Saturday, February 24, 2018

grandma's cookbook - Ramen-Like-Noodles

The other day my grandsons told me they like ramen noodles. They are at my house today, so I thought I'd fix ramen noodles for lunch. No, not those little dry packages of ramen noodles . . . have you ever read the ingredients on a package of ramen noodles? No, I'm not feeding them packaged ramen noodles.

I have a Kitchenaid mixer, but not the attachments to make my own ramen noodles and did not have a chance to get to the store to buy actual ramen noodles, so I looked on-line and found a way to turn angel hair spaghetti into ramen-like noodles! It involves lots of boiling water and a tablespoon of baking soda! You will find the instructions at this link.

God NEVER Changes!

Aren't we so thankful no matter what happens in the world around us and in our own lives we are able to be absolutely certain God NEVER changes! He loved us yesterday, He loves us today, He will love us tomorrow.

Take time to talk with your grandchildren about how they are able to always depend upon God. Consider starting a tradition where each time you see or talk to each other, you share one way God has showed His love to you. Keep a record of God's "fingerprints" in your lives.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fun Book Giveaway on March 7, 2018 - I Am the Boss of this Chair

Yesterday I received a new book from Sterling Children's Books to review and for which I'm also happy to announce a giveaway! Let me say, I am not particularly a "cat person" - I like dogs; basset hounds in particular, but the author of this book must be . . . or at least is quite familiar with cats! I Am the Boss of this Chair is a fun story and I am delighted to share it with you today - I know my grandsons are going to enjoy it!

See, Remember & Share How God Sustains You

How has God sustained you throughout your life? How has He answered your prayers? How has He showed His love to you? Share these things with your grandchildren. When they are able to hear and see how God has sustained you, they will be better able to believe He will do the same for them and able to see how He does!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

February is Bird-Feeding Month - Make a Fun, Simple Bird Feeder!

Yesterday I heard, for the first time in a long time, birds singing outside my window. Since I live in Michigan and snow is known to show up even in the Month of May, it is possible winter will yet return, but today the snow is melted, it is supposed to be warm . . . relatively speaking in the 40's, so I'm ready to think thoughts of Spring!

With these "Spring thoughts" and hopes in my mind, I was surprised to read the following . . . "(Birds) are coming back to their spring and summer time hunting grounds to mate, lay their eggs, and begin the long preparation for the long journey south again. Bird-Feeding Month reminds us sometimes they come back a bit early, and they’ve just finished a long journey. Bird-Feeding Month was established in 1994 by John Porter, a man who so cared about the health and welfare of the birds he read a resolution into the Congressional record. 'I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month.'"

Believe the Truth - God Cares!

With the home-going of Billy Graham, I thought I'd share one of his quotes each day for a week - he shared much wisdom over the years for sure.

When we have concerns, when we face challenges, difficulties, sad times and even pain, it is easy for us to think God does not care; but this is not the truth. God does care. He cares about everything and everyone we care about. In all times, but especially the difficult times, we need to hold to the truth - God cares and He loves us.

Be sure to model and share this truth with our grandchildren; they will face difficult times in their lives as well and they need to be able to hold on to and trust God, too.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Life of Integrity & Faithfulness

With the news today about the death of Billy Graham, I wanted to share this quote from him. I have no idea how many people were drawn to God, or back to Him, through the faithful service of Billy Graham, but upon His arrival in Heaven I'm sure he heard God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

As they reported on this in the news, the reporters said Billy Graham served with integrity - he said he wanted to serve God with faithfulness and integrity. It looks like he did!

crafting with grandma - Craft Stick Harmonicas

Make a Craft Stick HarmonicaMy grandsons sometimes enjoy crafts, but for them to do so, the craft has to be something a boy will find interesting. So, as I browsed on Pinterest this morning, a craft for making harmonicas stood out as something they might enjoy.

You will find the directions at this link - it is pretty simple. The only supplies you will need are craft sticks, rubber bands and plastic straws . . . all of which I have in the house.

Trusting God Through the "Bends" in the Road Before Us

We do not know what the future holds for us; we are not able to see around the "bends" in the "road" before us - and there are bends. But, we do know God is faithful! We do know He loves us! We do know God always does what He says He will do and He knows what the future holds for us - He sees what is in the bends before us. We are able to fully trust Him!

When our grandchildren see us trust God, live with hope and experience God's grace, they will live the same way and experience the strength trusting God will bring to their own lives

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

just for fun . . . Today is Love Your Pet Day!

Today is Love Your Pet Day . . . while my husband and I do not
have any pets our daughter has a basset hound named Rosie and our son/daughter-in-law/grandsons have two terriers named Gimli and Roxie.
When my children were growing up we had two basset hounds, a half basset hound half black lab, cats, a turtle named Tippsy, two bunnies a talking parakeet (it loved to sing with Carmen - it was very funny when it danced and sang; "I love Jesus, yes I do!"), several fish and an unfortunate experience with hamsters (the parents and siblings ate the babies!!!! I will NEVER have hamsters again!!!)

I think having pets is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn to care for something else and to get up close and personal with some of God's great creation!

What pets are in your family?

Please Help Spread the News!

We have been posting here on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page each day for almost four months. We have been blessed to interact with some of you as you comment and share our posts with those you know.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to join us here on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page. It is our desire to provide encouragement as well as information, ideas and resources to help you hand down the faith to those you love.

Please help us get the word out about Grandmas with Heart by sharing this page with those you know. Grandmas (and grandpas and parents) are able to make a difference! We are able to hand down the faith!

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Pray & Trust God to Do His Part

As grandparents we want to be able to make our grandchildren believe and walk with God, we want to be able to make them safe, healthy and happy, but these, and other things, are not what we are able to do. But remember; God loves them more than we do. He wants them to love, know and walk with Him more than we do. He wants them to live lives filled with peace and joy and He is able to do what we are not. Be faithful to pray. Trust Him. These things are what we are able to do and they are powerful. 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hand Down the Faith

As grandparents, we need to tell our grandchildren about our walk with God, but as important as this is, we also need to be intentional about helping them grow in their own walk with God. They need their own walk. Our walk is not enough. 

Check this video clip from the closing general session of the Legacy Grandparenting Conference in Minneapolis where I spoke about this very thing and then make a point this week to help your grandchildren see how God has been faithful to them as well.

Choose Faith & See With Your Heart

Make the choice to trust; to have faith, even when it looks like nothing is happening around us. Even when it looks like our prayers are not being answered. We do not know what God is doing to answer our prayers; He has promised to hear, listen to and answer out prayers and we KNOW God ALWAYS keeps His promises!

So, just because we are not able to see what God is doing, still make the choice to trust God! Have faith! Believe your heart and most importantly, God's Word . . . no matter what your eyes tell you.

And model this for your grandchildren, so they will be able to do the same.

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)