Monday, June 27, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit!

If you are a grandma, grandpa, pastor and/or church leader - or know someone who is one of these - this post is for you! I want to let you know about an amazing opportunity you have to hear Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Tim Kimmel, Gary Chapman, John Trent, Wayne Rice, Larry Fowler and many more nationally known speakers talk about grandparenting . . . yes, grandparenting! 

Just the opportunity to hear one or two of these speakers is something which would likely get your attention and capture your attention, but all these people, and many more, will be speaking at the first-ever National Grandparenting Summit, November 15-17, 2016. 

My Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents - #5 - Do Not Fail To Greet With Enthusiasm

When it comes to being grandma - or grandpa - there are so many wonderful things we get to do; things which bring us joy . . . and sometimes hugs, kisses, snuggles, "I love yous" and a great laugh, too! But, there are also things we must be careful not to do, so for the next few days I'm sharing with you my Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents, beginning today with #5 . . . 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

grandma's cookbook - Butter Sugar Cookies

My family loves homemade cookies. They especially love them when they are soft as opposed to hard or crunchy. So, when I make cookies I do two things . . . not being a professional baker, I do not know for sure these two things contribute to the softness of my cookies, but I have a feeling they do. What are these two things, you ask? Well . . . 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

grandma's chuckles - "But I'm Your Sweetie Pie!"

My youngest grandson does not tend to like it when I call him anything other than his name. If I call him, "sweetie", he says; "I'm not sweetie, I'm Shane!" If I call him, "honey", he says; "I'm not honey, I'm Shane!" If I call him, big boy, the says; "I'm not big boy, I'm Shane!" You get the idea. It doesn't matter what I call him, if it isn't, "Shane", he reminds me what his name is.

Yesterday when he was at my house, he was climbing on his older brother when he was trying to read. Josiah kept telling Shane to leave him alone and stop climbing on him, to no avail. Finally I told Shane if he did not leave Josiah alone so he could read, I would have to give him a time-out. Of course, being two, he didn't take me seriously and climbed on Josiah again.

I picked him up and sat down with him for his time-out, to which he said; "But I'm your sweetie pie!!!"

It is true, he is my sweetie pie, but he still had to sit for his two minutes of time-out. I have been laughing about this for the last day . . . and expect to do so for quite some time!

What have your grandchildren said/done lately which put a smile on your face?

Friday, June 24, 2016

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to Grandchildren!

Grandmas - or grandparents - and "love" go hand-in-hand and showing this love to our sweet grandchildren just comes naturally! Throughout the week I've been sharing my Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren and today I'm ready to write about my Top Way to Show Love to Grandchildren . . .  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIY Soothing, Healing Skin Cream

One of my grandsons has a pretty serious case of eczema - the poor, sweet angel scratches his arms, legs, tummy and hands until they actually bleed - it is so sad. We, and his parents, have of course tried a number of creams and ointments to give him relief, but so far have had limited success,

So, yesterday my daughter sent me a link for a site with a "recipe" for making my own cream . . . since I have experienced amazing success with essential oils in regards to bug spray, asthma and knee pain, I thought I'd give it a try. I looked up several recipes and what different essential oils are supposed to do and have a recipe I will be trying tomorrow (when my supplies arrive). 

In case you have need for a cream to help with dry, itchy, inflamed skin, here is the recipe I'm going to try if you would like to do so as well . . . 

The Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . #2 - Hug, Snuggle & Kiss!

I've been writing about my Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren and today's
"way" is really pretty much a "no-brainer", but may be something we do less of as our grandchildren get older. It is easy to hug and snuggle our grandchildren when they are little, but they still need hugs when they are older . . . so, today my #2 way to Show Love to my Grandchildren is - hug, snuggle & kiss . . . 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More Summer Fun Ideas!

Dry Ice Bubbles - Science fun for kids: Yesterday I posted my Ultimate Summer Bucket List for children which I found on Pinterest. Since my grandsons were over, we tried making things with marshmallows and toothpicks . . . I only had large marshmallows, but they still had fun . . . and several marshmallows were eaten!

Today I found another link with more fun Summer ideas which could be added to a "bucket list" for the summer. I think I'm definitely going to put together the scavenger hunt list for the boys . . . I live in the country, have a nice, large yard (about one acre) and it has many varieties of trees, so I'm sure I could come up with a fun list!

The Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . #3 - Greet with Joy!

As we continue to think about showing love to our grandchildren, today I'm happy to share with you my third way I show love to my grandsons from my Top Five . . . 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Children!

This Summer I will be blessed to spend a lot of time with my grandsons - they will come over first thing on Tuesday mornings, spend the day, the night and then go home after supper on Wednesday. Friday mornings, they will come over, spend the day, have another sleepover and then go home Saturday - either after lunch or after supper. 

While we are just beginning our Summer schedule - as the boys had their last day of school last week, I do expect it will not take long before they are looking for things to do. So, this morning as I browsed Pinterest, I was very happy to see a pin filled with ideas to give children an, "Ultimate Summer Bucket List"! There are 29 fun ideas - I especially like making smores using a pizza box, playing the silliest game ever and making bubbles which bounce!

You'll find all the ideas for this, "Ultimate Summer Bucket List" at the following link . . . which ideas will you try this Summer with your grandchildren?

The Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . #4 - Pay Attention!

Showing love to our sweet grandchildren may come naturally to us, but this week I I'm sharing my Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . and today I'm sharing my #4 . . . 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . #5 - Say It!

Grandmas - or grandparents - and "love" go hand-in-hand and showing this love to our sweet grandchildren just comes naturally, but this week I thought I'd write about my Top Five Ways to Show Love to My Grandchildren . . . beginning with #5 today . . . 

grandma's chuckles - "The Answer to Happiness is Lemonade!"

Most Friday nights my grandsons spend the night at my house. We love sleepovers! This past Friday was a sleepover Friday. On Saturday morning Josiah came over to me with a huge smile on his face and said; "Grandma, the answer to happiness is lemonade!Of course after laughing, I got the sweet and funny boy a glass of lemonade!

Today, after laughing some more, I got to thinking about the "answer" to happiness. Far to often we think we require "more" and "bigger" and the "newest" and the "best" in order for us to be happy. But this is not true. More,  bigger, newest and best do not mean we will be happy, because there is always more to be had, something bigger out there, the next new thing is just around the corner and the "best" is relative. If we seek after these things, we will find happiness eludes us; as will our grandchildren if they seek after these things as well.

Fortunately Matthew 6:25-34 tells us where we will find happiness . . .

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When We Wholly Trust God, We Will Find Him Wholly True!

When I was young going to church meant we would be spending time singing the old hymns from the hymnals; It Is Well With My Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, Just As I Am - old songs where the lyrics were sound and they challenged and encouraged us in our walk with God. I loved these songs then - and still love them today. 

I wrote about this and how one of my favorite old hymns - Like a River Glorious - reminds me, no matter what I see in the news . . . and these days there is no shortage of scary things in the news, God's perfect peace is constant a few days ago on the Legacy Coalition facebook page - you'll find it at this link.