Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apollo 11 - Playing Now in a Theater Near You

If you, and/or anyone in your family (such as my husband, son and grandsons) identifies as a, "space geek", then this movie, Apollo 11 is for you! I was just invited to share the news about the movie and to let you know it is, "playing now in a theater near you"!

Check your local theater to find where is showing and when, and plan to check it out. The footage is never-before-seen and is certain to be both educational and entertaining as it is filled with amazing images you will not forget. There is a wonderful clip of the film at this link - you will be able to see the attention to detail and the quality of the film from this clip.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

grandma's cookbook - Coffee, Chocolate & Cream Cake Delight

Easy Chocolate TrifleOkay, just the name of this recipe is enough to get nearly everyone hungry for dessert! This simple recipe is completely enjoyable . . . and is one with which you are sure to be greeted with happy faces whenever you make it!

Monday, March 18, 2019

cooking with grandma - Toffee Butter Cookies

You're just six ingredients away from these glorious, melt in your mouth, Toffee Butter Icebox Cookies! Deliciously buttery and perfectly rich, this easy cookie recipe is the perfect dessert for any day! | | #cookie: Get ready to start gathering ingredients and bake totally delicious cookies . . . this morning I was browsing on Pinterest and found a link to a recipe for Toffee Butter Cookies! Now, my husband - and grandchildren - enjoy toffee and Josiah is particularly a fan of butter cookies . . . after all, what isn't there to LOVE about butter cookies???!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Yelling at Children (and Huskies) Carries With it a Very High Cost

My grandsons love dogs; Huskies in particular. They are looking forward to the day when they will be able to have a Husky of their own. Yesterday when my son came to pick up my grandsons from their sleepover, he shared how Nicolas Petit was leading in this year's Iditarod; and was expected to win. But then something unexpected happened. One of his dogs jumped onto a younger dog and Nicolas yelled at the older dog. All of the dogs in his team heard him yelling; something which he said just does not happen with him and his dogs. When he started yelling, all of the dogs refused to go a step farther in the race. Nicolas said the dogs refused to move anywhere, so they ended up having to call in snowmobiles to get them off the ice on the coast of the Bering Sea and he had to withdraw from the race. Yelling at his dogs cost him the race.

I found this so interesting, because just as yelling at the dogs caused Nicolas' dogs to "shut down" and caused him to pay a high price, yelling at our grandchildren/children also brings with it a high price. There has been significant amounts of research about how yelling impacts children and overwhelmingly the evidence shows if we yell at children we are physically and emotionally harming them - and this actual damage is able to last throughout their lives. If you would like to read some of the research about how yelling damages and harms children check this link and this link.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Make today a day of prayer!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Encourage Your Grandchildren With - God Knew What He Was Doing When He Created Them

A number of years ago, Zondervan Published their, NIV Mom's Devotional Bible. One of the resources in this Bible is the, "101 Ways to Praise a Child". Since the world around our grandchildren is very apt to leave them questioning their value and we know God values them tremendously, I thought it might be nice to share some of my favorites from this list over the coming days and months. So, from time-to-time, I will share one of my favorite "Ways to Praise a Child" along with some ideas of ways to reinforce to your grandchildren how dearly you love them.

I love this, "way to praise a child" . . . God knew what He was doing when He created you! Consider sharing this truth with them in the following ways . . .

Friday, March 15, 2019

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of Operation Frog Effect - you will find the review at this link. Thank you Jennifer for reading grandma's cookie jar; please email me your address ( by March 24, 2019, so I am able to have the book sent to you.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

grandma's chuckles . . . Poppa is Great, but the Pilot is Necessary!

