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Devotional: Grandma’s Visit

July 26th, 2010

After you’ve heard “Grandma’s Visit,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player. You can also find a station in your area.)



By Catherine Wilson

In “Grandma’s Visit,” when the Parker family got to know their strange relatives, it sounded a little too familiar to me. I took some unusual vacations when I was a kid. While other kids were going to Disney World or to a cabin on a lake, I was going to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. When I got there, the table was always set with raw hamburger, cabbage boiled in lemon juice, hummus, spinach turnovers, and mashed garbanzo beans. These are the kinds of foods that my grandparents ate on a regular basis! After watching all the adults eat this strange dinner and eating all the plain rice that I could stand, it was time for me to do the dishes. Who would call this a vacation?

My grandpa has since died and my grandma can’t cook by herself anymore. And guess what? I really miss those big meals at Grandma and Grandpa’s. At the time, I spent way too long complaining to myself about the weird food. Now I look back and miss the good conversations, and the fun games that I played with my cousins.

You’ll never guess how I connect with my Grandma now. I’ve decided that I really like all that “weird food” now (well, except for raw hamburger). When I go see my Grandma I ask her to help me make stuffed cabbage, hummus, and spinach turn-overs. I never would have thought of those “weird foods” as something I would like, not to mention make it for myself and my friends!

I’ve realized that I love my family, especially the “weird” stuff. That’s really what makes them unique and special. Just like the Parkers, it took me a while to realize how cool my weird family was.

Do you have any unusual family traditions? What does your family do to stay connected? Let us know in the comments below.


73 Comments on “Devotional: Grandma’s Visit”

  • luke on July 26th, 2010 - 1:37pm


    You should bring in someone that is like Regis Blackgaard. You have brought in a few people like him, but they haven’t stayed. Yes it would not be a good idea to keep evil in Odyssey, but he did add a little spice to the plot line.

  • Sarah on July 26th, 2010 - 4:48pm


    That is actually really helpful to me because at the end of this week my family is going to see family in an extremely small town with nothing too do. And we have to drive 11 hours to get there and I am not looking really forward to it at all. But I don’t want to take for granted the time with my grandparents because I don’t know how long they have.So I want to make the best of this trip. So thanks a bunch!!!

  • Babby girl on July 26th, 2010 - 5:26pm


    Im the first to comment anyway i think that adventure was the coolest weird how everything turned out the wedding and everything

  • mike on July 26th, 2010 - 7:10pm


    Thats funny and sad:):( i kind of have same story to:)
    its where i take back what i felt and said.

  • madison on July 27th, 2010 - 7:06am


    My family eats lots of weird food Salmon coverd in Mustrd and bread crumbs with Cous Cous (Cous cous is a species of pasta from North Africa. Rather than being in the form of noodles cous cous is granular), Quinoa said:Keen Wa, Black bean buretos, Nochi (potato dumplings), and many more! Healthy food is good!

  • Elissa on July 27th, 2010 - 8:01am


    Finish what you….. is not working! It says file not found.

  • cat on July 27th, 2010 - 9:06am


    wow was it good

  • Noah on July 27th, 2010 - 9:20am


    hey! The devotions are finally back 😀

  • franklin on July 27th, 2010 - 9:51am


    I like the show its great.

  • shadow girl on July 27th, 2010 - 11:14am


    well I dont think my family has any traditions, but our family only stay’s connected a week. My dad works a week on and a week off, on a oil rig.

  • Fumiko on July 27th, 2010 - 11:29am


    What’s so weird about raw meat? We eat it all the time… Just kidding.

  • roxy on July 28th, 2010 - 9:00pm


    um,this doesn’t have anything to do with this podcast but,i wish u guys would put out podcasts more often….

  • Arod13 on July 30th, 2010 - 6:43pm


    you should put more downloadable episodes

  • moraih on July 31st, 2010 - 1:55am


    i have been listening to this show for the past 7 years and every time i listen to it i feel like it gets better every time i love every show and every character and i am so happy that it has principles for life lessons to help people succeed[=

  • dominique on July 31st, 2010 - 9:17am


    i love that kind of food

  • Catherine on July 31st, 2010 - 9:44pm


    I just read this over with my mom, and it has special meaning now because I just saw my Grandma for what will probably be the last time ever. And, I found out that this devotion was actually going to be posted on the day I was visiting my Grandma. I made sure to ask her some questions about our family history that I may never have the chance to ask again.

  • cr on August 3rd, 2010 - 4:18pm


    So sorry to hear about your Grandma, Catherine.
    We miss you!

