Today we’re chatting with Betty J. Dalrymple, freelance writer and contributor to many books. Betty’s story is “Heart Talk” and appears in Part 4 of Grandparenting Through Obstacles, which is “The Challenge of Partnering with Parents.”
GTO: Welcome, Betty! We’re glad to have you with us today. We’d like to ask you why you decided to share the story that you did in our book?
Betty: When I was a child, like Braxton (my grandson), I felt very afraid. I related to his feelings and his separation anxiety, so I had an intense desire to reassure Braxton that God loved him and we all loved him. I wanted him to know that he is never alone. Braxton’s response regarding God speaking to him in his heart was and is a perfect description of God talking to each of us and it’s a message I wanted to share with others.
GTO: What are you hoping our readers will gain or learn from your story?
Betty: I hope our readers will learn how important it is to understand children and adults who struggle with anxiety problems. I also hope they will search for ways to reassure their grandchildren that they are never alone and God’s love surrounds them wherever they are.
GTO: Give us an update on recent developments with your grandchildren since writing your story.
Betty: Braxton is now in college and a very warm and caring young man. I have a granddaughter who is 12 and has some of the traits that Braxton had. Once again, reassurance of being loved by God and family appears very helpful for her too.
GTO: What has happened in your life since writing your story—any new developments or fun adventures?
Betty: My husband died and I remarried a man with nine grandchildren so now I have 19 grandchildren. I’m learning to be a grandparent to step-grandchildren.
GTO: In what ways do you believe God has used you most in ministering to your grandkids? And what do you think is the greatest challenge faced by children today, and how can grandparents help them with this challenge?
Betty: I believe I offer stability to my ten grandchildren. As the morals and values in our society have changed, I have tried to teach them, through words and actions, in a loving way that I believe we need to follow Jesus’ teachings and look for God’s help when we make decisions. I have also tried to teach my entire family the importance of prayer in their lives.
GTO: If you could give yourself a grandma nickname to represent your relationship with your grandkids, what would it be and why? What do you hope your grandkids will most remember about you when you’re gone?
Betty: Being their “Nana” has always been such a big part of all of our lives, I can’t imagine another name. All ten grandchildren live near me and I think they would say that I’ve always “been there” for them, loving them, hugging them, playing with them, taking care of them, laughing with them, attending their activities, and always reminding them of the importance of God and Jesus in their lives.
GTO: It is so fun to talk with you and to see your grandchildren, Betty. Thank you for stopping by the blog today. And we also thank you and Braxton so much for sharing your story with us. We pray all God’s best for you, your husband, and all 19 of your grandchildren in all your travels!