Saturday, July 31, 2021

Teach the Whys & Help Your Grandchildren Develop a Confident Faith

Okay, I know I have been posting a fair amount about my book series - Life on the Goldilocks Planet. Please bear with me today as I share a bit more about it.

Equip Your Grandchildren for the New School Year with God's Love, Joy & Peace

My grandsons will be heading back to school in just three weeks, so to help them focus and prepare in these final three weeks, we are going to focus upon and pray one of our blessings . . . 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Focused & Intentional Grandparenting with Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith!

What kind of grandparent are you? Do you enjoy being a grandparent and are happy to be past the child-rearing stage? Do you enjoy spending time with your grandchildren and make time to do things with them? Are you focused and active in passing on a heritage of confident faith to your grandchildren? What kind of grandparent are you?

S'mores Pops

My sweet grandsons enjoy building bonfires in our yard with their poppa and/or dad and in their own yard with their dad. Of course bonfires are the perfect opportunity to make - and enjoy - roasted marshmallows and s'mores! 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Resources to Help You Hand Down Confident Faith

Do you know which animal is a fearless and ferocious  predator? All of these animals are in my final book - book twelve - in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - Grasshopper Mice, Laughing Kookaburra, Jawfish & More! - and will be released in a week or two.

grandma's cookbook - Blueberry Lemon Refrigerator Pie!

I love lemons! I love blueberries! And, I most certainly LOVE whipped cream!!! So, what do you get when you combine all of these with a  cookie crust? Pure happiness, for sure!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Be Committed to the Truth

Telling the truth is something which matters to God - enough so, it is one of the Ten Commandments - do not lie. As grandmas (and grandpas/ parents) who interact with the children we love, telling the truth is one of the things we require of them. They grow up knowing we want them to tell the truth - and watching us tell the truth as well. Being truthful matters.

grandma's cookbook - Oreo & Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Kraft has a recipe which will leave you with only one word you will be able to say . . . WOW!!!!!  Chocolate pudding, Cool Whip (although I think you could easily substitute real whipping cream in this recipe), Oreos, Chocolate Fudge topping, and Ice Cream Sandwiches . . . mix all together and you have a dessert which will leave everyone who eats it saying, "WOW!!!!"

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Just for Fun . . . Misspelled Words, Flutterbys and More!

It has been a while since I shared some, "Just for Fun" strange, but true, facts, so I thought I'd share a few more with you today!  Did you know . . .

grandma's cookbook - Mmmm . . . Salted Caramel Lollipops!!!

Have you ever maid lollipops? They may seem difficult, but they really are not. If you would like to try making them - or have before and are interested in a new recipe, this one is for you . . . Salted Caramel Lollipops!!! 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith With Aardvarks, Coelacanths, Colugos & More!

I've been writing about the books in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet curriculum/book series and today I am happy to let you know about book eleven - Aardvarks, Coelacanths, Colugos & More! In this book you will find a wonderful variety of surprising animals - Aardvarks, Cuttlefish, Pileated Woodpeckers, Anacondas, Bat-Eared Foxes, Coelacanths, Freshwater Jellyfish, Flying Gurnard Fish, Lungless Salamanders, Helmeted Hornbills, Kermode Bears, and Colugos. 

Amaze Your Grandchildren With This Fun Activity!

Grandmas should be able to "amaze" their grandchildren from time to time - don't you agree? :-) My grandsons were at my house one day last week, so I showed them a simple piece of paper and asked if they believed I could cut a hole in it big enough for them to walk through. They looked at it, then at me and said, "No. I do not think you can do that." I said, "Hmmm . . . well, we will see because I can!"

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Jaguars, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Nautiluses & More!

Our world is filled with such a wide variety of animals - some with which we are familiar and others we may not even know exist. In each of my Life on the Goldilocks Planet books, I try for a mix of animals with which you are familiar, animals you may have heard of but do not know a lot about, and animals you may have never heard of before. For all of them I work to find fun facts which include new information which will leave you thinking, "I never knew this before!" 

