Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Naming ~ What will I call her? What will she call me?

Five months after Anna Marie was born, her grandmother suffered a stroke that would leave her paralyzed on her right side. But Mildred was an amazing woman. She never let her disability keep her from being a remarkable MeeMaw to her grandchildren.

She and Anna Marie shared a special bond until Mildred passed away in 1996.

When my daughter asked what I wanted to be called by my soon-to-be-born grandchild, I thought about it, and I didn't have to think long, for I couldn't think of anything I'd rather be called than MeeMaw, in honor of my dear mother-in-law. 

Although I've chosen to spell it differently, I'm looking forward to my new title: Memaw. And, with a new spelling, The Man will be Papaw, just as his father was to his grandchildren.

But ... that leaves us with one unanswered question: What sweet name will I call my granddaughter? 

The question has been asked, and I have the answer for you, right here, right now. First, a little backstory, if anyone is still with me.

When my first-born niece gave birth to my first grand-niece, I didn’t plan it, but somehow Ainsley became my sugar plum. You who are familiar with my blog know what a delight sugar plum is to me. There are no words for how much I love her.

When my second-born niece discovered she was pregnant, the first thing she asked me was what “sweet” name would I call her baby? I told her if it was a girl, she would be my pie. And you who know me know how much joy Audrey, my precious pie, has brought to me. There are no words for how much I love her.

When my daughter announced her pregnancy, she asked what “sweet” name I would call my grandchild. I told her I’d have to wait and see if it was a girl or boy before deciding. Once it was determined to be a girl, I gave it some thought and am happy to announce that my granddaughter will be my cupcake (and Papaw’s, of course). In fact, I'm calling her that already, and I cannot wait to meet her! 

What a sweet life it’s shaping up to be. Sugar plum, pie, and cupcake. I am a blessed woman.

Until next time, dear friends, this Memaw was one busy girl during her month-long holiday. I'll share some of my creations with you in an upcoming post, but here's a sneak preview. 

Whatcha think?



  1. I adore everything about this, my friend!
    Simply wonderful...
    My children call my mother Grammie Patches. : )

  2. And if there's ever a salty little boy in your future, he can be, "Chip!"
    What a precious group you are growing. Years of fun await you and your sweeties!

  3. I love your names and your creations. Can't wait to see more pictures!

  4. Cupcake is already a blessed child. I love the crochet!

  5. Aww...such a sweet post! Unfortunately, blogger is doing something weird at the moment and most everyone's photos are white boxes with a little red X in the corner. I will have to return later to see what I missed! I am Mawmaw and hubby is Pawpaw...a little more "country-fied" her in NC! I love the sweet names you have chosen for these sweet babies :)

  6. What a very sweet and thoughtful post! My daugthers call there grandma "memaw." It is a great name and fun to hear them say it. I know you are enjoying these precious moments with them! Happy Wednesday, Dayle!

  7. Adorable work, Dayle. I'm sure your little cupcake will be a beauty. She will have a very, very loving Memaw. Can't wait to see her! Susan

  8. Being a grandmother is the most wonderful thing in the world. I nicknamed mine after they were born and I saw their sweet faces. I think that Cupcake will be a very lucky little girl. xo Laura

  9. Hi Dayle, Oh I just loved this post and the sweet tribute. I love your new name for grandmother and your grand will be so blessed to have you!! A blessed little cupcake!!
    Love your sneak peek of pretties. You are very talented.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
    Hugs and Blessings

  10. How blessed your nieces are and your new little granddaughter will be! So sweet to have a special name for them. I will have to keep this in mind for the day when I get to join the grandma ranks :)
    Thank you for your visit Dayle.

  11. Well, I think those little crocheted pieces are just darling AND I think that not only are YOU blessed but those that have YOU in THEIR lives are blessed, too. A Sugar Plum a Pie and A Cupcake...all little sweet bits to be eaten up by the eyes and heart. Love it! xo Diana

  12. Such precious blessings and you are to them! There's just nothing like a grandchild.


  13. Your heart just might explode with all the love you'll feel the first time you see that grandbaby of yours! I love your sweet names for the babies in your family.

  14. SWEET, Cupcake is a perfect nick-name for your first grandchild.

  15. I only recently became a grandmother, and I cannot tell you how much my little fellow fills my heart with joy. Cupcake is a precious name; one I know she will cherish.

    Thank you so much for visiting "Living Life" and commenting. I look forward to getting to know you. I hope you are having a lovely week. Bonnie

  16. Your post brought tears to this Nona's eyes.

  17. What a "sweet" blog post, Dayle. Such a tribute to your mother-in-law, your grand-nieces, and your soon-to-be-born little granddaughter. All of them are blessed to have a lady like you in their lives.

    Really precious photos!


  18. Cupcake sounds like the perfect sweet name for your grand daughter!

  19. Oh I love that! My baby girl is doodle bug. I have no reason, it's just what happened. This is one happy BonBon. Oh joy! Love the sweet crocheted pieces. I wish I could give something like that to my babies. I guess it will have to be good enough to give my self.

  20. From tears (reading of Anne Marie singing, "I Just Called to Say I Love You") ... to cheers over here!
    CupCake sounds perfect!
    Won't Sugar Plum and Pie love having a sweet side-kick?

  21. I suggest you add your name to your new title.
    It will be music to your ears . . .
    Memaw Dayle
    Went Cedar and Ezzie call me Grandma Mary it warms my heart.


Dear Readers, I adore your company and your comments. If you ask questions here, I respond to them here, so please check back when you have a chance. Kind regards, Dayle