Granny Chaney

My Granny was a whirlwind of energy.  She rarely sat still, unless she was sewing.

Disclaimer: NOT my real Granny, but looks a lot like her! Except Granny’s hair was in braids crisscrossed on the top of her head, not in a bun.  Otherwise, spot on, including the shoes, long sleeves, high neck, and glasses!


By 7 am, she

was fully dressed, down to her shoes (and she had never even HEARD of FLYLADY lol)

would have already swept the porch, and front steps

had a load of laundry in

picked oranges out of the backyard

squooze the fresh juice ( I know, spelling)

had a hot breakfast cooked, and on the table.

Then she would allow herself exactly 5 seconds to relax, (more or less) and drink her coffee.

cup of coffee

And so on, for the rest of the day.

Oh, I’m so tired just typing all that!!  They do not make ’em like her anymore.  She was an original.

Granny raised 11 kids, while working in the fields all day, using CLOTH diapers! sewing their clothes, and cooking 3 meals a day. Whew!  She was an amazing lady, no doubt.

Her greatest accomplishment was pointing all her family to Christ  So many times I’ve heard some of my cousins say, “I wouldn’t be a Christian today, if it wasn’t for Granny.”   She certainly received many crowns when she stepped into heaven.

Christian cross



She passed along her work ethic to her children.  So my Mama is a hard worker too.  She always says Granny worked circles around all her girls.  And Mama works circles around her 2 girls!  I work, uh….. well, there’s plenty of room for my girls to work circles around me too!

The whole community knew and loved Granny Chaney.  She was so loving and generous.  She would give you her last dime, if you needed it.  Often she gave away so much, she’d leave little for herself.  And loving!!  No grand or great grand child of hers ever got a spanking in her house!  She’d say, “Now ____insert dad’s name here__, don’t you spank my baby ___insert child’s name here__.  Put that belt away.  Now run along and play honey, don’t do it again.”

She was famous for her dumplings. Handmade. Of course! She’d be so insulted if she heard you ask that!!

And her banana pudding!! MMMMMM, clouds of pure bliss! She did the meringue topping, not that ole cheater stuff.

homemade banana pudding

Not hers!!   She’s been gone many years now.  And I was never smart enough to ever take a pic of hers!


Ever since she died, I’ve chased that taste.  I don’t think I’ll ever find it again. 

(I wouldn’t have told Granny, but Mama’s dumplings are just as good!)

I have such a legacy of love, laughter, and the Lord to live up to.  I’ve failed a lot in my life, but I’m working on it now.

Also, a spotless house legacy to live up to.  That ain’t happening!  But, in my recovery I’m shooting for non slobdom.

Lived in will work for me.

Who was an amazing example and inspiration in your life?

43 thoughts on “Granny Chaney

  1. Granny Chaney was certainly a blessing to everyone she knew! oh, the stories of her blessing her neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers! Thank you so much for letting more of the world hear about our precious granny! it will be wonderful to enter heaven and see her again! 🙂

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  16. I re-read this post today and am inspired to become like her. How did our grannies and great nannies have that relentless energy and how do people of our generation, who have so much less to do, complain and slouch on chairs if even we have to move a little and don’t even talk of love. More than one child is too much for the present generation.

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