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As many of you know, much of this blog consists of lessons God has been teaching me through everyday life.  Since I do not work outside the home, my family has come to expect that they may at any time appear in a blog post. (Though I have been given a blanket consent, I do obtain specific permission for posts such as this.)  Not even my grandsons are exempt, but in an attempt to avoid scarring them for life - if it's not already too late - I decided early on that they should each have an alias.  Rather than invent something (since I'm not that creative), I decided to wait until they both had a nickname.  So without further ado, I'd like to introduce to you, "Dude" and "Bubba". 
Cuter than the dickens, aren't they?
I didn't have to wait long at all for grandchildren; "Dude" was born a month before his parent's first anniversary and "Bubba" was born ON his parent's second anniversary.  We just celebrated their birthdays with these cute "fishy" cakes;

"Dude" is now two and "Bubba" is one.
Since the last shall be first I will begin with "Bubba," a name that has been used around in my family since my children were little, back in the days of the oil-change commercials where a man is told he can also get a free fill-up on his washer fluid and replies, "You mean I can just say, "Hi ho bubba, my windshield washer solvent is a might low."?"  We've been tossing around the name "Bubba" ever since.
At thirteen months younger and only five pounds lighter than his older brother, the name "Bubba" just stuck on grandson #2.  He's a good ol' boy, big and sweet, easy-going and always smiling.  He just looks like a "Bubba" to me.
"Dude's" name is also a blast from the past, going all the way back to when his mama was in the second grade.
I must insert here that as a child, my father had stories about each of his daughters that he never let us live down.  Evidently we are continuing the tradition because now our children all have memories permanently attached to them.  The story behind my grandson's nickname is the one my daughter will be hearing for the rest of her life :)
We had just starting attending a new church and one Wednesday night my eight-year-old daughter came home very excited saying, "I know what I'm going to name one of my kids!  It's from the Bible!"
Curious, I asked her what the name was and she gleefully replied...
can you guess?
wait for it...
wait for it...
and my six-year-old son, who has always had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, immediately responded, "Yeah, and we can call him "Dude!"
So it only makes sense that grandson #1 is affectionately known as "Dude."  The funny thing is, "Dude" has always had a good grasp of the English language, and shortly after his little brother's arrival he began saying his three syllable name as clear as a bell.  Yet he refused to say his own, simpler given name.  When asked, "who did that?" or "what's your name?"  he would simply point to himself...
...or answer "Dude."  Gotta love that!
I have to wonder if he should've been named Deuteronomy after all.  Maybe his mama was prophetic and that's his God-given name? 
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." ~ Revelation 2:17
Father, I thank you for these two precious boys, and for allowing me to be a part of their lives.  Thank you for the privilege of caring for them and for all the lessons to be learned from them.  And thank you that you love us so much that you have a special name for each of us, chosen by you.

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Judith says:

    Cute pictures of your grandsons, cute nick-names and it was nice to find your blog by following you over from Michele DeRusha's linky party.

  2. Ceil says:

    I think little Deuteronomy is going to know his or her (not sure of the gender of a Deuteronomy?) alphabet really well!

    I have two grandchildren myself, and I love to hear about yours. Being a Nana is such a joy for me, and I can see that Dude and Bubba just light up your life. They are lucky little ones!

    So nice to meet you through Sharing HIs Beauty. You sure did share that beauty today!


  3. What a great post filled with cute pictures, traditions and family stories.

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  4. So cute...what fun cakes and stories. I love the origin of "Dude." : )

  5. Refreshing story about your sweet grandsons and children. Oh they can do and say the most amazing things. Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a Story.

  6. Faith says:

    aw.....you're a grandma!!! How precious they are!! I think I have a ways to go before I'm a grandmother as my oldest gal is just 20 and my 2nd (and youngest) gal is 15. But I know I will definitely enjoy being a grandma!! Loved the stories of where the boys got their nicknames!! :) God bless you all!

  7. Wow those are two cute kids ... and two cute cakes!

    Thanks for linking up with #HearItUseIt this week, Lisa!

  8. Unknown says:

    Cute story :) Those stories that you can't seem to live down are the best!

  9. Sarah says:

    Beyond precious ... Oh I needed to be splashed by your pictures and those sweet faces this morning. You splashed me happy.

    Posted our momma notes tonight. A day late. But it works. So hoping you can come and join. Share your words. your encouragement. your anything mom.

    Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.


  10. The boys are precious, and so are the cakes!

  11. Charlotte says:

    Children are such a blessing. Thank you for sharing these precious pictures and comments. I'm glad you reentered your link on Spiritual Sundays. I deleted the first one because it just took you back to S.S. and I couldn't figure out how to fix it.

  12. I love those cakes! I am stopping by from the Homemaking Party Blog hop! I look forward to your visit & comments at
    Happy homemaking

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