Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Which One Do You Think It Is?

Which one do you think it is? One of these creatures is not venomous, but the thing it eats is very venomous. This creature takes the venom from its food, and due to the scales inside its body and its ability to produce a mucus to cover the venom, it is able to move the venom, and highly concentrate it in its own extremities making it a very venomous creature - if you ever see one in the wild, do NOT pick it up or touch it!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Please Share Your Opinion

My grandsons and I have been working on a new book about amazing, unique, and surprising animals, but we are not sure what to name the book. If you would please take a moment to respond to this survey, we would most sincerely appreciate your input! Thank you! (The cover will likely look like this photo - with the name which will best fit!) You will find the survey at this link.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Chocolate Lasagna!

Slices of chocolate lasagna on white plates.A few years ago, for my dad's birthday - which happens to be today - I brought the dessert to our family celebration . . . Chocolate Lasagna - which happens to be one of the best desserts EVER!!! Particularly on a hot, summer day as there is no cooking or baking involved!

So, I thought, just in case you might wonder what "chocolate lasagna" might possibly be, I'd share it with you because you are most likely to want to make one for yourself as well!

Chances are you are wondering about this post . . . what kind of recipe could possibly be called, "chocolate lasagna"? Is it good? It does have "chocolate" in the name, so doesn't this mean it must be tasty? But, chocolate "lasagna"???? 

Well . . . have no fear!!!! This is a dessert which will leave you heading for the store to get the ingredients, for sure!!! My daughter, Tiffany, posted this recipe on her facebook and when I saw it, I knew I had to share it with you! 

Make a Blessings Book

Regardless of our age, if we make the choice to be a thankful person, we are more likely to be stronger and healthier mentally speaking. It is healthy for us to have an "attitude of gratitude"! This is something important for us to practice in our daily lives, and for us to teach the children we love.

When it comes to blessings, we are certainly able to put our children and grandchildren at the top of our blessings list. We know we have much for which to be thankful - especially when we think of them.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virtual Grand Camp!

Sherry Schumann and Cathy Jacobs are two of our Grandmas with Heart. They are also two grandmas who lead a GrandCamp each year for their church. This year with covid-19, they decided to make this year's GrandCamp a Virtual GrandCamp and open it up to any grandparent, anywhere, so they are able to use it with their grandchildren. Today I am so delighted to share the information you need to make a Virtual GrandCamp part of what you do with your grandchildren this summer!

Monday, June 22, 2020

crafting with grandma - 4th of July Tin Can Windsocks!

It seems like Summer has barely begun, but the 4th of July is really just around the corner . . . just two weeks away! So, I thought I'd share a great craft with you which I found, of course, on Pinterest! These 4th of July Tin Can Windsocks are wonderful!

Grandmas DO Make a Difference

Do you ever wonder if you actually make a real and lasting difference in the lives of your grandchildren? Well, you absolutely are able to make a difference in their lives and Eunice Crosby shows us this.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day from Grandmas with Heart. We, as grandmas, are blessed to see the impact a godly dad and grandpa are able to make on the generations who come behind. Thank you for handing down the faith - it matters what you do.

Happy Father's Day!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happy Children's Day!

Today is Children's Day - yes, this is a real holiday . . . "Children’s Day  observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The day to celebrate children dates from the 1860s and earlier. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the 'the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day'

Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in JuneNumerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of the Nazarene."

The website - says; "American families and the entire country need this day to love, evaluate, and commit to the betterment of our children." If you are already planning to enjoy the day celebrating the children you love today - go for it! If you have not planned to do anything to celebrate Children's Day, consider the following ideas . . . 

Friday, June 12, 2020

Summer Fun with Pool Noodles!

Summer is here and school is finished, so if you are looking for something fun which is relatively simple and inexpensive which you can put together for summertime fun, check this link which I found on Pinterest for five fun things you can make with pool noodles!

Follow this link and you'll find complete directions for all five games and photo tutorials as well! I think I will need to buy some pool noodles and dowels! 

grandma's chuckles - Top Five Important Things . . .

We all have ideas for what we think the most important things are for us to do as grandmas. I asked my grandsons a few years back what they thought were the most important things are for a grandma to do and thought I'd share their answers with you . . . 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Simple and Meaningful Father's Day Craft!

If you are looking for a simple, yet meaningful, Father's Day craft, check these notes and cards I found on  Pinterest! You just have to follow the link to find free printables and complete directions. 

