Saturday, February 25, 2017

Grandma's Brag Book!

When I first became a grandma, a friend gave me a small photo album, so I could fill it with photos - a "grandma's brag book". But, in the past few years, facebook has become the, "new grandma's brag book" as we upload and share our photos with family and friends.
We all have a favorite photo which captures a moment in time with our grandchildren and us . . . or two, or more favorites, so today I'm sharing one of my favorites with you. This is from two years ago. My grandsons had been outside playing in the pool, the sprinkler, with squirt guns, and the garden hose; they came in dripping wet. They walked up on either side of me, and I thought I was going to get a sweet kiss, but my two, sweet rascals raspberried me instead . . . which of course, they found to be extremely funny! I still laugh when I see this photo - it makes my heart happy!
Photos like this are reminders, sweet memories, and we all have our favorites! Please share one of your favorite photos of you and your grandchildren - or if you'd rather not post a photo, please describe one of your favorites!

Friday, February 24, 2017

crafting with grandma - 3-D Hand Rocks!

I wanted to find a fun craft idea to share with you today, so I spent some time browsing on Pinterest. I have to say I’m really happy with the idea I found – I will definitely be trying this with my grandsons!

I have tried drawing 3-D hands on paper before, but never thought about trying it on a rock – I love the way it looks! Simple and the finished product is sure to be noticed!

You’ll find all the info you need to try this with your grandchildren at this link – not only is it fun, but you’ll be able to have another unique way to “capture” their hand size in a memorable way!

Now . . . to find some rocks!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Making the Most of My Time & 30-Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots!

I am a very blessed grandma, for several reasons. First, of course, because of the three, sweet, rascal boys who are my grandsons! These three boys make my heart happy with the sweet – and rascally – things they say and do. But the reason above all which reminds me of how very blessed I am is because of all the time I am able to spend with these boys; I know there are many grandparents who do not live close enough to their grandchildren to see them often.

So, because I am so blessed to be able to see my grandsons and spend time with them pretty much every week, I want to make the most of this time I’ve been given. To this end I am sure to read to and with my grandsons, we play games, work on crafts, learn from God’s Word, pray and have fun together.

My grandsons sleepover either on Friday or Saturday night most weeks, so I always fix a good breakfast for my sweet boys – part of my making the most of the time we have together . . . I want them to remember their grandma made a tasty breakfast for them on sleepover mornings. Often their breakfast includes monkey bread (a favorite), cinnamon rolls or cinnamon sprinkle toast and cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon and decaf coffee or cocoa. Yes, my sweet grandsons love cinnamon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

“Kisses make everything better!”

This past weekend when my grandsons were at my house for a sleepover, my youngest grandson told me; “Kisses make everything better!” I tend to agree without any reason other than it sounds wonderful to me, but I do think there are a few reasons why this little three year old believes this . . . when not too long ago he told me, “Kisses are weird!” (I think he was influenced by his older brothers with this one, as they love to be sweet rascals and say this to me!)

But, back to the reasons why, “Kisses make everything better!” . . .

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Important Truth for Me to Know & Teach My Grandsons

I grew up in an area of the country where there were churches on almost every corner, the streets were tree-lined and the time seemed – by today’s standards – like a much more simple time. My family and I went to church every Sunday – as did most of the families I knew. The church I went to was filled with wonderful, kind people, but while the people were wonderful and kind and God’s Word was taught, so was a “brand” of heresy which we did not see as heresy then . . . and far to often do not see it as such today.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mid-Winter Break, Sleepovers, Church, Non-Boring Grandma, Legos, Cookies & Happiness!

My grandsons have today and tomorrow off from school, because of a mid-winter break . . . so, of course, this means an extra night of sleepover at grandma's house! The boys spent Saturday night and Sunday night here - so I do not have a lot of time to write today.

But, I wanted to let you know about some wonderful things they have said which have made my heart happy . . . yesterday the boys went to church with their Poppa and I. On the way home they said they loved going to church! Caleb (five years old) said he loves God and he loves going to God's house! I'm very happy about this!

Today the boys said their grandma (me) is definitely NOT boring! I, of course, am very happy to hear this!

The boys are now playing with legos - and telling me about all the space ships they are building - and I'm about to make cookies . . . an empty cookie jar is a definite "no-no" - one I plan to remedy with peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

Mid-winter break is a lot of fun!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Scary Giant Monster

Through the years my grandsons and I have enjoyed making up our own stories. We have had stories about "George the Bear", One-eyed Monsters and Super Josiah, Super Caleb ad Super Shane. As grandma, I love when my grandsons make up a story . . . their imaginations always leave me laughing!

Facebook has a feature I really love - it is the "On this Day" feature where it shows me things I posted on this day in previous years. Apparently, on this day four years ago I shared a story my then four-year-old grandson Josiah made up. When I read it again this morning I knew I had to share it with you - get ready to laugh . . . and grandmas take "warning" . . . this story is, "dangerous for grandmas"!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Believe! God Hears, Listens to & Answers Our Prayers!

