Annie's "Grandparent's Day" Page
Grandparents Day is Sunday September 13th, 2009

"Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest
thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest
they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but
teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;"
~Deuteronomy 4:9~

Let's look at the History of "Grandparents Day":
"The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year
on the first Sunday after Labor Day."
National Grandparents Day Official Site~
To learn more about the History of the Holiday
visit their
"How Grandparents Day Began" page.

There is no doubt at all! Grandparents are indeed a blessing from the Lord! They bring special memories to our minds and hearts. What a wonderful gift Grandparents are. Not just to the Grandkids but to the parents too!

What does the Bible say about Grandparents?

I had a hard time trying to find information in the Bible about 'Grandparents'. Actually I did a search and there were no verses with the word "Grandparent" in it.

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology has a great page that explains about the Family Life and Relations in the Bible times. It is hard for us to understand what an extended family is really all about. Nave's Topical Bible has many verses about the "family". Torrey's Topical Textbook has a page about "families" too.

Well after digging further I found in few references to "grandparents" in my Nelson's Topical Bible Index:

Grandmother.........Lois thus 2 Timothy 1:5

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."

Greek Lexicon - For above verse - Strongs' No. <3125>
mamme  {mam'-may}
Word Origin - of natural origin ["mammy"]
noun feminine
Word Usage in KJV
Grandmother is mentioned 1 time
1) mother (the name infants use in addressing their mother)
2) grandmother


  • Lot becomes father of through incest.........Gen 19:30-38
  • Abdon's.........Judges 12:13&14
  • Widow's...........1 Timothy 5:4
  • Iniquity visited on..........Exodus 34:7
  • Served idols.........2 Kings 17:41
  • Crown of old men........Proverbs 17:6
  • Practice piety toward family.........1 Timothy 5:4

I also thought I would check:
"children's children" in a Bible Search and came up with this:

"And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:"
~Genesis 45:2~

"Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."
~Exodus 34:7~

"But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;"
~Psalm 103:17~

"A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just."
~Proverbs 13:22~

"Children's children are the crown of old men;
and the glory of children are their fathers."
~Proverbs 17:6~

"Yea, thou shalt see thy
children's children, and peace upon Israel."
~Psalm 128:6~

What Bible story comes to your mind when you think of Grandparents?

The story that comes to my mind when I think about grandparents and the Bible is the story of Ruth. Grandparents don't have to be grandparents by blood to feel like family. Remember that Naomi considered Ruth's child Obed her own. But in the beginning Naomi moved with her husband and 2 sons to an unknown land. The people didn't worship their God. Her 2 sons married women of a different culture and faith but she loved them as if they were her own daughters. It us not always the norm to have a mother in law treat her daughter in law as a daughter but it does happen and when it does it is a true blessing for both the women. They were not bonded by blood but by the love of a mother for her son and the love of a wife for her husband. What an amazing Grandmother she must have been!

Here are some more definitions:
What are "Great Grandparent's"?
Some of you might be blessed to have your Great Grandparent's still alive. Here is the dictionary definition:

(grAt"gran'pÔr"unt, -par"-, -grand'-),
a grandfather or grandmother of one's father or mother.

What are your memories of your Grandparents?
I remember.........driving each summer on the long trip to my grandparent's houses. We lived a long way from them and only saw them once a year. For me it was kind of like going to a foreign country. We lived in the suburbs and they lived in the country. One of my Grandmas went to a really small Baptist church. I remember so many things. A Bible verse that my Grandpa used to recite was "there is nothing new under the sun". He taught himself to read from the Bible. All my grandparents were Christians. I have the assurance that I will see them again. We will have a wonderful celebration when we are all in Heaven. I have a heritage that includes a love for the Word of God.

How is the word "grandparent" defined?
The dictionary defines grandparents as:
(gran'pÔr"unt, -par"-, grand'-),
a parent of a parent.

In the past people did not live in Nuclear families, (parents and children alone) they lived in Extended families. This was true in Biblical times as well.

What do you remember about your Grandparents?
There are many things I remember about my Grandparents. We only saw them once a year when we drove down to see them. One of my Grandmothers always wore an apron and was always in the kitchen. She had wired glasses and drank water in a measuring cup. She made beautiful quilts and bonnets. She taught me how to play Chinese Checkers and she always had a smile on her face. Grandma was very hard of hearing so we had to always talk REALLY LOUD. For a kid from the suburbs small town life was a very different experience for me. We sat on the porch and she taught us how to snap green beans and break them.

