Saturday, July 30, 2016

More Free Fun from Shutterfly!

This morning in my email was another fun, free offer from Shutterfly - your pick of two items from four great options! Yes, you may choose two of them for free! This time the options are to choose a calendar - yes! One of their great photo calendars (I'm thinking Christmas gifts!!!) or a photo magnet (my refrigerator is testament to how much I love these!), or a photo memory game (again, thinking Christmas gift!!!) or an 8x10 art print (I ordered this earlier and LOVE the one I chose - again, think Christmas gift!!!).

You'll find Shutterfly at this link - chose your two, design with your choice of photos and use the code FREE4SCHOOL - you have to order by Sunday night (7-31-16) for this offer to apply and you will have to pay postage, but this could be a wonderful opportunity to receive some wonderful, unique items and get a jump-start on Christmas!

So, which might you choose? I'm thinking calendar and art print! Enjoy!

Friday, July 29, 2016

grandma's bookshelf - Mary Had a Little Glam & I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a new picture book with a fun "take" on an old, familiar story/song - Mary Had a Little Glam! With school beginning in a month - or so, I thought it sounded like a fun story and said I'd be delighted to take a look at the book. They sent me one copy for free to review and happily, they also said they'd make another available for me to give away!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Fun at the Museum!

Recently my family had the opportunity to visit and experience our local public
museum - the Grand Rapids Public Museum. My grandsons were especially excited to visit as one of the exhibits was the Robot Zoo - which they very much wanted to see! 
First of all I have to say, my grandsons LOVED the Robot Zoo! Not only did they get to see large robot animals, but they were able to move them as well. They loved moving the chameleon's tongue and the white rhino's legs. I love how the zoo "animals" were not just statues - they moved and children could interact with them to learn more about how these creatures move. Plus, each animal also had an informative plaque to provide interesting facts. I also appreciated how so many unique creatures were portrayed - giraffes, platypus', squid, bat, white rhino, grasshopper, chameleon were just some of the interesting creatures in the Robot Zoo! Did I mention my grandsons LOVED the Robot Zoo?!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Family . . . a True Gift From God!

Family. What is a family? The On-Line Dictionary defines family as, "a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children. b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place."

I like this definition. "Two or more people who have long-term commitments to one another." Who on earth would we be more committed to, "long term" than our family? When God created people He created them to live in a family. Both the Old and New Testament speak to the importance God places on the family. God wants families to grow together to know and serve Him. Sometimes families do a great job of this and other times families struggle with their relationships, but this "long-term commitment" is part of what can keep families together!

I found a great quote on-line; "Family members share a special relationship. They offer unconditional love, honor and respect to each other. Early on the Bible shows the benefits of a family, with God recognizing anyone associated with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Even remotely belonging to this family brought blessings. These blessings still apply to family members today as their strong bonds are enjoyed."

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of Ah-Choo!! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Jennifer for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address to lyndagcj@gmail.com by July 31, 2016) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Second-Chance Giveaway Tomorrow!

A few weeks ago I held a drawing to give away the very cute book, Ah-Choo!! Many of you entered this giveaway, but sadly, the person who won did not get their address to me, so I could have it sent to them. This of course means I'm having a second-chance giveaway tomorrow - July 27, 2016 - to give this adorable book to someone!

I'm very happy to say, I can hold this giveaway because not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of Ah-Choo! to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! So, if you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and want to enter the giveaway for Ah-Choo! which will be on July 27, 2016please comment below to let me know an animal you'd like to see in a book . . . for me it has to be either the Basset Hound or Okapi! Plus, if you share a photo of the animal you'd love to see in a book, you'll receive a bonus entry! (The photo of the basset is my daughter's hound, Summer.)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #1 - For God to Draw Them to Him

For the past few days I've been sharing with you the main things I pray about for my grandsons - I pray and ask God to guard their hearts, give them godly friends, to guard them from the evil one and to open their eyes. All these are important things - essential things for me to pray about. They are all things I focus on when I pray. 