Seven years ago a couple from my church hosted an event for our Sunday school class which included airplane rides. I ended up staying home with our younger grandson - we forgot to get his car seat, but my husband was able to go for awhile with our older grandson. Being 3, he wanted his poppa to go up in the airplane with him. While the pilot was getting ready to start the plane he was joking around by saying he wasn't a pilot, but he was sure he could figure out how to fly the plane. My grandson gave this some thought then said, "Poppa, maybe it would be a good idea if you get out of the plane, so the pilot can get in your spot!" (He didn't ask to get out himself - just thought a pilot would be a good idea). Of course his poppa told him our friend was really a pilot and was just joking around, so then our grandson was ready to fly! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mack Brock - Covered & a Free Single Offer

I was recently invited to help spread the news about a soon-to-be-released CD from Mack Brock and how you are able to receive a free single; "I Am Loved", so today I am happy to do both.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

cooking with grandma - Lemon Butter Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies | Cookie Recipe | Lemon Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.comMy 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!

crafting with grandma - Origami

Creative and fun origami crafts for kids and adults to make together!My grandsons have discovered the joy of folding paper and making something out of it! So, I looked on Pinterest and found a link for ten simple origami projects - I think there are a couple which they will enjoy trying.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Review - Rescuing the Gospel From the Cowboys

I was recently given the opportunity by InterVarsity Press to review a book they sent to me for review which I am only able to describe as, "eye-opening"; Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way. Today I am honored to share it with you and recommend it as well.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Remember & Share

One of the wonderful things about grandchildren is they tend to remind us of things which are extremely important; things which we need to remember and hold on to as grandmas - and grandpas, moms and dads - and things which we need to help our grandchildren also remember and hold on to as they grow up. One of these extremely important "somethings" is the truth we are loved and have value just the way we are!

Once when my grandsons were younger, they were at my house for a sleepover and we were talking about the color of my hair. One grandson said my hair was brown and white and I told him he was right. I said if I ever dyed my hair, I'd dye it red, to which he said, "NO! Do not dye it red! You should dye it white so it is all white!" Apparently he was quite happy with a grandma who has white hair - or even mostly white hair!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Set Your Clocks Ahead and Hand Down the Faith

Just a reminder . . . this Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2am (or if you are like us, before we go to bed on Saturday night) we get to set our clocks forward one hour. While we "lose" an hour of sleep, we gain more daylight time. Consider some of the following ways we might use this additional daylight time to hand down the faith . . .

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

We All Have Blessings and Challenges

A couple days ago, I talked about the many blessings God has lavished on me; today, I want to take a moment to talk about challenges which have also been part of my life. Just as we all have blessings - big and small - in our lives, we also have challenges.

In the Grandmother's Bible, one of the devotions is about "Strength in Adversity". Rebecca Manley Pippert said, "The measure of a person is seen in his or her response to adversity.  David's life reminds us that being a believer, or even a future king, does not protect us from the ambiguities of life. God 'sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous' (Matthew 5:45). Our relationship with God does not protect us from the storm, but through knowing Him, we are protected from the storm's power to destroy us. We need to be realistic about the fact life is difficult. Instead of blaming God for our trials, we must turn to Him, for He alone can give us the resources we need to overcome them."

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

crafting with grandma - DIY Chairs

I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and found a pattern for an absolutely adorable toddler chair which you could make for the sweet little ones in your life . . . of course I had to share it with you!  I think it would be great fun to make these chairs with my grandsons - certainly they would enjoy picking out the paint and fabric for their chairs, the assembling of the chairs and of course, the painting of the chairs!!!

Monday, March 4, 2019


I've been thinking a lot lately about the many blessings which God has lavished upon me . . . of course, the first is His love, grace and forgiveness! He has also blessed me with an amazing husband - we met on a volcano and have been married for 38 years this year! We have two grown children and one daughter-in-law - all blessings from the hand of God! I have three wonderful grandsons . . . most certainly blessings from God!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - the Unpoppable Balloon - Trust God Always

This past Wednesday I shared a really fun Mystery Bag project on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - which is sure to amaze your grandchildren, of any age; and give you a wonderful opportunity to talk with them about trusting God even when their circumstances seem impossible. So, today I'm happy to share it with you.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

crafting with grandma - Duck Tape Hat

Image result for Duct Tape Baseball HatsAround my house Duck Tape is held in high regard! After-all, the world is held together by Duck Tape! :^) So, when Duck Tape began to produce tape in colors and patterns, well, needless to say, it got my attention! I love taking a few minutes to browse the Duck Tape website to see some of the creative things people are making with Duck Tape and decided to share a fun pattern with you for making your own Duck Tape Baseball Hats!  

