Saturday, March 17, 2018

crafting with grandma - T-Shirt Pillows

My sister shared on her facebook, a fun and simple idea for making pillows, so today I'm sharing it with you! All you need are old t-shirts, pillows and scissors . . . very, very easy!

So I looked on Pinterest and found directions - which you'll find at this link with step-by-step directions for making the pillow - you basically cut away the lower portion of the t-shirt, cut corners away, and then cut in along the four edges to make ties which you then tie to make a pillow cover (you put the pillow between the fabric before you start tying, so when you finish, the pillow is complete.)

Now, I also think it would be fun to use white t-shirts, which you decorate with your grandchildren's handprints and/or photos (use acrylic paints and iron-on transfers you can print.) These pillows would make wonderful gifts . . . and your grandchildren could help make them. (Think Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts!)


Help Our Grandchildren See & Remember

Our grandchildren absolutely need to hear us talk about how God has been faithful to us yesterday. They need to hear us point out how He is faithful to us today. They also need to hear us share why we believe God will be faithful to us tomorrow. They need to hear these things.

But, they also need to remember how God has been faithful to them yesterday. They need to see how God is faithful to them today. When they remember and see these things, they will be able to believe Godwill be faithful to them tomorrow.

These things are essential for them to develop their own "Faith History", so help them remember - give them their own journal or set of "faith rocks" for them to record how and when God has been faithful to them yesterday. Help them see and celebrate how God is faithful to them today! Talk with them about why you all believe God will be faithful to you all tomorrow. This is what handing down the faith is all about; and it matters! 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Friday, March 16, 2018

crafting with grandma - Yarn Bowl

I was once again browsing on Pinterest and found the directions for making a yarn bowl! This looks like a wonderful craft you could make with your grandchildren . . . particularly on a blustery, Spring day - or possibly turn into a basket they could use when hunting eggs!

A Grandma is . . .

Whether you go by the "name" of grandma, nana, meme, me-mom, granny or even "Dave" (a few months back when I asked what your grandchildren call you, one of you said your grandson called you "Dave" for about a year when he was two - for no reason anyone was able to discover!), we grandmas are able to make a huge impact on the lives of our grandchildren. Yes, we encourage dreams, cheer our grandchildren's successes, show warmth, kindness, love and are quick to laugh. But the most important thing any grandma will ever do is to hand down the faith and point our dear grandchildren to Jesus.

Make time today to connect with your grandchildren - in person, on-line or even through snail mail. Build a strong relationship with your grandchildren - it will give them a sense of security and encourage them to walk with God. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fun Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day so I thought I'd browse on Pinterest to see if I could find some new ideas for fun things to do to celebrate . . . and I'm happy to share a site chocked full of  25 ideas!

Help the Children You Love Have a Strong "God Confidence"

Show your "God confidence" and tell your grandchildren how you hope in God and how He has answered your prayers. Then, help them keep an account of how God answers their own prayers - big and small - so they are able to see for themselves how "God comes through", "set their hope in Him" and have a strong "God confidence" of their own. This is what "handing down the faith" looks like. 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

#grandmas#handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

grandma's cookbook - Fluffy Rolls

Mmmm! I love rolls! Fresh from the oven, soft, with butter melting on them . . . what could be more enjoyable? As a child, one of my favorite parts of special family dinners was knowing I was going to be able to enjoy a couple of my grandma's rolls! So, as I browsed on Pinterest, I noticed a recipe for rolls. The picture alone was enough to put a smile on my face! With Resurrection Sunday just around the corner, I thought I'd share the recipe with you today!

So, What is a Grandma's Role?

This is one grandma who absolutely loves her grandchildren (and mom who loves her children and daughter-in-law, too!) I know as a mom my "role" was to raise my children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord" - and this parenting "job" is one my husband and I took seriously. Oh, we most certainly were not perfect parents - there are things I would do differently today, but we did the best we could with what we knew to do.

Obviously as grandma I am not "mom", so what is my "job" as "grandma"? I found an excellent post on-line about "grandparents" and want to share a few points this writer made. (You will find the complete article at this link

Get Ready for Something Big!

Our God is bigger than we think He is and He is able to do ever so much more than we are able to even begin to imagine! Not only is He able to do big things in our lives, but He will do them. And, not in our lives only, but in the lives of our children and grandchildren as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Craft-Stick Harmonicas

Resurrection Sunday is not quite three weeks away, so I thought it would be fun to find some different ideas our grandchildren could make for a unique and memorable celebration. Of course this meant I started by browsing through Pinterest . . . where I came upon an idea which fit what I was looking for . . . interesting, unique and fun for the boys to make!

Oxford University Study

We do not really need an Oxford University study to tell us what we experience and know to be true - our grandchildren are happier when we are heavily involved in their lives. Not only are they happier, but they learn important things when we invest our time in them, such as, reading, new skills, family history, how to respond to stress, treating others with love and most importantly why we believe what we believe.

Monday, March 12, 2018

I Have a Winner!

I am happy to say Alicia Anne is the winner of the book - A Couch for Llama! (You will find my review at this link.) Thank you Alicia Anne for reading grandma's cookie jar, please email me your address ( by March 19, 2018, so I am able to have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

We Are Not Alone

Knowing Jesus is with us and is going before us is a powerful truth for us to teach to our grandchildren. Share with them how you have experienced God's presence with you and give them an opportunity to discover how God has been with them as well.

Start a Faith History Journal and write your accounts of how God has been with you and your grandchildren - keep it where you are all able to see it and be reminded of how God has worked in your lives.

See and remember how God has been with you - and help your grandchildren learn to do the same - it is life-changing! 

(This post is from the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - please check it out and like, follow and share with the people you know.)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pray - God Will Come Near!

Yes! The way for us to feel close to God, is for us to pray, because when we do, God comes near to us! So, pray! Pray today for your own walk with God. Pray for your sons/daughters and sons-daughters-in-law. Pray for your grandchildren.

And, share with them how when they pray, God will come near to them as well! Hold tightly to this truth - when we pray, God comes near to us.