This Mimi Gig


A few months ago, a curious thing happened, quite accidentally. On Facebook, I posted a picture of this wooden plaque:


“Going viral” no longer meant a bout with the flu. That one FB post had 99,000 shares and reached over 7 million FB users, brought in hundreds of likes on my author page, plus I have received more reader e-mail asking where I got that plaque than I’ve ever gotten with my books! (What’s up with that?!)

Clearly, this cool grandmother thing definitely resonated with other grammies. And I’m thrilled about it! So pleased that I am going to start a weekly (more or less) feature called “Thoroughly Modern Mimis.” I’ll ask guest bloggers for their best grandparenting advice, ideas to share, books to suggest, dilemmas to work out, and funny stories about their grandchildren.

I hope you’ll chime in with things you’d like to know more about, or people you’d like to hear from, or wisdom you’d like to share. Grandmothering is a wonderful new role in a woman’s life . . . and most of you will be there one day, if you aren’t there already.

I’ll get it started…

I became a mimi four years ago, when I had just turned 51. A young mimi! And oh so cool, naturally. I’m called “Mimi” because that was my grandmother’s name, and it just feels right. Today, I have three grandchildren now–Blake, age 4, Kaitlyn, age 2, and Reagan, 5 months.

Okay . . . your turn. How many grandchildren? What are their ages? What do they call you? And why?

Comment below and enter the Rafflecopter for the chance to win the wood plaque that started it all. A big thanks to Angela of Stick with Me Vinyls who will be making the block. If you go by a name other than mimi, Angela can change that out for you. Visit Angela’s Etsy shop to browse her adorable products and like her on Facebook to stay updated on her latest products! Winner will be announced next week.

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Dora Wagner says:

    I am not a grandma. I did, however, call my grandma, while growing up in the ’70’s and ’80’s Mimi. No one I knew at that time called their grandmothers anything but Grandma. In fact, all of my other grandmothers were grandma and their last name. Not so with my father’s mother. Now, a lot of people are using that name, rather than Grandma. However, Grandma reigns at my house (2 nephews).

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Dora! Our family tends to have nicknames for grandparents. My own parents were called Honey and Poppy. Love that! Thanks for commenting. Suzanne

  2. Sonja says:

    My grandkids call me Grandma Sonja

  3. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I have 2 Grandkids, Aisley 4 yrs and Thomas 2 yrs. I’m called MeMe. Just spelled a little differently. At one time Aisley called me MeMae but changed back to MeMe. It fits because in our family we had a MeMaw, MawMaw, MamMaw, so I naturally had to be MeMe!

  4. Tammy says:

    I will be a grandmother for the first time in July of this year. I am going to be called Gram. My daughters mother-in-law will be MiMi. We are very excited.

    • Suzanne says:

      Ooh Tammy…you’re in for a treat! Please keep me posted when your little one arrives. Excited for your family! Warmly, Suzanne

  5. cynthia fernstaedt martinez says:

    I have 9 grandchildren! Eli is 10, Jaime 6, Katalina 5, Samarah 4, Siria 4, Alexander 4,Eziquel 10 months, Gianna 4months, Ximena 4 months And one due in March! All of them go between calling me Nana and grandma (usually if I’m not paying attention..kind of like the full name use when our kids were little).

  6. Vicky D says:

    I have 4 grandkids ages 2, 5, 6, and 8. Two of my grandkids call me grandma Vicky and two call me grandma Nini (which they made up about a year ago!). I don’t care what they call me as long as they call me! I became a grandma when I was 49.

  7. Vicky D says:

    Not sure if you wanted grandma tips on this post but I couldn’t wait to share this one. Two of my grandkids live out of state after living close to me for the beginning of their young lives. One of the things I do to stay close to them is mail them cards and small gifts. I found out that you can mail just about anything without a box! I have sent them soccer balls with messages written all over them without a box! And I have filled 2 liter plastic bottles with stuff in them and mailed them with out a box! The grandkids love it!

  8. kim amundsen says:

    Not one yet hoping one day soon.

  9. Lori Weller says:

    I have a grandson but I never seen him. My son placed him up for adoption before I had the chance. Now I am waiting for my daughters to find their soul mates.

