Monday, May 31, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with the little answer book for children

As you have likely noticed, I have been writing about Barna's and Gallup's recent polls - for a very important reason . . . because we must stand up and take action to stop the loss of the ones we love. If someone does not speak up and ask others to join them, how will grandparents, parents, and church leaders know there is a way to stop what is happening? 

Inspire Cartwheels in Their Hearts

Two years ago, my then seven-year-old grandson learned to do cartwheels - he has such joy when he is "cartwheeling" across the yard! Joy, absolute joy! 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

crafting with grandma - Summer Fun for Children's Day - Ice Chalk!

After this weekend, the next "family celebration" we all are able to celebrate is on June 13, 2021 . . . Children's Day!!! So, if you would like to get a "jump start" on making some fun gifts which your grandchildren can enjoy, check this idea I found on Pinterest for Ice Chalk!!!

Must Be at the Top of Our Most Important Things to Do List

 

Both the Barna and Gallup polls show us we are losing our next generations (at double the rate of any previous generation according to Barna). We must take action. We must make changes as to do nothing is not an option.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

grandma's cookbook - Blueberry Lemonade Cheese Cake Pie (No Bake!)

With Summer upon us, it is a great time to try new desserts for those get-togethers and if the dessert is a tasty no-bake recipe it could not possibly be more perfect! I was browsing on Pinterest this morning and found a recipe for Raspberry Lemonade Cheese Cake, but thought it could easily be switched to Blueberry Lemonade and had to share it with you!

Wisdom Is . . .

As a grandma who is committed to handing down the faith, one of the things I talk about with my grandsons is what it means to make wise choices. I want them to know what it means to be wise, where they are able to find wisdom, and be people who choose to live in a wise way. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Just for Fun!! Sea Anemones, Hermit Crabs, Watermelon, Corn & More!

When I look at the world around me I see a creation which is too amazing, too intentional for it to have just "happened" on its own. While the science is clear, life evolved, it is also clear it could not have done so without  God designing evolution to be the means by which He created all life.

Creation is so specific, and amazing! There are creatures and plants which could not survive without the other; for example, did you know . . . 

Celebrate Your Grandchildren & Be Sure They Know You Love Them

Sunday June 13th is Children's Day! (If you look it up on Google, it says the USA celebrates Children's Day on the second Sunday in June - this has been the official date since the 1800's - I really did not make this holiday up!!!) 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Handing Down Confident Faith is Essential & Can be Fun, Too!

I've been writing all week about handing down confident faith to our grandchildren. As I said yesterday; "We so easily become distracted by the things in this world. We lose focus of what is truly most important and think things like earning more money, taking bigger and better vacations, owning a bigger and new home, driving new cars, etc. are important, when in truth, none of these things matter. Not really. If we end up with all these things, but fail to hand confident faith to our grandchildren will we say, "Oh well. I had a great car, house and big bank account!"? No. Nothing, please allow me to repeat, NOTHING is more important than handing down confident faith to our grandchildren.

Make This Summer Count!

The summer is nearly upon us! Which means the children you love will be enjoying their summer break - I know my grandsons are certainly looking forward to summer. While summer is a perfect time to take a break, enjoy the weather, get outside, do special things, it is also the perfect time for us to equip the children we love, so they are able to know for sure God is real, God and science do go together, God is good, and the Bible is true.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

As Covid Comes to an End Teach Both the "What" & the "Why"

My husband and I are fully vaccinated, but since our youngest grandsons are not yet able to be vaccinated, we are continuing to wear masks, keep distance, and are staying away from gatherings of people outside our immediate family. We will not risk exposing our grandsons to covid, so since we have been so careful the last year, what are a few more months until they are able to be vaccinated?