This craft is one you could use to help your grandchildren make their own hats . . . ones which are very unique and affordable! Brainstorm with your grandchildren to determine the colors you want to use for your hats and design a "logo" to represent your grandchildren, family or something they like to do . . . of course use Duck Tape to make your logo! Have fun with your hats! :^)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Operation Frog Effect - I'm Giving One Away

Two days ago I shared my review and my grandson's thoughts about the book,  Operation Frog Effect. You will find my review at this link. Today I'm very happy to say Random House Books for Young Readers  is making one available for me to give away (USA only).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

just for fun - Tomorrow, February 27th, is Strawberry Day

Strawberry DayYes, tomorrow is Strawberry Day, so I thought I'd  share with you an easy recipe for making your own tasty Strawberry Freezer Jam and share some fun information about strawberries as well. First the info. Did you know . . .

Monday, February 25, 2019

Operation Frog Effect

I was recently invited to review a new book for children - Operation Frog Effect. It arrived and was sitting on my sofa when my grandsons came over. My oldest grandson (ten years old) saw it and started reading it, so today, in my review, I'm very happy to share with you his opinion of Operation Frog Effect as well.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Trust God to Put You Back 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"? Well, if you have - or even if you haven't, this passage from Psalm 86:10b-17 (The Message) is sure to brighten your day!

Friday, February 22, 2019

crafting with grandma - Photo Blocks

One of my favorite "decorations" in my home is a photo block. It is one of my favorites, because on this block are several of my favorite photos of my grandsons. So, when browsing on Pinterest I came across info to make my own photo blocks, I knew I had to share it with you . . . all you need are wood blocks, paint, Modge Podge, photos and printables - which you are able to download for free if you follow the links! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk

Why We Go to PrisonI was recently invited to view a video series from Prison Fellowship and share a link for you to be able to sign up to watch it as well. Today I'm very happy to do both.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hug the Ones You Love with Your Prayers

While our daily prayers certainly may include prayers for specific concerns and needs which may arise - tests, health, relationships, etc., when we pray we need to pray for our grown children and grandchildren to love, know and walk with God. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

First Nations Projects

My daughter has a degree in Anthropology and is considering a calling into work translating the Bible into languages where there is not already Bibles. She gave me three books from the First Nations Project where they are translating the Bible for Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans. I am so impressed with the work going into this project I want to share it with you.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

crafting with grandma - Granny Square Cat

I was browsing on  Pinterest  this morning and saw a very cute pattern for a granny square cat! If I had a granddaughter, I'd make one for her . . . I might modify it and make a dog or monster for my grandsons . . . if I do, I'll post photos and the modified pattern for you! But for now, I'll share this pattern, so if you want to make one, you'll have the links! (If you follow the links you'll find a photo tutorial to help you make your own granny square cat!)

Friday, February 15, 2019

just for fun - February 16th is Do a Grouch a Favor Day!

Do a Grouch a Favor DayTomorrow is a special day - Do a Grouch a Favor Day. This is the day where . . . "if you know someone who is always grouchy, then this is the day to go out of your way to turn their frown upside down. Celebrate by trying to make all thos people with the 'I-just-sucked-a-lemon-face' or those people who are just mean all the time, happy by going out of your way to do something nice for them."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tell Those You Love Like God Tells Us

Happy Valentine's Day! On this day when we tend to think about the ones we love, you may find it encouraging to know God thinks about His great love for you, a lot! We know this, because the word "love" appears 310 times in the King James Bible, 348 times in the New American Standard Bible, 551 times in the New International Version and 538 times in the New Revised Standard Version. Oh yes, God loves us and He is not shy about telling us of His great love for us!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

God Brings Beauty From Our Storms

Last week we experienced a significant ice storm. While the trees were beautiful covered in ice, many branches came down leaving more than 200,000 people without power. 

