From Nanny to Granny
God’s ways are not always our ways. I learned this in a very real way a few years ago when my husband's small business struggled and we made the tough decision to move back to Georgia. While he looked for new employment, I needed to find a job, too. This girl. Who's never, ever had a job. Ever. With a limited skill set, the task seemed daunting. Thankfully, having a cousin who knew everyone in our adopted little town, I landed a nanny position caring for three young boys.
I was created for this. I raised boys of my own. They are FUN! There's no drama, few tears, and sports ALL the time! Thank you, Jesus.
I quickly settled into a routine with this cute family, establishing boundaries and expectations with the kids, and soon found myself attached in a big way. The little one, Mr. T, and I were fast friends. We played hide and seek, had Nerf Wars, built mega-forts and spent tons of time outside. I loved watching his face light up when he saw I was the one in the carpool pick-up line!
"Miss Lee's here," he squealed to his teacher.
"Who's that?" she replied.
"My Grannysitter!" he giggled.
I felt like their grandmother-truly.
I take this job seriously. It's a big responsibility to spend time with kids. They watch you. They watch how you respond to situations. They imitate you. I need to be consistent. When I ask them to be kind to their brothers, I have to show them kindness—especially when correction is needed. There are tons of opportunities for gospel conversations.
“Why can't we say OMG, Miss Lee?”
“Why do you always say a blessing, even for a snack?”
“Miss Lee, my real grandma is dead. Will I see her again?"
The role of caretaker is a special one in God’s eyes. Today's world is a scary place. A Biblical world-view is not the popular one. We aren't responsible for their salvation—that is from the Holy Spirit; but we can pray for our children, grandchildren, or charges. It is our duty to talk to our littles about faith, Jesus, His love for them, and their need for His grace.
Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us, "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
Psalm 78:3-8 reminds us,
"Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth
bend your ears to what I tell you.
I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb;
I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,
Stories we heard from our fathers,
counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.
We’re not keeping this to ourselves,
we’re passing it along to the next generation—
God’s fame and fortune,
the marvelous things He has done."
I am thankful and grateful to God for my new journey. He placed this family in my path for a reason. It's my job to present Him in a meaningful way.
Lord, help me.
Now if I can just get them to say, "WAR EAGLE!"
Lee Rutland is a nanny/sitter for three active boys. She has two married sons of her own and a new granddaughter. Lee and her husband live in Covington, GA where she enjoys reading, walking, and yoga.