Grandma’s Playtime

When Abigail was about seven months old, she reached a stage where she cried around anyone except her mommy and daddy. Being my first grandchild, I was quite determined to win her acceptance. With Nathan and Melanie’s permission, I began going over to their house with a basket of enticing toys every day for just a few minutes. I would sit down on the living room floor with my basket of toys while Abigail was nearby on a blanket. It didn’t even take a week before she was playing with the toys and happy to have me there with her. That was the beginning of Grandma’s playtime.

Now I take a tub of toys and books over to Christopher and Anna Marie’s for a ½ hour playtime with Joshua (3) and Ruthanne (1) in the morning. We have a scheduled time (Anna Marie called it Family Activity on her schedule) for that each day to keep it consistent. Grandpa goes on Wednesday (I think that is Joshua’s favorite day!), Mary on Thursday, and me on Monday and Tuesday.

Trusting in Jesus,

They love to walk around pulling toys.
They love to walk around pulling toys.


Ruthie is definitely into balls!
Ruthie is definitely into balls!
Happy trio!
Happy trio!

“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and
the glory of children are their fathers.”
Proverbs 17:6

9 thoughts on “Grandma’s Playtime”

  1. Teri, you are such a blessing! When I was a young mom, I had no family within 2 hours of where we lived. This would have been so incredibly helpful, to have 30 minutes to rest or to do a chore without also supervising toddlers. I want to be a grandma like you when I have grandchildren of my own. I love how the choices your grown children have made to intentionally live very close to family allow you to invest in their lives.

    Mom is an amazing grandma, I think — Sarah 😉

  2. This is so great that you have your kids/grandkids so close to be able to do this. Most folks don’t have this luxury. You are definitely blessed. We travel to see our grandchildren and try to do that as often as possible. For our little one still at home now we try to involve her grandmother by taking her on fun outings with us. She is still very healthy and loves activity, SO at least she can have time with her.
    Thank you, Teri, for the encouraging posts that you have been sharing with the rest of us out here. It gives us ideas of things we can incorporate into our own lives.


  3. Your grandkids are downright adorable!! 🙂 I’m glad you can spend so much time with them. My memories of time with my grandma are very, very special!

  4. What special times you all are sharing!!
    I love this idea, and Lord willing one day may be able to also do this. 🙂
    Those photos are sweet and precious.

  5. Awww, that is so sweet! Your grandchildren are so blessed to have a grandmother like you! I have always yearned for my own mother to invest in my children’s life like that. God bless you for making that extra effort to be involved. 🙂

  6. Teri, I just want to thank you for your years-long habit of sharing little stories like this. I mean specifically stories of a “problem” you had and how you solved it. We all need ideas – even if our problems are not exactly the same. We can sometimes adapt someone else’s solution to a similar problem of our own. I am not terribly creative, so it really helps me to hear these ideas.

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