It is Not Too Late

If, like me, you pay attention to Barna's studies on Gen Z (the studies show they are leaving the faith at double the rate of previous generations) and the current Gallup Poll (the US has dropped below 50% for the first time in regards to the percentage of people who attend church and say their faith matters), then you may feel discouraged. If you have family and/or friends who fall into these results, then you also are likely to be experiencing sadness and even discouragement, but today I want to tell you, it is not too late.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

crafting with grandma - Jesus Loves Me I Spy Bottles

Children's Day is June 13, 2021, so if you are looking for a special craft/gift idea you could involve your grandchildren in making to celebrate Children's Day and how special and loved they are to you and to Jesus, consider making Jesus Loves Me I Spy Bottles! I found a link on Pinterest for making I Spy Bottles, and thought you could make them unique and special for Children's Day by doing the following things -

crafting with grandma - Memorial Day Wind-Catchers!

If  you are like me, you are probably going to be spending at least part of your Memorial Day with your family. So, if you might like a fun, simple and inexpensive craft you could make with your grandchildren, check out this Wind-Catcher I saw on Pinterest

Monday, May 24, 2021

Get Out, Enjoy the Summer with the Alevo Alu!

Summer is nearly upon us! The weather is warmer and the days are longer - well, at least the days stay light for longer. Covid restrictions are easing for those who have their shots. Your grandchildren will be enjoying their summer vacation and may be at your home more often. All these things mean it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the weather!

Laugh Together

As the Summer begins and social distancing may end, we may find we are able to spend time once again with our family, and looking forward to these opportunities more so than ever.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

crafting with grandma - Handprint Jar

I have an idea for a wonderful craft you could help your  grandchildren make . . . of course I found it on Pinterest! Check this handprint flower jar out . . . not only will children be able to put flowers they make, pick, or buy in it, but the jar with the handprint is one which will be re-used for years to come!

May is Burger Month

May is Hamburger Month - as if we need a month to celebrate what is one of our favorite foods! With Memorial Day a week away, I thought it would be fun to share a link to a site with information on the history of how we ended up with burgers - you will find it at this link - and one of the ways I like to fix special burgers.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Children's Day Books - Piper & Mabel and What Would You Wish For?

Children's Day is just a few weeks away (second Sunday in June, and yes, it is a real holiday), so today I'm very happy to let you know about two new books from Zonderkidz which would make wonderful Children's Day gifts for the children you love who are between the ages of four and eight.

My grandsons love dogs, so when I saw Piper & Mabel I knew they would enjoy this book!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Releasing Today - Gary LeVox One on One!

I was recently invited to review the new release from Gary LeVox - former lead singer for Rascal Flats and today I am happy to do exactly this.

Just for Fun!!! Did You Know . . . Bees Knees!

Did you know . . . every bee has a special brush located on its knees which it uses to clean the pollen out of its breathing apparatus  when it comes out of a flower. Without the brush, the bee will suffocate. God designed the bee to have this brush from the start because He knew what each part of His creation needed to survive!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Graduation . . . A Special Time to Hand Down Confident Faith

Graduation is upon us - teens graduating from high school and young adults graduating from college - this makes a wonderful opportunity for you to hand down confident faith to your graduating grandchildren. How might you do this, you ask? Consider the following ideas . . .

DIY Toys for Summer Fun & Children's Day

DIY Toys - great for the kids to make their friends for Christmas.Summer is almost here with warm days and lots of fun in and around water. So I thought I'd share with you some DIY toy ideas for sponge balls and light sabers I found on  Pinterest which you could either make with your grandchildren or for them for Children's Day! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

As Covid Comes to an End Teach Both the "What" & the "Why"

My husband and I are fully vaccinated, but since our youngest grandsons are not yet able to be vaccinated, we are continuing to wear masks, keep distance, and are staying away from gatherings of people outside our immediate family. We will not risk exposing our grandsons to covid, so since we have been so careful the last year, what are a few more months until they are able to be vaccinated?

Tasty Recipe for Bread

I enjoy a tasty slice of homemade bread and when bread is so easy to bake and you are able to add healthy ingredients, like cracked wheat flour, oatmeal and squash, well, it makes any meal not only tastier, but more enjoyable, too! So, today I thought I'd share a recipe with you for some of the most tasty bread you will ever make.

