Announcing the Birth of Our First Granddaughter

The wise man wrote in Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” Well, Norma Jean and I just gained another jewel in our crowns.  Her name is Katherine Joy Weliever.  She was born April 13, 2017. At 7:35 am. In Lafayette, LA. She weighted in at 5 lbs 13 oz. And is 20″ long.

Oh, and the parents, Kenny and April are doing great! And Grammy? Well, she’s on cloud 9! And Papaw couldn’t be any prouder.

For those who know the story of Miles, you know how much Kenny and April like surprises. So, April decided to surprise us with the baby’s gender. Kenny didn’t know. I didn’t know. But she let Grammy and her Aunt Camille in on the secret a few months ago. They did a good job of keeping us in suspense.

Norma Jean and I are new at this grand parenting business. Miles and his cousin Roy are only 2 ½. But I’m learning the truth of Joy Hargrove’s observation “One of the most powerful hand clasps is that of a new grand baby in the finger of a grandfather.”

The sage who said, “Grandchildren possess super powers,” was right. “They can melt a human heart with the twinkle of an eye, create a smile from only a touch and destroy a family room in 60 seconds.” And  loving every minute of it.

With the two grandsons, it’s exciting to welcome a granddaughter into the family. And next month we’ll have another girl when our daughter Rachél delivers her second child.

Little Katherine Joy is in for an exciting adventure with this family. April has one more year of Family Practice Residency at LSU Lafayette. Next year their plans are to move back to Florida for her to join an established medical practice there.

Just like the past 3 years have been a wonderful journey, we know the next several years will offer more of the same. Much more. In the meantime it will be fun to watch Katherine grow. And for Miles to be a big brother.

I’m thinking this morning how “Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” Katherine Joy carries on the names of her late great grand mother, Mattie Katherine, and her grandmother Joy. Both were good and godly women. Women of virtue. Worthy women.

One day, we pray that Katherine can be the 6th generation of Christians in our family. That she can grow up to be a young lady of values and virtue in a world that is lacking both. She’s got a good start. Her parents love the Lord. Love each other. And are building their home on Christian principles. It will be our prayer that Katherine Joy will continue that legacy.

In the meantime, sleep well Sweet Pea. And one day you will know how much you’ve filled an empty place in the hearts of your grandparents.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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12 responses to “Announcing the Birth of Our First Granddaughter

  1. Dave wyckoff

    Ken she can look like Grand Ma what agift God is good. Love D&N

  2. Elizabeth Waller


  3. Mike Fletcher


  4. Ken, what beautiful news! Congratulations on your new granddaughter! God has truly blessed your family greatly. I had to go over to your post about Miles, the little one who traveled across 9 (is that right?) states as a tiny baby. Think of the fun he’ll have using that story in party chatter over the years. Happy Easter to you and all of yours.

  5. Linda Baughn

    Congratulations Ken and Norma. Granddaughters are wonderful. Rick and I are about to become grandparents-in-law. Randy’s daughter Julia is getting married in June. So we are gaining a grandson.

  6. Norman

    Congrats, Ken and Norma. (BTW, bumping into you at Ennis Bluebonnet trail last week was a very pleasant surprise.)

  7. Larry Hafley

    Congratulations to you and Norma and Kenny and Dr. April!! | ThePreachersWord posted: “The wise man wrote in Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” Well, Norma Jean and I just gained another jewel in our crowns.  Her name is Katherine Joy Weliever.  She was born April 13, 2017. At 7:35 am. In Lafayette, LA. She weighte” | |

  8. Pam Mc

    Ken you and Norma by far have the most secretative family members: what a lovely surprise for Easter! Love to all, Pam Burton McGinness (also raised in a Christian home but tooooooo compassionate, unfortunately.)

  9. Billie

    Congrats – Don’t think you will catch up to us soon as we now have 4 greats to add to our list of grands – love you all ( and teasing you as normal)

  10. Jeanette Yates

    Congratulations Ken and Norma Jean! What a fantastic way to celebrate Easter…so much to be thankful for! Hope Texas is treating you well. We sure miss you in Tampa, Florida!!

  11. Tim Torno

    Wonderful! Wonderful! I look forward to joining you and Norma Jean in the ranks of grandparents soon!

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