Monday, February 8, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for February 15th

Yes, February 15th is just a week away and it is a very important date, so mark your calendars and get ready for the 15th! Why you ask? Because February 15th is the day after February 14th and February 14th is Valentine's Day! 

Why does this matter, you ask??? Well, February 15th, besides from these obvious things, is the day all the Valentine's Day candy goes on sale! Just stop and think about all the things you could do with heart-shaped candy . . . if you have it! 

You could . . . 

Being Intentional - Praying God's Word With & 4 My Grandchildren

As I've shared with you a few times so far this year, I'm very focused and intentional about passing on a heritage of faith to my three sweet grandsons. One way I'm doing this is by praying Scripture for them. But, I do not stop at just praying Scripture for them. Most weeks my grandsons spend Friday night at my house on a sleep-over, so on Saturday, we sit at the table, or on the sofa, and look at the verses their Poppa and I have been praying for them throughout the week. They get to hear us pray for them; and they have the opportunity to pray as well. (I LOVE hearing them pray!) We talk about their prayer requests from the previous week and how God is answering their prayers. 

Then, we look at the passage we will praying for them in the coming week and talk about what the verses are saying. I have the boys draw another prayer request, which we can pray about for them in the coming week, and then we all pray together.

I want my grandsons to hear us praying for them; not just hear me saying we will pray for them, and so far, the boys - especially Josiah, are enjoying this time of prayer. They seem to really appreciate how we are praying for them and are starting to understand what it means to pray Scripture.

In the coming week we are praying Psalm 119:1-16 and the prayer requests the boys have given us. I'm praying my grandsons will love God's Word and will want to follow it all their lives. I'm praying they will learn to turn to God's Word throughout their lives when they have to make a decision, they will love God's Word more and more, and will experience great joy when they make the choice to obey it.

So, I thought I'd share this passage with you, so you can pray it for yourself and for your grandchildren, too! (It is from my book, Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Old Testament Edition. By the way . . . I'm almost finished with the Psalms Edition and am looking for a few people who are willing to read it and write a few sentences to share what they think about the book . . . if you are interested in doing this, please email me - lyndagcj@gmail.com)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

grandma's chuckles - Show Love to Grandma Day & Important Conversations

Apparently at this house yesterday was; "Show Love to Grandma Day!" as all three boys sat down at the table and started drawing hearts and flowers to make pictures for me, to say, "I love you!" Even little Shane (two years old) wanted to get in on it all . . . he had me draw the flowers, then he colored them!

Caleb (four years old) asked me to show him how to draw flowers, then he drew a bunch and colored them with a sparkly purple pencil . . . because "girls" like sparkly purple! Josiah (seven years old) drew angels, hearts and flowers on his picture and signed his drawing with; "Love, Josiah" at the top of his drawing. Then Josiah put his drawing on the refrigerator - where we also put Shane's drawing and Caleb said he wanted his drawing to go in my Bible, so I will see it all week! I love being grandma to these three sweet boys!

Hugs, kisses and, "I love you" were abundant, and this grandma has a very happy heart!

I love my grandsons; they are such amazing gifts from the hand of God and I am ever so thankful for them!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

crafting with grandma - Paper Stuffed Hearts

Valentine Crafts and Recipes 32I was browsing on Pinterest and found a great idea for making paper hearts . . . not the typical, one-dimensional paper hearts you might first think of, but big, puffy, beautiful stuffed hearts!

Follow this link and you'll find all the directions . . . this is a simple enough pattern you could have your grandchildren make them to give their parents or school teachers! I think it would be fun to make smaller hearts and then give them to the secretaries at school and church, and a smaller size would be nice for shut-in neighbors, too!

Friday, February 5, 2016

just for fun - It Is Doodle Day!

Are you a "doodler"? Do you tend to draw absentmindedly or when you are bored? Do you
like to add little drawings or sketches to your name, or when you write a note to someone? Most of us likely do this from time to time and today is a time to do so as it is, "Doodle Day"!

Yelling at Children

(This post was originally written two years ago, but I think it is a good one to remind us of the power of our words on the ones we love so much.)

Most mornings I watch the morning news shows as I get around and start my day. Today they discussed a recent article from the Washington Post about yelling at children; I found some very interesting information in this report and in the article, so I thought I'd share them with you.

First of all, yelling harms children. There is no debate about this; yelling harms children. The Washington Post said:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

grandma's chuckles - "My Teacher Says I Talk Too Much!"