In book ten, Jaguars, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Nautiluses & More! you will find a nice mix - animals with which you are familiar, such as; Jaguars and Bison, animals which you may have heard of but may not know a lot about them, such as; Asian Tapirs, and Nautiluses, and animals you may never have heard of before, such as; Sea Pens, Coatimundis, Jabirus, Sloth Bears. Satanic Leaf-Tailed Geckos, Fairy Penguins, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, and Bilbies.

crafting with grandma - Boredom Buster Jar!

Do you ever think you are, "in a rut" when it comes to the things you do when your grandchildren are visiting? Do you ever wonder if your grandchildren might be "bored" at your house, or just in need of something interesting to do? Well, as I browsed  Pinterest this morning, I found a great idea which will not only give you things to do with your grandchildren, but will also be great fun to put together!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Polar Bears, Purple Gallinules, Numbats & More!

Have you ever heard of Psychedelic Frogfish, Purple Gallinules, or Javelinas? Well, you will find them in book nine of my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - Polar Bears, Purple Gallinules, Numbats & More! What about Blue-Tongued Skinks, Hairy Armadillos, Sunfish, and Numbats? You likely know about Polar Bears, Otters, Opossum, Amazon Pink Dolphins, and Chilean Flamingos, but I'm certain you will find surprising fun facts about these more familiar animals in this book as well!

crafting with grandma - Sand Bowl!

DIY: Sand Bowls- just sand mixed with glue and dripped over a bowl until it hardens. Perfect for holding your summer seashell collectionI was browsing Pinterest last night and found an interesting, unique and simple craft I thought I'd share with you all. It looks like something my grandsons might like to make - I hope it actually turns out, because if it does, it would actually be pretty cool!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Cheetahs, Mimic Octopuses, Hoatzins & More!

Cheetahs, Mimic Octopuses, Hoatzins & More! is book eight in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series and it has a wonderful mix of animals with which you may be familiar - such as Cheetahs, Eels, Chameleons, Moose, Boxfish, and Bactrian Camels as well as animals you may never have heard of before - such as Philippine Eagles, Gerenuks, Mimic Octopuses & Immortal Jellyfish, Hoatzins, Iberian Wolves, Olms & Mombachos.

Back-to-School Prayer - Lamentations 3:21-23 - God's Great Faithfulness

Faithfulness. God's faithfulness is great and this truth is one to which we are able to hold firmly and one which we are able to share with our grandchildren with great confidence. As they start a new school year, whether it be due to them heading off to Kindergarten, or to a new school or to college in a different state, God is faithful, His love never ends, His mercies never stop and these absolute truths give us a solid hope. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Giant Anteaters, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Rufous Potoos & More!

My seventh book in the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series is one of my favorites - Giant Anteaters, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Rufous Potoos & More! In it you will learn some surprising, and even amazing things, about animals such as Giant Anteaters, Golden Pheasants, Zebras, and Mountain Lions. You will also find out about animals you may never have heard of - such as the Binturongs, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Spiderman Lizards, Star-Nosed Moles, Black-Flanked Rock Wallabies, Northern Quolls, Stonefish, and Rufous Potoos. 

Be the Grandparents/Parents - Put Love Into Action

What I write today is difficult - I know some people will not like what they read, but it is necessary. Whether you like what I'm writing, or not, please read it all.

Throughout our country, and around the world, people like you and I, maybe you and I, have had to say "good-by" to people we love in the last year - maybe due to covid, maybe to some other cause. But, we do not have to sit back and wait and see if we will lose any more people we love to covid - we are able to protect ourselves, and the ones we love, by getting the covid shot.

I know some of you do not like reading this, but please read on.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Scorpionfish, Clouded Leopards, Pygmy Hippos & More!

The world around us is filled with animals we are familiar with, and ones we may never have heard of before. For example, what do you know about Scorpionfish, Eurasian Kingfishers, and Flying Squirrels? What about Axolotls, Porcupines, Chevrotains, and Clouded Leopards? Do you know about Stargazer Fish, Giant Pandas, Pygmy Marmosets, and Kiwis? Did you know there was such a thing as Pygmy Hippos? Well, all of these amazing animals are real and they are all in book six of my Life on the Goldilocks Planet - Scorpionfish, Clouded Leopards, Pygmy Hippos & More! 

