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July 1, 2009

A role to cherish

I'm the grandmother of eight. It's a role I cherish greatly. Each summer I plan something special with each grandchild—a day's adventure and an overnight. Perhaps it's a museum. Perhaps it's a zoo or an amusement park or some other venue. Sometimes, as we did last week, my grandchildren share an adventure with a cousin or sibling. My oldest grandson is 14 and still wants to do things with Grandma. We have years worth of memories of "Grandma Days." My youngest is nearly 3 so we have lots to look forward to yet. Last week I asked my grandchildren what had been their favorite experiences in the past years. It was fun to remember the places we've been and the things we've seen. But more fun yet to remember the laughs and shared memories.

These special "Grandma Days" are lots of fun. But they're more than fun. We get a chance to talk about lots of things. To connect about life, faith, what they want to do when they grow up, what they like about school and so much more.

The Lutheran has done many stories about grandparenting through the years. Be sure to check some of them out if you're a grandparent. Here are just a handful:

'Breaking open the God box'

Dealing with a role change

New resource for grandparents

Granddaddy's gift

Wangerin urges storytelling

Amazing grace for grandmas

For more simply do a search for grandparents or grandparenting on our Website .

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