Monday, May 25, 2015

Treasure Rocks at grandma's!

The boys were here Friday night for a sleep-over, so Saturday morning, we had our first hunt for "Treasure Rocks"! I color-coded the "rocks", so each boy knew which one they were looking for. Poppa hid them in the yard and then the boys went out to find them! Of course, once found, they then had to get the "treasure" out of the "rock" . . . which involved vinegar and a squirt bottle!

Treasure Rocks are fun . . . and just take baking soda, water, a "treasure" and vinegar! They are fun to find and fun to get the "treasure" out . . . lots of fizzing fun!

This Summer there will be lots of Treasure Rocks at grandma's . . . after all, it can not be boring to be at grandma's house!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say Loving Mommahood is the winner of one set of glass magnets.  (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Ashley for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by June 1, 2015, so I can send it to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Shutterfly for sending a set for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say Mami2cjn (Mary Happymommy) is the winner of one American Girl Doll and Paperback Book - Grace, the 2015 Girl of the Year Doll.  (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Mary for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 31, 2015, so I can send it to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you American Girl for sending one for me to review and give away!

Thank you everyone who entered - I wish I had a doll for each of you, but I will probably have another to give away at Christmas! If I do get one then, someone will win it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

American Girl Doll Giveaway Tomorrow - May 24, 2015!!!

YES!!! Tomorrow is the day I'm giving away one American Girl Doll and Paperback Book - Grace, the 2015 Girl of the Year doll! Which means, you still have time to enter the giveaway today! How do you enter, you ask? Well . . . 

Passing on a Heritage of Faith is Essential & Can be Fun, too!

I've been writing all week about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. As I said
yesterday; "We so easily become distracted by the things in this world. We lose focus of what is truly most important and think things like earning more money, taking bigger and better vacations, owning a bigger and new home, driving new cars, etc. are important, when in truth, none of these things matter. Not really. If we end up with all these things, but fail to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren will we say, "Oh well. I had a great car, house and big bank account!"? No. Nothing, please allow me to repeat, NOTHING is more important than passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren.

If we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith, we have to stay focused on what is really important so we do not become distracted by this world."

I absolutely believe passing on a heritage of faith is of utmost importance, so for this reason, I have been working on writing a curriculum I could use with my grandsons; Science, the Bible & Fun! Each week's resource includes a science project (my grandsons love science projects!), fun options for Minute-to-Win-it-type games, crafts, recipes, time at the park and service projects. But, while all of these things are fun, the core part, or at least the most important part, is where we will be spending a year praying through the Psalms. I want my grandsons to know and walk with Jesus and learning how to really talk with Him is essential for them to learn if they are going to know and walk with Him. In addition, each month we will learn about a different Bible person. We will spend an entire month learning about one Bible person - this will give us the opportunity to look, really look at this real person and how they chose to know and walk with God!

I Have A Winner & the American Girl Doll Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say Nita VanHoy Carter is the winner of the books Sleepy Puppy  and Sleepy Kitty - from Sterling Children's Books.  (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Nita for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 30, 2015, so I can send them to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Friday, May 22, 2015

How Do We Pass on a Heritage of Faith? Serve God & Do Not be Distracted by the World!

Image result for images for do not be distractedI've been writing all week about how we are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, and we need to focus on doing so. Today as I finish looking at Deuteronomy 6, I want to think about what it means when it tells us to - 
Fear the Lord  your God, serve him only.
Yesterday I talked about how the people of Israel had trouble with remembering all the things God did for them; how He saved them, led them and provided for them. Over and over they forgot. I said; "We tend to do the same. We think the things we have are because of what we have done instead of remembering all we have are blessings from the hand of God. We forget God's goodness, but He says to be careful we do not forget. He wants us to remember and we need to remember. It is an important part of passing on a heritage of faith because if we do not remember God and His many blessings, our grandchildren are unlikely to do it. When this happens, we slip into sin." 

