A grandparent can never have enough time with grandchildren. I treasure each moment with the ones that live around me and feel especially blessed when I get to have visits with my out of town grandchildren.
This year my North Carolina family was able to come to our house for a few days over Thanksgiving. My husband came home from his deer camp for the day. We had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by a lot of activities.
The weather was very nice so I took the opportunity to do some outside Christmas decorating on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The boys (age 3 and 6) wanted to help me. We needed to take down the fall decorations first so that kept them busy for a while. The 3 year old wanted to get it done quickly, so he decided that he could do it by himself.
The other half (better half) that lives at Grandma Honey’s house is Grandpa Bob. He is also known as Papaw Bob but he will answer to about anything. I am very honored and happy to be sharing my life and the grandparent journey with him. He may seem to be in the background but he is the foundation of our family.
Our journey in life started a little over 29 years ago when we met on a blind date. I admired him from the first day as he was a single parent raising 3 of his 4 children, working a full time job and was a member of the National Guard. We met in July and got married in September. How could you date with 7 children, school and sports activities and we both worked full time? We knew it was the right thing to do and the gamble paid off.
My husband and I have been married 28 years and have a blended family that consists of 8 children, their spouses/significant other and at current count…13 grandchildren. Any family gatherings we have are big events.
My name is Pamela Shank but many of my grandchildren call me Grandma Honey or just Honey…they gave me this name.
The role of a grandparent has changed so much through the years and I feel our role is so important right now. There are a lot of tough issues our grandchildren have to face in society now and we need to be there to help them. We can teach them strong values and ethics and they can teach us that crazy thing called modern technology. Everything I know about my cell phone came from a grandchild and I have a lot of funny stories to share on that.
They still need some storybook reading, snuggling and someone to share secrets with. I love to bake and cook and my grandchildren are all interested in learning things in the kitchen. We all have special talents to share with them.
My purpose for this blog is to share this wonderful experience and for us to learn helpful things from each other. I need your help too!!
I do still work full time as an RN but in my free time I love to bake, cook and create recipes to enter in cooking contests. I have won many and have been so lucky to be a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off 3 times!! I will share recipes and contesting information. I want to cover many other issues on this blog but I want to keep it light hearted and warming our hearts.
Please follow along with me and I hope I can give you lots of helpful information in a variety of topics.