  • ehcapa girl on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:27pm


    i agree with roxy i wish u could put more podcasts out

  • Tyrel on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:33pm



  • Tyrel on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:35pm


    put out podcasts more often….

  • hl on August 4th, 2010 - 11:25am


    Sorry to hear about your Grandma, But I’ll be praying for you Catherine.
    God Bless

  • David on August 5th, 2010 - 8:36am


    Raw hamburger is not safe to eat. Don’t try that at home!

  • Thomas on August 5th, 2010 - 2:29pm


    My Grandma makes the BEST pasty ever :)

  • LORYN on August 5th, 2010 - 8:44pm


    I love visiting my grandparents! my dads parents live about 5 minutes away so we see them alot but my moms parents live 4 hours away.

  • loryn on August 5th, 2010 - 8:46pm


    I LOVE AIO SO MUCH! i have been listening to it for 12 years and i am 12 years old lol 😉

  • loryn on August 5th, 2010 - 9:50pm


    Sorry to hear about your grandma Catherine :-( thats really sad

  • Brookie on August 6th, 2010 - 10:28am


    In any of our card games we do not allow 666 we have to get four 6’s! :-)

  • Brienzi on August 8th, 2010 - 2:35am


    I wish my grandparents lived in Indonesia with me. It is really hard to say good bye knowing the next time we see them will be in one and a half years.
    I’m really sorry about your grandma Catherine, at least I can see my grandparents a few more times.

  • Girlychef on August 9th, 2010 - 12:30pm


    What happened to the popupisodes :( I really liked those!!! Why did you stop after only three of them!! We really don’t have any traditions. :(

  • Brookie on August 10th, 2010 - 9:57am


    I agree with DAVID eating raw hamburger is not safe to eat! I would be blaaa!

  • SAGE-O on August 12th, 2010 - 1:30pm


    I love Adventures in oddesey!

  • Girlychef on August 13th, 2010 - 2:10pm


    Raw Hamburger!! You could get sick from that! Any way sorry to hear about your grandparents. :(

  • hl on August 16th, 2010 - 7:30pm


    I also liked the popupisodes… Bring them back!!! Please.
    God Bless

  • Jackson5fan on August 17th, 2010 - 11:00am


    I really like this show!

  • Stevie on August 20th, 2010 - 7:08pm


    Hi yall,
    I agree that raw meet is dangerous, Girlie Chef should know since she is a chef. :)
    I don’t have many family traditions other than us listening to Odyssey all of the time!!!
    Does that count, it soo should if it doesn’t because Odyssey is awesome.
    God Bless

  • natedog on August 21st, 2010 - 11:47am


    I love it.

  • Jackson5fan on August 23rd, 2010 - 11:24am


    my great grandma just died at the age of 103, we are chines….. :)

  • Zoe on August 27th, 2010 - 4:08pm


    I LOVED today’s adventure it was so funny and I wish I could be in a play that was that funny. :)

  • BEKY on August 28th, 2010 - 6:08pm



  • BEKY on August 28th, 2010 - 6:09pm



  • mandie on August 30th, 2010 - 6:03pm


    ewww….. raw hamburger meat..duznt it maik you sick or something like that?…my family duznt rele have any unusual traditions ..but theres 1 dish that i absolutely hAte i cant remember what its called its like spaghetti but with weird noodles and sauce that you eat with tortillas and sour cream ….. what my family do 2 stay connected is sometimes we hang out and go to the park or have big bbqs with friends.. <3 AIO!!

  • emma on August 31st, 2010 - 8:00am


    wow those r soo good! adventures in oddesy rocks:)

  • yulianna on August 31st, 2010 - 8:31am


    Its Nice to help other familys.For instance im 14 i wake up 6 in the morning I take care of our animals cook breakfast for my Family of 6 and then take care of the house.Its a good thing Im homeschooled.It feels good to have a big Responceblity!They God made us.Well see ya Yulianna

  • alexis on September 3rd, 2010 - 3:48pm


    I love my grandparents.They spoil me so much!I’m so sorry about your Grandmother Catherine, i can’t imagine living without my grandparents.They live 8 hours away! but its worth the drive.

  • yulianna on September 8th, 2010 - 4:08pm


    I know how you feel.My Grandma died last year.
    My Grandpa died about 20 years ago.My Uncle died at the age of 19. Plus I haven’t seen any of my cousins.They all live in Hungary.
    I know how you feel.All I have left is my Dads Mom and Dad.Well thank you.