100 Free Things to Do With Your Grandchildren This Summer

The second Sunday of June is Children's Day - yes, it is a real holiday! I LOVE Children's Day! I love planning for it and then celebrating the children I love.

But then, every day should be "Children's Day" . . . and especially every day in the Summer! So, if you are feeling a little like "Phineas and Ferb" and are looking for things you can do with the children in your life this Summer, look at these great ideas I found on Pinterest for 100 Free Things to Do with Children This Summer!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Another "Call to Action"

A few days ago on my other blog I wrote, "On this blog you will find posts which hopefully encourage you and put a smile on your face. You will also find posts which hope to call you to action." Today I'm sharing this with you as this is another call to action post. (If you did not read my other post with the "call to action", you will find it at this link - please read it - and share it as well.)

crafting with grandma - Yarn Bowl

I was once again browsing on  Pinterest and found the directions for making a yarn bowl! This looks like a wonderful craft you could make with your grandchildren . . . particularly on a rainy summer day - or possibly turn into a basket they could use as a gift - get a big start on their Christmas gift-giving!

Monday, May 17, 2021

grandma's cookbook - No-Bake Cookies

Did you know 86% of grandmas bake cookies? Are you part of the 86%? If so, what are your grandchildren's favorite cookie?

just for fun - 32 Ideas for Backyard Fun!

The ULTIMATE backyard bucket list! So many great ideas for outdoor fun!!My grandsons will spend time at my house again this summer, so I've been watching for ideas for fun things we could do at my house.  Today when I browsed on Pinterest I found a link for not just one or two great ideas, but 32 ideas! And, they are excellent, doable and fun ideas!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Summer Possibilities!

Summer is just around the corner. In fact, my grandsons, only have three more weeks of school and then summer vacation. So, what might we do with Summer Vacation providing more opportunities to spend time together?

Summer Fun - Acrylic Paint Sun Prints!

My grandsons - especially Caleb - love to paint, so when I saw this idea on Pinterest for

making Acrylic Paint Sun Prints, I thought it looked like great fun for the boys to try on a sunny day this Summer when they are at my house!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

grandma's chuckles - "I'm Allergic to Magic Beans"

Don't you just love remembering the things your sweet grandchildren said/did when they were little? I do, so today I'm sharing one of these with you. When my youngest grandson was three years old he was at my house one day and told me something very important. He said; "I am allergic to magic beans."

New Resource to Help Grieving Children

 

Linda Ranson-Jacobs shared this wonderful resource from her friend Mel Erickson with me a couple days ago and today I am delighted to share it with you.

Friday, May 14, 2021

the little answer book Is For You

Do you have someone in your family who once walked with God, but no longer do? Someone who at one time went to and was active in their church, but today they say they are not even sure if God is real? Or, do you know someone for whom these things are true?

Lemon Butter Cookies

My grandson Josiah has really taken a liking to butter cookies, so yesterday when he was at my house, we made Lemon Butter Cookies . . . and they are definitely cookies to like!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Don't Let Another 20 Years Go By - Ask Your Church for Help, Today

Nearly twenty years ago a Barna study showed 85 to 96% of parents believed it was their responsibility to hand faith to their children, but beyond taking their children to church, parents did not do anything else at home. The study says; "The survey data indicate parents generally rely upon their church to do all of the religious training their children will receive. Parents are not so much unwilling to provide more substantive training to their children as they are ill-equipped to do such work. According to the research, parents typically have no plan for the spiritual development of their children; do not consider it a priority, have little or no training in how to nurture a child’s faith, have no related standards or goals that they are seeking to satisfy, and experience no accountability for their efforts.

just for fun - Fun with Glue, Salt & Food Coloring!