Grandpa was a strong Christian. He was not afraid to speak up about what he believed and what the Bible said. He used to work in the coalmines and he chewed tobacco. I learned what a "spittoon" was too. My mother is a real "coalminers daughter". My parents gave them both a LARGE print Bible that they enjoyed immensely. I remember when we bought them their first color TV. After Grandma died and Grandpa eventually went to live in a nursing home. He was in his 90's but that didn't slow him down. Grandpa never lost his desire to go to Church. He even went to all the local church revivals with his roommate.

My other grandparents lived even farther away. Their home was in the middle of pecan groves. Grandpa died when I was about 3 years old but I still remember seeing him in the hospital before he died. Grandma missed him so much her whole life. Grandma went to an Independent Baptist Church. The Sunday School classes were really small and the rooms were not air conditioned. I used to love hearing the old hymns sung. We always sat in Grandma's row in church and she was so proud to have us with her. Clarice was the piano player. We would always visit with her family and make home made ice cream and gather. The piano was always the center of activity. We would sing hymns together while the ice cream was setting. The harmonizing was so beautiful and the ice cream was too.

Now you have shared some of my memories with me. I hope they brought to mind some of the special times you spend together with your Grandparents. Keep those memories in your heart and treasure them always.

Why not make a special gift for either your grandchild or your grandparent?
Put some old pictures in an album. But add something a little different and special to the album. On the left put a picture and on the right tell a story about the picture. What you felt about the event and who was there. Share with them all those personal memories that might otherwise be forgotten.

Maybe you can go through your special memory books and treasures to create a Family Scrapbook. If you can't find a Scrapbook you like then you might want to consider using a binder with loose-leaf paper or a Photo Album. Make sure to put the names under the pictures so you won't forget who they are later.

Who is that Family member? What should I call them?
grandparents -- are the parents of a person's mother or father
great-grandparents -- are the parents of a person's grandparents
aunt -- is the sister of a person's mother or father
uncle -- is a parent's brother
uncle's wife -- is also called aunt (not a person's blood relatives)
aunt's husband -- is also called uncle (not a person's blood relatives)
first cousin -- the child of a person's aunt or uncle
the child of a first cousin -- is a person's first cousin once removed
children of first cousins -- are second cousins to each other
children of second cousins -- are third cousins
the child of a second cousin -- is a person's second cousin once removed
when people marry -- they gain a new set of relatives, called in-laws
the mother of a person's spouse -- is called a mother-in-law
the brother of a person's spouse -- is called a brother-in-law

Let's look at the Family with the help of The World Book Encyclopedia

What is a Patriarchal Family?
A family in which the father has the most power is called a patriarchal family.

Patriarchal families were common in early civilizations. Among the ancient Hebrews, who lived in the Middle East during Biblical times, the father had the power of life and death over his wife and children. He also controlled the family's property. Strong patriarchal societies also existed in ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and among Hindu people in India.

The family in Western culture developed from the traditions of the ancient Hebrews and other patriarchal societies. The father remained the most powerful figure in the family.

What is an "extended family?
Here is the dictionary definition of an extended family:
extended family
1. a kinship group consisting of a family nucleus and various relatives, as grandparents, usually living in one household and functioning as a larger unit. Cf. nuclear family.
2. (loosely) one's family conceived of as including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and sometimes close friends and colleagues.

What is the Nuclear Family?
The nuclear family, consisting of a husband, a wife, and their children, is considered the traditional American family. The nuclear family was common throughout history. But some households included other relatives, servants, or an apprentice, who lived with the family and learned the father's trade.
Matriarchs and Equalitarian Families:
Some may have had an equalitarian system, which gave women and men equal power in the family. Researchers have found no evidence of a truly matriarchal system, in which the mother headed the family and held the most power in society. But in some cultures, the mother was especially honored.

Traditional & Extended Families in other cultures Past & Present:
Hunter and gatherer societies still exist among the Pygmies and the San (Bushmen) of Africa; among various groups of Eskimos, Australian Aborigines, and South American Indians; and among certain other peoples. The people live in bands of about 20 to 200 members. The nuclear family is the main family structure in many groups, but some groups live in extended families.

The Chinese. Today, many Chinese people live in nuclear families much as do people in other industrialized countries.