  • Girlychef on September 14th, 2010 - 8:35pm


    Dear Mandie yes Raw meat can make you SICK like you can end up in the hospital sick! That does not sound fun so raw meat has to be cooked to at lest 160 degrees F

  • elizabeth on October 18th, 2010 - 3:53pm


    Awsome! I love the episode!

  • Girlychef on November 1st, 2010 - 11:15am


    I think at least 160degrees i am not totally sure

  • Girlychef on November 23rd, 2010 - 1:36pm


    there are different temps for different meats 😀 😛 😀

  • lady eowyn on December 2nd, 2010 - 9:12pm


    Why any sane person would eat knowingly eat raw meat is beyond me. Besides, it tastes NASTY! Mashed garbanzo beans doesn’t sound to bad. I like garbanzo beans. :) I wonder what nationality the writer’s grandparents were. That would shed some light as to why they had a taste for raw meat. BLEAH!!! 😛
    Lady Eowyn

  • braley on January 8th, 2011 - 11:19am


    God tells us to do everything without complaining and what are those things?

  • Jessie on January 16th, 2011 - 4:25pm


    I can’t believe how God guides us to lessoning to the show. Give THANKS to the Lord!

  • cAthy on October 7th, 2011 - 7:18pm


    this is a really good story

  • jacob on December 8th, 2011 - 12:04pm



  • mark on October 19th, 2012 - 12:07pm


    i love yall

  • stormshadow on October 21st, 2013 - 9:05am


    answers to trivia

    3.imagination station
    4.rodney rathbone
    5.tom riley
    6.jerry whitaker
    7.chris anthony
    8.connie kendall
    12distant cousins
    13 1,999
    14.whits flop
    15jenny whitaker

  • DARCI on October 28th, 2013 - 6:41am


    @YULIANNA!!!!! Hey! I am so sorry about ur family! I will be praying.

  • Julianna on January 13th, 2016 - 6:05pm


    Hello all! This is the cooking club for all you cookers, bakers, eaters, people who watch cooking shows, etc. Enjoy!!

  • gianna on January 29th, 2016 - 12:00pm


    Is anyone here? I look cooking!

  • Gianna on January 29th, 2016 - 3:26pm


    I meant LIKE not LOOK!

  • Julianna on January 29th, 2016 - 7:55pm


    Hi Gianna.

  • Giana on January 30th, 2016 - 8:08am



  • Gianna on February 3rd, 2016 - 1:31pm


    Hi, I love baking and cooking better than eating! (of course, you have to eat of you’ll starve).

  • Julianna on February 5th, 2016 - 4:26pm


    Gianna, Lol. What do you like to bake and cook?

  • Gianna on February 5th, 2016 - 5:46pm


    Ah, well, today my grandmotheer was leaving to go back to PA, and I made apple cinnamon bread. It is heavenly and it was like a good bye treat. My grampa was unable to come because of his work schedule.
    I am famous for cinnamon bread. I haven’t made it for a few months.
    I like to make pumpkin bread too. Lol. These are all fall treats. They are tastey, though.

  • gianna on February 8th, 2016 - 11:10am


    I watch cooking shows. I watch Cook’s Country on Create, one of the PBS channels. Oh, I also watch America’s test Kitchen too.

  • Gianna on February 9th, 2016 - 1:37pm


    Has anyone ever tasted brussel sprouts? They taste like cabbage! 😛

  • Julianna on February 10th, 2016 - 6:11pm


    gianna, I love homemade anything, especially bread or desserts!!

  • GIANNA on February 11th, 2016 - 11:13am


    Oh I love making cookies! I don’t make my treats out of a box mix… It’s never as good! I make birthday cakes for people’s birthdays! Even mine! Lol! :)

  • Julianna on February 11th, 2016 - 7:03pm


    I like doing recipes out of a cookbook. Sometimes they come out weird or messy, but still good.

  • Gisela on February 12th, 2016 - 10:49am


    Yes, I my recipes in a cookbook too. A few days ago, I made pound cake. The day before Ash Wensday. It is wonderful! It’s secret ingredient is honey.

  • Gisela on February 12th, 2016 - 1:26pm


    Julianna, this is Gianna, just I changed my name. :)

  • Julianna on February 12th, 2016 - 4:48pm


    Oh my word! I just received a cookbook and it is huge!! It is 4 volumes because of braille. lol.
    Gianna, Okay. I saw that on the newest post. but thanks. I love pound cake!! I love sweets!!

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