By Annette Brown
I’m relatively new to the “grandmother club,” but I have to say this is one of the sweetest clubs I’ve ever been involved with.
I’ve only been a member of this wonderful club for three years — our grandson, Liam, just turned three, and we have added a beautiful little princess to our tribe, Amelia James, who is one month old.
When I announced I was running as a candidate for this prestigious club and was seeking acceptance, I was bombarded with an outpouring of love and happiness from grandmothers all over the world.
The other grandmothers told me “there’s just no other love like it!”
I mean, I knew how much I loved my daughter; how could I possibly love someone more than that?
But they were right! It’s true what they say — “if you knew how much fun grandkids were going to be, you would’ve had them first.”
I get it — it’s parenting without all the responsibilities. We focus on the FUN!
After much thought and consideration and surveying the long list of possible names to be called by this precious angel who hadn’t even been born yet, I landed on the name Honey because it’s sweet.
Becoming a grandmother has a magical effect on your outlook on life.
Things that I thought were so important pale in comparison to building a fort and having an impromptu sword fight — with little boys, everything becomes a weapon. And man, you should see my stick collection!
It’s taught me to be in the present moment.
It’s also taught me unconditional love and how to see the world through the innocence of a child.
I believe becoming a grandmother has made me younger — younger at heart.
When you’re a grandparent you have a longing for the future, to see what God wants them to be.
We know the best is yet to come. God willing, Barry will teach them how to hit a long drive straight down the fairway and how to slide into first base, and I’ll share all my beauty tips on just how important purses and shoes really are — they can make or break an outfit!
But our most important job will be to teach them to love and honor God — teach them His precepts, His commands and just how much He loves them, and what He has done to spend eternity with Him.
We want to teach them that our God is their God — and He is so good.
EDITOR’S NOTE — TAB’s guest services coordinator Annette Brown has become a “Honey” in recent years, and it’s been life changing for her. She shares her thoughts on becoming a grandmother below.
Several grandparents on staff
Eight TAB Media team members are grandparents and all of them spend intentional quality time investing in the lives of their grandchildren. The current 25-plus kiddos range in age from one month to late 30s. The love and dedication these grandparents show is inspiring to all of us.