Monday, December 11, 2017

"I Do NOT Like That Song!!!"


Do you go caroling at Christmas-time? What is your favorite Christmas carol? 

Thinking about singing at Christmas reminded me of how a couple years ago, on Thanksgiving, my grandsons spent the night - fun time to have a sleep-over! Well, the next morning we were talking about Christmas and how real reindeer do not fly and my husband mentioned the song, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer", so I sang a line of it. My then four-year-old grandson Caleb said . . . with great passion; "I do NOT like that song!!!" Then he came and gave me a big hug!

Pray Your Grandchildren will Hold Firmly to God - Their Rock!

Our grandchildren will not find firm, stable footing in the world for their lives, but they will in God! Share with them how holding to God as your Rock has given your life stability and peace - consider making a journal for you and your grandchildren to record how God has been your Rock!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Katrina Angele is the winner of The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Katrina for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 15, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Tell Your Grandchildren About God's Good Plans for Them

God has good plans for our grandchildren which do give them hope and a future - this is the truth! Take time this week to communicate this to your grandchildren - no matter their age or location . . . tell them in person, email, facetime, make a phone call or mail them a letter - be sure to tell them . . . and repeat often!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reason for Rules by Sherry Schumann in HomeFront Magazine

reasons for rulesToday I want to share with you a link to an article Sherry Schumann (one of the Grandmas with Heart) wrote for HomeFront Magazine. In "Reason for Rules" she shares how Biblical discipline modeled by our heavenly Father provides a pathway of redemption and restoration.

You'll find the article at this link -  https://homefrontmag.com/reasons-for-rules/

Have a Candy Cane Hunt!

Start a new family tradition - have a candy cane hunt! What is a candy cane hunt? Think Easter egg hunt, but substitute candy canes, and since they hang nicely, you are able to hang them on low branches, bushes, etc outside for a lot of fun and a great way to build a wonderful memory! Share the Legend of the Candy Cane to make it a teaching opportunity to hand down your faith! Enjoy!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Week of Fun Christmas Crafts - Handprint Nativity Animals

Are you looking for craft ideas you can use with your grandchildren which celebrate the real Reason for the Season? Well, this is an idea you could use with them which not only celebrates Jesus, but is simple and inexpensive to make!  

What Do Your Grandchildren Call You?

When my grandsons first began talking I was "Ga", then "Gra-ma" and now "Grandma" . . . best names EVER! What do your grandchildren call you?

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

crafting with grandma - Easy Clothespin Snowman Ornament!

A few days ago I shared with you an idea for a fun snowman ornament made from a wooded clothespin - today I'm showing you an even easier way to make this even your youngest grandchildren will be able to do.

West Michigan Grandparents (and Parents, too) Watch for Grandparenting on Purpose!

One thing I want to do is to let you know about resources to help you hand down your faith. If you live in the West Michigan area - stay tuned for information about an opportunity to connect and learn about handing down your faith!

Josh McDowell's 7 Principles for Building Relationships with Our Grandchildren - #7 - Accountability

For the past week I've been sharing on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - and on here - Josh McDowell's Seven Principles for Building a Relationship with Our Grandchildren. He spoke last year at the Legacy Grandparenting Summit and covered this in his message.

Today is Principle #7 from Josh McDowell for how to build a relationship with our grandchildren - Accountability. Yes we set limits and want to help our grandchildren learn to make wise choices, but we always do so with love Thank you for reading and sharing this series with the people you know!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Week of Fun Christmas Crafts - Handprint Nativity

Handprint nativity. Poem on the back: " I used my hand to make a manger, a place for Jesus to lay. I'll use my heart so full of love, as a place for Jesus to stay.": Today I have another simple, inexpensive and fun idea which you may use with your grandchildren - and it could also make a great parents gift . . . a Handprint Nativity!

Of course I found it on Pinterest; all you need is cardstock, tagboard, wood - whatever you want for the base, a star stencil, paint, a little straw, glue and ribbon. Cut the heart big enough to fit the design and be sure to write this poem on the back, or around the bottom edge on the front might be nice, too; "I used my hand to make a manger, a place for Jesus to lay. I'll use my heart, so full of love, as a place for Jesus to stay."

Josh McDowell's 7 Principles for Building Relationships with Our Grandchildren - #6 - Approach Their World

#6 - Approach Their World - get "techy" - your grandchildren are. My grandchildren are more "techy" than I am and they are just four, six and nine. Get a smart phone, so you will be able to text them. Get on-line so you are able to email - this lets you stay in touch whether you live across the street or around the world. Show interest in what they care about and be able to connect with them in the ways they connect. This matters.

(Please share this series with the grandmas - and grandpas/parents - you know!)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Josh McDowell's 7 Principles for Building Relationships with Our Grandchildren - #5 - Affection

#5 - Affection - speak and show love to our grandchildren! Tell them - often and frequently and show it with appropriate hugs and a kiss on the head or cheek. Leave no doubt in their minds they are loved deeply and without end. Let them hear and see/experience how much we love them - it is essential!

(Please share this series with the grandmas - and grandpas/parents - you know!)