Friday, January 12, 2018

Grandmas with Heart - These are the Grandmas . . .

This past year seven wonderful ladies and I began the work on a new ministry - Grandmas with Heart. Each day I post a new photo meme with some words about handing down the faith - you may have noticed I share them each day here on grandma's cookie jar.

While there are many important people and things in my life and yours, if we are grandma there is nothing more important for us to do than to hand down our faith to our grandchildren. I - and the other Grandmas with Heart - believe grandmas have much to offer to other grandmas. We know the concerns and joys experienced by grandmas and we understand the desire to hand down our faith.

It is our goal to provide books and other resources which will equip and empower you as you hand down the faith. While we are grandmas and want to provide resources for grandmas to use, we welcome grandpas and parents to join us as well.

You may be wondering who these "Grandmas with Heart" might be; today I'm happy to "introduce" you to these dear grandmas. Linda Ransom-Jacobs is one of our grandmas. Some of you may be familiar with her ministry DC4K (Divorce Care 4 Kids - Linda lives in Florida and has 10 grandchildren between the ages of six and twenty. Her grandchildren call her "Nana" - except for one who calls her "Grandma", and they live near and far from Linda - Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

Debbie Guinn is “Mimi” to four grandchildren—three girls and one boy. She lives just north of Austin, TX where she co-parents her nine and seven-year-old grandchildren with her son. She has more than 25 years of experience working in Children’s and Family Ministries and is currently the Editor in Chief of HomeFront magazine ( She is passionate about equipping parents to become the leaders of God’s truth in their own households.

Many of you may recognize Joani Schultz as Group Publishing's Chief Creative Officer. Joani lives in Colorado where she oversees the creation of Group's resources, training, and services. She is the author of numerous books including "Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore," and "The 1 Thing" and leads the teams which create Group's Bible curriculum, vacation Bible school, books, magazines, conferences, music, and training. Joani is also a new grandma! She is passionate about handing down the faith to her sweet granddaughter!

Sherry Schumann has three grandchildren, two girls and one boy, and one more grandchild on the way. Sherry lives outside Charleston, SC; her granddaughters call her “Grandma,” and her grandson calls her “Nana.”  Sherry is a founding member of the Legacy Coalition and their Director of Prayer Ministries, she is the Co-director of Prayer Ministries for the Christian Grandparenting Network and writes a blog - Sitting by the Well

Nohemi Murray is the happy grandma of two little ones who call her "Grandma" and "Yaya" and they all live in West Michigan.

Cathy Jacobs lives in South Carolina and has four grandchildren - with another on the way! Her grandchildren call her "Nina" and she LOVES being a grandma! Cathy is a founding member of the Legacy Coalition as well as the founder of Pass the Legacy (

Deb del Villar served with AWANA for years and is now part of the Legacy Coalition. She has 11 grandchildren (nine are boys) who call her "Grammy" and she lives in Tennessee.

I am also a Grandma with Heart. I have three grandsons who call me "Grandma" and they all live in Michigan. I am a founding member of the Legacy Coalition where I serve as a senior writer/editor and speaker. I have written four books for grandparents and writes this blog - grandma's cookie jar -

Please check out "Grandmas with Heart" at this facebook page - We (Linda Ransom Jacobs, Debbie Guinn, Joani Schultz, Sherry Schumann, Naomi Murray, Cathy Jacobs, Deb delVillar and Lynda Freeman) invite you to join us as we share about handing down our faith to our grandchildren.

It is our prayer you will find information and resources which equip and empower you to hand down the faith to your grandchildren! (As we add more Grandmas with Heart - we will introduce them to you as well.)

Please help us spread the news about Grandmas with Heart by sharing the facebook page with the people you know (and by liking and following us on facebook and twitter!)  

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