There is one more,  my #1 prayer request, and I'm sharing it with you today . . . 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #2 - For God to Open Their Eyes

I have been sharing with you for the past few days about the top things I pray about for my grandchildren. I pray for God to guard their hearts, give them godly friends and to protect them from the evil one - certainly important things for me to pray about.

Today I'm sharing with you another of my top prayer requests . . .  my #2 prayer request . . . 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #3 - For God to Protect Them from the Evil One

I pray for my grandsons. When I look at the evening news I know I must pray for them; it is not an option. I pray about and for many things in relation to my grandsons, nut there are five main prayer requests I pray for them most often. Today I'm sharing with you my #3 prayer request . . . 

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #4 - For Them to Have Godly Friends

I pray for my grandsons. While there are many things I do for my grandsons, praying for them is one of the most important.

Yesterday I shared with you how I ask God to guard my grandsons' hearts and today I'm sharing another of my Top Five Prayer Requests. . . #4 - I ask God to give them godly friends -

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Pamela Ferrell is the winner of All Things Bright and
Beautiful
 (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Pamela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by July 29, 2016, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Ideal's Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Top Five Prayer Requests for My Grandsons - #5 - For God to Guard Their Hearts

I pray for my grandsons. When I look at this world around me and how God's Word is mocked and disregarded, I am concerned about what it will be like for them to grow up. I most sincerely want my grandsons to grow to be boys and then men who know, love and walk with Jesus, so I pray. I pray for them because while I am limited in what I can actually do, God is not. He is bigger than I think He is and He is able to do ever so much more than I can even begin to imagine!

So, what do I pray about? Certainly the list has a number of things on it and changes depending on the situations they are facing, but I have five main prayer requests, which over the following days I'll share with you you, beginning with my #5 prayer request . . . 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Giveaway in Two Days . . .

In two days I'm giving away one copy of the book - All Things Bright and Beautiful (USA only). So, if you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and want to enter the giveaway for All Things Bright and Beautiful which will be on July 22, 2016please comment below to let me know a place where you most are left in awe of God's beautiful creation - for me it is absolutely the mountains (particularly Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta in Northern California)!

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win All Things Bright and Beautiful and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: 'Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising'): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

An Evening at the Zoo

I am a member of the largest church in Grand Rapids, MI. Each Summer, my church plans and holds a special event for the families in our church; a time for us to come together as a church and as families. This year the church rented John Ball Zoo, so from 6pm to 9pm thousands of people ate together (hot dogs were provided), enjoyed music in the band shell and the opportunity to see the many animals in the zoo.

I noticed something as families ate together, and walked through the zoo - many, many of these families included grandparents who were enjoying the opportunity to experience the zoo with their grandchildren. I was one such grandparent, because my grandsons were at this event with me.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents . . . #1 Do Not Fail to Share the Joy of Walking With God

When it comes to being grandma - or grandpa - there are so many wonderful things we get to do; things which bring us joy . . . and sometimes hugs, kisses, snuggles, "I love yous" and a great laugh, too! But, there are also things we must be careful not to do, so today I'm sharing with you my Top "Do-Not's" for Grandparents.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Grandparents . . . #2 Do Not Fail to Point them to God

As we continue to think about the things we must be careful not to do as grandparents, this is one which matters a great deal to me. Yes, it matters to me if I meet my grandchildren with enthusiasm and remember the little things. It matters if I listen to them. These things do matter and are on my Top Five list, but this one not only matters, it is essential . . . 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Free Item from Shutterfly!

I have a LG Stylo phone - and I love it! I'm very happy to have it and when I need a new one, I'll definitely be getting another. However; there are times I wish I had an iPhone . . . like this morning when I opened my email. Today and tomorrow (July 16, 17, 2016) Shutterfly is giving away one of four things - your choice, and one is a photo cover for the iPhone! Sadly, there are not any available for the LG Stylo - if there were, I'd definitely order one . . . I'd have already done so!