The Muslim Arabs have had an extended, patriarchal family system for centuries. Family ties are extremely strong, and many related families commonly live near one another. If a husband divorces his wife, their children remain in his home. Increasingly, the family patterns of some Muslim Arab communities are changing and coming to resemble those of Western cultures. This change is most common in the large, industrialized cities, where the people are exposed to Western ideas.

North American Indians practiced a variety of family customs before whites arrived. After the Indians were forced onto reservations, most tribes tried to keep their family customs. However, more and more Indians turned away from their traditional way of life and adopted family patterns of the white American culture.

Some tribes, such as the Hopi of the Southwestern United States, still follow their traditional way of life. To the Hopi, women are the center of family life. The oldest woman is honored as the head of the family, but her brother or maternal uncle commonly holds the most authority in the family.

In many cases, a woman shares her home with her unmarried children and her married daughters and their families. A husband lives in his wife's household. But he considers his mother's or his sister's house as his home and often returns there for family ceremonies.

Children are considered part of their mother's line, or ancestral family. The mother's brother, as a member of her line, has the most authority over her children. Her husband gives his children love but has little authority over them. Instead, he disciplines and has authority over his sisters' children.

In much of rural
Northern Africa, the typical household consists not only of parents and children but also of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. These extended families provide security, financial help, and social life. In the cities, the nuclear family, which consists only of parents and their children, is more common.

Family life.
Arabs strongly value family ties and hospitality. Traditionally, Arabs have placed great importance on belonging to family or kinship groups, including the extended family, clan, and tribe. An extended family includes members of two or more generations, many of them sharing one home. A clan consists of several related families. A tribe might include hundreds of families. In the past, most social and even many business activities took place within these groups. Often, parents sought marriage partners for their children within the clan or tribe. The kinship system also stressed hospitality as a source of honor. A host who richly entertained a guest raised the standing of the entire tribe.

Family life has always been extremely important in Latin-American culture. Strong feelings of loyalty and cooperation bind together not only parents and children but also grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Such feelings are often shared with friends and business associates. This extended family provides its members with financial help, security, and social life.

The typical Latin-American household consists of parents, children, and grandparents. Some households also include other family members. Generally, the man who contributes most to the family's economic support acts as head of the household. However, women make most household decisions. Children learn obedience toward their parents, and both children and adults are expected to show respect for their elders.

American and Canadian families consist, on the average, of a mother, a father, and one or two children. However, there are many other types of family structures. The smallest family unit consists of two persons, such as a parent and child or a couple who share a home and companionship. When a couple have children, the parents and their children make up a nuclear family. If married children and their offspring live with the parents, the family is called an extended family. An extended family's household might also include aunts, uncles, and cousins. Such relatives, along with grandparents, grandchildren, and others, form part of an extended family group even if they live in separate homes. Some cultures recognize a large kinship unit called the clan. A clan consists of all people who are descended from a common ancestor through their mother's or father's side of the family.

Genealogy, pronounced jee nee AHL uh jee or pronounced jehn ee AL uh jee, is the study of family origins based on records of important events in the lives of individuals and their ancestors. Genealogical research is the method used to identify ancestors from written and oral records and to establish their relationships in families.

People engage in genealogical research for various reasons. Some people search for their family roots out of curiosity. Others hope to establish a legal right to inherit property. Still other people seek membership in lineage societies. In addition, some individuals search for parents or children whose identity has been lost to the family through divorce or adoption.

A person begins genealogical research by recording his or her name on a pedigree chart--also known as a family tree--and continuing with the names of the person's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. The family tree is expanded by completing a family group record for each ancestral couple and their children. Each person on the chart is identified by dates and places of birth, marriage, and death.

The best records for establishing the identity of family members are vital records, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates. These records are kept by government agencies or church clerks in the area where the family lived. It also may be necessary to search relationship records to place a person in the correct family. These records include census records, land records, probate records, and church surveys.

Genealogical research begins in the home, where there may be copies of vital records and relationship records. Information may also be obtained from family letters, family Bibles, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and printed family histories. The next step is to write the appropriate government or church record keepers or to contact local genealogical societies or libraries.

The world's largest genealogical library is the Family History Library of the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its worldwide microfilm collection includes copies of records filmed at government and church record repositories and at other genealogical libraries. Other sources include the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Newberry Library in Chicago, Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and New England Historical and Genealogical Society in Boston.

