Monday, April 29, 2019

2019 Spring Gift Giveaway - The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

Do you have someone you love who is graduating from high school and heading to Bible college this Fall? If so, I have a wonderful idea for a gift - The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. Do you know someone who loves to study the Bible and you have a gift-giving opportunity for them?  If so, I have a wonderful idea for a gift - The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. Do you study your Bible and share it with your children/grandchildren? If so, I have a wonderful idea for a tool which will help you better understand it - The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

InterVarsity Press sent me one The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament for review and giveaway and today I'm happy to let you know about this wonderful book.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

crafting with grandma - Handprint Jar

 I have another idea for a wonderful Mother's Day craft you could help your grandchildren make for their mother . . . of course I found it on Pinterest! Check this handprint flower jar out . . . it is so perfect for Mother's Day as not only will children be able to put flowers they make, pick or buy in it, but the jar with the handprint is one mom will want to save and use for years to come!

Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 Spring Gift Giveaway - NIV, Bible for Teen Guys

Children's Day is the second Sunday in June - yes, it is a real holiday. If you are thinking about a gift you might give to your grandson, consider the NIV, Bible for Teen Guys.

Free on Kindle - Pray the Scriptures Book

Today, April 26, 2019 is the day my book - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition becomes available for free as a Kindle copy. Yes, from April 26-30, 2019 it will be free on Kindle.

This book provides you with 52 weeks of Scripture prayers from the Book of Psalms which have been personalized for you to pray for yourself and for the ones you love.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Just for Fun - Science Projects

My grandson enjoy science projects. From time-to-time I have shared several of their favorites with you and today I'm doing so once again. Two all-time favorite science experiments are making Ivory Soap Clouds and Elephant's Toothpaste

If you try these with your grandchildren be ready for amazed reactions!!! Be sure to talk with them about how when God created the world He created the laws of science and when we do certain things there are certain reactions . . . God is so amazing and the world He created shows this! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Special Grand Parenting DVD Giveaway

On my other blog, Grandmas with Heart, I'm announcing a special giveaway tomorrow - which I thought I'd share with you today . . . 

Almost four years ago a group of people met to talk about if there was a need for a ministry which equipped and encouraged grandparents to hand down the faith to their grandchildren and called upon churches to serve the grandparents in their church by developing a Grandparenting Ministry. This group became known as the Legacy Coalition and four of our Grandmas with Heart were there - Sherry Schumann, Linda Ranson Jacobs, Cathy Jacobs and me, Lynda Freeman. 

The following May we were invited to speak at a grandparenting conference in Minnesota - the general sessions were filmed and turned into a resource any church could use to equip the grandparents in their ministry. This DVD resource - Grandparenting DVD: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith is a two DVD set with ten sessions and a workbook; the speakers are Larry Fowler, Josh Mulvihill, Cavin Harper, Valerie Bell, Rob Rienow, Linda Ranson - Jacobs (one of our Grandmas with Heart), Cathy Jacobs (another of our Grandmas with Heart) and me, Lynda Freeman. I'm very happy to say the Legacy Coalition sent one set for me to review and a second one for me to give away.

Monday, April 22, 2019

crafting with grandma - Basket for Mother's Day

Quite a few years back, I was sent the book, 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art to review - it is a beautiful book filled with amazing photos of baskets of all types. Today I'm sharing one of the baskets with you, which was designed and made by Mary Lee Fulkerson, as it is a fun basket you could make with your grandchildren for their mothers for Mother's Day.

The "Fiesta" basket is made from sticks and cable ties - while there are no directions for making it, I helped a child make one back in 2005 and it was a lot of fun. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

This is the truth upon which we build our faith - Jesus is not still in a tomb; He rose, just as He said He would do! Because of this, we are able to receive God's grace and His forgiveness for our sins.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 Spring Gift Review & Giveaway - Red Heart Yarn Package

Today I am happy once again to share with you some of the new yarn from Red Heart - and announce a giveaway for some of them as well. If you enjoy crocheting or knitting, these yarns will make wonderful items you could give for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, any other special event, or to get a start on your gifts for Christmas.

Cool Kool-Aid Eggs

Kool Aid Easter EggsMy grandsons will be at my house tomorrow, so we are decorating eggs for their egg hunt on Sunday. This year we are trying something new . . . Kool-aid eggs. You will find all the details at this link.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Free on Kindle April 26-30, 2019 - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too!

I just finished updating my book - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition and from April 26-30, 2019 it will be free on Kindle.

This book provides you with 52 weeks of Scripture prayers from the Book of Psalms which have been personalized for you to pray for yourself and for the ones you love.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with a Mystery Bag Project - Share the Message of the Cross

In two days we will remember Good Friday; it is the day we think about Jesus on the cross. He willingly took our place; the innocent for the guilty, so we are able to be forgiven and receive God's grace. Take time today to help your grandchildren remember and thank Jesus for what He did for you all with a Mystery Bag project.

Consider this fun activity which will help them understand the message of the cross. You will need . . . 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

cooking with grandma - Flaky, Fluffy Biscuits

Fluffy Biscuits RecipeRecently I had a conversation about biscuits - for nearly all of my life . . . at least as long as I had been baking, I could not make biscuits. I know. Biscuits. Should be pretty simple, but every biscuit I tried to make ended up resembling rocks more than anything you would actually want to eat!

But, then one day a couple years ago I found a recipe for "flaky biscuits", tweaked it a bit, and gave it a try; lo-and-behold, the biscuits are actually flaky! Even better, they are delicious! My family loves them, so today I'm very happy to share this recipe with you.

