Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Recipe for a Grandma

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, focus upon living your love
for God on purpose, so your grandchildren see Him in all you do and say. 

  • Make time for your grandchildren - it is time well spent!
  • Hand down the faith on purpose. 
  • Share God's Word - it is where wisdom is found
  • Live as a patient person 
  • Let your grandchildren see you have joy!
  • Most important, love them, let them know you love them and share the truth of God's great love for them as well! 

#grandmas#handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bacon - the Answer is Bacon!

Do you have things in your life which you think you will never use? Things you had to learn or do, mostly when you were younger? Well I do . . . or at least I did, until this morning that is!

Live on Purpose!

When our grandchildren see or think of us, what do they see/think of? Be someone who lives on purpose - who reflects the Fruit of the Spirit and who points our grandchildren to God by the words we say and the things we do. One day when we are gone, these things we said and did will still be able to point them to God - live on purpose! 

#grandmas#handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

Friday, December 29, 2017

Show Your Love!

Think today of a way you are able to show love to your
grandchildren - be it a hug in person, or an email expressing why you end 2017 so thankful God blessed your life with them. Our grandchildren may not remember everything we said or did, but they will never forget how much we love them!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Year's Eve Fun!

Do you have any New Year's Eve plans? I typically spend New
Year's Eve heading to bed by 10 . . . I am not a night-owl, so I guess this makes me sorta boring!

But, this year my three grandsons will be at my house for New Year's Eve, so it is time to move aside the "boring me" and get ready for some fun!

Keep What Really Matters in View

When God gifts children to our lives, along with the great joy
comes great responsibilities. We need to remember what matters the most - seeing those children grow to be adults who know, love and follow God. This is what really matters.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cover #1, Cover #2 or Cover #3 - What Do You Think?

With the start of the new year nearly upon us, I'm planning to re-launch my book, It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren. I'd sincerely appreciate your help and the first thing I'm asking is for your opinion of the cover.

This is the cover as I currently have it.

This is a possible replacement cover.

This is another possible replacement cover.

Which of these three covers do you like the best? The current cover, cover option #2 with the three boys on the cover or cover option #3 with the three boys and poppa and grandma?

Or, should I continue to work on cover options? I'd sincerely appreciate your opinion as I work to relaunch It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren

Thank you!

just for fun - It is Cut-Out Snowflake Day!

flocons de neige inhabituelles sur papierYes, today, December 27th is Cut-Out Snowflake Day! Who of us has not made paper snowflakes when we were little - and with our children and grandchildren? 

Leave a Real Legacy on Purpose

The "things" we leave behind do not matter at all compared
to leaving a lasting legacy of faith and character. Make a plan to leave behind what matters - be a grandma (or grandpa/parent) who does what she does on purpose!  #grandmas  #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas & Learning to Be Gracious

I hope you all had a wonderful time with family as you celebrated the birth of Jesus this Christmastime. I was blessed to be able to spend time with my family and some of my extended family.

My son, daughter-in-law and grandsons joined my husband our daughter and I for dinner Christmas Eve - and of course, to exchange gifts. This year, one of the things we gave the grandsons was three $5 bills each. I decided to wrap them in different size boxes and went through the house to find - and in some instances, raid boxes. I ended up with an interesting mix . . . an empty bandaid box, a box which had cold pills in it and other miscellaneous boxes.

Giving Our Best

Grandparents are the second most influential people in the lives of their grandchildren, so it matters what we say and do to and with our grandchildren. Keep the future in mind as you pray for and interact with them today and for each day of the rest of your life.
   #grandmas  #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

FOR unto us a Son is GIVEN - and we are able to be
FORGIVEN! The message of Christmas - from grandma's cookie jar and Grandmas with Heart to you - Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Reason Jesus Came

On this Christmas Eve day, take time to remember the
reason we celebrate. Make remembering part of how you and your family celebrates. Jesus came to this earth as a tiny baby for a reason - so we are able to receive His grace and be forgiven! The best gift ever!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Grandma's Love & Grandmas with Heart

Our grandchildren get bigger and older every day and the
day does come where they are too big for arms to carry or even laps to hold, but they never outgrow our hearts! In fact, our love for them grows deeper and stronger every day.

Take time today to remind your grandchildren how much you love them and how thankful you are God gave them to your family. Let them know your love for them continues to grow - just as they do.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Plans

Christmas is just three days away - it will be a busy three
days for me! Lots of time with family and lots of baking and cooking! I'm baking apple dessert and lemon bars for my family's get-together on Christmas Eve and making a ham dinner for Christmas. What baking/cooking will you be making this Christmas?

Faithful Footprints

What we do matters. The footprints we leave are the ones our grandchildren will follow. Leave prints which lead them
to know, love and follow God!
If you live where there is snow, consider playing a game with your grandchildren - Hide and Follow. Make a path through your yard and then hide - let your grandchildren follow your footsteps to find you. When they do, talk about how they were able to find you by following your footsteps, then share what you are doing to leave "footsteps" which "lead them to the Lord".