  10. Deborah Hazelton says:

    I have four grandkids, ages 14, 11, 9, and 11. The two eleven year olds are cousins, born three weeks apart. They all call me Grammie. I am definitely not a Mimi or Nana. My mother and grandmother were both called Grammie. There is nothing like the love shared by having grandchildren.

  11. Carol Ebersole says:

    I have two grandkids, one boy, 22 and one girl 19. They actually do call me Mimi. My grandson gave me my name as soon as he could talk and it stuck. That is why a liked the wooden plague so much.

  12. Rosemary Foley says:

    I have 5 grandchildren, Jaelyn 11, Ryan 10, Rebecca 4, Sophia 3 and Theodore 10 months. I was 51 when I became a grandmother. My grandchildren call me Nani …. no special reason, that what Jaelyn could say easiest and started a trend .. a special spot in my heart for these children that help keep the sun shining in my home. I am truly blessed !! have a wonderful day !!! Rosemary

  13. beth says:

    i’m not a grandma yet. i do have 5 children(they are young yet) but, our cats call me Mimi! LOL. (started out as fun & now has stuck)
    i only called one of my grandmothers ~ grandma & the other granny. my kids called my mother & father Nana & Papaw.

  14. Connie Saunders says:

    I grew up calling my grandmothers Mamaw and that is very common in our area. My granddaughter is now 10 1/2 months old and I don’t know what she will call me but I know I will love whatever that sweet little voice calls me!

  15. Catherine Helmick says:

    YES, my grandchildren call me MIMI !! They are Sophie, age 4 and Will, age 2. My two daughters are both expecting BOYS this spring around Easter. I’m so thankful for all of them and the blessing of grandchildren 🙂

  16. Teresa Wade Sheroke says:

    I one grand daughter who is 3. I didn’t want to be called grandma because I was so young still lol 49 is young right? Well I decided Mimi sounded younger so that is what she calls me! She is the light of my life !

  17. MARY T says:

    My grandchildren call me GrandMary.

  18. Pat Thompson says:

    I have 4 grandchildren….the first a granddaughter, then 3 grandsons. I had a very hard time with the name to be used because the names were special names to me, and I associated them with a person that is deceased. I told my daughter I would let my granddaughter name me….whatever she called me would be my name. It became “Mamaw”. I would have loved to be “Grammie” but my grammie was a special person. I knew I could not live up to that name.

  19. Carrie says:

    My grandkids call me grandma…I have 7 wonderful grandkids…Josiah (13 in Feb) Elijah 11 Clara 8 Brynn 8 Landon 7 Lindsey 7 Devin 6! I was 43 when our first grandchild was born!!

  20. Terri Shortell says:

    I don’t have any grandkids except for furry ones. Neither of my children plan to have kids so I guess furry ones will be the only ones I ever have. If I win, I would give the prize to my sister-in-law who is an amazing Mimi. She would definitely get a kick out of it.

  21. Would this blog post include a great Mimi ? I became a grandma or Mimi when I was 45. A darling little girl. Now 23 in March. I have a grandson who is 15. A whole lot taller than I am, I find myself looking up to him. I’m great grandmother to on darling 5 year old girl who called me last week asking if I wanted to buy girl scout cookies from her. 3 weeks ago I received a picture of her in an email . She was holding a sign that stated she was going to be a big sister again. She said again because she had a baby sister who went to live with Jesus in 2011.
    Looking forward to this new weekly or so and any advice you could give me.

  22. Sharon says:


  23. Suzy says:

    I loved seeing this – I am a “mimi” . . .because I, too, felt to young to be called grandmother when I became one at 49! and because it is what my Irish grandmother was called! I have three grandchildren – two age 10 and one age 7 . .and twins coming this spring!

  24. Tina Gaynor says:

    My mother us called Mimi!

  25. Stella says:

    I’m grandma to all 4 of my grandchildren. At one time I was called ‘big house grandma’ because I live in a 2 story and the other grandma (my mom) lived far away (she was far away grandma). I chose grandma, because mine where not active in my life and I missed the warmth and security you get from having one near. I love the traditional name, and I love that my 22 year old grand son, his sister, and my 9 & 6 year old grands love me, and call me, Grandma.