The iPhone cover is worth $45, so if you - or someone you know, has an iPhone, this is a great opportunity to get one . . . Christmas is just five months away!

There are three other items you may select from - photo playing card, photo mouse pad and photo journal. You'll find Shutterfly at this link and use the code - YOURCHOICE - Enjoy!

Fun with the Grandchildren - Frogs & Pancakes!

There are many things we do with our grandchildren - especially when we want to pass faith to them. Important things. Things we are intentional about planning and watching for those opportunities to make connections between life and our faith.

But, along with these things, we need to also remember to have fun. Yes, fun. There is nothing wrong with having fun with our grandchildren, and actually everything right about it. Having fun with our grandchildren is a great way to build our relationships with them - and give them memories they will cherish. 

I look back and remember having fun with my grandparents, like going fishing and playing Rook. Memories which I cherish. I want my grandsons to have these kinds of memories, too. So, I both plan for fun and watch for those unplanned opportunities for fun with my grandsons.

Friday, July 15, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful - I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a new book with old lyrics - and given the opportunity to give one away as well, so today I'm very happy to share with you the book - All Things Bright and Beautiful . . . 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, Karen Propes is the winner of, Ah-Choo!! (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Karen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by July 22, 2016, 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!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Giveaway Tomorrow!

Yes, tomorrow I'm giving away the very cute book, Ah-Choo!! You have time to enter the drawing! Check this link for my full review and complete instructions for entering the giveaway!

LeapFrog LeapStart

I was recently invited by LeapFrog to take a look at their new, "Interactive Learning System for Active Minds" . . . the LeapStart! They sent me the Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten leapstart, so I could have my grandsons try it out and today I'm happy to share my review with you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Get Your Free Mug Today Only!

I love having coffee in photo mugs. Each morning I brew a pot of coffee for my husband and I and serve our coffee in photo mugs I ordered from Shutterfly. They are my favorite mugs!

So, when I just opened an email from Shutterfly and discovered today - July 12, 2016 only, they are giving away photo mugs for free, I had to share this great news with you!

You'll find the mugs at this link - add your own photo and use the code FREEMUG for one free 11 ounce white photo mug (you will have to pay for shipping)! And for just a couple dollars, you could upgrade to a color or larger mug! Options! Such a wonderful thing!

Enjoy!

"Receiver" of "Treasure"!

Are you a "receiver" of "treasures"? Do your grandchildren bring your flowers (actually known as weeds), leaves, rocks and other "treasures"? When they bring these "treasures" do their eyes twinkle and do they have smiles which cover their face?

I am a "receiver" of "treasures"! My grandsons bring me all kinds of priceless treasures . . . I wrote about this yesterday on the Legacy Coalition facebook page and thought I'd share the post with you today. You will find it at this link.

What "treasure" do your grandchildren bring to you?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Why I Write About Being Intentional & Praying Psalms 25

I write grandma's cookie jar for a few reasons - one, I love being a grandma and everything about it, I love to write and so the two things just seem to go together. When I find a tasty recipe, or review a new book, or come across a fun idea, I am happy to share! Most importantly, as I focus upon passing on a heritage of faith to my grandsons, I want to share what I learn with other grandparents and parents, too.

Typically when I write about recipes, activities, crafts, ideas, books, and especially giveaways, people tend to read my blog. I'm happy for this and want people to read grandma's cookie jar for these things.

But, when I write about passing on faith, I usually have people "unlike" my blog and stop reading it. I understand not everyone who reads grandma's cookie jar shares my faith, but I do not want to stop writing about being intentional in passing on my faith. I do not want to lose readers, but I have to share about what is most important to me . . . passing on my faith to my grandsons.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Learn, Have Fun and Grow Closer to God Together!

There is nothing more important for grandparents to do, than to be intentional about passing on our faith to our grandchildren. However; while some of us know how to do this, and have resources to help us with this, others struggle to know what to do to engage their grandchildren in learning how to love, know and walk with God.

