Colorful bugs and butterflies are favorite senior and grandkids gardening by-products in our Sandwich Generation family

Grandboys, Bugs, and Blessings for Sandwich Generation Grandparents

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Birds butterflies and senior boomer gardening fun with sunflower houses are such blessings to my grandkids and my senior mom

Boys, bugs, and butterflies. They all go hand in hand, as well as all starting with the letter B! My grandsons have had such fun with decorative butterfly and fun but icky bug collections.

I must admit, as much as I believe in encouraging educational grandkid activities, I am definitely squeamish! Thus, you rarely catch me touching any of them, but I do try hard to admire from a distance.

Colorful bugs and butterflies are favorite senior and grandkids gardening by-products in our Sandwich Generation familyOne thing I am good about, though, is finding interesting books about their little “friends” to help my grandkids learn more about these fascinating critters. The Big Book of Bugs from DK Publishing is one of their fascinating books for children and looks to be as interesting for my senior mom and me as for the grandkids. Fun bug learning times together with grandchildren are definitely coming, which leads to two more B words – big blessings for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny. 🙂  

Another blessing for me, as you know well, is a great blog party. And when I can find an interesting blog party that’s both fun AND for a good cause – especially one that helps a fellow grandparents with a grandchild with special needs – I’m definitely IN and sharing it all with you.

So, allow me to introduce you to another sweet, seven year old boy, Carol Grady’s brave and giving grandboy, Charlie Grady, who is dealing ever so gracefully with brain tumors from a disease called Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Charlie has to go through regular and grueling chemo treatments which, of course, are hard on him AND his whole family. (BUT be sure to check out the video for a major update on that as well. 🙂 )

Thanks to his dear grandmother and the giving hearts and joy-filled work of Kelee Katillac and her team, in conjunction with Guideposts, who has an article about this whole project in their current magazine, and Design Gives Back and so many others, the whole family was blessed this year with a “Miracle Makeover” of their home. Their rooms have burst forth with lovely colors and fun designs, just like these lovely butterflies burst forth from their cocoons. 🙂 Check out this video to see all the fabulous details of the project, as well as more about this inspirational family!

Several fellow bloggers, including Beverly with a fun and festive Pink Saturday of blessings, are doing special posts all weekend with more info, great articles, and there are even some fun giveaways. And, for each comment we leave at their sites, Design Gives Back donates money towards NEXT YEAR’s wonderful MakeOver. So do have fun visiting, be wonderfully blessed, and enjoy being a blessing as well.

Be sure to leave a comment at each site as well one when you are visiting Design Gives Back to find even more easy ways to help.. Isn’t it wonderful to be used by God to bless others like this family and have fun in the process? What a sweet way for all of us in the Sandwich Generation to make an important difference, right from our very own homes.


Fun senior gardening activities with grandkids can include sunflower houses and bird bugs and butterflies

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  1. A very nice post and tribute to this very worty cause.

  2. Special blog party fun. Join us at as we …

    • Riet
    • August 13, 2011

    What a beautiful post for a wonderful cause.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy pink Saturday

    • Kelee Katillac
    • August 13, 2011

    Hi Kaye!

    This is such a cute and charming post.I love bugs!

    I appreciate your profuse and passionate posts and comments. I know how much time and thought you put into them. They are just wonderful!

    You have a gift with words and a depth of understanding that really expresses what we are doing with the makeover so well.
    I am so happy to know you and am honored by your posts.

    Your Design Angel Wings will have Lady Bugs on them… go ahead and wear them!

    In Gratitude…


  3. This is such a wonderful cause. It makes me happy to be able to take part in it.

    Wishing you a beautiful pink weekend….

    • Pat
    • August 13, 2011

    It’s a wonderful cause. I hope they raise a ton of $$

  4. Hi Kaye,
    Oh, I hope we get lots of people making comments for this wonderful organization!!! Wishing you a beautiful weekend.


  5. Thanks LaVoice – yours was great as well 🙂

  6. Hi Kelee, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement. And for all your hard work on this great Miracle Makeover! What a blessing to the Grady family AND to all of us as we share the many ways God has blessed us. A truly joy-filled weekend. 🙂

  7. Hi Riet, thank you – Have a blessed week! 🙂

  8. Isn’t it great Robin! A joy-filled weekend for us all 🙂

  9. Amen, Pat! 🙂

  10. I’m right there with you, Cindy 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. What a great point, Whidbey Woman. It’s so hard for us to do but it is vital. You put it wonderfully and I appreciate it – and you 🙂

  12. Interesting post, Kaye. Thank you for always being here for us and supporting Spiritual Sundays.

  13. Thanks Charlotte. 🙂

    • Whidbey Woman
    • August 13, 2011

    Kaye, This is totally unrelated to your blog post but I wanted you to know that my father in law might be coming to our daughter’s college graduation!! We are just praying he does not back down. The repite would be good for him (he’s a 24 hr caregiver to my mother in law with Adv. Alz). If any caregivers out there are reading this, I want them to know its okay… you deserve a break and there are well-trained people out there to take care of your loved one. You will come back refreshed, renewed and in turn be a better caregiver.

  14. Kaye, you are a shining example to all of us. Your post touches my heart. I feel honored to call you my friend.

    Thank you for participating in this very special Pink Saturday. I hope your visitors will come over to comment and help us to raise more money for the next Miracle Makeover. The good news is that you can leave a comment each day through the 18th, and each comment earns $1.00. So, please come comment again and again.

  15. Nice seguay, and a great post…Pinkim

  16. Thank you for such a sweet comment Beverly. This has, indeed, been such a fun and encouraging Miracle Makeover blog party 🙂

  17. Thanks, Pinkim 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. Great post and tribute to sweet Charlie. I have grandsons, too. I didn’t have sons so this peek into boy life has been such fun. One brought a bug in to me, stuck it under my nose and said, “Look, Mawmaw.” I looked and suggested it would be happier outside!

  19. Isn’t it fun, Pamela. I had all girls as well, til the grandsons came along. Whole different world – but WONDERFUL 🙂 And I LOVED your sweet response – much better than my EWWWWWWW 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have a blessed week!

    • Pat
    • August 15, 2011

    Hi Kaye! It’s so wonderful that we are all helping to make the next Miracle Makeover a success in honor of Charlie!

  20. Amen, Pat 🙂

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