Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yes, We Have Great Influence . . . And It Matters!

As grandparents (and parents, too) we have great influence when it comes to the children we love. What we say and do . . . and what we do not say and do . . . impacts them in ways which may last throughout their lives and carry over to future generations. This is the truth.

And this truth should do several things . . . 

I'm Giving a Book Away Tomorrow - You Could be the Winner!

I talk a lot about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, but you may be wondering how do you actually do this? You know it is important - even essential - for you to do this, but how do you pass on your faith whether you are a grandparent or a parent? Is this something you can actually do?

First of all, the answer is, yes! Passing on your faith is something you can actually do! The simple answer for "how" you do this, is you take a two prong approach to it . . . you plan times to specifically focus on passing on your faith and you work it into the day-in-day-out living of life by watching for those opportunities when you are able to connect life with your faith.

As for more info on how to do these things, take a look at my book;  It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents & Parents, Too!. Along with, "sweet boy stories" (I am a grandma, after all!) in each chapter in this book I share specific ways you can pass your faith to your grandchildren!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Passing On a Heritage of Faith to Your Grandchildren

I am part of the Legacy Coalition - I'm one of their senior writers/editors, so I was asked to write an article for the Legacy Coalition which was going to be published on FamilyLife's website. The article posted a few days ago, so today I'm honored to share it with you - you'll find it at this link

Please share this with the grandparents, pastors and church leaders you know.

I Have Two Winners!

I'm happy to announce the winners in my book giveaways - first, Mary Beth Dawson won, This Is NOT a Cat!. You'll find my full review at this link.

And, Leela is th
e winner of the second book, which is one I wrote and is designed to help you pray every day for the children you love. With Grandparent's Day just two weeks away, this book would make a wonderful gift for the grandparents in your life! You'll find my full review of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition at this link.

Thank you Mary Beth and Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your addresses by September 6, 2016, so I can have them sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending me a copy of This Is NOT a Cat! and making another available for me to give away!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Two Giveaways Tomorrow - August 30, 2016 - Who Knows??? Maybe You Will Win!

 Yes, tomorrow - August 30, 2016 - I'm giving away two books . . . you still have time to enter the giveaways! Someone will win . . . could be you!

The first book I'm giving away is This Is NOT a Cat!. You'll find my full review and all the specifics for entering the giveaway at this link, but I have to say it is a completely enjoyable and very clever book your grandchildren will love!

The second book is one I wrote and is designed to help you pray every day for the children you love. With Grandparent's Day just two weeks away, this book would make a wonderful gift for the grandparents in your life! You'll find my full review of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition at this link along with all the specifics for entering the giveaway.

Enter one, or both, and please share the links with the people you know!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Direction Signs . . .

Learn how to pass on a heritage of faith to your children's children by attending the Legacy Grandparenting Summit! You'll hear from Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Jay Kessler, John Trent, Gary Chapman, Tim Kimmel, Michelle Anthony, Larry Fowler, Wayne Rice and so many more!

You'll find all the details at this link - and if you use my code - Lynda16 - you'll save $40! Plan to come - and bring some grandparents, church leaders and pastors you know with you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

So They Will Know Him!

I have personally read through the Bible many times in my life – as you have likely done as well, however; I recently came across a verse which I'm sure I must have read before, but just truly "noticed" . . . .

Friday, August 26, 2016

grandma's chuckles - "What Do Frog Legs Taste Like, Anyway?"

My grandsons are at my house for a couple days and nights and last evening I had a conversation with Caleb (five years old) - me - "Caleb, did you wash your hands after catching the frog, before eating supper?" Caleb - "No, but nothing tasted like frogs." Then he looked thoughtful and asked; "What do frogs taste like, anyway?" I know, I should have been sure he washed his hands before he ate, but I was distracted and forgot (bad grandma), but I guess he will survive!

I love these kinds of interactions . . . they are a surprise and make me laugh - what have your grandchildren said lately to make you laugh? 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WellieWishers . . . New From American Girl & I'm Giving Two Away!

Yesterday a box arrived at my home from American Girl . . . inside I found two, yes two, of their new WellieWisher dolls! What is a "WellieWisher doll" you ask? Well, it is an adorable new line of dolls with a focus on friendships!