There are many things I love about being grandma . . . I love the greetings I receive when my grandchildren arrive at my home, or I show up wherever they are . . . "It's grandma!!!!" (Followed by running and the giving and receiving of hugs!!!) I love the way my heart is filled with joy whenever I think about and spend time with my grandsons! I love the opportunities I have to talk with my grandsons about God and His Word and then hearing how they "get it"! 

Yes, there are many things I love about being grandma, but one is definitely being able to hear when these three, sweet boys say something which leaves me laughing for days! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

crafting with grandma - Heart Puzzle Wreath

Valentines wreath diyDo you have puzzles at your house which are missing pieces? If so, with just a few additional supplies, you'll have what you need to help your grandchildren make a fun heart craft which I found on Pinterest.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

grandma's bookshelf - Little One, God Loves You - I'm Giving One Away!

Around this grandma's house, we like books. Allow me to correct this . . . we LOVE books! And, there is no shortage of books to be found! All three of my grandsons enjoy books - whether we are reading the book to them, or they (Josiah) reads the book for himself. This love of books makes this grandma happy!

So, when I was recently invited to review a new book from Zonderkidz, I agreed . . . it has bunnies and is a board book, so I know my young grandsons will enjoy it! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

just for fun - It Is Bake for Family Fun Month! Let's Make a Cookbook!

Fluffy Biscuits Recipe
While certainly we can bake with our grandchildren any month of the year, apparently February is, "Bake for Family Fun Month"! This sounds like a fun thing to celebrate, so along with sharing some of my favorite baking recipes this month, I thought it would be fun to ask you to share your favorite recipes, too! If enough of you share recipes, I'll print them up in a doc which you will be able to download . . . our first-ever grandma's cookie jar cookbook!

So, first of all, I'll share one of my favorite recipes with you. For nearly all of my life . . . at least as long as I had been baking, I could not make biscuits. I know. Biscuits. Should be pretty simple, but every biscuit I tried to make ended up resembling rocks more than anything you would actually want to eat!

But, then one day a couple years ago I found a recipe for "flaky biscuits", tweaked it a bit, and gave it a try; lo-and-behold, the biscuits are actually flaky! Even better, they are delicious! My family loves them, so today I'm very happy to share this recipe with you.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Being Intentional & Engaging Them in Prayer

I want my grandsons to grow up to be children, then teens and eventually adults who love, know and follow God, but I know in this world it is becoming ever more difficult for this to happen. So many things and people around them tell them it is okay, and even fun, to do whatever they feel like doing, and it is okay to ignore God's Word.

But this is not the truth. I know the only way my grandsons will experience a life of joy is if they choose to love, know and walk with God. This is the truth and I want them to know and believe it.

Earlier this month I said; "If we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, we really need to be intentional. We need to think about it. We need to pray. We need to have conversations we plan, as well as be listening and watching for opportunities to help our grandchildren connect what they are doing/what is happening with God's Word. This may sound difficult, but it is not. It is just about being intentional. About thinking about it. About planning. About watching for those opportunities."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

grandma's bookshelf - Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids - I'm Giving One Away!

"What do you get when you cross a fly, a car and a dog?" As I sit here writing this review, Josiah (my seven-year old grandson) just asked me a joke from a book I received for review. Since I know a thing or two about this sweet boy (as all grandparents should), I knew he would enjoy the book, so I said I'd be delighted to review it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

just for fun - It's Puzzle Day! Make Your Own!

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Yes, today is Puzzle Day . . . which seems to me like the perfect opportunity to make memories and have a lot of fun with grandchildren! While you could certainly pull out boxed puzzles and spend time putting them together with your grandchildren, I think it would be great fun to work with them to make your own puzzles! Consider the following possibilities . . . 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

grandma's challenge - "I Love You!"

Here on grandma's cookie jar, you will find resources, ideas and activities to help you pass on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren. These are presented at times with book/item reviews, crafts, recipes, ideas of things to do with your grandchildren and just opportunities to build memories and your relationship with your grandchildren. So, I thought it would be fun - and fit in very well with the purpose of grandma's cookie jar - to give a monthly "challenge"; something specific for us to focus on in the coming month to pass on our faith and build our relationship with our grandchildren.

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away and is a time when we particularly think about the ones we love - and a time when we take time to tell and show them they are loved. I'm all for Valentine's Day expressions of love, but I'd like to challenge you to take time each day of the year to tell and show your family and friends they are loved!

So, it seems to me a great way to begin our "grandma's challenge" would be with a challenge to remember to speak and show our love to others! Yes, the people we love may know we love them, but it is very important for us to be intentional about taking the time to speak and show our love - not just assume it is known.