Friday, November 15, 2019

crafting with grandma - Thumb-Print Heart Charm

If you are looking for an idea you could help your grandchildren with to make for their mom for Christmas, look at this idea I found on Pinterest today for thumb-print heart charms.

You'll find the recipe and directions for making these wonderful charms at the following link - it looks pretty simple and like something even young grandchildren are able to make with a little help.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

crafting with grandma - Snow People!

Christmas is just around the corner, so, if you are looking for something cute which you are able to make inexpensively 
and still have a wonderful gift for people on your gift list; check this cute snow person I found on Pinterest!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is Available and WILL Make a Difference

I am so happy to be able to let you know the new book, Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children, is now available! My three grandsons collaborated with me and illustrated this book so, as my middle grandson says: "children will use it and learn how to talk with God.

As Christian grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) we want to hand down the faith. We want the ones we love to learn to read God's word, learn to pray, learn how to develop their own walk with God, but often we wonder how to do this. We look for resources to help us and happily, now there are many available for us (just scroll down and look at the right side of this blog to see the resources written/developed by some of the Grandmas with Heart), but this book, Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is unique in how it is written/designed as a tool for you to use with the children you love.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Generations Quest (Get it Free November 24-30, 2019)

On my other blog, Grandmas with Heart. we write a lot about handing down the faith - for an excellent reason as it is what God has called us to do as grandparents and parents. I often hear from grandparents and parents about how they want to hand down the faith, but just do not know how to do it. This is why we post every day (at least twice) to this blog - to provide free, ideas, information and resources which will equip, encourage and empower you to hand down the faith.

It is also why several of the Grandmas with Heart are working to write books and develop resources to help you have the "tools" you need to hand down the faith. One of these tools, written by me, Lynda Freeman, is the resource, Generations Quest. I could write a lot about what Generations Quest is and how to use it with your entire family to hand down the faith no matter their age or location, but this is what it is in a, "nutshell" . . . 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thankful Thanksgiving Turkey Book

Thanksgiving is just three weeks and two days from today! I have figured out my menu . . . well almost - either enchiladas, tostadas, tacos, nachos or roasted turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, homemade squash rolls, veggie, pumpkin pie and apple dessert! (Have you decided on your menu yet?)

At any rate, as I browsed on Pinterest this morning, I found a great idea for a craft which will help my family think about the things for which they are thankful! I'm going to have my grandsons help me make a Thanksgiving, Thankful Turkey Book (you'll find all the simple directions at this link) and then after our dinner, each person will have time to decorate a page in the book to tell/show what they are thankful for this year!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Make a Basket of Apples

Fall is apple time . . . time for apple pie, apple crumble, apple sauce, apples on their own . . . time for apples! But not all apples are for eating, so today I'm going to share with you a simple little apple which is fun to make and make a great decoration for any time of year!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Seven-Ingredient Cinnamon Rolls

My grandsons are most often quite the "fans" of cinnamon rolls, especially when I use my special cinnamon sprinkles I make with Spice House cinnamon, their vanilla sugar, their maple sugar and some regular sugar. This weekend when my grandsons are over for their sleepover, I am going to see about making some! I looked on-line and found a simple recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls - I will double the recipe!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fun Science Project

My grandsons love science projects . . . one reason I included science projects in my curriculum - Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith! They are such an engaging, "hands-on" and memorable way to help my grandsons learn important things. So, I am always on the watch for new projects which I can try with my grandsons.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Memorable Ways to Focus Upon Developing Eyes of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is just a month and a few days away. In the days leading up to this day where we tend to particularly focus upon being thankful, take time to be thankful - to look around you with "eyes of gratitude"; and consider challenging your grandchildren to do the same.

To help you with this, try one - or more of the following ideas . . .

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It is National Make a Dog's Day

Today is National Make a Dog's Day and since my husband and I have three "grand-dogs" we love, I guess today is a fun day to celebrate! If you have a dog you love or are thinking about adding a dog to your family, today is a day to celebrate!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

crafting with grandma - Sweet Wire Angel Ornaments

wire angel tutorialChristmas is just ten weeks away!!! Yes, just ten weeks and the time is certain to fly. Since it is getting chilly outside - been in the 40's and low 50's for the past few days (which in the Spring seems like a heat wave, but here in the Fall is downright chilly!), so with the chilly weather and the calendar where they are, my thoughts turn towards Christmas! If you are planning to make any gifts for people on your list . . . and/or items to decorate your own home, now is definitely the time to be working on these projects! 

With this in mind, I was browsing on Pinterest - and found a wonderful angel craft! It is wonderful for several reasons: it is inexpensive. Definitely wonderful! It is simple to make. Definitely wonderful! It is adorable. Definitely wonderful!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Teresa Maddox is the winner in my you choose book giveaway. (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Teresa for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at by October 15, 2019 so I am able to have Santa's Prayer sent to you.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

I Love You . . . All of the Time, All of the Time

I originally wrote this post four years ago - today I was reminded of it and thought I'd share it with you again . . . it is still all true . . . all of the time!

My grandsons are over - had a sleep-over last night. Caleb went to sleep in my arms and as he was settling down I said, "I love you . . . all of the time!" To which he said; "All of the time!" and I said, "All of the time!"

When I tell the boys I love them - which I do often - I usually follow it up with, "All of the time!" This is the truth. I love them when they are cute, sweet and so much fun to be around! "All of the time!"