Monday, January 15, 2018

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Tracy Taylor is the winner of the for the Oriental Trading Fun Box - you'll find my full review at this link. Thank you Tracy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com to arrange to get it to you) and thank you Oriental Trading for sending these items for me to review and give away.

Be a "Techy" Grandma!

Use tech to stay in touch with your grandchildren -
especially those who live far from you and those who are teens. Email, text and facebook message encouragement, prayers and even a note to remind them how much you love them. Tech provides us a wonderful way to connect with and build our relationship with our grandchildren! Be a "techy" grandma!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thank God for the Joy

No matter the age of your grandchildren - or children for
that matter - they are a gift from God and bring joy to our heart! Take time today to thank God for these gifts with which He has blessed you and pray for them to love and walk with God. 

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith#itmatterswhatwedo

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hugs and Cookies!

I live near my grandchildren and am certainly generous with the hugs; as you likely are if you live near your grandchildren. If you do not live near your grandchildren consider sending them e-hugs. Talk with them and come up with your own special symbol for hugs - and send it to them often!
Statistics show 86% of grandmas bake cookies - if you are such a grandma, consider baking some cookies to share with or send to your grandchildren today - it is a fun, and tasty way, to build memories!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Grandmas with Heart - These are the Grandmas . . .

This past year seven wonderful ladies and I began the work on a new ministry - Grandmas with Heart. Each day I post a new photo meme with some words about handing down the faith - you may have noticed I share them each day here on grandma's cookie jar.

While there are many important people and things in my life and yours, if we are grandma there is nothing more important for us to do than to hand down our faith to our grandchildren. I - and the other Grandmas with Heart - believe grandmas have much to offer to other grandmas. We know the concerns and joys experienced by grandmas and we understand the desire to hand down our faith.

Remember, Keep Remembering & Tell!

Handing down the faith is all about remembering how God
was faithful yesterday, seeing how He is faithful today and sharing how we are confident He will be faithful tomorrow! 

Consider starting this year with a Journal where you - and your family - write or draw how God shows Himself faithful to you as you go through this year. Leave it where it is easy for family and friends to see and be reminded how God is working in your lives. 

Remember! Keep reminding yourself! Tell your children and grandchildren!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"This is All I Wanted to Say!"

So, last night - as on most Wednesday nights, my husband picked up our grandsons on his way home from work. As he was getting the boys into the car, he called to let me know they were about on their way.

Our four-year-old grandson heard me on the phone and wanted to talk. He said; "I love you grandma! And, I like you, too! This is all I wanted to say."

Make it Matter

Time is a gift from God - use the days you have remaining to hand down the faith. It is the thing which matters the most and will last forever. Consider sending an email to your grandchildren today and share a favorite verse, how God has answered your prayer or something He has done in your life. Handing down the faith is not difficult - it is as simple as sending an email!

 #grandmas #handingdownthefaith#itmatterswhatwedo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Heart Blanket

As I browsed on Pinterest this morning - something I have not done for quite some time - I saw a photo of a crocheted heart blanket. There wasn't a pattern, but it looks pretty simple - just use leftover yarn and crochet hearts, connect them when you have the number you want, fasten together and you have a blanket!

Leave a Legacy Which Never Dies!

We need to know what matters the most, so we spend our time where it makes the most difference; where it will let us leave a legacy which never dies. Handing down our faith is the thing which matters the most. Take time today to pray for your children and your children's children and plan a way to grandparent on purpose; to hand down your faith!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Learning to Be Thankful & to Show It

I am blessed to be able to take my grandsons to church from time to time on Sundays and each Wednesday evening. I find this a perfect opportunity to help them learn to be thankful and to express their appreciation to others.

How Old Were You . . . ?

How old were you when you first became a grandparent? I was 48.

Whether you are a younger, or older grandparent, you are the second most influential people in the lives of your grandchildren (second only to their parents). Make a difference on purpose in the lives of your grandchildren to point them to God. 


#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

Monday, January 8, 2018

It is Soup Month - Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

January is Soup Month . . . and what month could be a better month for us to enjoy a comforting and warm bowl of soup than January with all it's cold temps and snow! So, with this in mind, today - and throughout the month - I'm going to share with you some of my favorite soup recipes.

On Days of the Year (daysoftheyear.com) I found the following info about soup . . . 

Point Them in the Right Direction

Definitely point your grandchildren in God's Way by the
words you use, but remember, the strongest and most powerful way you do this is by the example you leave. Live so when you're gone, your grandchildren remember you loved God with your all, you loved them with your all and they want to live in the same way.