Sunday, December 21, 2014

More Christmas Fun Facts!

Christmas is just four days away, so I thought it would be fun to look up and share some more Christmas "fun facts" which you could share with your family and friends as you celebrate Christmas! Did you know . . . 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Three More Days Until Samantha Gets a Home . . .

Yes, in three days I'll be drawing the name of the person who will win the American Girl - BeForever Samantha Doll & Paperback Book (USA only)! If you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in the drawing for Samantha - which will be on December 23, 2014 - AND will be sure to check back with grandma's cookie jar on the 23rd to see if you won so you can let me know by 5pm EST on December 23, 2014, please comment below to let me know what your favorite type of doll is - I love rag dolls the best! - and another entry if you tell me who you will give Samantha to if you win! (I will not be able to get Samantha to you before Christmas, but will get it in the mail right after Christmas - unless you live near enough to me so we are able to work out getting the doll to you. I want to let the winner know they won, so if I do not hear back from whoever wins Samantha by 5pm EST on December 23, 2014, I will draw a new winner. I know this leaves you a short "window" to get in touch with me, but it is the best way I can try to help whoever does win be able to let the girl they are going to give Samantha to, know they won.)

Christmas Means . . .

Christmas is just five days away; while we are likely busy finishing up with Christmas activities; children's concerts, Christmas parties, special lessons, family activities and even last-minute shopping, don't forget in all your busyness to stop and remember what Christmas actually means!

To me, Christmas means . . . 

Friday, December 19, 2014

just for fun - Christmas Trivia - Did You Know . . .

With Christmas only a week away, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of Christmas trivia with you! Did you know . . . 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

American Girl BeForever Samantha Doll - I'm Giving One Away!

I am delighted to say the American Girl - BeForever Samantha Doll & Paperback Book has arrived! Let me say, Samantha is not only a lovely doll, but the character in the story is a lovely "person"; one we can happily have the girls in our lives read about and want to show the same character in their own lives!

Fun Ideas for Announcing a Late Gift . . .

So, from the response to my last few posts, I think it is fairly safe to say many of you are excited about my give-away of the American Girl - BeForever Samantha Doll & Paperback Book! As soon as she arrives - likely today or tomorrow - I will post a review, but today I thought it would be fun to share some of your ideas for how you could give her to your granddaughter or daughter for Christmas if you win . . . even though you will not receive her in time for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Best Gifts!

This morning my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him there really isn't anything I want. I am so blessed! This morning I received a wonderful gift . . . Caleb was looking through a book about dogs and just laughed and laughed with his all! The gift of hearing my grandson laugh is a truly wonderful gift!

Then he climbed into my lap for me to read a book to him . . . the gift of snuggling with a story; a truly wonderful gift!

And, then he smiled at me and said, "I love you forever grandma!" Yes, I already have the best gifts of all and I am ever so thankful!

American Girl Doll BeForever Samantha - Give-Away on December 23, 2014!

It looks like I'll be posting my review of the American Girl BeForever Samantha doll
tomorrow (Thursday, December 18, 2014) and will have the drawing on December 23, 2014 by 9am est. If you enter the drawing, PLEASE check to see if you won as I will draw a new winner at 5pm on December 23, 2014 if I do not hear from the first winner. Since I will not be able to get the doll to the winner before Christmas (unless someone who lives near me wins it) I want to at least be able to let the winner know they won and the doll will be on it's way!

Best wishes to all of you who would like to win the doll - I wish I had enough for all of you, but am happy to be able to give one away!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

American Girl Doll Samantha BeForever Doll - Give-Away???

I have been trying to get an American Girl doll for review and give-away again this year, but since my contact person changed, I was not able to connect with someone from American Girl - until today. They are sending me the American Girl - Beforever Samantha Doll & Paperback Book for review . . . which I will give away, but it will not be possible to post the review and hold the give-away and ship the doll to the winner before Christmas.

So . . . what do you think is better . . . holding the review and give-away with the drawing in January or holding a short give-away and drawing a winner the 23rd . . . will you who enter check back the 23rd to see who won and get your address to me if you win? I'll ship it right away, but it won't arrive before Christmas. However; you could let your granddaughter/daughter know the doll is on it's way.

What do you think?

Christmas Caroling - All is Well

Yes, I'm still "caroling"; my next song is a new one from Michael W. Smith's new Christmas album. It is a song he invited Carrie Underwood to sing with him and is not only beautiful, but it has the simple, clear message of Christmas; All is Well!

Monday, December 15, 2014

grandma's bookshelf - I Love You Near and Far - I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a book which has the potential to be encouraging and helpful for children who have a parent serving in the military, or whose parents are divorced or who have grandparents who live far away. Since this sounded like a book with the potential of being one which could help children, I definitely said, "yes!"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I Am a Very Blessed Grandma!

Today was a truly wonderful day! Josiah and Caleb spent the night and since their Poppa had to be at church all day to work lights for the morning services and for the two Christmas performances today, the boys and I stayed home and had our own Sunday School at grandma's house! We made instant snow and talked about how the Bible says, even though our sins are like scarlet, when Jesus forgives us, He washes us white as snow! Josiah told me about his favorite Bible Adventure - David and Goliath - there were no dragons in it, but there were lions, bears, a king, a giant, armies and most important, just as God helped David with his BIG problem when Josiah and Caleb have problems they can know God will help them, too!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Caroling - Mary Did You Know?

When I was a teen, the Saturday or two before Christmas typically was when we went caroling. So, today I'm still "caroling" for you . . . so what could be a better song to share, than one from Pentatonix . . . Mary Did You Know

Friday, December 12, 2014

crafting with grandma - Woven Stars!

I've been debating what to put on the top of my tree . . . yes, my tree has be up for a couple weeks now without anything on the top. I have a lovely angel which I've used in years past, but it is definitely a "girl" and angels are boys, so I didn't want to use the angel this year. 

I'd like to put a star on the top, but have not been able to find one I like. So, I am leaning toward making a star! I like the twig star idea I shared about a month ago (you'll find it at this link), but I haven't decided yet, so today when I was browsing on Pinterest, I saw a star made from paper stips which you weave together . . . it has definite possibilities!