Increasing my Numbers

May 7, 1967 – Corinth, Mississippi- day I was born

November 15, 1967 – Memphis, Tennessee – the day Daddy died

January 23, 1985 – Crystal Faith Grimes

5:37 a.m.- time she was born

6 pounds 7 1/2 ounces – birth weight

1995 – the year she was baptized by her father at Fall Creek Falls

June 26, 1987 – Andrew Elijah Grimes

3:15 p.m. – time he was born

7 pounds 15 ounces – birth weight

2001 – the year he was baptized by his father at Fall Creek Falls

January 10, 1994 – Malloree Hope Grimes

6:50 a.m.- time she was born

6 pounds 13 ounces – birth weight

2004 – the year she was baptized by her father at Fall Creek Falls

Room 811 – ICU – Room at Vanderbilt Hospital my husband was in for 10 days following a complicated surgery in 1995. That experience changed my life, because we got to leave the ICU. Most do not.

August 25 – our anniversary

713 Reeves Road – the house that built us

113 Peak Hill Circle – the house we left behind

1210 Belvedere Dr – first address in Nashville, where we moved when I was three years old

831-0611 – our family’s phone number, back when people had home telephones

July 25, 1996 – date my husband began his career with Ford

August 14, 2000 – date I first started working at my current job

December 19, 2001 – date of my surgery for a tumor that turned out to be malignant

John 3:16 – the story, in the simplest of terms

Jeremiah 29:11 – my husband’s favorite scripture

Psalms 68:5 – God’s promise to me

1.4 miles – length of my favorite hiking trail at Fall Creek Falls

18 pounds – amount of weight I need to lose

70,000 words – length of the current novel I am writing

2008 – the year our daughter got the chance to perform at Disney

2003 – The year our oldest graduated from high school

2005 – The year our son graduated from high school

2012 – The year our youngest graduated from high school

2012 – The year we had to reinvent ourselves, becoming empty nesters like no one had ever done before.

2009 – The year we transferred to Michigan. What a terrifying and awesome journey that was!

5 – The size of our family, but when multiplied by extended family and friends, it somehow equals 500 people.

I’m a word person. I love to play with them, roll them around on my tongue, and choose just the right one to convey just the right image.

But sometimes, words are never needed.

Lately, I’ve been playing close attention to all the numbers in our lives. Dates, times, weights–all units of measurement that identify the most important moments of our lives. The date itself brings forth many images. Some miracles. Some wonderful. Some amazingly painful. But those are the times we experience the most growth; the most direct contact with God.

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel as if I didn’t choose my life. I think it chose me instead.

And today, when I focus on the numbers, I can’t imagine it being any more perfect.

Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Leviticus 26:9 – “‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.”








Janet Morris Grimes

Janet is the author of the book, The Parent's Guide to Uncluttering Your Home, released in 2011 through Atlantic Publishing. A wife and mother of three, Janet currently writes from Vine Grove, Kentucky on such topics as faith, family, and forever. She writes for Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine among other publications, and is an aspiring novelist. For additional information on Janet, visit her website at

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  1. I love this Janet. The number 7 has played a significant role in my life. I think you’ve inspired me to lay out all of the numbers in my life on a new blog page 🙂 It will be interesting to see how it lays out.

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