American Girl describes the WellieWishers as . . . "Meet the WellieWishers, a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. Explore their world as they step into colorful garden boots and get ready for stomping in mud puddles, putting on shows, and helping friendships grow."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grandparent on Purpose!

A year ago I heard Tim Kimmel speak about grandparenting on purpose, and today I want to share with you what this means, and looks like. We to be intentional in passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.

Tim said grandparents need to employ a "gracious grandparenting" plan . . . which basically means we treat our grandchildren with the same grace God lavishes upon us! When we mess up, God gives us His grace and forgives us - He does not hold it over our heads nor brow-beat us. God gives us grace and grandparents need to do the same!

He said there are four roles for a grandparent . . .

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's be Grandparents Who are Quick to Say, "Thank You"!

We tend to be quick to ask God for a variety of things through prayer; as we well should be. Over and over throughout Scripture God tells us to call upon Him and He will hear, listen, answer and pay attention to our prayers. He wants us to talk with Him!

And, as grandparents, there are many things we want to talk with God about; we pray for our grandchildren to have eyes which are open, able to see the truth and for God to draw them to Him. We pray for them to make wise choices in the areas of friends and in their day-to-day living. We pray for them to make the choice to walk with God; and to return to Him if they have strayed. These, and many other things are what we pray about; and should pray about.

However; while praying for these things is what we should do, so is thanking God. We need to be people who do not just pray about our requests, but who voice our thanks to God. Look at Psalm 100 -

Monday, August 22, 2016

Grandparent's Day & Another Giveaway!

Yesterday I announced a special Grandparent's Day giveaway of my book  Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition, - you'll find all the specifics about how you may enter the drawing at this link. Today I want to announce another giveaway for Grandparent's Day . . . my book; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents & Parents, Too!

In this book I share some important facts, such as, It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren, A Grandma's Lap is a Place for a Grandchild, Some Things are Just Obvious, and many more. Each chapter not only shares a "fact", but connects these facts with God's Word and how He models to us what it means to love well, so we will be able to do the same with our grandchildren/children.


Interspersed with fun "sweet boy stories", this book will have you laughing, recalling your own sweet grandchildren/children stories and most importantly, encourage you to pass faith to the children you love!


Since I wrote this book, I thought it might be nice for you to see what others say about it -

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Erika Letson is the winner of If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party! (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Erika for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by September 29, 2016 - lyndagcj@gmail.com - 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!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Grandparent's Day & a Giveaway!

September 11, 2016 is Grandparent's Day . . . a day set aside to, " honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer".

It is also the day for the observance of the Million Praying Grandparents, with the goal of, "mobilizing Christian grandparents worldwide to regularly and intentionally pray for their grandchildren, families, and the influences in their grandchildren’s lives." (You'll learn more about how you can become one of the million praying grandparents at this link.)

So, with Grandparent's Day just around the corner and the focus upon the Million Praying Grandparents, I thought it sounded like the perfect time to have a giveaway . . . I'm giving away one of my Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Value of Grandparents!

A dear friend of mine is of Arabic heritage and one day when we were talking about being grandmothers, she shared an Arabic saying with me which speaks to how her culture values grandparents . . . "If you do not have a grandparent in the house, go buy one!"

This saying likely put a smile on your face - as it did mine when she shared it with me - because as the Oxford Study showed, which was referred to in a Moody Radio program with Tim Kimmel a couple months ago, families benefit when there is a grandparent in the home - or at least are significantly involved in the lives of their grandchildren.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Legacy Grandparenting Summit . . . Please Watch, Share & Join Us!

Please share this video with the grandparents, pastors and church leaders you know - and if you . . . or anyone you know . . . decides to join us at the Legacy Grandparenting Summit, please use my discount to save $40 . . . Lynda16 (and, please let me know you are coming, so we can connect at the Summit!)
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Summer Fun at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo!

Over the Summer, my family has had the opportunity to visit a number of
"attractions" in Michigan, which I have written about; a trip to Legoland/Sea Life, the John Ball Zoo, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. All of these are places where you pretty much know what to expect . . . we all know what zoos and museums are and legos are pretty much a part of every child's - and grandparent's home. 