However; along with losing power, the ice did something amazing. I live in apple country - there are many, many apple orchards throughout this area and not far from where I live. One local farmer, Andrew Sietsema discovered ice apples in his orchard.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Purse

I enjoy crocheting. I like to take yarn and end up with something useful, pretty - and hopefully somewhat unique! So, the other day I was browsing on Pinterest and found some free patterns for crocheted squares and I thought, "What if I took those and made three different squares which I could use to make a purse?" So, I did!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Origami Box & Heart Service Project

Image result for origami boxMy church has a large Special Needs Ministry and so, my grandsons are going to do a project this Wednesday evening to show love as people arrive for their Wednesday evening service. We have been making origami boxes and hearts - each box will have one heart in it and the boys will give one to each person as they arrive; along with a smile and the encouragement - "God loves you!"

Friday, February 8, 2019

Stumbles Do Not Stop God's Love

One of the primary focuses of our prayers for our children and grandchildren is for them to make the choice to believe in and follow Jesus. When they do, while the Bible says there is rejoicing among the angels in Heaven, I am convinced a grandma (and grandpa, too) certainly rejoices just as much, if not more than the angels!

We rejoice, greatly, but our prayers do not end. They just change in focus. The ones we love are going to face challenges and difficult times in their lives. They will need to make all kinds of choices - some, they will choose wisely, some they will not.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

grandma's cookie jar - Orange Butter Cookies

When it comes to cookies my family tends to favor the "classics" . . . chocolate chip-peanut-butter-oatmeal, plain chocolate chip or plain peanut-butter cookies. But every once in a while I like to try something different and this recipe, which I found on Pinterest, is certainly one I'd like to try! After all, what could be more "yummie" sounding than orange butter cookies?!!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mystery Bag & a Fun Valentine's Project

On my other blog, Grandmas with Heart, I posted another Mystery Bag Project and I think you would enjoy this one, so I'm sharing it with you as well.

Valentine's Day is next week, so I thought it would be fun to find some different ideas our grandchildren could try for unique, memorable Valentines and a fun Mystery Bag project as well. Of course this meant I started by browsing through Pinterest . . . where I came upon an idea which fit what I was looking for . . . interesting, unique and fun for the boys to make!

Monday, February 4, 2019

grandma's cookbook - Forbidden Oreo Pudding Cake

My grandsons enjoy cake; particularly chocolate cake. When I add pudding to the cake; well, there is ever so much more for them to enjoy. And, when Oreos are "thrown" into the "mix" . . . "enjoyment" is an absolute "given"! So, when I was browsing on Pinterest and saw a recipe for Forbidden Oreo Pudding Cake, I had to share it with you - and make plans to make one for my family to enjoy as well!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Trust God, Experience His Peace & Pass it On

I grew up in a time when each Sunday in church we sang the old hymns; It Is Well With My Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, Just As I Am – old songs where the lyrics were sound and they challenged and encouraged us in our walk with God. I loved these songs then – and still love them today.
I also love the newer praise songs, but today I want to share one of my favorite hymns with you, and some thoughts about how these lyrics encourage grandparents. Before I do, here’s some background on the lyricist – Frances Havergal.

Friday, February 1, 2019

crafting with grandma - Make a Fun Dragon

Now THIS looks fun!As you have probably noticed, I enjoy browsing from time to time on Pinterest! What a great site for ideas to inspire creativity! Well, this morning I saw a fun, simple idea for making a "Flying Dragon Puppet" and had to share it with all of you! All you do is buy some colorful cups, punch a hole in the bottom of each, string some yarn/cord - tie the knot in the last cup, leaving ends for the tongue, tape streamers and decorate a face. Add string to the first and seventh cup and fasten to a stick and you have a fun puppet!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Resources for You & Your Help Would Be Sincerely Appreciated

One of the things the grandmas who are part of my other blog, Grandmas with Heart, are committed to doing is to help provide resources which will encourage, equip and empower grandmas - and grandpas and parents, too - as they hand down the faith.  Several of us have books we have written, or are working on which do exactly this.