While I'm hoping for a lovely, warm summer so the boys can run and play in our yard when they are here, it is likely there will be rainy days. But, rainy days do not have to be disappointing. While we won't be running and playing in the yard, we can do fun and interesting things inside!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

crafting with grandma - Blowing Kisses Photos!

I am a very blessed grandma in how I live close to my grandsons and see them at least a couple times a week. However; not all grandparents are so blessed. This morning when I browsed Pinterest I saw a craft idea which would make a wonderful gift for grandparents/ parents . . . especially in instances where the grandparent lives far enough away where they do not see their grandchildren often. What is this craft, you ask? A Blowing Kisses Photo!

Dragon Mountain - Excellent Book for Children's Day & Summer Reading

Yesterday I shared some reviews of books which would make wonderful Children's Day gifts - today I am happy to share another book review with you. Sterling Children's Books sent me Dragon Mountain and It is a fantastic book!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Summer Fun & Learning with the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series

  

My grandsons have always enjoyed learning about animals - when they were little, they loved this and now they are getting older they continue to enjoy learning about animals. If you have someone you love who enjoys learning about animals, then take a look at the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series of books which you could get to introduce them to some very interesting animals. For example, look at book seven - Giant Anteaters, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Rufous Potoos & More . . .

Books for Children's Day

Children's Day is nearly here - yes, it is a real holiday and is always celebrated on the second Sunday in June. It is a wonderful opportunity to show your grandchildren how very thankful you are for them - let them choose the menu, plan fun activities, and give a gift.

Books make great Children's Day gifts and since Zonderkidz sent me a few of their new titles, I'm sharing them with you today . . . 

Monday, May 10, 2021

God's Fingerprints are on His Most Amazing Creations

 

This is a Carrier Crab (look under the Fire Urchin in the photo below) - it lives in the Pacific Ocean. Apparently it is considered HIGHLY tasty to pretty much all its neighbors. So, to survive it uses its back legs to hold the Fire Urchin (by the way, did I mention the Fire Urchin is named "Fire Urchin" for an excellent reason . . . it is poisonous to all those hungry neighbors?) and carries it around wherever it goes. When the Carrier Crab's hungry neighbors see the tasty crab, AND the poisonous Fire Urchin, they decide they are not as hungry as they thought they were - they leave the crab alone.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Get Ready for a Summer Filled with Adventure!

 

Have you ever heard of a Blue Dragon? Have you ever heard of an Okapi, or a Pangolin, or a Civet, or a Kakapo, or a Quetzal, or a Chevrotain, or a Binturong, or a Mimic Octopus? Did you know there were such animals as Pygmy Elephants, Pygmy Rhinos, Pygmy Hippos, and Tree Kangaroos? Do you know the surprising things about Giant Clams and Peacock Mantis Shrimp? Do you know how all these animals and 87 more are included in the first eight books in the Life on the Goldilocks Planet curriculum/book series?

May is Photo Month!

The month of May is Photo Month . . . although, as a grandma, I firmly believe any and all months are "photo months" since all times are excellent times for photos!

Friday, May 7, 2021

the little answer book - Will Help You Be Prepared

I am not a theologian, a scientist, a philosopher, or an apologist. I am a mom. I am a grandma.

I am also a friend, and as a friend I have listened as moms and grandmas shared with me their heartbreak when their loved child, grown child, and/or grandchild made the choice to walk away from their faith. These friends shared how they did what they knew to do as the ones they loved grew up – they prayed with them, taught them about God, Jesus, and the Bible, took them to church, encouraged them to be involved in their youth group, and tried to model what it meant to love, know, and walk with God. They never thought the one they loved would turn away from their faith, but disappointment in people, hurt, and/or difficult times came along and the unthinkable happened.

Those Little Everyday Blessings

As grandparents we know how important it is to be intentional when it comes to blessing our grandchildren. Perhaps, like me, you have been looking for a Scripture passage which you will be able to use to bless your grandchildren on a regular basis. This is an important thing for us to do.