But, they also visited the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. Yes, I said the Kalamazoo Air Zoo! What is this, you ask? Well, my family wondered as well. They thought maybe it was a museum for airplanes . . . and were pretty sure it would likely be more on the boring side of places to visit, but we were given tickets to visit and review, so a few weeks ago my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons went to check it out.

The first thing I want to say is my family was wonderfully surprised and delighted with their experience at the Air Zoo! They told me it was absolutely not boring . . . in fact, Josiah said it was the opposite! He gave it five stars and said it was as fun as Legoland . . . which, for an almost eight-year-old boy, is saying a lot! They LOVED their visit to the Air Zoo and want to go back another time!

So, what is an Air Zoo? Let me share with you how the Air Zoo describes themselves . . . 

Share How Your Family History Shows God's Hand

Do you know your family history? Are there accounts of your ancestors which have been passed down from one generation to the next? Have you spent time researching your family genealogy? Are you able to see God's hand through your family's history?

My sister has researched our family history quite a bit. She discovered how some of our family came to America on the Mayflower and another ancestor was shanghaied from his home in Scotland, brought to America and sold as an indentured servant for seven years. Others were friends with Lafayette and came with him when he came to help Washington fight the English.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

grandma's cookbook - Caramel Apple Slices

I live in West Michigan - otherwise known as, "Apple Country"! Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump down the road from my home is an apple orchard . . . and there are orchards all throughout the county in which I live. But, in all the years I've lived in this area (I was born here), I have never even heard of Caramel Apple Slices . . . except for this morning when I was browsing on Pinterest!

I tend to not eat caramel apples, although I do love the combination of apples and caramel. For me, a whole caramel apple is too much of a sweet, but tasty, thing. So, when I saw the link on Pinterest with slices of apple, all "dressed up" in caramel and chocolate like "designer" caramel apples, I had to check it out!

If you follow this link, you'll find complete directions, tips and photos to help you make caramel apple slices . . . this looks like a fun recipe which your grandchildren would enjoy making with you! 

Enjoy!


Pass on Your Faith - Tell How God is Your Anchor in Good & Difficult Times

While our lives have blessings, times where we rejoice, there are also times which bring grief, times when we are sad and confused. This is true, and will be true, for our grandchildren as well. One of the important things for grandpas and grandmas to do, when it comes to passing on a heritage of faith, is to help give them an anchor, a rock to hold on to in those times where life is difficult.

When I think about this, I can not help but think of Horatio Spafford. Who was he, you ask? He was a wealthy business man and friend of D.L. Moody who lived in the late 1800s. He and his wife experienced extremely difficult situations - the death of their son, the loss of almost all they owned in the Chicago fire and the deaths of their daughters when a ship they were on sank in the ocean. As I said, extremely difficult situations. We might think he had "reasons" to be angry and bitter, but no! He held to his faith and penned the words to the loved hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul".

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Push Away the Rocking Chairs & Face Your Giants Wholeheartedly!

Do you have any "giants" in your life? Situations which leave you not knowing what you are going to do? Those circumstances which discourage or frighten you and leave you thinking at your age, rather than face them, you might prefer to stay in your rocking chair?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This Is NOT a Cat! - And I'm Giving One Away!

As those of you know who have been reading grandma's cookie jar for awhile, I am often invited to review new children's books . . . and many times am able to give some away as well! Today I'm very happy to review another new book, which I was invited to review, and announce a giveaway for one copy as well!

If I review a book on grandma's cookie jar, it is because I like the book and believe it is a book children will enjoy - and often learn from as well. While these books are sent to me for free in exchange for my review, if I do not like the book, I do not review it.

But every once in awhile I review a book which totally delights me . . . the book I'm sharing with you today is once such book! This book made me laugh, made my grandsons laugh and is one I'm sure you and your grandchildren will enjoy as well!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Fun at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

If you live in or near West Michigan, you not only know what Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park are, but have likely visited them; more than once. If you do not live in this area of the country, you may not be familiar with them, but today I'm very happy to share with you about this amazing and beautiful place where you and your grandchildren will be able to explore, discover and have tremendous fun together!

I'll start with sharing how they describe themselves and then what my family thinks of them; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park says . . . 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

What Matters the Most?


