Wednesday, October 27, 2010

HELP! I’m turning into my Grandma!

Have you ever said those words before? If it wasn’t your Grandma, perhaps it was your mother. In any event at some time or another we will find ourselves behaving or saying something that reminds us of people we have known and loved.

The other day I made terrific tomato soup. (I’ll give you the recipe if you ask). Since it made such a large amount I was looking for the best way to store it in the fridge so that large space was not taken up. A vision came to me … canning jars in Grandma’s fridge filled with who knows what! Clearly the solution was before me so I gathered a few jars, filled them and placed them in the fridge.

Deja-vu! I had turned into my Grandma! Pleasant thoughts filled my mind of her and the many ways she had poured into my life. That then caused me to think of the many relatives who are now in heaven who had also guided me either through their spoken words, lives lived, or choices made. It caused me to think of the verse in Hebrews that says, “And now we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” Put all these thoughts together and I am filled with joy for my heritage!

So … if I am turning into my Grandma, I say, thank you, Lord. She not only showed me how to package soup but she lived a life grounded in God. She shared her soup with others and she practiced daily bible reading, faithful church attendance and much more. I’m glad she’s one the many witnesses surrounding me. I pray I can be as faithful.

How about you? Who are you turning into?

Cathy Bytwerk


  1. Cathy,
    I know what you mean...I must quote my Granny weekly...she was a little country woman from West Virginia with a third grade education who raised eight children...such wisdom! She is the one that took me to church when I was little. And like you...I am turning into my Grandma with pleasure, but don't call me "Granny." Patricia

  2. I hope and pray I can be the kind of person my maternal Grandma was. She's someone I always looked up to. I love her and miss her dearly. This December will mark a year that she's been in heaven. :o)

    ps. I would LOVE that recipe!!

  3. One day I was in a dressing room at the store, pulled a shirt over my head and then "fixed" my hair as I looked in the mirror.! It brought back memories of sitting and watching her when I was a little girl. And I thought that exact thing - I'm turning into my mother!
    Now, if I could just learn to decorate like she does! *wink*