Dr. Seuss & Science Projects, Too!

Dr. Seuss Inspired Science ActivitiesThis morning as I browsed on Pinterest I found a pin for 30 Dr. Seuss Inspired Science Projects and just had to check it out! My grandsons have been fans of Dr. Seuss and they love science projects, so a combination of the two has to be great fun!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Megabats, Bengal Tigers, Quetzals & More!

Do you know there are such things as Megabats? What do you know about Wolverines, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Giant Clams, and Bengal Tigers? Do you know about Clown Frogfish, and Hellbenders? What about Orangutans, Wombats, Elephantnose Fish, Tasmanian Devils, and Quetzals?

Well, all of these interesting, and surprising animals are in book five of my, Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - Megabats, Bengal Tigers, Quetzals & More!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapo & More!

Have you ever heard of Red-Lipped Batfish? What about Rufous Hummingbirds or Gharials? Well, you will find them and Asiatic Lions, Giant Purple Squirrels Komodo Dragons, Dumbo Octopus, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Baikal Seals, Guanacos, Whale Sharks & Blue Whales, and the Kakapos in book four in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - Red-Lipped Batfish, Giant Purple Squirrels, Kakapo & More! Full color photos, fun, interesting, and even surprising animal facts, engaging activities, Bible verses, and quotes from scientists will all combine to capture the attention of the ones you love (your attention, too), and most importantly, give them the confidence to believe God is real and they are able to trust Him!

Back-to-School Handprint Prayers

The new school year will be beginning in the coming month, so today I'm happy to share with you an idea to help you both encourage your grandchildren (of any age and in any location) and hand down a heritage of confident faith to them as well. Now, I know I shared this idea before, but with the start of school, if you did not try this idea in the past, now is the perfect time to do so.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Civets, Tree Kangaroos, Batoids & More!

Do you know about the following animals . . . Civets, Arctic Foxes, Echidnas, Blue-Footed Booby Birds, Tree Kangaroos, Leafy Sea Dragons, Pronghorns, Giraffes, Snow Leopards, Peacock Spiders, Ladybug Mimic Spiders, Orange Tortoise Spiders, Shoebills, & Batoids? If not, then take a look at the book, Civets, Tree Kangaroos, Batoids & More! and let it help you equip the children you love with the "whys" - why they are able to believe in God and trust Him with confidence!

FREE Printable Games!

Summer is a time for children to play, swim, hang out with friends, and not have to get up and go to school five days a week. However; with all the Summer fun, children can "lose" some of what they learned at school. If we  provide opportunities for our grandchildren to have fun and learn at the same time, we will help them keep what they learned at school - all through the Summer! 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Aardvarks, Coelacanths, Colugos & More!

I have been writing the past two days about the books in the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - today I am taking a "break" to let you know about the new release of book eleven - Aardvarks, Coelacanths, Colugos & More! - it is now available!

My Top Five Reasons I Love to Spend Time with My Grandsons

I love to spend time with my grandsons. Without a doubt, even though these three, sweet boys have more energy on a slow day than I even think of having, I love to spend time with them! Even though in the next two months they will be thirteen, ten, and eight; I love to spend time with them. Even though there are other things I could do; I LOVE to spend time with them.

So, today I thought I'd share with you my Top Five Reasons I Love to Spend Time with My Grandsons . . . 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Eyelash Vipers, Pigmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!

Yesterday I wrote about how we grandparents and parents want to hand down confident faith, and wrote about the animals you will discover in the book - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! from the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series. Today I am going to let you know about another book in the series - Eyelash Vipers, Pigmy Elephants, Pangolins & More!

Tie-Dye with Baby Wipes

Easy Tie Dye Art with Baby WipesYes, this title says; "Tie-Dye with Baby Wipes!" I was browsing  Pinterest  this  morning and found this craft project which looks like a fun craft children are sure to enjoy. It is simple, easy to do and not messy! What more could we want???!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Hand Down Confident Faith with Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!