The key to this biscuit is the folding of the dough over and over again upon itself, flattening, then repeating for the layers of flaky, fluffy biscuits. For added tasty enjoyment, sprinkle some cinnamon sprinkles in-between the folding and you will have a most amazing cinnamon biscuit!

This is a fun recipe to make with your grandchildren - double it and take some warm-from-the-oven biscuits to a neighbor!


Monday, April 15, 2019

2019 Spring Gift Review & Giveaway - From Me to You

I was recently invited to review a couple new books from Harvest House and today am happy to share them with you - and announce a giveaway as well. One of the thigns we do to hand down faith to our grandchildren and children is build our relationship with them. One way we do this is by having meaningful conversations together. These two new books - From Me to You (Daughter): A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter and From Me to You (Son): A Conversation Journal for You and Your Son, are designed to do this.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Spring Gift Review & Giveaway - NIV Personal Size Large Print Reference Bible

My sister and I are both so blessed to have one of our grandma's Bibles. In them she underlined verses which mattered to her and left little notes and even clippings from papers with things which encouraged her in her life. These Bibles are amazing gifts; treasures with which our grandma is still able to hand down faith long after she entered Heaven.

Today I'd like to encourage you to consider a simple way you are able to continue to hand down the faith - after your life on Earth is over; just get a couple Bibles and underline your favorite verses in them. Jot a few notes in the margins. Make these Bibles tangible things from which you are able to "speak" when you are gone. Then, leave them for your grandchildren/children and tuck in a personal note as well. Whether you have much or little to leave when you are gone, these Bibles will be something the ones who receive them will truly treasure.

And, today I'm very happy to recommend a Bible you could use for just this thing. Zondervan sent me one of their new NIV Personal Size Reference Bible for review and share my opinion of it with you - and I'm happy to say they are making another available for me to give away.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tomorrow, April 11th is Pet Day

Tomowrow, April 11th, is Pet Day! Most of us have, or have had, a pet and consider them to be part of our family. When my husband Dave and I were first married, we had a Basset Hound; we named her Mindy. When we had children, Mindy was a "mother hen" to them! She was definitely a part of our family for a long time!

When we lived in California we got our children hamsters (I will NEVER do that again as they were hideous; they ate their babies!!!), a cat (named Mr. Pickles) and turtle (named Tippsy!) When we moved back to Michigan (from California), we had bunnies for a short time (Snowflake and Indiana Bunny), a parakeet which talked, danced and sang (especially to Carmen's song, I Love Jesus!) and then my sister gave us an English Springer Spaniel (Scout). We also got another Basset Hound (Giggles). Scout and Giggles were loved parts of our family and we have many wonderful memories of these sweet dogs.

Since most people have dogs as pets, I thought it would be fun to share some Fun Dog Facts. Did you know . . .

Monday, April 8, 2019

Finished! Would You Read & Share Your Opinion?

Hooray!!! I feel like celebrating as I just finally finished my new book - the DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith! I have been working on it for two years . . . which for me is forever as I typically write books in a month or less. But, since there were a couple wonderful things I was able to put in it which I would not have been able to include two years ago, I'm very happy.

At any rate, I feel like celebrating!!! Hmmm . . . may be time to pull out the Dove Dark Chocolate!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

crafting with grandma - Twig Crafts

What do you get when you combine a yard with a fair amount of trees and a long, hard winter? A yard with many branches and twigs all over it just waiting to be picked up! So, I am planning to have my grandsons help pick up sticks and small branches as soon as it gets a bit warmer - and dryer - and then we will use these sticks and twigs to make some fun things!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Spring Gift Review & Giveaway - Peppercorns Royale Four Pepper Blend from The Spice House

Peppercorns Royale Four Pepper Blend of Black, White, Green and Pink Peppercorns, cupAre you a person who uses a variety of spices in your cooking, or a person who pretty much sticks with salt and pepper? Until the last year, I was more of a, "didn't use too many spices" person when I cooked. Now, my food was always tasty and full of flavor, but not really what you would call, "spicy".

However, last year my sister gave me spices from the Spice House for my birthday and I started cooking with spices - the difference is definitely noticeable! I am now a huge fan of the Spice House.

So, as I thought about this year's Spring Gift Review, I decided to see if they would be willing to send a spice for review and giveaway - I am very happy to say they did and to share with you about their Peppercorns Royale Four Pepper Blend which they sent for me to review - and another bottle for me to give away.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Your Family - God's Gifts to You & You are God's Gift to Them

Find a family photo and spend a moment looking at it. Look at each person; take time to consider the following . . . 

  • God gave you each person in the photo . . . knowing who He created you to be and who He created each of them to be as well.
  • God loves each person in the photo.
  • God specifically chose the people who are in your family to be part of your family.
  • Each child/grandchild was given to you - specifically and intentionally.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Paper Airplane, Rocket & Cross

In just a couple weeks we will celebrate the most amazing day in history; the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus is our core message, because it made God's grace available to us.

So, share the Good News of Jesus with your grandchildren. If they have not already put their trust in Jesus, take time to tell them how they are able to do this - consider using this simple, and fun tool as a Mystery Bag Project with them. You will need . . .

You will find the full instructions at this link.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spring Gift Review - GiftsForYouNow Personalized Doormat

I was recently invited by GiftsForYouNow to review a personalized gift for Spring gift-giving and decorating opportunities. They sent me one to see for myself, so today I'm happy to let you know about some fun personalized gifts you could use for your gift-giving and decorating.

Monday, April 1, 2019

just for fun - Fun Day!

Today is Fun Day . . . "a reminder to break the stressful line of day to day living, and to go out and have some Fun!"

I found the information about Fun Day at this link - they gave several great reasons for celebrating Fun Day; consider the following . . .