This is why I wrote Science, the Bible & Fun. I have three grandsons and I want to pass my faith to them. While it matters for me to share my faith with my grandsons - and I do this - there has to be a point where it becomes their faith. Where they choose to love, know and walk with God. So, since I know my grandsons enjoy science projects, I wrote a curriculum to use with them which will engage them in science projects, gives us time to play fun games and make crafts, but most importantly, helps them learn about Bible people and how they chose to love, know and walk with God, so my grandsons will be able to make the same choices.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Our Response to This Past Week . . .

This past week has been difficult. Difficult to hear the news. Difficult to explain to our grandchildren. Difficult to understand for ourselves. So much sadness. So much heartbreak.

I, and two of my friends who are also on the staff of the Legacy Coalition, have written about the events of the past week. Please take a few minutes to check these posts - and please share them with the people you know. As my friend Bill Gibbons said; "If there is to be any lasting healing and racial reconciliation, we must know it doesn't start with politicians or legislation. . .it starts and ends with JESUS. Parents and Grandparents may never have a greater occasion to teach their children what it means to love their neighbors!!"

Saturday, July 9, 2016

FREE Treats from Shutterfly!

From time-to-time Shutterfly has special offers, which I tend to share with you.

This morning when I opened my email, I found another such offer, which I'm delighted to share with you!

Today and tomorrow - July 9th & 10th - you may choose one or two items for free! Yes, free! (Although you do have to pay the shipping.) You may pick between a free notepad, magnet, 8x10 art print or placemat. Your choice - one or two items, for free!

All you have to do is use this link, make your selections, personalize and use the code 2DELIGHTS - pretty simple and a wonderful way to enjoy a favorite Summer photo!

Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pass on Your Faith - Save $40 & Pass on the Savings!

Would you like to know about one of the single-most helpful things you can do in the coming year to pass on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren? I believe it is to join us at the first-ever National Grandparenting Summit! 

Mark your calendars and join us November 15-17, 2016 and get ready to hear an incredible line-up of speakers - including Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Crawford Loritts, Gary Chapman, John Trent, Tim Kimmel, Michelle Anthony, Larry Fowler, Wayne Rice, Valerie Bell and many more! Yes! All of these amazing speakers - and more - at one conference! The speakers are enough reason to come, but the focus upon helping grandparents pass their faith to their grandchildren makes this a not-to-miss summit!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Salty Science Experiments!

This morning when I browsed Pinterest, I found a link for science projects which use salt. Since my grandsons love science projects, I thought I'd check the link and take a look at the "salty" science projects. 

There are eight salt projects, which you will find at this link, and each one uses simple supplies you likely already have in your home. Each project includes simple directions and explains the science behind the project. They look like projects my grandsons will enjoy for sure!

We will be trying them - I think they will enjoy the project with the layers of water the most, but we will see!

Which salty project do you think your grandchildren will enjoy?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Be the "Bridge" - Remember & Share!

One of the important, essential "roles" of grandparents is for them to be the "story-tellers". This means we need to be the ones who pass on the family history . . . the time when great-uncle Joe did something amazing or the time when great-great-great-great-great grandma journeyed to America. These family "stories" help give our grandchildren a "sense" of who they are and where they came from.

It is also essential, even more so, for us to be the ones who pass on the true accounts of how God has worked in our lives and the lives of our ancestors. Psalms 78 shows us clearly what happens when the next generation forgets Who God is and what He has done. We want our grandchildren to remember, so they will know, love and walk with God throughout their lives.

Joshua understood how important this was. In Joshua 4 we see where the entire Nation of Israel had just crossed the Jordan river, at the height of flood season, on dry land, because God parted the waters, much like He parted the Red Sea when their ancestors left Egypt. Joshua didn't want future generations to forget what God did, so he had a leader from each tribe, pick up and bring a large stone from the bottom of the Jordan River to the shore of the Promised Land. In Joshua 4:5-7 we see the reason for this . . . 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Free Summer Reading Fun!