  26. Carolyn Deshaies says:

    I am a grandmother to 7 wonderful grandchildren and I am called Mimi! These darlings range in age from 12, 8, (3) 5 yr. olds, 2 and 1 yr old! They are awesome! I love every minute of being a Mimi. I love seeing these brilliant little minds grow and discover the world around them. I loved being a mom and foster mom, but being Mimi is soooo much better!

  27. Janice Hawley says:

    I am 78 years young, my 9 grandchildren call me Grandma but my 5 great-grandchildren call me Nana. I don’t mind either as long as they call me!

  28. Angie C. says:

    our good friend is our Mimi 🙂 this would be a special treat for her!

  29. tammy cordery says:

    I don’t have any grandkids yet. My kids are 13 and 9 yrs old. When they do have children I would like to be called Grandma.

  30. Jacki says:

    I am called mimi by my two wonderful grandsons.

  31. Barbara Thomas says:

    Suzanne, my grandbabies, all 10 of them, one in heaven, and twins on the way for next July, call me Amma. They are ages 19 to 8 weeks from our 3 children. The oldest came to stay with us for a week when he was nine months and called me Amma instead of Mama. That name has stuck and I am very proud to be the only Amma I know. Adore all of these babies Paw & I have. Thanks for letting me comment! Looking forward to your new blog topic!!!

  32. Sharon says:

    I have 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. I love them all to the moon and back. Will have another great in April.

  33. Chris Green says:

    I have 10 grandkids. Their ages are 10, 9, 8, 7, 7, 7, 6, 5, 18 months,and 2 1/2 weeks. They all me Gramma. It was what I called one of my grandmothers and I always liked the way it sounded. I’m a young Gramma, 51!

  34. Ingrid Kimbrell says:

    I have 6 Grandchildren,the youngest just born this morning.So they are 9,8,7,6, 8 months and 1 day.They call me Oma,which is a german version of Grandmother.

  35. Peg Kanouff says:

    I have 13 grand kids and 13 great grands. The grand kids call me gram and red house gram or white house gram. The great grands call me gram or mtn, gram. I look them all to the moon an back.

  36. Donna E H D says:

    I have three grandchildren (girl 23, boys 17 & 14), step grandson 21 — AND a great-grandson 11 weeks old. For the most part I’ve been called Grandma, sometimes Grandma Donna. Not sure what the Great-grandson will use – we’re all leaning toward Oma.

  37. Joyce Harrell says:

    I am a Mimi too…..was a young one when we had our first 12 years ago….50 years old. Now we have 4… them so much!!!!!

  38. Cheryl says:

    I chose to be called Mimi. My grands are 3 years and almost 1 year. But the 3 year old says “Neenee” instead of Mimi, so we’ll see if the 1 year old picks up on that too 🙂

  39. This was a great blog! My granddaughter calls me “NANYA”. Her own creation!

  40. For some reason I couldn’t PIN the image of the “MIMI” plaque.

  41. Bailey Dexter says:

    I am called Nana! Love it when I hear their little voices slowly say Nana…….you know they want something. LOL

  42. Connie Roberts says:

    Hi Suzanne, aren’t grandchildren wonderful? There’s nothing like being a grandparent, all that spoiling we get to do. I have 4 grandchildren, 16, 12, 10 & 2 and one on the way! 2 boys & 2 girls, our new little one is a girl, I’m so excited! My grandkids call me Nana, because when I first one was born they had more grandparents & great grandparents but no one they called Nana, I sure didn’t want to be called Granny! I am a young grandma, I turn 54 tomorrow & I love it when people tell me I don’t look old enough to have grandkids, thanks for having this giveaway, I’d love to win, enjoy those babies!

  43. Lisa Cowell says:

    My grandchildren call me grandma. I have all kinds of nicknames for them, but prefer the traditional grandma for myself. My sister-in-law, and others who are somewhat younger, go with NaNa and NiNi and names like that, but I just don’t see myself like that…too old, and way too fat, I guess!