Print out some for each of your grandchildren and then help the fill them in for their dads . . . instant Father's Day gift . . . one which will have special meaning as it will reflect each child and their view of their dad!

Buy One for $5 & Get the Oher Book for Free!

One of the most important things we need to do as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) is to help the children we love learn to talk with God for themselves. Yes, they need to hear us pray. Yes, they need to know we pray for them. But, if they are going to have a walk of their own with God, they have to learn to be people who talk with God.

So, since Children's Day is just a few dadys away (it is on June 14th) I wanted to make it easy for you to give your grandchildren ages four through fourteen a gift which has the potential to change their lives as it helps them learn to talk with God, and give you the copy for grandparents and parents; so not only are the children you love able to learn to talk with God, but you are able to pray with them for a year - which has the potential to lead to some wonderful conversations all year long!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Children's Day - Yes, It is Real!

Next Sunday – June 14th, is Children’s Day . . . yes, it is a real holiday! (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 28, 2020

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!

Monday, May 25, 2020

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.

It is obvious these times together will be enjoyed - there are many things to celebrate - June 14th is Children's Day, June 21st is Father's Day, July 4th is Independence Day, your family may have birthdays and/or anniversaries to celebrate - oh yes, there will be opportunities to gather, celebrate, and laugh together as a family. Consider some of the following ideas to make these times even more enjoyable . . . 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Equip Our Grandchildren to Know Their Real "Super Power"

As grandparents, when we look back at raising our children, we likely have things we wish we knew to do differently. I do. The biggest is I wish I knew how to talk with God then, so I would have been able to help them learn how to talk with God. I know now how much it matters to help the children we love learn to be people who talk with God on their own, people who watch for how God answers and people who remember what He does in their lives. These are some of the most important and essential things for the ones we love to grow to love, know and walk with God.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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 - or during covid-19. What is this craft, you ask? A Blowing Kisses Photo!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Words Make a Lasting Impact on Children

Over the years I've shared posts with you which my friend Maralee McKee, the Manner's Mentor, wrote on her blog; today I'm doing this once again. Maralee once wrote about her visit to a store where she heard unkind words being spoken by a mother to her daughter. Maralee said, "Words linger . . . words wind their way through our mind dropping off in every nook and cranny. They're never forgotten. Our sub-conscious holds on to them. After all, our parents voice is our first voice of truth. Mama said it's so, so it has to be right."

Maralee is right. Words do have a lasting impact on children; they do "linger" and are remembered throughout a lifetime. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with a Mystery Bag Project - God Knows What the Future Holds

I posted this today on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart, but thought with the children you love home from school, you might like to try it. 

We, and the children we love, are living in what is most certainly able to be considered an uncertain time. But, while we do not know what all to expect from day to day, we do know God has good things in store for us and we are able to pray the ones we love will be able to see those, "good things". 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

You have much to offer the ones you love - grandmas and moms matter and what you do matters as well. So, for all the big and all the small ways you show love - thank you!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, May 7, 2020

National Day of Prayer - Pray & Help Them Learn to Pray

Today is the National Day of Prayer, so as you pray for the ones you love, our churches, our country and the world, look at just some of what God has to say about prayer . . . 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children

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 or look at this link.) Today I am very happy to let you know about our May Book of the Month; Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children which is unique in how it is written/designed as a tool for you to use with the children you love.

The initial idea I (Lynda Freeman) had for this book was to write a resource to help my grandsons learn to be people who talked with God; so I took the reading schedule from my book; Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Grandparents & Parents, Too! and used it to form the basis for the book for children. Each week's passage in the children's book, matches the passage for the week in the book for grandparents and parents - making it a wonderful resource for families to use to read and pray through the Psalms for a year as children use this book and grandparents and parents us the other. Just imagine what it would be like to do this with the children you love - especially now, during the stay-at-home orders and changes to life our grandchildren/children are experiencing.

Each week's passage in Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is written into three, age-level "nutshell prayers" . . . one with simple images non-readers will be able to learn and "read", so they are able to pray the Psalms, a simple prayer for beginning readers. and a longer prayer for older children who read well. This is a book which you are truly able to give to your grandchildren/ children ages four through 14. Look what people are saying about it . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Just for Fun!!!! Mother's Day Trivia . . .

Mother's Day is in a week and a half, so I thought it would be fun to look at some Mother's Day trivia I found on-line. Did you know . . . 

Monday, April 27, 2020

just for fun - Today is, "Tell a Story Day"!