For years I have heard people talk about how God has “given” them a word to focus upon for the coming year, but I did not personally feel like I had a “word” from God for me. This changed this year. This year whenever I read the Bible, hear a sermon or just see what God is doing in the lives of the people I know and love, the word which keeps coming to my mind is, “believe”.

We are only half way through the month of February, but so far this year I have been able to see how God is answering prayers! My heart is overflowing with joy at how God is doing what He said He would do . . . look at Jeremiah 29:11-14a . . .

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Help Your Grandchildren Love God's Word with the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible - I'm Giving One Away!

As you have likely gathered from reading just a few of the posts on grandma’s cookie jar, it matters very much to me to be intentional about passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren. What will anything else I might do or gain in life matter if my grandchildren do not grow to love, know and walk with God? I know what truly matters in life and this is why I am focused upon passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren.

There are several things I do to pass on my faith – I pray for my grandchildren (one resource I use to help me be consistent and focused in praying is my Deeper In books which help me pray through Scripture for my grandchildren. You’ll find out more about them at this link.) I also use Science,the Bible & Fun with my grandchildren – this is a book which gives me 52 weeks of science projects, activities, Bible adventures and time in prayer journals with my grandsons. (I wrote this resource, too and you will find it at this link.) If you want to be intentional in passing on faith to your grandchildren, these resources will help you.

But today I’m writing about another resource which will help you be intentional in passing on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren. This resource is the Bible. Yes, the Bible. As grandparents, we clearly read the Bible to our grandchildren while they are young, but there has to come a point in their lives where they make the choice to read the Bible for themselves. They will not grow in their walk with God, if they do not become people who read God’s Word for themselves.

I have been very intentional about sharing God’s Word with my grandsons. We have been learning about Jehoshaphat, Josiah, Noah and Daniel so far this year during Science, the Bible & Fun – in two weeks we will begin our month of learning about Caleb. We have Scripture blessings which we learn and say at meals and bedtime on sleepovers. My grandsons are able to see how my own Bible is underlined and has notes in the margins (I recently transferred all my notes to my new Bible – the Journal the Word Bible from Zondervan – you’ll find my review of it at this link.)

So, yesterday when my oldest grandson told me he has started reading his Bible I 
could not be happier! He began at Genesis 1:1 (a very good place to begin!) and is up to chapter six. He told me; “I started reading my Bible and it is way more interesting than I thought it would be!” This boy is a reader – he is currently reading Lord of the Rings, several other chapter books and some science project books – he is eight years old! I am SO happy he is reading his Bible and is enjoying it!

I recently was invited by Zonderkid to review a new Bible for children – which I’m 
going to share with you today. If you are looking for a Bible you could give to your grandchildren to help them develop the habit of reading God’s Word, this Bible is an excellent choice!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

It Is Bake for Family Fun Month - Let's Bake Some Cookies!

Yes, February is, "Bake for Family Fun Month" . . . and since it is typically a chilly month, it tends to be a wonderful time to "fire up" the oven and bake some, "family fun"! Around this grandma's house, there are few things more "fun" than baking a batch of homemade cookies! So, today I'm happy to share with you one of my grandsons' favorite cookies . . . 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Weeks!

I’m happy to say Jan Harpe is the winner of the book; Crocodaddy! (You’ll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Jan for reading grandma’s cookie jar (please email me your address at by February 21, 2017, so I can have it 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!

Focusing Upon God's Faithful Love!

At my house we use a Scripture passage as a “blessing” for our grandsons. We say it at meals and bedtime when the boys are here for sleepovers. So far we have used Proverbs 3:5, 6; Jeremiah 29:11-14a, Galatians 5:22 – 24 and now we are focusing on Psalm 92. We use a passage until we believe God would have us focus on something else with the boys . . . which means we might go back and reuse previous passages from time to time. We talk about the passage for our blessing, what it means and how we live it in our lives, so every time the boys hear it, they know exactly what we are talking about.

Today being Valentine's Day, and the day when we think about love, it seems appropriate to share our current passage with you - with the focus on God's faithful love for us – and how I have “paraphrased” it so my young grandsons will understand.

Monday, February 13, 2017

365 Ways to Say "I Love You" to Your Kids

Resources. We are always looking for resources to help us be more effective in raising our grandchildren and in passing on a heritage of faith to them. So, I'm very happy to share one such resource with you today . . . 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

grandma's chuckles - "I'm Not Just Copying You; I Really Mean It!"

Last night Caleb gave me a hug, I smiled and said; "I sure do love you! You make my heart so happy!" Then he got the biggest smile ever on his sweet face gave me another hug and said; "I sure do love you and you make my heart happy, too! I'm not just copying you, I really mean it!" Did I mention this sweet boy makes my heart happy?!! 

This interaction with my sweet grandson reminded me once again of how important our words are. These simple words telling him I love him and he makes my heart happy, put such a big smile on his face – as did his sweet words back to me put a big smile on my face! Words are powerful; this is absolutely the truth. Our words can communicate love and value, or bring pain.

As you go through this day, and the coming days with the focus on “love” with Valentine’s Day, be aware of the power of your words and intentional in how you choose your words.