A World Without Grandparents

A World Without Grandparents

Grandparents make the world a much, much better place.

It's been said that "grandparent's make the world a little softer, a little kinder, and a little warmer." After being blessed enough to have had my wonderful grandparents around for my entire nineteen years of existence, I can say that quote is completely true. There is no greater blessing in this entire world than a grandparent. Their warmth, love and presence is always felt, no matter if they are in heaven or here on earth, because of the immense love that they have for their grandchildren.

A world without grandparents would be a world without a lot of love and kindness. I can feel my grandparents love for me every time I talk to them or think of them. They are two of the most kind people that I know. It would be a world without old fashioned charm that we are losing so quickly as it is. Without grandparents, no one would say hello to anyone in the store or even smile at them in public- they are keeping traditions alive that we can not afford to lose.

A world without grandparents would be a world without memories. I know I have some of the absolute best memories with mine, and I can always remember them as clear as day. My younger sister and I would beg to go shopping, not to buy anything, just to look around, and we'd load up into the car and head to Target. Usually, we would buy something that we knew we didn't need (like a random kiddie pool or tennis racket) and then return to their house and play with it in the back yard and laugh until we cried.

It would be a world without the yummiest of snacks, because grandparents sure do know how to grocery stop. We may all be about 10 pounds lighter without grandparents, but we surely would not be as happy. Thanksgivings and Christmases wouldn't be the same without grandma's best recipes, this is just a fact of life. The most special part about these recipes is that anyone in the family can make them, but they only taste just right when grandma does.

A world without grandparents would be a world lacking joy. My grandparents have always been some of the happiest people that I have ever known. Even if they did happen to get sad, all they would need to do is turn on some Frank Sinatra and sing for a little while.

Without a doubt, my life would not have been the same if I had grown up without these wonderful people in my world. I was lucky enough to grow up just a five minute drive from my grandparent's house, so that I could call them almost every day to come and pick me up. My grandma was involved in many things, but she would always tell me "I'm never too busy for you" and cancel her plans to hang out with me. My grandpa was always the fearless chauffeur, but that did not make him any less special. We had some of the best times talking about American history on the couch-- the comfiest couch that will ever exist.

Change is inevitable, but that does not mean that we are ever ready for it. Things for them both are extremely rocky right now, but neither of them are going to give up without a strong fight. I may not be the strongest person when it comes to dealing with the thought of the day that they aren't around anymore, but I am not willing to give up hope yet. All that I can do is pray that things will be okay in the end, and I know that they will be somehow. After all, that's what they would want me to do. I love you bunches, Gram and Pop.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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For Nana And Papa, Your Number-One Supporters Now And Forever

You guys are so amazing, words will never be able to capture the love I have for you both, but I can try my best.


You guys have always supported me, and I am forever thankful for the support you have given me. Especially with me going off to college a couple of years ago, you never fail to tell me how proud you are, and you always make sure that I know I am loved.

You both have gone above and beyond in every aspect of my life, and I am forever grateful for you. From birth to now, I have never doubted that you guys are on my side and that you guys are the most amazing people to walk this planet. I'd like to say thank you for some of the things that you do for me (because it is actually impossible to cover it all).

Thank you for sending me mail.

Besides the constant reminders to set up accounts to this or that, you always send cute cards with sweet messages inside, and you never fail to brighten my day. Spending holidays away from home is hard, it takes every bit of strength I have to not make the trip home, but you make sure that I feel some extra love on those days.

Thank you for supporting me through all of my sports adventures as a child.

Baseball, basketball, softball, and any other sport with a ball. You were always there, cheering, bringing me snacks, and rooting on my team. You made sure that I was always on time and trying my hardest — thank you. Because of this, I know that to this day you are still cheering me on through midterms and finals and all of the group work in between.

Thank you for all the homemade cookies.

This is a joint effort for both of you, and I know that because one makes the cookies and the other saves a baggie for me. There is something about the drive back to school after a visit home, and I think it is a little easier when you can taste home. Thank you for passing along the amazing recipe that has fueled our family for years (I definitely don't make them whenever I am homesick...).

Thank you for giving me some great life values.

Sometimes I have to step back and realize that not everyone was raised like I was, and they don't know that what goes around comes back around. You made (and are still making) me a better person. Even if you are just telling me to calm down and that things will be okay; you continually make me a better and more understanding person.

Thank you for having an always open door for me.

That means more than you probably know, but I don't know who I would be if I couldn't constantly be surrounded by you both. You always welcomed me with love, acceptance, and usually a snack. To this day I find it so odd when others have to ask their grandparents if they can visit when I could burst through the door at midnight and nothing would be awkward.

You both have given me the gift of knowing that no matter what I am loved, and that no matter what I am always surrounded by people who care. You both are beyond amazing, I don't know what I did to deserve your amazing love, but I am so thankful that I have it.

I love you both so so so much.

Thank you!

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