I love the "holiday" for today - Tell a Story Day! Around this grandma's house, we LOVE telling stories! My grandsons are excellent storytellers and they make up some of the best . . . and funniest stories ever! In fact, for my birthday when he was just five years old, Josiah gave me one of the best presents ever . . . an original story he made up and illustrated for me; "Super Josiah Saves Grandma from All the Robot Spiders in History"! 

Yes, when the boys were little most of our stories had Super Josiah, Super Caleb and/or Super Shane in them and you could pretty well count on at least one monster or alien showing up in the stories as well! After all, they are boys and they were young at the time, so I suppose it was one of those inevitabilites of life!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

crafting with grandma - Mother's Day Gift Idea - Paper Heart Ball

I have grandsons; and they are still young - ages five, two and nine months. But, if I had older granddaughters, I absolutely would teach them how to make these beautiful heart balls for their mother for Mother's Day! (They might also make a lovely, thoughtful and unique gift for an end-of-year teacher gift!)

I found these beautiful heart balls on youtube so, all you have to do is follow this link and you'll find complete directions along with a photo tutorial!

Monday, April 20, 2020

just for fun - Hopping Corn Science Project

Turn your popping corn into HOPPING corn with this MESMERIZING science activity for kids!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 am able to try with my grandsons.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Children are a Blessing & Gift from God

My grandchildren are completing this school year from home as in Michigan children will not return to their schools due to COVID-19. While they will be able to connect with their teachers through their computers (their school already had issued them laptops or ipads last Fall), they will not be able to spend time in their school with other children until Fall. This is certainly not what any of us thought this school year would look like.

Friday, April 10, 2020

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

In just a couple days 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 - which is an ideal activity to do virtually if you are not able to physically be together. You will need . . .

Monday, April 6, 2020

grandma's cookbook - Broiled, Herbed Chicken Breasts & Tater-Tot Casserole

With it looking like Spring is arriving here in Michigan, I have been in the mood for meals which are light, tasty and quick! So, I have been working on preparing meals which are healthy and home-made; not from a box or can and using fresh ingredients. I found some lovely, boneless, skinless chicken breasts and placed them on the broiler pan, added garlic, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram and rosemary, then broiled them. The end result was a moist, tasty, flavorful chicken which I served in pretzel buns or just on their own with a spring greens salad! Tasty and simple!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Help the Children We Love Have a Strong Spiritual DNA of Their Own

We grandparents (and parents) need to be people with a strong Spiritual DNA - who developed a walk of faith, live as people of faith and who reproduce/ hand down a strong faith. We need to have a faith which is real. We need to pray, trust, read God's Word and follow Him, so as we face life, we are able to live a life which shows we are people with a strong Spiritual DNA, a strong faith. When we have this, we will be able to hand it down - reproduce it - in the lives of the children we love.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Make Your Own "Stained Glass" Windows

There are just two weeks until Resurrection Sunday and it is very likely most of us will still be staying home, away from others - which makes celebrating with family, friends and our church something very different this year. 

Last week a friend of mine, Joan Salsbury, shared a terrific link she found on a facebook page (Easter Egg Hunt 2020 with Social Distancing) for one of the most wonderful ideas I have ever seen to help our grandchildren celebrate Resurrection Sunday. Today I am very happy to share it with you, so you have time to gather the supplies and send them to your grandchildren. You will need . . .

Friday, March 27, 2020

Plan a Fun Night at the Moives (from a Distance) & Watch Pilgrim's Progress For Free

Today I am happy to share this opportunity to watch the animated movie - Pilgrim's Progress with you along with ideas for ways you are able to use it to connect with family and friends - especially during this time when you may be staying away from them.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tasty - and Even Healthy No-Bakes!

Image result for images of no-bake cookiesMy family enjoys no-bake cookies - and I make them a couple  times a week because the way I make them they are a healthy and tasty way to increase fiber, protein and flavonoids! Today I am very happy to share with you my recipe for no-bakes. You will need . . . 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Easter Count Down Fun!

I was browsing on  Pinterest and found a fun craft for you . . . one with which you  will  certainly be able to delight your grandchildren - especially during this social distancing time when they are home from school. This idea is for an  Easter Count Down and just needs an egg carton, a dozen plastic eggs and some fun!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children - Download Four Weeks for Free

When we trust God, we are steadfast and are able to experience His perfect peace. This is certainly what we want for the children we love; at all times, but especially now with COVID-19. Children may especially feel fear as they are not in school, the adults in their lives may not be working and may be feeling stressed and life is very different.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

God is With Us Today, Tomorrow & Every Day, Because He Loves Us

With things as they are in our neighborhoods and in the world, some of the children, parents and grandparents in your ministry may feel afraid. But, while we do not know what will happen with COVID-19, we do know the things God has promised - and He always keeps His promises. For the coming days I will share some of these wonderful promises with you - please share them with the the people in your ministry. Today I'm starting with one of my favorite passages - Psalm 43:1-5 . . .