We so easily become distracted by the things in this world. We lose focus of what is truly most important and think things like earning more money, taking bigger and better vacations, owning a bigger and new home, driving new cars, etc. are important, when in truth, none of these things matter. Not really. If we end up with all these things, but fail to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren will we say, "Oh well. I had a great car, house and big bank account!"? No. Nothing, please allow me to repeat, NOTHING is more important than passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren.

If we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith, we have to stay focused on what is really important so we do not become distracted by this world. We need to remember Who we serve. We can do this in the following ways . . . 

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say latanya t is the winner of one Tech2, Tender Rose Ballpoint Pen with 6mm Stylus - from Cross Pens. (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you latanya t for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 28, 2015, so I can send it to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Cross Pens for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How Do We Pass on a Heritage of Faith? Pay Attention & Remember Our Blessings are from God!

We have been looking at how we are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, and we need to focus on doing so. Today I want to think about what it means when Deuteronomy 6 tells us to - 
Be careful that you do not forget  the Lord.
Apparently the people of Israel had trouble with remembering all the things God did for them; how He saved them, led them and provided for them. Over and over they forgot. We tend to do the same. We think the things we have are because of what we have done instead of remembering all we have are blessings from the hand of God. We forget God's goodness, but He says to be careful we do not forget. He wants us to remember and we need to remember. It is an important part of passing on a heritage of faith because if we do not remember God and His many blessings, our grandchildren are unlikely to do it. When this happens, we slip into sin. 

Psalm 78 tells us how this happened with God's people over and over. They received blessings from God, parents and grandparents thanked God. Then, they forgot to tell their children and grandchildren and they slipped away from God and into sin. Bad things happened, they turned back to God, thanked Him for His blessings, then forgot, didn't tell their children and grandchildren and it all happened all over again.

If we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith, we have to remember our blessings come from God, teach this to our children and grandchildren, so they can do the same. We can do this in the following ways . . . 

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say Cindy Mouthaan is the winner of How Tiger Says Thank You! - from Sterling Children's Books. (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Cindy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 28, 2015, so I can have it sent to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How Do We Pass on a Heritage of Faith? God's Word on our Hearts

Image result for images for God's Word on our heartsWe have been looking at how we are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, and we need to focus on doing so. Today I want to think about what it means when Deuteronomy 6 tells us to - 
  • Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Bible times people had little boxes with Scripture inside - they wore these on their foreheads and wrists and a sign on their doors. A very literal following of these verses; which certainly we could put Scripture in our homes on the walls, or even wear jewelry with Scripture on it, but I think this is about really having God's Words in our hearts and directing our lives. God's Word has to be more than things we wear or decorate with; it needs to be on our hearts and lived in our lives and we can do it in the following ways . . . 

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm very happy to say Teresa Maddox is the winner of Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows. (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Teresa for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 27, 2015 so I can have it sent to you - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you BH Kids for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Fun at grandma's - Treasure Rocks!!!

The other day I wrote about making Ice Eggs - this is definitely something I will be doing with my grandsons this summer, but today as I browsed on Pinterest I found another idea which I can do for them as well . . . Treasure Rocks!

What are, "Treasure Rocks", you ask? Well, you take a little toy, mix some baking soda and water to make a clay/paste which you wrap around the small toy. Let dry overnight and hide outside. When your grandchildren find them, they can spray vinegar on them to watch the "rock" dissolve - in a very fizzy and fun way - to show the toy inside!

Sounds like great fun to me! What do you think?

How Do We Pass on a Heritage of Faith? Talk about It!

We know our job is not "finished" just because our children are grown. This is what  Deuteronomy 6 is talking about when it says we are to, "talk about God and His Word in our day-in-day-out lives". We need to remember we are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. 

Deuteronomy is not talking about just the occasional word to our grandchildren about going to church or praying, but a living of our lives in a way which reflects how important God's Word is because we live it every day. Deuteronomy 6 says to - 
  • Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This is not talking about a casual, once-in-awhile, once a week focus on God and His Word. No. This is about a day-in-day-out life. God and His Word applies to and impacts every aspect of our lives, so if we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, we need to live like this is true; because it is!

This is all about connecting God and His Word with our everyday lives and we can do this in the following ways . . .