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Grandmas with Heart, Joani Schultz & How Babies & Jesus Change Our Lives!

Recently a group of grandmas came together with the goal
of providing resources and tools to help grandmas - and grandpas/parents - hand down a heritage of faith to the children they love. I am delighted to be one of these grandmas and am joined by Linda Ransom Jacobs (founder of DC4Kids), Sherry Schumann, Cathy Jacobs, Deb DelVillar (all with the Legacy Coalition), Naomi Murray, Debbie Guinn (Editor of HomeFront Magazine) and most recently, Joani Schultz (from Group Publishing).

Pray for Your Grandchildren to Open the Door to Their Hearts to Jesus

The single most important thing for our grandchildren to do is for them to give their hearts to Jesus. Nothing else matters as much as this does. So, with this in mind, pray for your grandchildren to make the choice to open the door to their hearts and lives and let Jesus in!

If they have done this, pray and ask God to protect their hearts and minds and to keep them close to Him, so they will walk with Him each and every day!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hand Down the Faith - Help Your Grandchildren Learn & Love God's Word!

One of the best things you will ever do for your
grandchildren is to help them learn God's Word. I help my grandsons learn to pray Scripture back to God with my Deeper In books, we talk about Scripture and the people in it who chose to love and follow God with my Science, the Bible & Fun and we are reading the Bible together - a few verses each day with Generations Quest

What do you do to help your grandchildren learn and love God's Word?

The Key to Handing Down Our Faith

In May of 2016 I was invited to speak at a Grandparenting
conference in Minnesota. I spoke about Handing down our faith to our grandchildren. In this clip I share how we have not done this until . . .

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Just for Fun - December is Tie Month, So, Let's Make Tie Snakes!

Yes, December actually is Tie month, so I thought it would be fun to share with you some fun "tie facts" I found online. Did you know . . . 

Hand Down the Faith!

Handing down the faith - it is the most important thing we
will ever do - as grandparents . . . and parents, too! You might think it is difficult to hand down the faith, but it is actually just about telling the children you love about how God has shown Himself to be real in your life! Take time today to connect with those you love and tell them how God has worked in your life in the past and/or what He is doing now!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Special Book Giveaway on January 2, 2018 - Marigold & Daisy

I was recently invited to review a new book from Sterling Children's Books and today I'm happy to let you know about a great book for you to read to the children you love . . . Marigold & Daisy . . . especially if any new children are going to be arriving in your family in the coming year!

Grandmas See With Their Hearts!

We love our grandchildren with all our heart, so we are able to see what others may not see. This does not mean we turn a blind eye to things our grandchildren need to deal with, but it does mean we are able to see the tremendous value God has given to them and we are able to love them unreservedly! Take time today to let your grandchildren know they have unending value and you love them with your all!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pray Your Grandchildren will Trust & Wait for God & Experience His Peace & Compassion

Think back over your life to the times when you have trusted and waited for God . . . did He not always do as He said?
Did He not bless you with His peace and treat you with compassion? Share with your grandchildren how this has happened in your life and pray this week your grandchildren will learn to trust God and wait for Him and as they do they will experience God's amazing peace and see how He shows them His compassion!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Digital "Photo" Christmas Card to You

With Christmas just over a week away, I wanted to post my digital "photo-card" to you all. I am so blessed to have so many of you who take time out of your day to read my little blog - thank you!

It is my hope and prayer for you to have a joy-filled Christmas and a New Year filled with walking closer to the God who loves you so much!

Merry Christmas!

Leave a Legacy

When we invest our time and love in the children with
whom God has blessed our lives, the impact on their lives is lasting. They will remember us and the important things we have taught them. While we want our grandchildren to remember us for the things we said and did and how we love them, we are able to leave a legacy which outlasts these things when we hand down a heritage of faith.

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Gift Idea to Help You Do What Matters Most!

Have you been reading grandma's cookie jar and agree with me when I write about passing on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren, but are not sure where and how to begin? Do you have friends who are grandparents who also want to pass on their faith, but are also not sure where to begin? Are you looking for a Christmas gift for a grandparent/parent you know which is a good read and one which will help them know how to do what matters the most? 

If so, would you and they like to work through a book together to learn how to pass on your faith? Or, even if you know how to pass on your faith, does the idea of a study/book you could work through on your own or with friends sound like a good idea to you? 

Well - the good news is there are resources available to help you - and your friends - pass your faith to the children you love! Today I want to share one such resource with you. 

This book is one which you could read/work through on your own or in a Sunday school class or small group. It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren has ten chapters, each dealing with how to pass faith to your grandchildren such as . . .

What Matters Most

We need to know what matters most if we are going to leave a legacy which never dies. Handing down our faith is what matters the most - everything else will pass away. Take time today to connect with your grandchildren - in person, through the mail, on the phone or over the internet and share something about your faith!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chocolate - a Great Christmas - or Anytime - Treat!

