doing–not total list–are:

. Climbs onto the couch and living room chair without assistance and gets off as well by himself.
. Climbs up and down the stairs backwards.
. Climbs the dining room chairs and his high chair as well.
. Gets on top the dogs and tries to pretend they are ponies.
. Plays ball with the dogs.
. Forms words or sounds like up, down, go.
. Calls the dogs into the house from outside.
. Plays hide and seek–hides himself in closets, bedroom, bathroom or under the table.
. Loves playing outdoors and going for walks, even in the rain or snow.
. Tries to help you dust and clean and uses his broom/dust pan to clean the floors.
. Observes anything and everyone when we take him to the store and/or restaurant.
. Loves books, music, playing with his car, kitchen, and blocks.
. Fixes things with his tools.
. Enjoys playing with the water in his water table.
. Learning to go on the potty and washes his hands in the bathroom sink–plus plays in the water.

Special moments with him throughout the day would definitely include sweet hugs and kisses that he gives me, his “mile-wide” smiles and playfulness throughout the day, bringing me a book of his own choosing to read to him, and doing unexpected things that make me laugh even when I am very tired.

This week his daddy is watching him for a few days–no Nana around. So for all the grandmothers out there who don’t get to see their grandchildren as often as they would like, I can now understand how you may feel. But when I realize the precious time he is spending with his daddy this week, it makes my heart sing, and I know that I will again enjoy my time with him next week.

So enjoy your families and friends this week–time is very precious with all of them.


Nine Months and Growing Too Fast

Today, I took my grandson to meet my daughter at the pediatrician’s office. It was Gryphon’s nine-month checkup. It has been unbelievable how the time has flown by since I began watching him at the end of January. There have been so many changes since that time–not only his weight and height but in his personality and what he now can do.

I am amazed at his curiosity/exploration when we play together with his toys in the living room. He has many expressions now and he has also mastered saying “mama” to my daughter’s delight. He loves his daddy and smiles so adoringly when he comes home from work. Some of the things that delight him include: standing without holding onto anything; walking around the house while you hold his hands; pushing his musical lion toy (gives them confidence to learn to walk on their own); he has two sharp teeth; giggling and laughing when he wants to be turned upside down (I think he might enjoy gymnastics); he enjoys hugs and kisses; he loves the “B is for Bear” book (plus touch and feel books); he tries to play with the two border collies and they are even beginning to tolerate his exuberance when he leaps at them; he loves to go outside in the backyard and sits and/or crawls all around; he is growing out of his 9 month clothes and doesn’t like wearing his sandals when you dress him to go anywhere; he loves to sit and holds on tightly in the shopping carts at Target and/or BJ’s and he is wide-eyed and excited at his new environment. He explores around the house by pulling books/dvd’s and magazines off the shelves. He loves it when he can use an object to glide himself across the rug. He is even busy in the kitchen opening the pots and pans drawer and/or banging on them like a drum. I don’t know how I keep up with him and surely have lost ten pounds by now (don’t I wish).

They say that when you have children you absolutely adore and love them, but when you have a grandchild, there is nothing like it. I believe that is true because in the almost seven months that I have watched him, I have enjoyed every single moment of it and can’t wait to see him grow into what God has in store for him.

Today I feel blessed and wanted to share this with you. May the Lord bless each and every one of you.


Five Months and Growing: Nana’s Corner

Since my last blog post, we have moved from PA to VA and are expecting to have closing on our PA home in the middle of April. God was faithful in bringing the right family along at the right time (His timing) to make an offer on our house without listing it with a realtor. There were a couple of bumps along the way but nothing that wasn’t workable for all concerned.

My husband has been tying up loose ends–both at the house and the church in PA, as well as traveling back and forth with a trailer load of tools, etc. for his workshop and our home in VA.

It is hard to imagine that five months have passed and my grandson, Gryphon, is growing and developing at a very fast pace. It seems like only yesterday that he was born and I, along with Grammy Cindy, were there at the hospital to hear the blessed news from her son and my son-in-law that “it’s a boy!”

Gryphon is now turning over from his back to his stomach, etc., reaching for and pulling on various objects (which seems to be his favorite past time), blowing bubbles that sound like consonants, pulling himself up, and taking a few steps while we hold his hands. He has a lot of strength for a five-month old baby. He is also cutting two teeth that haven’t quite pushed their way through yet. Every day his giggles and smiles make my heart sing.

Since I moved to VA at the end of January, I have been babysitting five days a week for Gryphon and once a month for the kids when they go on a “date night.” Each day as I travel back and forth from my house to my daughter’s, I thank the Lord that we didn’t purchase a home an hour away. My trip is only 7 miles one way and is an easy 15-minute drive. Now that is what I call God’s provision and grace. He knew the plans He had for us even before we did, and He has worked “all things out for our good” to which we are so thankful.

Sometimes I wish I could still see the world through the eyes of a child. Everything is bright and new, and every activity that they accomplish is exciting. There is no right or wrong way to be a baby–you develop and grow at the pace God intended. Their laughter and smiles are spontaneous which are quite infectious to grownups.

