Monday, January 4, 2010

Nana's Love

Is often needed for love
For courage to love
For courage to speak up when you love!

The above poem was written in the heart of a young, thirteen year old girl known to most as Andee. She found herself growing up in a world without the security she once knew. Her grandmother, Marie Coates died September 27, 1979 after an extremely painful journey with Cancer.

God is faithful to heal and restore the hearts of all who are willing. The little girl known as Andee is now grown and sharing a special relationship with her own granddaughter. I am that little girl!!

As I gaze into the eyes of my precious granddaughter I think of my Nana and realize the gift God has given me. My Nana taught me how to be a Nana, giving me courage to love and speak up when I love.

In the grip of HIS grace,



Loren said...


The tears are flowing as I read this sweet post of yours today. I can so relate to this on all levels.

I am sooo grateful for my "Nana" and miss her sooo very much. She was to most amazing grandmother and taught me to love, to cook, about hospitality and strength. She truly was a Proverbs 31 woman. She was a in home nurse and cared so tenderly for so many in her small town. She worked right up till the day she entered the hospital and we lost her 8 short days later. We were stunned but thankful she never spent a day in pain.

Now as you say the table are turned and we are Nanas. What a gift it is!!! I am so blessed to have this role and know the privelege it is to have this role!

Bless you my friend ~ thankyou for this wonderful post and the tears were sweet.

Please update us on Mary!

Love you!!

Rebecca Evans said...

Beautiful Post Andrea!!! May God Bless you:-) God is definitely faithful!

In Christ,

Parsley said...

Lovely post. I hope I'm a Nana someday!

Ruth said...

Very touching, Andrea! Thank you for always making my heart light.

Rebecca said...

Sweet poem from an ever-sensitive heart.

Catherine Anne said...

Touched my heart

Pet said...

Beautiful, very touching.

Chester said...

What a wonderful post. Your grandma would be very proud, I'm sure. God blessed you with the talent of writing at an early age and you are using it to glorify Him just as He intended.

Thank you for your words of encouragement today on Chester's blog-you don't know how much they were needed!

Chester's Mom ;0=)

E @ Scottsville said...

Andrea, those Willowtrees were in a little Christian bookstore in the next town over from me. Next time I'm there, I can take pics for you. I know they had other girls too, I just wanted THAT ONE cuz it reminded me so much of Riley. =0)

I'd gladly buy them and mail them if you want to pay for them.

Anonymous said...

Very sweet.

My Grandma was my care taker every day while my parents worked. She died when I was about 13 too and it was SO hard on me.

God Bless Grandmas!

Unknown said...

I'll bet you are a great Nana. You are also a wonderful encourager. Thank you for your words on my blog today. You are correct, I did need them.

Gin Hansson said...

You're always welcome Andrea. I'm thankful that i have a friend like you...

God bless you and your family

Jo Anna (Jo) Rae said...

Hi, Andrea--I am always touched by your posts. This one is no exception.

What a lovely tribute to your grandmother--to carry on her warm legacy.

Wishing you a happy and blessed 2010.

Peace, love, happiness and health,
'Diary Of A Sad Housewife'

P.S. I posted your blog button on my sidebar! :)

vanilla said...

You are a blessing. Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, both the words and your precious baby

He & Me + 3 said...

I love that Andrea. What sweet pictures of your granddaughter. She is precious

christy rose said...

What a sweet post Andrea! I bet you are the best Nana! Love those pics of your granddaughter. She is adorable.

JMM said...

I remember your grandmother and grandfather. I always thought they were special people. Beautiful post.

Cathy said...

You granddaughter is adorable! Sweet post.

Jennifer @ said...

What a touching post. I'm always amazed to watch things come full circle: When the one who loved the Nana, becomes The Nana who is loved. ;-)

Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea,
Thanks for your encoouraging comments on my blog....
This is such of a great reminder to love with the love we have recieved.
Dr. T. is one of the ones, like your Nana, who taught me to love loudly.
The love and grace I felt in his presence is hard to put into words.

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story.
Blessings and Hugs,

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Hi Andrea,
Thanks for stopping by! I miss all my blog buddies but it looks like I might be getting caught up this week with all the snow.....I can't go anywhere! It's all I can do to get the horses out in the paddocks! I just shoveled for two hours and exhausted! Thank you for your prayers....I've struggled with migraines for the last few years....MRI's, allergy, hormone and thyroid tests all cannot figure it out except the enemy wants to keep me from praying!! That's not going to happen! Your granddaughter is adorable! Have a great day!

Christine said...

My heart warms when I hear of the love of a Grandma.

Alleluiabelle said...

Dearest Andrea,

There is nothing in this world greater than the joy we get when we are a Nana. You are filled with so much love and have so much to give to your beautiful and precious granddaughter...and she is so lucky to have someone as dear, loving, special and wise like you(Nana) in her life. Oh, I'm so filled with joy now after reading your thoughts and feelings. You are dearest and precious in my eyes, I can't even begin to fathom how truly awesome you are in her little eyes, mind and heart!!

Love you so much,

Anonymous said...

Afternoon Andrea.
What a Beautiful Post Andrea, I wish I was as close to my family, mostly for Jacobbs sake.

