Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Help Wanted!

For a few months now I've been working on a new writing project; it's title is, "The DNA of a Praying Grandparent". In this book I will be sharing the "Prayer Histories" of people in the Bible who prayed, people through time who prayed and people from today who prayed and talk about how to develop a life of prayer, live as a person who prays and reproduce this life of prayer in the children and grandchildren who come behind us.

I would love to be able to include the true, "Prayer Histories" of real people and how God answered their prayers - or the prayers of their grandparents. If you have a "Prayer History" of your own or your family's - or know someone who does - and would be willing to share it, please email me - lyndagcj@gmail.com

I shared about how God answered my grandparent's prayer a few weeks ago - you will find it at this link taken from a book about my grandparents, Clarence and Faye Fullmer, written by my sister (Clarence & Faye - copyright 2016 by Loretta Baughan). 

Summer & Prayer

My grandsons have one more month of Summer vacation to enjoy before it is time for them to go back to school. It is hard to believe the Summer is almost over . . . it has flown by for sure!

This year my grandsons will be in preschool, first grade and fourth grade - they are growing up so quickly. It is one thing we as grandmas do know . . . these sweet children grow up quickly - very quickly. It may not feel like it in the day-to-day living of life in a family with children, but the truth is they are grown and on their own before you know it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Upcoming Anniversary & an Important Example

My husband and I are just two weeks from celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary! We met on a volcano and were married on my grandpa/ma Fullmer's 55th anniversary - both sets of my grandparents and now my parents had/have long committed marriages. They all set the example for me of loving, honoring and cherishing my husband. I never one time heard my grandparents or parents say anything negative about each other - I think this is what the vows mean - or part of it - when we commit to love, honor and cherish the one we marry. (This is a photo of us . . . we were SO young!!!)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Birthday Blessing!

Today is one of the most wonderful days in my life . . . it is the birthday of one of my sweet grandsons! He is six today, but we have been celebrating for a couple days with his party with friends and his birthday dinner at my house.

I love my grandson! He is such a sweet gift from the hand of God - an amazing blessing - I am so very thankful for him! He has a sweet, tender heart and is a bit of a rascal - well, actually quite a bit of a rascal! He is loving and creative and has a curiosity - especially about things like rocks and fossils! I am so thankful he is my grandson!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Take Time to Make Time - It Is SO Worth It!

This is so true. We have our grandsons to our home for a sleepover typically once a week during the school year. But, in the Summer we add at least one extra sleepover each week. We try to plan time for fun - like waterballoon pinatas! It "pays off".

Saturday morning, after a Friday sleepover, the first thing Caleb said when he woke up was; "Thank you grandma for letting us have so many sleepovers!

Yes, it takes time to make time, but it is so worth it!

Friday, July 21, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Birthday Chocolate Cake

In just three days my sweet rascal Caleb will be six years old - the years have flown for sure! We will be expressing how thankful we are for the amazing gift of Caleb as we celebrate his birthday lunch on Sunday after church - his choice is pizza and chocolate cake; so today I'm sharing with you the recipe for chocolate cake I will use when I bake his cake tomorrow.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

AirTime Trampoline Park Review - Great Family Fun!

I was recently given the opportunity to review AirTime Trampoline Park, so this past Tuesday my hubby and I took our three grandsons to check it out. When we left my oldest grandson said; "This is the best place ever! It is way better than (another trampoline park in town). If I would have known how great AirTime is, I would never have asked to go to the other one."

So, today I'm very happy to share with you about our experience at AirTime and encourage you to visit with your grandchildren/children (they have six trampoline parks throughout Michigan).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waterballoon Pinata!

We are enjoying our two days of fun - reason for this late post today. I want to take just a minute to let you know about something simple and fun you could do with your grandchildren - my grandsons are LOVING it! Waterballoon Pinata!

Just grab some balloons, fill them with water, knot them off, tie them to a branch or - as we did - to a playground, grab a stick and get ready to get - as my grandson said - "totally wet!"

Fun, simple and memorable . . . what could possibly be better on a hot summer day!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Grandparents Do Make a Difference!

The Legacy Coalition (legacycoalition.com) has a facebook page where typically a couple times a week they post a photo with encouraging text (meme). The one they posted today is excellent, (they put the following text with it - Tag someone you know who is pregnant, or just had a precious little one; let them know God has a wonderful plan for their lives . . . and grandparents are a part of that! www.LegacyGrandparentingSummit.com), so I'm sharing it with you - please pass it on!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Almost Everybody Farts - I'm Giving One Away!

When you see the title for this book review and giveaway and the cover, you may wonder a bit, but allow me to say, I was invited to review this book. At first I almost didn't, but then I thought, well, my grandsons would likely enjoy this book, so I decided to do so.

They are eight, five and three years old and they did laugh quite a bit when we read it. So, today I am sharing with you my review of Almost Everybody Farts!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Celebrating Another Year - Birthdays!

We are in for a busy few weeks here at my house. Yesterday
was my husband's birthday and we are celebrating it tonight with a birthday dinner. Next Saturday is a birthday party for Caleb (he will be six), then the following day is his birthday dinner at my house. A couple weeks later it will be Shane's birthday (he will be four) - and of course, we will have a birthday dinner for him at my house, too! Josiah's birthday is a month later (he will be nine) . . . three sweet boys and three celebrations . . . and their Poppa's, too!

Friday, July 14, 2017

grandma's chuckles - "I AM a Little Brother!"

I had three wonderful, sweet boys at my house yesterday!
At one point, Josiah was coding/programming and Caleb wanted to show him something - which Josiah found being interrupted while he was coding to be annoying. The boy's aunt was here and told him little brothers can sometimes be annoying - to which Shane spoke up and said; "I AM a little brother!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Share Your History!

This week I've been writing about some of the family history of my grandparents - how God saved my grandpa and grandma Fullmer from a tornado and how my grandsons discovered slag/rock my grandpa Bristol put in his driveway - which is now my driveway - more than 60 years ago. Family history - important accounts to share with my grandchildren to help them have a better understanding of the people who are in their family line.

I want my grandchildren to know who their great-great grandparents were and how God worked in their lives. I also want them to know how God has worked in my life for many reasons, but especially because they are able to see me, hug me, laugh with me, snuggle in my lap for stories - when they hear how God has worked in my life it does make a huge impact in their lives.

Last weekend I told my grandsons how God used a decision my grandma made when I was just their age to buy a cottage on a lake to one day get me to California on the volcano where I met their poppa, and eventually, through "twists and turns", introduced to people who would years later make it possible for me to be part of the Legacy Coalition!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Not Quite Obsidian

Almost sixty years ago my grandfather worked at the piston ring foundry in a town nearby. From time to time he brought home slag - stones - from the furnace which he put in his driveway.

Today I live in the house my grandparents lived in (and had built in the 1920's) and this past weekend when my grandsons were here for a sleepover, they started digging in my driveway for rocks . . . and found what we all thought was obsidian! We were amazed they might find even one piece of obsidian in our driveway (we live in Michigan - not really close to any sources of obsidian), but they found zippy bags full of obsidian. It was a puzzle.