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Happy National Grandparents Day!

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, I hope you don’t mind me posting this open letter to my parents as a fun and surprising way to honor them. I promise not to make this a habit 😊

Hi Mom and Dad (Grammie and Pop),

For a long time now, I’ve been meaning to express my thanks to you for being such wonderful grandparents to our kids. Over the years, I’ve shared bits and pieces of gratefulness in cards, texts, and in person. But this time I want to say it in a different format…this blog post.

You have supported and loved our children unconditionally since the day they were born. Your presence as grandparents has brought them a sense of love and belonging that money can’t buy. Tina and I want you to know how much you are appreciated!

You’ve had an incredible impact on our kids’ lives. Some of the ways you engage with them remind me of my own upbringing. Your warm and loving smiles and laughter, the stories you tell of your childhood, and your reassuring counsel have done wonders for them.

You’ve always made your home a place where our kids can relax, feel valued, and have fun. A wonderful expression of your love is the way you support their ambitions, their struggles, and even their weirdness. The way you’ve always made yourself available to them and have selflessly given them your time by being present in their lives is a gift that can never be repaid.

You have brought them closer to their Savior through your words and actions. From sharing Scriptures with them via text, to volunteering alongside them in ministries and in the community, to all the little acts of kindness you show them every week…this has the greatest influence on them.

Your words of wisdom handed down to them from your life’s experiences and the seeds you’ve planted in them about the importance of respect, hard work, and loyalty will grow and yield fruit for the rest of their life. The laughter and joy you bring into their lives with your stories and games will stay with them forever.

The obvious affection you have for them seems limitless. Through this, you’ve modeled a love that has taught our kids the joy of giving and receiving without conditions. This love has forever changed their lives.

Tina and I are eternally grateful to God for the gift of you! You’ve enriched the lives of Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy in countless ways. You’ve made so many memories with them (and continue to do so) that will last forever in their heart.

Happy Grandparents Day, Grammie and Pop! You’ve modeled for us how to be an amazing grandparent for our kid’s kids, so we can carry on the tradition of being loving grandparents.


  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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