I pray that as I babysit and make memories with my grandson and have a small part in helping him grow and develop that I can see things through the eyes of love in his life–through the love of God.

Recently, I was reminded of a song written a number of years ago by Gloria Gaither entitled, “We Have These Moments Today.” Her words reiterated that time is short and it passes by so quickly. It caused me to reflect on and to cherish every special moment that I have with not only my grandson but with my daughter and her husband, my spouse, and other family, friends, and loved ones as often as we are given the opportunity to do so.

Have any of you babysat for any or all of your own grandchildren? I am sure you have a number of memorable stories that you could share. I would love to hear some of them from you.


Reading: “Grace”–quotes and passages for the heart, mind, and soul by B.C. Aronson.

QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”–Marcel Provust, writer

The Arrival of Our Grandson: Nana’s Corner

On Saturday, November 1st, we welcomed our first grand baby, Gryphon Sawyer, into this world. He was 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19-1/4″ long. After several hours in the Labor and Delivery area of the hospital, my daughter and her husband were able to hold Gryphon for the first time. However, due to an unforeseen elevated temperature and white blood count during a complicated delivery, they placed him in the NICU.

We called on several friends and family members to pray. After undergoing several tests, which came back negative, he was able to be discharged on Tuesday, three days after he was born. We were all so thankful to God, relieved, and happy that he was able to come home sooner instead of staying in the NICU for a longer period of time.

Since that time I have enjoyed staying in Virginia and getting to hold Gryphon every day. I know that all children are a gift from God and even Jesus allowed all the children to come unto Him. He is so precious and my husband and I are actually looking into buying a house in this area when my husband retires sometime in the not too distant future.

When my daughter was born almost 27 years ago and I held her in my arms for the very first time, I sang “This Little Light of Mine” and “You Are My Sunshine” to her. It brought tears of joy to my eyes back then and then again when I sang these two songs to Gryphon. My prayer for Gryphon is that he would grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and that he would have a heart for God.

Psalm 9:1-3 says,

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders;
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

May this be our prayer as we rejoice in all that God has blessed us with in our lives, and that we continually give Him thanks and praise for all that He has done.


Nana’s Corner: The Baby Shower

On Saturday, October 4, we had a baby shower for my daughter at the Tea Mansion in Bellwood. The theme was whimsical woodland animals. For most of the summer months, I hand painted the flowerpot centerpieces, made up the tablet favors for the adults and animal masks for the children who attended, purchased various whimsical woodland animals to use with the flowerpot centerpieces, and created an art print for everyone to sign. When the guests arrived, they selected a victorian-style hat to wear during the three-hour event.

The menu consisted of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, two kinds of tea, white lemon-filled cake, and chips, nuts, and homemade chocolates in various baby shapes from MIDS Candies. Delicious!

Games and prizes were provided by my daughter’s enthusiastic sister-in-law. Everyone also had an opportunity to write down their well wishes to “Baby Bee” (my daughter and her husband do not want to know the sex of the baby until birth).

Gifts were unwrapped followed by lots of ooh’s and ah’s from everyone. Four additional baskets (candles, crafts, writing, and coffee/tea baskets) were awarded to the individuals who had the four special numbers called out during the opening of the gifts. They were all delighted at their selections.

Three hours passed quickly, but the sounds of laughter, excitement, fun, and just a time of relaxation of “getting away from it all” was a blessing to all who attended. The children definitely enjoyed coloring the animal masks and looking through the gift shop.

Yes, the baby shower is over but the memories from that time will live on as the beginning of what is to come with the birth of a precious God-given gift which is to happen within the next few weeks.

Today, I want to give thanks to my daughter’s mother-in-law, Cindy, and her daughter, Chelsea, for helping me put together a most blessed event. Thank you so much for all your patience, love, and support for the past 3-4 months while working on the details of the baby shower.


Nana’s Corner: Sharing thoughts on becoming a new Grandmother

I just returned from being in Virginia where I spent time in my daughter’s home while she and her husband attended a wedding out of state. She is approximately 7-1/2 months pregnant with their first baby and our first grandchild. Anticipation and excitement at this prospect is running high.

The night before they left on their trip, we talked about the baby’s room: what color(s) to paint the walls in October when I head back down for a few days, what artwork she wants me to paint on the walls (i.e.tree, animals), and how to arrange the furniture in the small bedroom. I smiled and nodded but realized that she had changed her mind again about the colors in the room since the last time we talked. Tonight as we were talking on the phone was no exception–the colors had changed yet again. I will give an update on this at a later time.

Last week I found a little book entitled “Grand Moments for Grandmothers” by Tina Krause. It is filled with inspirational quotations, scriptures, and devotional readings especially for grandmothers. As it gets closer to the date of my daughter’s delivery, I am sure that these words of encouragement and inspirational thoughts will serve as a guideline to help me be the grandmother that the Lord intended for me to be and to enjoy all the wonderful moments that He has in store for both my husband and myself as we become grandparents.

Psalm 78:2, 4 (NIV) says, “I will utter hidden things from old…We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. May our lives exemplify all the good things that the Lord has done in our lives so that we can pass them along to our children and grand children.


Reading for October: “A Simple Act of Gratitude” by John Kralik