Granny is Always Looking Ahead

crocheted dresses

Granny is always looking to the future.

You’ve heard of girls having hope chests, well when my brothers and I were growing up Granny had a hope chest for each of us. There wasn’t really any chest, just things stuffed in a drawer, cabinet, or closet for someday when we had homes of our own.

Granny used to be a big couponer. She’d save up points or stickers to get free stuff. She wouldn’t quit until she had four of whatever it was. One for her to keep and one for each of us to have when we were grown.

If she started making something new, like a new quilt design or crocheted item, she’d make us all one of those and put them up for someday.

Once we were all out on our own Granny started putting up for the grandkids.

Ever since her first great grandchild came along Granny’s been making little clothes.

Thinking ahead till the time her other grandchildren may bless her with more great grandbabies she makes multiples of each item and puts them up for someday.

The latest dresses she made for Chatter and Chitter to put in their hope chests tugged at my heart strings. The girls are in no hurry to be parents and Granny knows that, yet she made them the same cute watermelon dress she made for her great granddaughters just in case they have a little girl someday—even if she’s not here to see it.


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    Ken Roper
    June 12, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Granny sure made some good-looking dresses for Toddlers. I like Red, probably my Favorite color. I never did learn how to crotsha anything. ( my spell check isn’t working ). …Ken

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    Glenda C. Beall
    June 12, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    What a blessing, to have a grandmother like you Granny. I never knew any of my grandparents and I feel I was cheated when I hear of the wonderful loving grandmothers of my friends. I was born next to last child of a big family. My parents were the last of their families, so my grandparents were gone when I came along. But my mother named me for her mother, my grandmother, and she told me once that her mama would be proud. Love this post.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 12, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    This verse comes to mind.

    2PETER 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

    wrote Peter who at one time was rash and assertive. But he grew beyond with the Lord’s working.

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    Sharon Brown
    June 12, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I have just started following you, and I must say that I truly enjoy reading your posts. The beautiful story of your Granny is a joy to read, our grannies were a special kind of blessing, tough ladies with a gentle heart. So glad I found this site. Keep the good stuff coming. God bless you!

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    Sheila Bergeron
    June 12, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    She is wonderful, good people. I love her.

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    June 12, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Granny is one of those beautiful souls who puts others before herself. She even goes a step further by looking ahead to a time when she may not be present, but still she is able to give lovely gifts to a generation yet unknown to her. My baby sister loved children, anybody’s children. Her beloved niece was expecting her first child, and even with my sister’s terminal diagnosis she bought a baby gift. When our niece had her baby shower, sadly my sis was no longer there to enjoy. She had bought and neatly wrapped a gift for a child she knew she would never see. I like to think this is an Appalachian trait, but think instead it is a quality of an extraordinarily giving person. With all the problems with our society, we still have those wonderful people. They make all our lives better!

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    Wanda Devers
    June 12, 2020 at 11:17 am

    What a wonderful person she is. The little dresses are so cute!

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    Ann Applegarth
    June 12, 2020 at 11:10 am

    What a sweet history of Granny’s talent and hard work and — especially — love!
    Those dresses are the cutest things I ever saw! I wish I could have had dresses like
    that for my twin granddaughters! Here’s hoping they get worn by your
    granddaughters, Tipper!

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    June 12, 2020 at 10:52 am

    How precious!! I have knitted and crocheted so I know the work that goes into a piece. Even though I mastered knitting a sock with 4 needles and one sweater with a sleeve a tad bit longer that the other one; I see that grannie’s skills go far above mine. What a treasure for you and your family!!

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    June Jolley
    June 12, 2020 at 10:21 am


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    Miss Cindy
    June 12, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Precious! Those are just precious, Granny is the champion of crocheting, she can crochet anything. Granny is a true grandmother is the old way!

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    June 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Your mama reminds me of my mama. I just love those dresses.

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    Margie Goldstein
    June 12, 2020 at 9:02 am

    That’s what grannies do. We love and give and give and love. I’m not a big believer in communicating with the dead, but once when I really needed a friend, my grandmother’s spirit came to me and showed me a circle of little children dancing and playing. She said they “were children of the family yet to be born and they were with her in heaven until such time they should come to earth.” She said to “ tell them all.” When I asked who was all she said in her smart elick way “ anyone that will listen!” She said I’d know it was true because my daughter was to have a daughter. I did not know she was expecting a baby nor did she but she did have a daughter about 9 or 10 months later. What exact merit with the FATHER and CREATOR do grannies have? I’d say a lot! I also saw a story where a lady said God told her he must hear mothers prayers first and above others and these prayers appear as golden strands reaching to and from heaven. There’s no love like a mother’s love or grandmother’s love—- none—and I’ll put it to the test any day!

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    June 12, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Sweet Granny! I did the hope chest thing for my girls too. They didn’t like or want very much that I had saved for them. I’m a sentimental person and they are not so much. I hope the girls will save the dresses for as long as they live. Most of all, I hope Granny is still around when little bundles of joy arrive.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 12, 2020 at 8:31 am

    My Grandma was much like that to. Those folks whose nature is to give are a blessing to the world. They are not, I think, that plentiful on the ground. And one of the remarkable things about them is that they don’t consider themselves or what they do remarkable. Your Granny was ‘paying it forward’ long before that became a catchy slogan.

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    June 12, 2020 at 8:18 am

    The little dresses are adorable 🙂 I’ve knitted a good number of gifts over the years, though nowhere near as many as Granny! And making multiples of each item – that’s love and dedication.
    I recently knitted a traditional Shetland blanket to welcome a baby into the world. While I was knitting one day I suddenly thought, “this blanket will far outlive me.”
    It was an odd feeling. But a good feeling, too.

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    June 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Oh, Tipper! What a sweet mama you have! This tugged at my heart, too, and brought tears to my eyes. What a thoughtful thing to do, and I trust God will spare her life for many years and allow her to see those little dresses worn some day. Thank you for sharing this. You are a blessing to us all. Sending love and hugs to all of you today!

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    gayle larson
    June 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Everyone should have a wonderful Granny like her. Her love of family will be enjoyed for many years to come. Take lots of photos of her making these lovely items. Pass on the photos with the gifts so who ever gets the gift can appreciate the work long after she is gone. I never new my great grandparents and often wish I had photos.

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    June 12, 2020 at 7:05 am

    ….or for someones Twins…!

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 12, 2020 at 6:43 am

    This is the most beautiful story of love I have ever read

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