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Rainforest Alliance Certified™Christmas and chocolate go together . . . at least in my house! I love celebrating Christmas, so it just seems like it is a nice time of year to enjoy a special treat . . . and chocolate definitely qualifies as a special treat!

Talk About Your Grandchildren!

Let your grandchildren "accidentally" overhear you sharing with others about the things they say/do. When they hear
you telling about the wise choices they have made and/or the accomplishments they've achieved, it will encourage them to continue to make wise choices and to try new things.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Night-time Candy Cane Hunt!

Last night my son brought the boys over and they had their Candy Cane hunt in the dark (6:30 pm is now dark) - with flashlights! The boys had so much fun! Then they came inside to warm up with homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade fresh-baked bread and hot cocoa with whipped cream and sprinkles on top (their aunt's idea!) We had such fun - and lots of happy faces! :-)

What We Say & Do Matters!

We grandparents are able to give our grandchildren a
connection, sense of their past and hope for their future . . . most importantly we are able to give them unconditional love. What we say and do matters!

And, Christmastime is the perfect time to help our grandchildren connect with their culture, understand their family history and see the hope they have for the future because of God's love for them! Plus, it is the perfect time to show our grandchildren how much we love them as well.

Take time to impact the lives of your grandchildren today!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Call Grandma!

We grandmothers have a very important role to play in the lives of our grandchildren - we are there to comfort, encourage and love them - all of the time! And, one of the blessings is we get to hear and enjoy the adorable things they say/do!
Please share something cute/funny your grandchildren have said/done.

Monday, December 11, 2017

"I Do NOT Like That Song!!!"

Do you go caroling at Christmas-time? What is your favorite Christmas carol? 

Thinking about singing at Christmas reminded me of how a couple years ago, on Thanksgiving, my grandsons spent the night - fun time to have a sleep-over! Well, the next morning we were talking about Christmas and how real reindeer do not fly and my husband mentioned the song, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer", so I sang a line of it. My then four-year-old grandson Caleb said . . . with great passion; "I do NOT like that song!!!" Then he came and gave me a big hug!

Pray Your Grandchildren will Hold Firmly to God - Their Rock!

Our grandchildren will not find firm, stable footing in the world for their lives, but they will in God! Share with them how holding to God as your Rock has given your life stability and peace - consider making a journal for you and your grandchildren to record how God has been your Rock!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Katrina Angele is the winner of The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Katrina for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me - - by December 15, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize 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!

Tell Your Grandchildren About God's Good Plans for Them

God has good plans for our grandchildren which do give them hope and a future - this is the truth! Take time this week to communicate this to your grandchildren - no matter their age or location . . . tell them in person, email, facetime, make a phone call or mail them a letter - be sure to tell them . . . and repeat often!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reason for Rules by Sherry Schumann in HomeFront Magazine

reasons for rulesToday I want to share with you a link to an article Sherry Schumann (one of the Grandmas with Heart) wrote for HomeFront Magazine. In "Reason for Rules" she shares how Biblical discipline modeled by our heavenly Father provides a pathway of redemption and restoration.

You'll find the article at this link -

Have a Candy Cane Hunt!

Start a new family tradition - have a candy cane hunt! What is a candy cane hunt? Think Easter egg hunt, but substitute candy canes, and since they hang nicely, you are able to hang them on low branches, bushes, etc outside for a lot of fun and a great way to build a wonderful memory! Share the Legend of the Candy Cane to make it a teaching opportunity to hand down your faith! Enjoy!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Week of Fun Christmas Crafts - Handprint Nativity Animals

Are you looking for craft ideas you can use with your grandchildren which celebrate the real Reason for the Season? Well, this is an idea you could use with them which not only celebrates Jesus, but is simple and inexpensive to make!  

What Do Your Grandchildren Call You?

When my grandsons first began talking I was "Ga", then "Gra-ma" and now "Grandma" . . . best names EVER! What do your grandchildren call you?

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

crafting with grandma - Easy Clothespin Snowman Ornament!

A few days ago I shared with you an idea for a fun snowman ornament made from a wooded clothespin - today I'm showing you an even easier way to make this even your youngest grandchildren will be able to do.

West Michigan Grandparents (and Parents, too) Watch for Grandparenting on Purpose!

One thing I want to do is to let you know about resources to help you hand down your faith. If you live in the West Michigan area - stay tuned for information about an opportunity to connect and learn about handing down your faith!

Josh McDowell's 7 Principles for Building Relationships with Our Grandchildren - #7 - Accountability

For the past week I've been sharing on the Grandmas with Heart facebook page - and on here - Josh McDowell's Seven Principles for Building a Relationship with Our Grandchildren. He spoke last year at the Legacy Grandparenting Summit and covered this in his message.

Today is Principle #7 from Josh McDowell for how to build a relationship with our grandchildren - Accountability. Yes we set limits and want to help our grandchildren learn to make wise choices, but we always do so with love Thank you for reading and sharing this series with the people you know!