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What is a Grilled Grandma?

A grilled grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions — and she's graciously responded with answers and photos!

I regularly feature a new Grilled Grandma, so if you are a grandma, have a grandma or know a grandma, I want to hear about it. Just email me a first name and e-mail address and GRILLED GRANDMA in the subject line, and I'll add you/her to the menu of future Grilled Grandmas.

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    Grilled Grandma: Grandma Mary

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Mary!

    grandma mary

    How many children do you have?

    I have 3 wonderful children. One son and two daughters. :-)

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?

    I am blessed with 4 grandchildren. Ages 9, 6, 3 & 1  Three boys and a little girl.

    What do your grandchildren call you?


    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?

    Could I possibly make a quilt for them before they arrived.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren?

    About once a month during the school year, and then I can enjoy (the boys) a week each month in the summer. :-)

    What is the best thing about being a grandma?

    Seeing life come full circle and being ever so grateful God granted me this privilege.

    grandma mary

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?

    Remembering that when I raised my children I didn't always welcome unwanted advice — so I try REALLY hard to keep my comments about child rearing to myself.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.

    My kids were all going different ways for Easter this year and knowing I wouldn't see my grandchildren until after Easter, I wrote each of them a letter. I explained with stories and pictures about Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In each letter I included a cross I had made out of palms from Palm Sunday and some money. When my daughter handed my 3 year old grandson his envelope he raced into the living room and tore it open. My daughter ask him who he got the mail from and he excitedly told her, "Mom, I got a letter from Jesus and some money from the church"!

    grandma mary

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?

    Play, build, plan and play some more and when they settle down I love to listen to their stories!

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?

    Spend time with them and if time permits take them out to lunch.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?

    I love writing them letters with lots of pictures so the little ones who can't read can enjoy them as well. I also try to find little things and books I think they might each enjoy and try to send them a package once a month.

    We are also grateful for Facetime!

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?

    The love of our Lord and what a blessing they each are.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?


    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent?

    How very fragile life is. We get busy and forget that sometimes...we lost our first grandson, Grady, and that has made a big impact on how much more precious these little people are.

    grandma mary

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?

    Listen to them. Snuggle them. Love them. Enjoy them. They grow up fast!

    Is there anything else you would you like to add about being a grandmother?

    It was truly such a joy to become a grandmother. I love having the opportunity and time to watch my grandchildren grow and discover something new every day. All kids are a blessing — but YOU SHOULD MEET MY GRANDKIDS! :-)

    If you would like to be featured as a Grilled Grandma or know of a grandma whom you'd like to nominate to be grilled, please email me with the subject line GRILLED GRANDMA and include the grandma's name and email address. Thank you!

    Reader Comments (9)

    Aw, this was great. I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I'm so looking forward to that stage of my life.

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjo(e)

    Best mom and grandma ever! <3 <3 <3

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSara Pennington

    Hello Mary, loved your story. Well to our special group of Grilled Grands. Of course all grands are great but Lisa helps us get to know each other better and to glory in our special place in the world. Guess I had better visit Mary, Lisa. Thanks.

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdaylily

    Loved your letters and little packages to your grands. I live in the same town with mine, but their other grandma lives across the country. She does the same with letters, pictures and little trinkets (hair ribbons, costume jewelry, pretty beads, etc.). I can attest to how excited the girls get and how welcome these reminders of their grandma's love is.

    You are a wonderful and amazing mom and grandma. I am grateful that my kiddo was blessed with you!

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErin Kummer

    It's very nice to 'meet' you, Mary.

    Your grandson's 'letter from Jesus' made me laugh out loud! Thank you (and him) for brightening my day.

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Nice to meet you Mary! Isn't it grand to be a "grilled Grandma" on Lisa's blog! It meant the world to me! I love your photos...especially with you all gathered around the tractor! Such a beautiful family you have!

    April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    I loved sharing my grandkids with everyone. I have so enjoyed this site. THanks for all your kind comments. Blessings to all.

    April 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary

    Welcome to Grilled Grandmas Mary! We are a very fine group and you will fit in just perfectly. I do love that tractor picture!

    May 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

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