Certainly as Christian grandparents (and parents, too) we want the ones we love to make the choice to love, know, and walk with God. Our faith matters to us, and we want the ones we love to have a faith in God which matters to them as well. So, we take them to church, we pray at home, we talk about God, we read our Bibles, we try to live in ways which show our faith is real, because it matters to us to hand down confident faith.

Please Get Your Shot

The past year and a half has been challenging, even difficult for so many. There has been so much uncertainty for everyone, and so much sadness for many. We believers prayed and asked God for help - and we ended up with a vaccine which protects all who receive it from covid - seems like an answer to prayer to me.

Memories - Build Some Today!

I live in the house my grandparent's had built back in the 1920's. My dad was born in this house and I remember visiting my grandparents and having sleepovers in this house. I remember my grandma baking homemade bread and then giving me a slice with peanut butter on it after it came out of the oven. I remember singing Sunday school songs with my grandpa when I visited them! There are a lot of wonderful memories in this house!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Watch Out for Those Fire-Breathing Basset Hounds!

I LOVE the imagination of four year olds! I LOVE the way they see the world and how some things are just "obvious" . . . at least if you are four years old! 

Experience Joy

How often have you heard grandparents and parents say, when talking about the children they love, the most important thing to them is for their grandchild or child to be happy? Our world chases after happiness. We think more, bigger, better, newer, cooler will all equate to happiness. But it does not. Oh, yes, people may be “happy” for a few moments, until what they have is no longer more, bigger, better, newer, or cooler.

Happiness depends on situations, and as we know, situations change – all too fast. What people are really looking for is joy; and it is not found in things. So, where do we find joy? God’s Word tells us – look at Psalm 100 . . . 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Grandparents are "Thick Bark" - We Have a Purpose

Yesterday I posted about how the trees which burned in the Carr Fire survived; some had thick bark which protected them, others needed the fire to cause the seeds to grow, and still others had roots which were protected underground and once the fire was extinguished, new trees sprouted from these roots. I wrote about the parallels to our lives and walk with God; "But God knew what He was doing when He created us, too. He put us in families. God planned for families to be the primary method through which confident faith is handed down to children. God planned for grandparents to have purpose and gave us the job - and great joy - of handing down confident faith on purpose to our grandchildren."

Ready for a Summer Snowball Fight???

Across the country it is hot . . . even here in Michigan.gv  So, as I thought about what I should post today on grandma's cookie jar, I thought it might be fun to share all the specifics I found on Pinterest for how to have a "Summer Snowball Fight"!

Monday, July 12, 2021

The "Green" Will Return - God Will Bring them Back!

Three years ago on July 23rd a truck pulling a trailer West on Highway 299 between Redding, California and the California Coast ended up with a flat tire. This may not seem like a big deal, just a normal happening, but when the rim of the tire scraped on the road, sparks were thrown into the dry grass along the side of the road resulting in the Carr Fire. This monster fire ended up burning just under 230,000 acres, took more than a month to extinguish and is considered to be the sixth most destructive fire in the recorded history of California, as seven people lost their lives and it destroyed just over 1600 structures. 

Painted Yard Sticks

Add some color to your garden- let your children use their imaginations by painting on sticks/branches :): As I look out my window the leaves on the trees are still green, but I know in just a couple months they will be bright yellow, deep red, and flaming orange as Fall arrives in all its colorful glory! We have a lot of trees in our yard . . . a LOT and these are trees with leaves which will change color . . . then drop. If I only received a penny for every ten leaves, I'd still be a very wealthy person!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Paper Egg Carton Helicopters

Egg Carton Helicopter #STEMMy grandsons do enjoy crafts . . . but, being boys, finding crafts which capture their imagination and keep their interest can be a challenge! So, this morning when I browsed on Pinterest and saw a craft which uses paper, paper clips, and egg cartons to make a helicopter . . . well, I knew it would be a craft my grandsons will enjoy and I had to share it with you!