Are you still looking for ways to inspire your grandchildren to read over Summer break? FaithGateway and Zonderkidz are hosting a summer, "I Can Read-a-Thon" with Zonderkidz' favorite I Can Read story brands. You are welcome to check out the site for downloadable printables which will help inspire and encourage reading. There are 72 pages of stickers, journals, parent guides, and resources all available for free! Here's the link: 
http://www.faithgateway.com/icanread/


Enjoy!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Do What Matters Most . . .

So, what should a grandparent do when it comes to "being" a grandparent? I'm sure we all agree on things like spend time with our grandchildren, give lots of hugs and kisses, celebrate with them, teach them things from making cookies to fixing cars, help them learn to read - read to them a lot, be their "cheer-leader" and the list goes on and on.

All of these things are important, and all things we should do with them, but the most important, and most required thing for us to do is to pray for them. We can - and must - tell them about Jesus. We can - and must - encourage them to walk with God. We can - and must - help them develop a trust in God's Word, so they will believe and hold on to what it says. We can - and must - help them learn to find their absolutes in God's Word, and not in the world around them. But, while these are all things we can - and must - do, we can not make our grandchildren do any of these things. They, and they alone, have to make the choice. 

However; what we can not do, God can! God can open their eyes and draw them to Him! God can send His Spirit to convict and create a desire for Him in their hearts. God can do what we can not do, so prayer is the most important thing for us to do.

We must be grandparents who pray for our grandchildren - every day. While you may agree with me on this, the question is, do you do this? Maybe you are a committed prayer warrior when it comes to praying for your grandchildren. Maybe you struggle with praying. In either case, consider the following ideas to help you be a committed and faithful prayer warrior . . . 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pure Joy . . . & Raspberries!

Years ago, decades ago, when we moved into the house we live in, my sister (who lived down the street and around the corner) gave me several raspberry bushes to plant in our new backyard. Through the years these bushes have produced many, many berries which were enjoyed by my children . . . and now my grandchildren.

Caleb is four and apparently did not remember we have raspberry bushes in our backyard. Last night his parents had a bonfire in our yard . . . we live on a acre in the country and have lots of room for bonfires. They live in the city and do not have space for a bonfire, so our yard is the location of choice for bonfires. At some point, someone either noticed the berries in the back or thought to check to see if they were ready and much to Caleb's delight, they were!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

grandma's chuckles . . . "I Need a Break From Children . . . "

From the title to this post, you may be thinking I, or another adult, said this statement, but no . . . it was uttered by my four-year old grandson, Caleb! The boys spent Friday here at my house, had a sleep-over and then Saturday afternoon, we took them home. On the way we discovered their parents were thinking about having a bonfire at our house (we live in the country with plenty of room for bonfires and they live in the city - not so much bonfire room!)

So, we asked the boys if they wanted to go home and then come back later with their parents, or return to our house with us. Caleb wanted to stay with us and his brothers decided to go home - (Josiah was hoping to do chores to earn points to get out of being grounded). As we pulled up to their home, Caleb sighed and said, "I need a break from children." He then smiled at me and said, "Adults are okay."

I will be laughing about this for some time! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ah-Choo! I'm Giving One Away!

I don't know about you, but around my house there has been plenty of sneezing lately. Something is in the air, to which apparently, I'm allergic. I'm so thankful for soft tissues!!

So, when I was recently invited to participate in the release and blog tour for a new A, B, C, book for children entitled, Ah-Choo!, I was happy to say I'd participate. When the book arrived, my two-year old grandson was at my house; he opened the package and of course, we had to sit right down and read the book together. He very quickly caught on to the cadence of the book and every time it was time to read "Ah-choo!!!" he was ever so happy to "read" it . . . with gusto! 

So, today I'm delighted to share this cute book with you along with a few Q&A from the authors . . . and let you know about a giveaway as well!