Love Inspired Author Missy Tippens Honors her grandmother

Today, Missy Tippens, a newer Love Inspired Author, guests and tells a precious story of love and family. Here’s Missy:

“Lyn, thank you so much for having me today. I wanted to share with all of you a little about one of the strongest women I’ve known. My grandmother.

Nanny was born in 1900, and I remember being enthralled to hear about all the changes that took place in her lifetime–the airplane, TV, computers, microwave ovens (which she refused to use!). But in some ways, she was a woman before her time. When she was a young woman (about 18), she decided to go to business school. After a year there, though, she got meningitis and had to leave. Then sometime after that, her father died from the flu epidemic of 1918. That left my great-grandmother with five children, the oldest already married, with his own family, so he couldn’t help out. My great-grandmother wasn’t able to hold her family together, so they had to put three of the younger children in an orphanage. But my grandmother was determined to get her family back together.

Using the limited schooling she had achieved, she took her mother and moved to Jenkins, Kentucky, where she got a job as a bookkeeper for a coal company. Once she was able, she got her youngest sister out of the orphanage and took care of her and my great-grandmother. (The twin boys were nearly old enough for independent living by then.) My great-aunt always praised my grandmother for all she did for their family. And you know, my grandmother took care of her own mother for the rest of her life, even after she married and had a family. My grandmother also helped my grandfather start a dry cleaning business.

Then she opened her own clothing store—where I got all my clothes while I was growing up! Even though Nanny was a career woman, she still made time to spend with her grandchildren. She was only 5 feet tall, but I would sit in her lap while she rocked me in her rocking chair even after my feet dragged the floor, even into my college years. I loved Nanny so much. She died in 1990, and I still miss her.

So during this month of Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor my grandmother for being a strong woman with a brave story. For being a determined woman. And a loving woman.”

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Thanks so much, Missy–Lyn


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15 Responses to Love Inspired Author Missy Tippens Honors her grandmother

  1. Missy Tippens says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Patty!

  2. Patty says:

    Missy, what a great story. My grandmother is also very important to me and a huge inspiration, so I can relate. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Missy Tippens says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Abi!


  4. Abi says:

    Wonderful tribute to grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Missy Tippens says:

    Hi, Debby! Yes, we’ll tell our grandkids about how huge computers were, and that people couldn’t even own one for their home for a long time.

    Oh, and we’ll laugh and tell them how HUGE the first cell phones were! 🙂

  6. Debby Giusti says:

    Such a delightful memory! Thanks for sharing it with us. My grandmother talked about the changes in her life. Wonder if we’ll someday tell grandkids about the changes we’ve seen.

  7. Missy Tippens says:

    Lyn, Edna left this comment on my blog:

    The link on Lyn’s basket contest will not work, also another of the links on that side bar. Please enter me into it if you can,


  8. Missy Tippens says:

    Thanks, Jessica.

    How sad for your greatgrandma! But I imagine unless he had remarried, he couldn’t have taken care of them in that day.


  9. Jessica says:

    What a wonderful story Missy! My great-grandma’s dad put her into an orphanage (along with some siblings) when her mother died. It affected her deeply, I think.
    It sounds like she was a very interesting lady!

  10. Missy Tippens says:

    Mary, I have a feeling I wouldn’t have survived what your mother and MIL did! We’re such wimps now.

    It wears me out to cook a big meal–much less grow it! 🙂

  11. Missy Tippens says:

    Janet, I was very fortunate. But it was so hard when she died before she ever got to see my first baby. She died when he was about 3 months old, but she lived about 10 hours from us so we didn’t get up there to see her.

    She did get to see my cousin’s baby, though–her first great grandchild. She died about a week after seeing her.

  12. Missy Tippens says:

    Pamela, I wonder if I have a picture somewhere. It’m sure it was hilarious. She would rock back, but then as we went forward, my feet would ram into the floor. 🙂 Yet she always told me I wasn’t too big for rocking. 🙂

    And her rocking chair made the most wonderful squeaking sound that would lull me to sleep even if I wasn’t sitting in the chair with her at the time!

  13. Mary Connealy says:

    Missy, great story. Sometimes I think about how hard my mom and mother in law worked as farm wives and it makes me laugh to hear people talk of ‘working mothers’.

    Yeah right they’re working NOW and they weren’t working THEN.

  14. Janet Dean says:

    Missy, your grandmother’s story is both touching and inspiring. You’re fortunate to have had her in your life. Thank you for sharing!


  15. PamelaTracy says:

    LOL, Missy, I had this great visual of Nanny rocking you as a college freshman. What a great woman. Thanks for sharing.

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