Genealogists use computers to prepare lineage-related pedigree charts and family group records, to exchange information, and to retrieve information from libraries. People interested in tracing their
family tree may hire a genealogical agent or professional genealogist for assistance.

I just LOVE Genealogy!!!!!!!!
I am the person in the family that has all the records of our family tree. I have always loved History and Genealogy. Learning about the past and finding wonderful treasures. Every family has their stories. Actually we have an interesting one. My Dad's Grandmother was an Indian Princess. She was taken during a war council meeting. When going through old papers I found a love poem that my grandma wrote about grandpa when they were dating. I would have loved to meet my Great Aunt Daisy Bell. My grandma saw an older picture of me and thought I was my aunt. We are very similar. Not just in our appearance but in other qualities too. I love to read and didn't really have to study yet achieved honors. She did the same. Daisy Bell was killed in a tragic car accident. She had quite a week. She graduated from High School, got married and died in just a matter of days.

I am sure that you have family members that intrigued you too. One day soon we will have a happy reunion in Heaven.

Here are some activities for you to do with
your Grandparents on Grandparents Day
National Grandparents Day Home Page
Sample Questions for
'Interviewing' Your Grandparents
Print this
family tree chart that is FREE from
the National Grandparents Day Home Page

Preserve the Past
Make some new Family Traditions!!!
Here are some ideas for Grandparents to enjoy with the grandchildren:

  • How about a setting aside a special day once a month for the grandparent and grandchild to enjoy together.
  • Let them help you plant some flowers or veggies in your garden
  • Teach them how to play marbles or Chinese checkers
  • Have a checker's marathon
  • Play scrabble together
  • Make something together. Maybe cookies or how about making popcorn the "old fashioned" way.
  • Work on the family tree with them.
  • Take them for a walk or bike ride.
  • Teach them a sport
  • Take them bowling
  • Show them how to play Jacks or use a Yo-Yo
  • Take your grandchild out to eat. My son's favorite restaurant is the one he goes to with his Neeyah (Grandma) and Poppa (Grandpa).
  • Read a book together. Take turns reading out loud. Maybe you can alternate the reading between the two of you. One page or one chapter for each ones turn. It would depend on the child's reading level.

There are many more things you can do together. You are only limited by
your imagination. Use it to come up with some incredible ideas.

Just spending time together will be a special treat for both of you.

The best tradition to pass on to your grandchildren is the "Love of the Lord". They need to see you praying and reading your Bible. Children and yes even grandchildren learn from example. Read the Bible out loud with them. Help them to memorize scripture. Share your favorite memory verses with them. Sing Scripture choruses together. If you play the piano grab a hymnbook and let them turn the pages for you. Play a Gospel Music CD that you can both sing to. Let them see you "living" your faith.

Teach your grandkids to bake your favorite dessert!

Make cookies together or teach them how to read a recipe. Use it as a learning
and bonding experience. My Grandma always had a cake baked.
She also taught me how to make "Fried Apple Pie".

How about making one of your favorite meals and then
enjoying it with your grandchildren or grandparents?

Meatloaf is always a favorite!! Try an Easy Meatloaf or a Vegetarian Meatloaf too!!
Everyone loves comfort food and many families have their own favorites. My son always enjoys
it when both of his grandmothers make home made meals for him. Meatloaf is actually one
of his favorites. My own mother makes an amazing sauce to put on her meat loaf.
Don't worry if you don't know how to make meatloaf because
here are some easy recipes for here for

Some other suggestions:
It doesn't have to even be a home made meal to just enjoy good food and conversation with
those you love. Pizza would be just as easy and you can still set the table and make it a fun
experience for every one. So just plan a special evening and remember to use the "good" dishes!!
Start planning and enjoying special times with your family. Don't forget to take some pictures!
Remember to set a date for the next day that you will all get together and plan on trying a
new recipe each time. The grandchildren might even enjoy learning how you make your
favorite meal so they can pass it on to their own children. Don't forget to take
some pictures for your photo frames, screen savors and photo albums.

Always remember to offer to Baby-sit!!!!

Put up "artwork" from your Grandkids on the Fridge.

They will feel so special when they see their work displayed so prominently. It will be right there for everyone to see it. If they are just learning to print then ask them to write out your grocery list for you. You can put it on the fridge with a special magnet. They can add to it every time they come to visit.

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