To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her.
In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.
Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits.
In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.
“As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always.”
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About the Author
Jenna Bush Hager is the cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb and the founder of the Today book club, Read with Jenna. She is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Ana’s Story and two children’s books—Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It—which she wrote with her mother, Laura, as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sisters First, written with her sister, Barbara, in both adult and children’s editions. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City.
Table of Contents
My Four Grandparents 1
Hiding from My Favorite People on Earth 5
Sister Love and Sister Strife 11
A Letter from Ganny on Barbara's and My Birthday 25
Do Not Speak to Me of "Balance" 27
The Wrong Movie 33
Out There on the Water 39
Henry's Letter to Gampy 47
The Opposite of Fear Is Love 51
Times I Have Cried (a Partial List) 63
Gentle Protection 67
A Letter from Jenna and Barbara to Sasha and Malta 77
"To Thine Own Self Be True" 83
Comfort Care 91
Mirror, Mirror 103
The Greatest Gift 111
"I Know You Miss Them, Too" 117
Summer Rain 125
"Poor Henry" 131
My Girls as Sisters 137
The Stone Ring 143
Dreams of My Mother 149
"Every Woman Gets Her Baby in Her Time" 157
"I Learned a Lot from Our Lunch" 165
April Showers Bring May Fog 189
Saying Goodbye to Grammee Jenna 197
Happy Birthday, Ganny 209
Father's Day in Maine 213
Walking to the Gate 221