About Andy

Hello!
I am accused of being an old soul. You can call me that too, because I love the past and look forward to the future. My name is Andy Oldham. I am the grandfather of two boys, ages 16, 14 & 3. I also have two precious granddaughters ages 15 and 2. I don’t get to see them very often and so I am always looking for ways to engage them in conversation. Thank goodness for cell phones and the ability to text and call, and even send pictures to one another. Technology can be a blessing, after all.

When my Dad died, in 1995, I was re-acquainted at his funeral with many relatives whom I had not seen in many years. I will never forget one of my older cousins making this statement to my brothers, and me “You are now the older generation.”

I didn’t grasp the seriousness of her statement until about six years ago when I began to take a class in writing memoirs. The awakening began while looking at photographs and understanding that my parents and grandparents were no longer with us. All that remained were these photos and the attached memories.  I then realized that I stood in their place for my children and future generations. As I grew to appreciate the legacy given me by the older generation, I began to accept responsibility to pass on not only family stories and my personal memoirs but this same mantle of faith in God. As some of the current generation has said, I am now a fossil. Ya know what? I’m proud to be one.

We are now the patriarchs of our families, and along with this God-given responsibility there arrives in crescendo the need for commitment not only to our children, but our grandchildren for the rest of our lives. We are not only to nurture, but to advise when asked, to teach godly precepts and share our lives with them when they are in our presence. We are to stand in the gap. God expects of us to take the same responsibility for our grandchildren as our children. Pray! Pray! Pray! As the patriarch we are to surround our entire family with prayers of Joy, Thankfulness, and of course a cover of protection against this world.

There is so much I have to share, that I cannot possibly tell it all at one time. I plan to share stories of the older generation before me, and stories of my own. I will share stories of my experience with my grandchildren and even some pictures from time to time.

I want to share memoirs, family stories, and thoughts with you. Hang in there and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Andy Oldham

 

427 thoughts on “About Andy

  1. Andy I open with my thanks for your visiting and following my blog. It is an honor to serve you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

    I too am a grandfather and live a distance from them. So, I am able to relate to you and your peril. I have to agree that modern technology, with all of it’s ill, is still a blessing to some.

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless and keep you and yours.

  2. I was a military brat. Since the Air Force kept assigning my father to Keesler AFB, I lived a good part of my childhood on the Gulf Coast. Still have fond memories.

    I don’t know when I grasped the fact that as an elder I am supposed to have a positive effect upon those younger than myself. I don’t even know when I began to think of myself as an elder. Yet, without a doubt, what you have said on this page is true. It is what the Bible teaches.

    Well said.

    • Thank you Tom! I guess I grasped I was an elder when my Mom died and an older cousin told that I was now the older generation in the family. Boy was that a profound thought. With that comes more responsibly for family than I previously thought. It’s amazing how we think when we retire we can relax. God didn’t plan it that way with family. Family is amazingly wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment!

  3. Hi Andy! I LOVE the idea behind your blog. I think the younger generation could learn a looooot from those before them.

    I look forward to exploring your pages! ❤

  4. Hi Andy, lovely to meet you here and I thank you for following me. Although I don’t have any grandchildren yet (my eldest daughter has just turned 18) I still feel the passing of the years. And that I’m heading into that older generation gap, especially since losing my mum earlier this year. I look forward to reading more fro you and getting to know you more. Warmest wishes from down under.

  5. Andy, it is good to know another grandparent in the WordPress Christian community, who shares the same legacy of the Father’s kingdom and passing it down to all His family through blogging. Thinking I had been put out to pasture, He has opened many doors in the last six years through this medium. I invite you to visit and walk with us in this year for contentment. We look forward to noting what you are living and leaving the next generation. 🙂 ~ Fran

    • Thank you Fran. It is a tremendous commitment. One I think sometimes is hard. But, I look to our Father for His guidance. I don’t get to retire from being a grandfather or sharing the Gospel. Blessing!

  6. You’re so right that with our age, we have a deep responsibility to love, encourage and show our kids/grand-kids what a life of faith looks like. Love the idea of your blog… thanks.

  7. Oh Andy, this is a sweet focus for your blog! I really hear your caring and joyful loving for your family and for God. Sending blessings to you and to them, and to your blog too. 🙂
    Thanks as well for following my blog, your presence is a gift,
    Debbie
    Blessings for a lovely weekend.

    • Thank you Debbie, for such a nice comment. I do love my family and the memories created over the years. I appreciate your blessings and I return them with a double portion. I loook forward to following your blog.

  8. Hello Sir. 😊 I just want to drop by and say thank you for always liking my posts. For the past 2 years, there are only few moments where I had the chance to visit blogs because I am busy with my studies. But today, I wanted to visit your blog just to say thank you! I’m happy that your grandkids have the chance to know you more. My grandfathers in both sides of the family died when I was too young. I only have few memories with my dad’s father but I was close with my mom’s dad. and visiting your blog reminds me of them. Thank you, Sir. God bless you. I’m looking forward in visiting your blog more frequently. 😊

  9. Andy, I think I have found your Comment in my EMAIL.

    Jen (Jennifer) Lewis
    http://www.jenniferkaylewis.com

    Archive Move Delete Spam More
    [Jennifer Lewis] HOE DOWN ROAD
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    Andy Oldham
    To jenlewis0121@yahoo.com Today at 7:00 AM
    Name: Andy Oldham

    Comment: This is a wonderful story, a beautiful memory. I remember those days of building roads in the dirt, swapping (or wanting) the matchbox car my friends had as we built. I remember getting so dirty my Mom commented on shaking my pants outside before throwing them in the wash. You brought your memoir to life in this memory, Jen. I especially love the photo pic that said, “Here’s to the girls that grew up playing in the dirt. . .” Kids today will never experience playing in the dirt or, for some, even outside. It is amazing when you read someone else’s memory, how many are triggered of my own. I must go add them to my memory list now. Thanks for sharing this with me and contacting me. I look forward to many more of your memories.

    Time: January 10, 2017 at 7:00 am
    IP Address: 108.69.19.64
    Contact Form URL: https://jenniferkaylewis.com/2017/01/08/hoe-down-road/
    Sent by a verified WordPress.com user.

    • That’s strange, , lol. I wonder how that happened? Well at least you got it. I’m thankful for that. I appreciate you checking. I hope that doesn’t continue or I’ll just start emailing them to you, ha. Have a good day Jen.

  10. Your story has struck an emotional chord: I lost my father less than a year ago, and just recently someone remarked that I was now the oldest. It’s a heavy and bitter responsibility, but you are right – prayer is the only thing that helps!

    • So sorry to hear of your loss. It is hard to lose the patriarch isn’t it? Now that we are the oldest of our family we are the lamp post for our families in guiding them toward Christ. It is an awesome responsibility, one we cannot take lightly. I thank your for your heart and in sharing with me. Blessings!

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