Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chocolate - a Great Christmas - or Anytime - Treat!

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Talk About Your Grandchildren!

Let your grandchildren "accidentally" overhear you sharing with others about the things they say/do. When they hear
you telling about the wise choices they have made and/or the accomplishments they've achieved, it will encourage them to continue to make wise choices and to try new things.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Night-time Candy Cane Hunt!

Last night my son brought the boys over and they had their Candy Cane hunt in the dark (6:30 pm is now dark) - with flashlights! The boys had so much fun! Then they came inside to warm up with homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade fresh-baked bread and hot cocoa with whipped cream and sprinkles on top (their aunt's idea!) We had such fun - and lots of happy faces! :-)

What We Say & Do Matters!

We grandparents are able to give our grandchildren a
connection, sense of their past and hope for their future . . . most importantly we are able to give them unconditional love. What we say and do matters!

And, Christmastime is the perfect time to help our grandchildren connect with their culture, understand their family history and see the hope they have for the future because of God's love for them! Plus, it is the perfect time to show our grandchildren how much we love them as well.

Take time to impact the lives of your grandchildren today!

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Call Grandma!

We grandmothers have a very important role to play in the lives of our grandchildren - we are there to comfort, encourage and love them - all of the time! And, one of the blessings is we get to hear and enjoy the adorable things they say/do!
Please share something cute/funny your grandchildren have said/done.

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.