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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

To all the MeMe’s and Nanas and Papaws of the World

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

Not too long ago, our small-group from church started talking about special names. A good friend of ours, Jim, said that the name BaBa is very special to him. He explains: “It carries with it the honor of being the only BaBa to a little girl that loves, trusts, and respects me. She thinks I can do anything!”

His wife, LaRue, said: “One name that is special to me is MeMe. It’s special because a very special little girl calls me by that name—my granddaughter! And before that her mother called my mother by that name. So it has become a link from the present to the past and to the future. My hope is that it remains as special to me and my granddaughter as it did to my daughter and her grandmother, MeMe.”

Aren’t the many names of grandparents wonderful!

I’m Nana and love that name. Why? Because my grandmother was Nana and I have many, many fond memories of her. I wish I could talk with her now.

What does your grand call you? Does it have a special meaning?

He is able,

©  Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Anonymous said...

Mary, I guess I do not have you personal email address. I wrote to you about ordering 4 more of those books, "While they are sleeping". Can I order them through you. I really like the book and have been praying all of our grand children through the book. Please let me know how to order them. Thanks Elaine

Mary said...

Hi, Elaine,
You can order them from FamilyLife (www.familylife.com). Here's the link: http://store.familylife.com/detail.asp?id=8236&p=&c=&g= .

They are on sale now.

-- Mary

Karen Barnes Jordan said...

I love hearing the names chosen for grandparents, Mary! My grandkids call me Nonnie, and they call my husband Pop. Blessings!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Karen! It's great to hear from you. I love the grandmother name "Nonnie" -- how did your grandkids come up with that name?

Anonymous said...

A precious picture. We love our names. “Grandma Magic Darling” and “Grandpa Wonderful." - Rita

RoseMillsOhio said...

My husband and I are delighted to be called G-Pa (gee pa)and G-Ma (gee ma)! The grandtots have extra grandmothers and grandfathers, and all the "usual" names were taken by others, so we went this route and everyone is happy!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, how did you and your husband get the names “Grandma Magic Darling” and “Grandpa Wonderful." There's got to be a story there!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rose, I really like your names of G-Ma and G-Pa. Isn't it amazing how different our grandparent names are!

Anonymous said...

Mary, our granddaughter called me Grandma Magic Darling because I massaged her feet. I massage all the children, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, whoever likes a good foot rub. She named Grandpa Wonderful and added Barbarian. He makes great bran muffins for the famiy (Grandpa Wonderful) and he teases the little ones and tries to lick their noses. (Barbarian from the movie The King and I). Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, thanks for sharing how you and your husband got the names “Grandma Magic Darling” and “Grandpa Wonderful.

Loved the story! My guess is: You may be the only "Grandma Magic Darling" in the world! - Mary

Linda C. Apple said...

I'm Nonni and my husband is Papa. I named us for a very good reason. My parents left it up the the children to name the grands, and my first cousin dubbed my maternal grandmother "Big Momma" (and she was pretty chubby) and being the only child on my paternal side, I named my grandmother "Mammie."

I wasn't going to risk it. So minutes after my first grandchild was born I held him, looked deep in his eyes, and said, "Hi Ethan, I'm your Nonni!"

Mary May Larmyeux said...

Hi, Linda! I love how you named yourself Nonnie as soon as Ethan was born. That's a wonderful "grandmother name" !
- Mary

Anonymous said...

I’m “Grandma Magic Darling” and was given that name at one of our grandchild's tea parties. - Blessings, Rita

Anonymous said...

I think all names from our grandchildren are affectionate titles. Two of our names are "Grandma Magic Darling” and “Grandpa Wonderful Barbarian.” We love it.