One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is John 17. If you might wonder what was on Jesus' mind before He went to the cross, this chapter gives you a very good look at what mattered to Him. The very first thing He prayed about was for God to be glorified as He - Jesus - finished the work He was sent to do. Then He prayed for those through time who would come to trust Him for eternal life, He prayed for His disciples to be protected from the evil one and then He prayed for us - for believers throughout the ages - to have unity and live lives which glorify God.

He prayed about what matters the most, so as you go through the coming week, please join with me in praying for our grandchildren to be people who trust God for eternal life, are protected from the evil one and who live lives which glorify God as they do - and eventually finish - what God plans for them to do to serve Him!

(The Bible in the photo in this post was my grandma's bible - I love looking through it to see verses she highlighted and notes she wrote.)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our Special Song - Try It with Your Grandchildren!

Since my sweet Josiah was little (nearly seven years ago) I have sung a particular song to my grandsons at nap-time and bedtime. When I sing this song, they stop fussing, listen and peacefully go to sleep. I may have to sing it thirty times in a row, but they always settle down and go to sleep with a smile on their face!

What is this amazing, powerful song, you ask? I'll share it with you. It is my own version of, "You Are My Sunshine", and it goes like this . . . 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Make Your Own Pillows!

Yesterday my sister shared on her facebook, a fun and simple idea for making pillows and 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 Christmas gifts!)

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Being Truly Thankful and Passing on a Blessing

While there are many things I want my grandsons to learn, I'm especially focused right now on helping them grow to be people who have truly thankful hearts. With this goal in mind, we have changed how we pray at meals at this grandma's house. Rather than have one person pray, we go around the table and each person shares something for which they are thankful. 

I like doing this for a couple reasons; first, it lets each of us think about what we are thankful for and gives us the opportunity to share and secondly, because I am able to get a "glimpse" into what my grandsons are thankful for! (Shane - just turned three - often says he is thankful for donuts - whether we have any or not!)

Then we pray a blessing together. When my children were growing up, I did not know about praying a blessing for them. But for my grandchildren, this is something I want to make part of the "culture" at their grandparent's house. I'm very happy to see how my grandsons are valuing this - they want to say the "blessing"!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Prayer - Last Resort or Truly Powerful?

When it comes to praying for our grandchildren, do we see it as a sort of "last resort", or like something we do which does not really make a difference?

Today Only Ten Free Photo Magnets from Shutterfly!

This morning when I opened my email I found an amazing offer from Shutterfly - today, and today only (August 10, 2016), you may choose up to ten (yes 10!!!) 4x5.5 magnets for FREE!!! You have to pay shipping, but just think about the "jump-start" you could get on your Christmas shopping!!! Think about how you might brighten the day of someone you know with a lovely photo magnet!!! Think about how many more amazing works of art you will be able to cover your refrigerator with if you had ten more photo magnets!!!

You just need to personalize up to ten magnets (4x5.5) and then use the code FREEMAGNETS . . . it is this simple! I've ordered my ten magnets and am looking forward to the orange package arriving in a few days!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LeapFrog LeapStart & LeapStart Books - a Fun New Way for Children to Learn!

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.

Heritage - How Are You Passing On Your Faith?

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When I was a child I looked forward to visiting my grandparents; and especially to sleep-overs! I have many wonderful memories of riding in my grandpa's car on the way to their house in the country for a sleep-over (they lived in the country about six miles from my home in a small, "Norman Rockwell-town"). My grandpa always asked me to sing my Sunday school songs in the car on the way to his house . . . and I sang them at the top of my lungs! (It always embarrassed my older sister when I sang in Sunday school, but my grandpa loved to hear me sing - which amazed and delighted me!)

Monday, August 8, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Be the "Bridge"

One of the important, essential "roles" of grandparents is for them to be the "tellers" of the family history. This means we need to be the ones who pass on this 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" . . . these historical accounts, 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 historic 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.

If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party . . . And, I'm Giving One Away!

I have three grandsons - and their birthdays are in July, August and September, so for three months we are very focused upon birthday parties, birthday gifts and birthday dinner menus (birthday people get to pick their own menu . . . Shane, just turned three and the one with the most recent birthday, chose chicken, biscuits, fruit, donuts, Cheetoes and cake for his birthday - can you tell a three-year old chose the menu!).