Anonymous said...

Adorable pictures and beautiful poem!:O)

Wanda's Wings said...

What a beautiful little girl.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Your Granddaughter is just precious. Yes, I thank God for my grandmothers who both played a huge part influencing this farm chick. I am blessed!!!

Enjoy this day in the Lord!

Auntie Cake said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment Andrea. I think we are all just stunned with everything that happened that we will all need those prayers. I knew you would be one of the first to comment with prayers. It just really smacked us all right in the face. You just never know... Thanks so much.

Tracy said...

Our God is good.

Your grand daughter is a real cutie and it's cool to see that she's got you for a Nana. Years from now she'll be talking bout you and all you've meant to her.

Anonymous said...

Praise you, Andrea, for sharing such a precious part of you with us... not only about you but your precious granddaughter.

Caring through Christ, ~ linda

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh I totally knew it was written by you...right from the start!

Thanks for blessed is your entire family. What a heritage of blessings....and like Jennifer said, it's a beautiful circle.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

awww. so cute. and this post is great. I had a grandmother who cared...who reached out...tried are the best. I'm so glad you have this little girl in your world to shower love on. Sarah

Heart2Heart said...


What a wonderful post this way to take us all the way back to your beginnings. It seems that 2010 is a change for the better and starting things off on a great note will only make 2010 a much better new year.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Anonymous said...

Beautiful...I miss my most special Grandma too... she taught me so much and was such pure love.

Just Be Real said...

Sweet and touching post Andrea. Thank you for sharing your family in pictures also. Blessings dear one.

Beth in NC said...

That is so sweet. She is beautiful and I'm sure you're such a blessing to her.


Karen said...

Such a sweet picture...and a sweet post...I often reflect on my experiences with my grandmothers and ask myself if I am leaving the same type legacy with my grandchildren...I hope so....

Emma Rose said...


Growing up, my Nana was the most importnat person in my life. More so than my Mother or anyone else. She was always there, always had the time, and always loved me most. She had 7 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, but she had a way of making each one of us feel, without a doubt, that she loved us the most.

Thanks for a wonderful post.

The Duchess

Relyn Lawson said...

I've been so busy doing nothing much that I haven't been around to visit my blog friends in too long. So, though my wishes are late, I mean them with my whole heart. May your year be filled with laughter. May all your surprises be happy ones. May you remember to count your blessings. May you know each day how very much you are loved. Happy new year, my new friend.

Carla Gade said...

I am also blessed to have had a special Nana and hope I, too, will have the privelege of sharing a Godly heritage with my grandchildren some day. It has been a blessing visiting your blog!

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Katia said...

Happy New Year! What a sweet post. I didn't grow near either of my grandmothers. I do cherish the very few times I met with my maternal grandmother. I believe, "Grandmothers are very special"
Come and see my blog giveaway. I'm trying to help a dear friend of mine promote her ministry. I am giving away two of her books. Will you help me spread the word around?
Blessings to you today,

Courtney said...

Such a heart-warming sweet story, Andrea. Thanks so much for sharing. And your little grand-daughter is just a doll!

Old Time Cindy said...

Such a cutie! You are truly blessed. You know how I feel about a Grandmother's guidance and love. My blog is dedicated to both my Grandmothers. I'm still patiently waiting to be a Grandmother myself someday soon. Blessings!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Jeanette Levellie said...

Awww, what an angel. I love being a Nana, too.
Thanks for sharing,

Jenny said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful blog. Thank you for letting me visit.

Jackie said...

"Andee" what a beautiful and wonderful post!! Your beautiful grandaughter is just precious!!

I'm finally taking a deep breath from my whirlwind miraculous December and stopping by to thank you for your prayers for my daughter Katie. There are not enough words to express how grateful I am for the prayers of the saints! Your prayers and the prayers of other wonderful faith-filled friends have so strengthened me and ministered to Katie. God's hand worked miracle after miracle!! He is so faithful!! God's richest blessings upon you and yours!

Sweet Blessings and Happy New Year!!

homeschool101 said...

Andrea, What an ecouraging word you left, Thank your for leaving it today. I am so greatful to have a fellow blogging friend to bring words from the Lord my way here in blogging world. God Bless you! :)

My reply is left for you here friend.

Nancy said...

Beautiful tree, beautiful little girl, and wonderful sentiment. I love the part about how love has to speak up. I need work on that one. Love to you.

Saleslady371 said...

What a great example you had! I bet you are a wonderful Nana to that precious sweetie pie.

Carol said...

That little girl pictured has one amazing and beautiful nana~ YOU. Thank you for the smile today. :-)

Heckety said...

This is lovely. And your grand daughter's happy, contented face says it all!

Janean said...

your post brought tears to my eyes, Andee-Andrea!

Lora said...

God is so faithful! Your grand daughter is precious!!! Andrea, I wrote my first poem after my dear mother died 20+ years ago.

Peter Stone said...

Awesome poem, and loved the punch you pulled, it was you :) I love the way God uses Godly men and women to help us discover His loving ways.

Denise said...

Such a heart touching post my friend.

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Lisa Smith said...

tears. falling.
appreciating. beauty.