Where Are the Pieces and Do They Fit Together???

Have you ever felt like the pieces of your life just don't "fit" together? Have you ever felt like there was a "piece" missing? Have you ever wanted God to "put the pieces of your life back together"? 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Pray, Believe, Remember, Educate Yourself, Follow the Right Example, & Be Proactive

Are you a grandma (or grandpa/ parent) whose grown children and/or grandchildren are walking with God? Do the ones you love hold on to their faith in Jesus and you are able to see how they are growing in their walk? If so, rejoice, but know this, all it takes is one hurt, one difficult situation to cause them to question their faith and turn away. While we are able to rejoice when the ones we love walk with God, we must not ever think nothing will ever change. We must not ever stop sharing the truth so they are able to have a confident faith, as the truth is for so many grandparents and parents this does change.

Are you a grandma (or grandpa/parent) whose grown children and/or grandchildren are no longer walking with God? While it may seem like there is nothing you are able to say or do to change this, there are things you are able to do. You are able to pray, you are able to continue to educate yourself so you are equipped to answer questions, and you are able to live a life which models the love God offers. Let's look at these things more closely . . . 

Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling Fun

While there are certainly many places in the world which should be "fun" places for our grandchildren to be, places where they want to be, grandma's and poppa's house most certainly should be at the top of the list! While we are not able to build a roller coaster in our back yard, we are able to have lots of fun and interesting things for them to do when they are here, so I tend to browse Pinterest with this in mind. It was on one such "browse" I found an idea for something simple and fun which we can do . . . build a "glow-in-the-dark backyard bowling alley"!

Friday, July 9, 2021

Back Yard Water Park

As I browsed on Pinterest  today I found a link for making your own water park . . . if you have young grandchildren who love playing in the water  making our own water park sounds like a lot of fun!

Photo Scavenger Hunt

If you would like a fun summer idea to try with the children you love, plan to go on a photo scavenger hunt! Give them a list of things to find and a camera then send them out to search around your yard or take them to a nearby park. Then let them look for the items and when they find them, take a picture to show you when they get back!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Language of Science and Faith - a MUST Have Book for us All

I have been writing for some time about the need for us as grandmas (grandpas/parents, as well) to equip ourselves so we know the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and trust Him with confidence, so we are able to teach the "whys" to the children we love. When we are losing more of our grandchildren than ever before to atheism, we must step up and take action. We must equip ourselves, find and use resources with them to help them know the "whys", and ask our churches to do the same. 

Grandparenting is about far more than baking cookies, having sleepovers, staying in touch with our grandchildren, and hugs . . . although I am strongly in favor of all those things, it is about handing down confident faith. It is about stepping up and focusing on learning what we need to know so we are able to help the ones we love know what they need to know. We must not fail to do this.

Yesterday I mentioned an excellent book by Karl Giberson and Francis Collins - The Language of Science and Faith. I can not recommend this book highly enough - it is excellent and a "must have" for every grandparent who is serious about learning the "whys" and teaching the "whys" to the ones we love. In this book you will find . . . 

Summer Fun & Science!

40+ Summer Science Activities for KidsSummer vacation has about reached the "mid-way" mark and we are on our, "Summer Schedule"! For the Summer, the boys will come to my house on Tuesdays and Thursdays while their parents are at work. Then again on Friday or Saturday for sleepover.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

just for fun - It's Chocolate Day . . . Celebrate!

Image result for images for Chocolate DayYes! Today is absolutely a day to celebrate . . . Chocolate Day! If you are anything like me, you now have a big smile on your face and are planning to go get some chocolate . . . after all, it is Chocolate Day, so one must eat chocolate on such a great day!

Water Balloons - 20 Fun Ideas!

Here are 20 water balloon games to keep your kids busy this summer.My grandsons enjoy water-balloons - or at least throwing them at family members! So, this morning when I was browsing on Pinterest and found a pin for 20 fun Water Balloon games, I just had to check it out and knew I also had to share it with you!