Friday, January 20, 2017

An Inconvenient Truth

Okay, I’m about to share a truth with you which you may not want to think about. Ready??? Here it is . . . you are not getting any younger. No matter how much you try to fool the mirror, the truth is, you are not getting any younger – neither am I.

And, neither are our grandchildren.

Why do I mention this, you ask? For one reason; because it is the truth. If we do not understand and accept the truth, we can not act upon it. And this is an important truth we must act upon.

I Have a Winner!

I’m happy to say Karen is the winner of the NIV Journal the Word Bible Large Print Edition. (You’ll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Karen for reading grandma’s cookie jar (please email me your address at lyndagcj@gmail.com by January 27, 2017, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Zondervan for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A "Real" Red Elephant, God's Faithful Love & Trust!

Today I want to share something with you once again, which I originally wrote a year ago, and then add a few more thoughts. Last year I wrote . . .
“My three grandsons are young; seven, four and two years old. I love these ages, because they are just the right size for time in grandma’s lap – which of course, just fills my heart with joy! I know when my own children were young, they were the same way, but as they grew up, “lap time” came to an end. So, I treasure these few years when my grandsons are young. I enjoy the things they say and do which make me laugh and I love opportunities to snuggle them in my lap. 
Because they are still young, there are times when this is more clear than others. Today I’m going to share one such time with you. My grandsons typically spend Friday night at their Poppa’s and my house for a sleepover. Last Friday, Caleb (four years old) brought his red elephant toy/pillow with him. It reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit, so I’m quoting a bit for you . . .

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Potato Soup in the Slow-Cooker

I love cooking with my slow-cooker and I love a nice, hearty, soup – especially on a cold, winter’s evening. It is pretty wonderful when you are able to combine these three things . . . or at least two of them, because this year it is not really so very cold here in Michigan . . . it is 37 as I write this and expected to reach 55 in a couple days.

At any rate, when you can combine these things, it makes for a wonderful meal for family – any time of year! So, when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a potato soup which you make in the slow-cooker, I had to check it out!

The recipe looks pretty simple (you'll find it at this link) – chop potatoes, veggies and add cubed ham, cook for a few hours, add a little flour, cream and sour cream – cook a bit longer and voila! Soup!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Pizza!

My grandsons find pizza to be a treat they enjoy . . . no big surprise, but one grandsons in particular; my five-year old grandson, LOVES pizza! On his birthday when he gets to choose the menu, he chooses pizza. When it is not his birthday and he is at my house, he asks – ever so sweetly – if we can have pizza! Yes, he is a big fan of pizza.

Sometimes we order pizza, but other times I like to involve my grandsons in helping me make our own pizza, so last week I decided to make pizza and wanted to try a new recipe I found for the pizza crust. I have to say, the crust recipe is excellent – you’ll find it at this link. It is really easy to prepare and bakes up tender and just perfectly!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gabriela, the 2017 American Girl Doll Girl of the Year™ - I'm Giving One Away in May!

Friday the delivery truck brought a box to my door – inside was the new American Girl Doll Girl of the Year – Gabriela! So, today I’m very happy to announce, once again on May 24, 2017 I will be giving an American Girl Doll away – this time it is the very lovely Gabriela!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Five Days

I’m happy to say Leela is the winner of the book; God Made You Nose to Toes! (You’ll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Leela for reading grandma’s cookie jar (please email me your address at lyndagcj@gmail.com by January 24, 2017, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Choose to Be an Intentional Christian Grandparent who Trusts God

Recently I wrote about trust, and what it looks like for my grandsons to learn to trust God by trusting me and my love for them. But, as I read in 1 and 2 Peter today I was challenged to think about what it looks like for grandparents to trust God. To really, sincerely trust Him.

The world we live in is at times frightening. At other times there is a fair amount of uncertainty - we wonder what things will be like for our grandchildren as they grow up in a world which is increasingly moving farther and farther away from God.

I know there is nothing more important to me than to be able to see my grandsons choose to love, know and walk with God. How could anything else be more important?

It can be too easy for us to think no one cares as much as we do about our grandchildren choosing to love, know and walk with God; and may even think God does not care as much as we do. But nothing can be further from the truth. God does care. He cares the most; even more than we do.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Grandparents Can Make a Difference - By Being Intentional Christian Grandparents

Yes, I originally shared this with you this past November after the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit, but since I've been writing about how grandparents can make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren, I decided I wanted to share the Intentional Christian Grandparenting Declaration with you once again. Larry Fowler challenged us with this in his general session that Tuesday evening (November 15, 2016) - is it not how you feel as an Intentional Christian Grandparent? Watch this video . . . 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grandparents Can Make a Difference . . . By Helping Their Grandchildren Know God

I’ve been writing about how grandparents absolutely can make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of their grandchildren – they can point them to Jesus and they can regularly and faithfully pray for their grandchildren. Doing these things absolutely makes a real and significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren. Today I want to write about another thing we must do . . . help our grandchildren have open eyes so they are able to identify how God works in their lives, develop a thankful heart and remember all He has done for them.

Throughout the Old Testament we see how generations of Israelites grew up who did not know God or remember what He did for them. When this happened, they fell away and no longer followed God.  Just a casual look at the world around us shows how this is happening once again – generations have come along where they do not know God or remember all He has done for them.

I want my grandchildren to know God. I want them to have open eyes, so they are able to identify how He works in their lives. I want them to have thankful hearts and I want them to remember all God does for them – which is an essential part of them having thankful hearts. So, I’m going to share with you some of the things I’m doing with my grandsons to help them with these things . . .

Thursday, January 12, 2017

just for fun - Let's Have a Heart Hunt!

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away, so if you are looking for a fun idea you could try with your grandchildren; consider holding a “heart hunt”. What is a “heart hunt” you ask? Well . . . think Easter egg hunt, or like I wrote about last month, a Candy Cane hunt, but substitute small paper or foam hearts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grandparents Can Make a Difference . . . By Praying for Their Grandchildren

Yesterday I wrote about one way grandparents absolutely can make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of their grandchildren – they can point them to Jesus. I shared a simple way we can do this . . . by reading books to and with our grandchildren and let you know about several of my favorite books I like to read with my grandsons.

Today I want to point out another important and essential thing we can do as 
grandparents to make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of our grandchildren . . . we can – and must – pray for and with them.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grandparents Can Make a Difference . . . By Pointing Their Grandchildren to Jesus!

If you read the Legacy Coalition facebook page, you have likely noticed, and probably enjoy, the photos or memes, which are posted, typically, a couple times a week. I have several which are favorites . . . I especially like the one of the grandpa holding a grandchild and says; “Grandparents, the Original Laptop!
 
The other day they posted one of a grandpa holding a baby and it said; “One Grandparent Can Make a Difference”. This is absolutely true. Grandparents absolutely can make a difference, so for the next few days, I’m going to share with you some of the ways we can make a real, lasting and important difference in the lives of our grandchildren; starting with . . . we make a difference in pointing our grandchildren to Jesus!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Five Days!

I’m happy to say Jessica B is the winner of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! (You’ll find my full review at this link). Thank you Jessica for reading grandma’s cookie jar (please email me your address at lyndagcj@gmail.com by January 17, 2017, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!