Author Winnie Griggs & Learning Grace Under Pressure — 26 Comments

  1. Sabrina, those sorts of arrangements take adjustment and understanding on both sides. Wishing you much peace and grace as you move forward.

  2. I have had to live with others, but others have not lived with me.I am right now in the process of having to move in with family. It’s very stressful on all sides and they are a blessing to me to take me in when I have had such bad luck with apartment living.

  3. What a wonderful woman your mother is, Winnie! I live far from my family, so caring for family is likely not to fall to me.

    I love the cover of this book. It sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing!

  4. Melanie, I grew up near New Orleans and still have many, many relatives there so I know how blessed those who found willing hosts felt during the aftermath of Katrina. And you’re so right about not knowing what tomorrow brings.

  5. Thanks for making Winnie so welcome here! I love how readers and authors share here.

  6. We invited our friends to come and stay with us for as long as was needed when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. It was a blessing in disguise in that one of the friends was ver ill and passed away five months later. We never know what tomorrow brings.

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  7. I have not had anyone who lived with me. But did have my Mother who would come stay for a few months each year after my Father passed away. I loved having her come stay with us. I always wished she would come and spent the rest of her life with us, but she wanted to stay in the town where she lived most of her life. She did end up living with my Sister who took very good care of her. Miss her and my Dad so much

  8. Thanks Melanie, and I happen to believe she IS wonderful. And how wonderful of you to take that toddler in – I’m sure he felt loved and cherished the entire time.

  9. Hi Liz! Thanks for stopping by and I know if the situation ever warrants it you will be more than up to the challenge and will exhibit your signature the grace and humor throughout it.

  10. Winnie, I did not know you had a published book! As for extended family, my maternal grandmother lived with us until she died when I was just four yrs. old I have some memories of her holding me and a very strong memory of mom’s tears when the body was taken from the house. I was only four but I suppose it was just a very traumatic thing for a 4 yr. old. That was way back in 1956.

  11. Maria, how wonderful that you are able to do this for your son and granddaughter. And it sounds like you have adjusted well to the living arrangements

  12. Angie – it sounds like you have some wonderful memories from that time in your life. There are some very real benefits from having multiple generations of family together in one home.

  13. We have my son and his daughter living with us. You have to respect each other’s privacy, and the family time is great. We get weary sometimes, but we all help each other.

  14. Lovely interview.

    I’ve not but I suppose I expect to have that occur at some point. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but I can say I’m willing to prove myself a good and responsible and caring daughter or daughter in law (but not sister – my brothers better not get any ideas! LOL). I think it’s extremely difficult to care for an aging parents or spouse with serious medical issues and I admire people who do it day in and day out without complaint. That’s true grace and true love.

  15. Your mother sounds wonderful, Winnie!
    We once took in a 2-year-old for four weeks. That was a lot of work! But we remember that little guy fondly and still laugh about the funny things he said and did.

  16. I remember as a child our grandmother coming to stay with us. Her house was destroyed when a tree fell on it. She was 90 and spent the rest of her years staying on and off with one of her 10 children’s families. Grandma had great childhood stories to tell! I miss her so much. Now that I am grown with my own family, my daughter has returned home while she is out of a job and awaiting the birth of her first child. This is what life is all about…FAMILY. It can be rough at times with two families in a home, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Can’t wait to read your book! Blessings, Angie Adair

  17. Good morning everyone – so honored to be here this morning and have this discussion about my mother and about other caregivers in our lives.

    Wendy – those are very wise observations

    Amyc – what a wonderful outlook you have!

    Jackie – I’m sure your parents loved you all the more for being so considerate of their needs in their twilight years

    Danie – you’re quite welcome. And those memories of our grandparents can be so special, and so irreplaceable.

  18. Hi Winnie,

    First off I want to say thank you for doing a free give away of your book.
    I would love too read your book.

    To answer your question, yes I have had my moms mom stay with us in 1995 right after my grandpa died. I loved taking care of her and spending time with her, made lots of good memories! And also I took care of both my dads parents when they lived with us. And those were some fun memories too.
    My favorite paret was listening to my moms mom tell stories of when she was a little girl and how she had to left Italy to come to America, and how she met my Grandpa.

    Thanks so much for the free giveaway
    Email is

  19. Oh yes, we did exactly that…built a house with separate suite for my parents. My Dad lived there 3 years, before dying…my Mom lived there 10 more yrs. before dying. I was so thankful they had an all new, modern place to live out their last years. They lived to be 89 and 92.

  20. I have not had a family live with me. But I did help take care of my grandparents when they were alive. Grandpa had Alzheimer’s and grandma lived another 8 years after he passed. She was 6 months shy of 100. They were special people and I learned that I can do whatever it takes to help comfort those that I love.

  21. Oh yes, we have had to live with family members and other family members have had to live with us. One thing you have to remember is to not INTERFERE in ‘the other’ family’s business. You have to remain two separate families while sharing a roof, kitchen, etc. It sure does help if you have two rooms that can be considered living rooms so each family has their own space that way.


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