“I wrote these letters so that long after I’m gone, you’ll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world. If I can’t be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me—as if I’m standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder.”

Mike Huckabee has worn many hats through­out his life: pastor, politician, governor, presidential candidate, talk show host, rock bassist, pundit, husband, and father. But since his first grandchild was born, he’s found that the role of grandfather is more satisfying than just about any of the others. 

Huckabee wanted to give something to his grand­son, Chandler, that would last forever. He began drafting a series of letters to Chandler recounting heartwarming stories from his past and the bittersweet lessons learned along the way. With the birth of his granddaughter, Scarlett, just a year later, Huckabee was further inspired to convey his love and wisdom.

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  • Bonnie Parsons

    11/29/2012 08:09 AM

    David Pond ~ My grandparents were the most influential people in my life. My grandpa had to work for WPA, which he explained was something like the welfare system we have today, except you worked all day and got payed a dollar. He had 6 children to raise. Most days, they couldn't afford to eat meat, but I have never heard my mom or her brothers and sisters complain about their upbringing. Instead, we all know how fortunate we are to have been born to Charles and Ruth Beougher of Akron, Ohio. They passed away 2 and 6 years ago, leaving behind to us not much more than a trailor in a trailor park in material possessions, but I am the richest girl on earth as far as I'm concerned. My grandpa taught me that being faithful to God is the most important thing I can do in this life. He taught me to work hard and be honest. He taught me what it meant to unconditionally love, and he did it with a sense of humor. The last of many loving disagreements we had was when he voted for John McCain in the primary and I voted for Mike Huckabee. lol. He thought it was important to show solidarity in the party and I thought it was important to show that this country was ready for a sound christian conservative.(He still liked you the best, though, Mike!) Happiness has nothing to do with having enough material possessions that we no longer have to depend on God. One of my favorite stories is the day my grandpa forgot to buy bread at the grocery store. The money for the week had been spent, and he and my grandma decided they would just have to do without. They didn't talk about it any further to each other, or anyone else, but that evening, there was a knock at the door. A man they had never met was standing there with a loaf of bread. He told them GOD told him to bring them bread! He then went to his car and retrieved a box full of other groceries, including meat. Anyone could have seen they were poor, but only God knew that bread was what they needed. Do you think I'd rather be told a story about how I descended from kings and princes? That story will carry me through things money NEVER will. And I know GOD will carry me through things only him and money can. Your grandchildren need to hear your stories. Tell them about the faithfullness of your wife and teach them that marriage is hard, but commitment means to stick it out through the rough times like she is doing. You can even do it with an upbeat spirit like my favorite politician, Mike Huckabee does! :)

  • David Pond

    11/24/2012 12:41 PM

    I would love to write letters to my eight grandchildren but what would I say? Look at my life and try not to do anything I did? I can't compose letters to grandchildren and get them published. I can't even afford to visit them. I have plenty to be thankful for including getting up every morning and knowing that if we are going to make it this month God will have to provide because I haven't been able to. I have a loving wife. I know this because her life hasn't come anywhere close to what she hoped or dreamed yet she remains. I live your cheery disposition but how hard can that be when you have nothing to worry about, ever! You won't ever be able to relate to the rest of us but it's nice to know there are those who get to enjoy what the rest of us can only imagine.

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