So, when I was invited to review a new picture-story book from Sterling Children's books which combined a T-rex and a birthday party, I had to say, "Yes!" I'm very happy to share it with you today . . . and announce a giveaway as well!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a Generous Dispenser of Love

As I mentioned a few days ago, when I asked my grandsons what my "job" as grandma was, they said for me to give hugs, snuggles, kisses and to make lots of cookies! While this makes us smile - at least it makes me smile - it is also true. These things are all about giving love and when it comes to the "role" of grandma, one extremely important part is to be the person my grandsons can absolutely depend on throughout their lives to be generous in giving and showing love to them.

We all need people who generously give love to us and grandmas (and grandpas) are some of the most ideal people to do this. So, how might a grandma (and grandpa) generously show love to grandchildren near and far? Consider the following . . . 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Dee is the winner of Mary Had a Little Glam! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Dee for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address to lyndagcj@gmail.com by August 14, 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!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Pointer"

For the past few days I've been talking about the "role" of the grandma (and the grandpa, too). I believe grandmas need to be prayer warriors and prayer teachers as we pray for our grandchildren and teach them to pray, too. I believe we need to be students of our grandchildren and know what makes them "tick". I believe we need to be mirrors who reflect a positive view to our grandchildren of who they are; loved gifts from the hand of God!

I also believe we need to be "pointers" who are focused and intentional about pointing them to Jesus. This is vitally important for us to do, because if they do not choose to love, know and follow God, then nothing else matters. We need to do this from their youngest ages and throughout their lives when we . . . 

Friday, August 5, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Be a "Mirror"

I've been thinking and talking about the "role" of grandma for the past couple days. Before I write more about this today, I do want to say, these "roles" are also for grandpas. They are the "roles" for grandparents, but since I'm a grandma, I am writing this from the perspective of a grandma.

When I attended the first meeting for the Legacy Coalition almost a year ago, one of the speakers said grandparents have a very important role in the family and in the life of the grandchildren, because the way a grandparent sees their grandchildren is the way the grandchildren will see themselves. We are a mirror, of sorts, to help our grandchildren see themselves as God sees them - oh so loved and valued!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Become a "Student" of Your Grandchildren

When I think about the "role" of grandma, I do believe it is essential for me to become a "student" of my grandchildren. It is my job, my "role" to get to know them and what makes them "tick".

This matters so much, for several reasons. Consider the following . . . 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The "Role" of Grandma - Prayer Warrior & Prayer "Teacher"

What is the role of a grandma? When I ask my grandsons what a grandma's "job" is, they tell me things like - hugging, making cookies and saying, "I love you!"  I agree with them; these are all important things for a grandma to do, but what is the role of a grandma? What is it we are supposed to do as grandmas?

Important question. And the answers matter, too, because while the things my grandsons think are important - loving and making cookies - are important, the role of grandma is much more than these things.

So, for the coming few days, I want to look at the role of grandma. I want to think and talk about what a grandma needs to do . . . and I'd most sincerely appreciate your comments - please share what you think about the things I identify as the role of grandma and let me know what you consider to be part of the role of grandma as well.

I'm going to start with one of the most important things a grandma can do . . . pray. We need to be prayer warriors for our grandchildren. This world can be very frightening - terrorism, social change, political upheaval and so much more leaves us feeling uncertain about the world in which our grandchildren will grow up. It may leave us wondering how they will find their way through it all to love, know and follow Jesus with all their heart.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

grandma's chuckles - "No Cows Have Licked My Head!!!"

There are many "perks" to being grandma . . . hugs, kisses, snuggles . . . all wonderful "perks"! But another is enjoying the funny things the grandchildren say. I want to share with you something funny my grandson said the other day. 

Saturday morning we were talking about cowlicks and I told Josiah he and Shane each had two cowlicks on their heads. Shane said; "I do not! No cows have licked my head!

I've been chuckling about this for a couple days and thought I'd share with you. What funny things have your grandchildren said which left you chuckling?

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Terri C. is the winner of All Things Bright and Beautiful! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Terri for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address to lyndagcj@gmail.com by August 4, 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!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Second Chance Giveaway - Tomorrow!

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 August 2, 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)! If you share a photo of the place you are in awe of on the facebook page, you'll receive a bonus entry!

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!

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