Blessing Mama and Daddy

The Eisenhower sons recognized and appreciated the love and care that their parents had given them while they were growing up. As adults they founds ways to honor their parents in tangible ways. President Eisenhower was a great fan of three presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. He and his wife Mamie gave […]

Making a Home

Ida Eisenhower created a beautiful home for her family. She was a good seamstress. We have already seen the pillow on which she embroidered her sons’ names. She painted this picture which hangs in the hall. It reads, “Call Again.” Ida Eisenhower decorated with plants, dishes, and doilies, all popular decorative items of the day. […]

Family Time Eisenhower Style

The small back parlor was the heart of David and Ida Eisenhower’s home. On one wall was Ida’s piano. Before she married, Ida inherited $1000 dollars. She spent $600 of her inheritance for a custom-built piano. Before dropping out of college to marry David, Ida had intended to be a music teacher. She taught all of her […]

A Man, a Woman, and Joyous Acceptance

As I mentioned in the Tender Teddy post more than a year ago, in President Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography, he wrote about the virtues necessary for a nation. He said: “. . . these virtues are as dust on a windy street unless back of them lie the strong and tender virtues of a family life based […]

Granddaughters Honoring Their Grandfather

Last October Ray and I visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home with our son and his family. The two-hour visit only whetted Ray’s and my appetite to come back for more. Learning during that visit that the museum is about to undergo a renovation made us want to hurry back […]