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Fun April Fool's Day Ideas!!!

Can you believe April 1st is just a couple weeks away? If April Fool's Day has "snuck" up on you and you are looking for a couple harmless, but seriously funny pranks you can pull on your grandchildren/children, hubby or friends . . . check these great ideas I found on Pinterest! They make me laugh just to think about them! :-D

Monday, March 16, 2020

Make the Coming Weeks a Time to Read

This week many of us as grandmas (grandpas/ parents, too) will find ourselves spending additional time with the children we love as so many schools are closed due to COVID-19, so I want to share some resources which you may find to be helpful. I also want to share a simple way we are able to impact our grandchildren and help them learn Who God Is and how they are able to know and follow Him.

So what is this, "simple way"? Reading books. Yes, books! Books are wonderful tools to help our grandchildren learn Who God Is, whether the book is a Christian book for children and teens or not. First let's look at using books with young grandchildren - near and far, and then we will look at the same with older grandchildren/ teens - near and far along with a few book reviews and recommendations.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

crafting with grandma - Handprint Easter Lily Brooch!

LilyIf you are looking for a special craft you could help your grandchildren make as an Easter gift for their mother . . . take a good look at this craft I found on Pinterest! I love how this "lily" is made from the handprints of children! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

grandma's cookbook. . . Homemade PB Eggs!

DSC_0850Okay, I admit it, I LOVE Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and when they are available as "eggs" for Easter . . . well, what isn't there to absolutely enjoy?!!! :^)  So, when I found a recipe on Pinterest to make them myself, I had to share it with you! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Dr. Seuss Quote for Today . . . Think and Wonder . . .

The Dr. Seuss Quote for today . . . "Think and wonder, wonder and think!" There are so many things in life to think and wonder, wonder and think about, but I think one of the most wondrous things to think and wonder about is God's incredible love for us! It is a very familiar verse, but it says it all; John 3:16 says, "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die!" Just think about this!!! God loved us so much! He didn't just love us a little; He loves us so much! And, not only does He love us so much, but He gave!!! His love wasn't just love in words only . . . He gave! And then to think about what He gave . . . His only Son!!! The wonder of it all! As if all this wasn't more than enough, He gave His only Son to die for us so we will have eternal life and never really die!!! Think about this! Wonder at the amazing love of God which gives!!!

Friday, March 6, 2020

It is National Oreo Cookie Day!!!!

What a fun and tasty day to celebrate!!! My grandson Caleb is absolutely a "fan" of Oreo cookies . . . after all, they are quite the tasty treat! Since today is National Oreo Cookie Day, I thought it would be fun to share a few, "Oreo facts" with you . . . 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dr. Seuss Quotes . . . Today You are You!

Several years ago I shared a Dr. Seuss Quote each day throughout the month of March - since Dr. Seuss' birthday is in March. He had some really excellent quotes for sure. This year, throughout the month, I will share just a few of my favorites - starting today with; "Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Pray for the Ones in Tennessee

I want to take a moment today to let the people in Tennessee who lost family and friends in this horrible tornado know they are in my prayers. Please join me in holding them up in your prayers - for them to be drawn to God where they will find comfort and peace.

With this in mind, please take a minute to let the people in your life know how much you love them. Life is short - and fragile. The Bible says it is here today and gone tomorrow. Make it a priority today to let the ones you love know how much you love them.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

I Need Your Help

This blog - grandma's cookie jar - is a place where I am able to share a lot of ideas for fun ways to connect with our grandchildren/ children. Over the years I am happy to have been able to do so.

But it is also a place where I am able to share ideas and resources to help us as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) hand down the faith. If we want the children we love to know, walk and talk with God, we have to be faithful to hand down the faith. I have shared with you all a few times about a new book I wrote with my grandsons which will help children ages four to fourteen learn to talk with God for themselves - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children. This book will help children pray every day as each week for a year they have a new passage in Psalms which they are able to pray for a week. It will help children learn to talk with God for themselves.

Monday, March 2, 2020

just for fun - Today is Fun About Names Day

When we had our children my husband and I named them Tiffany and David. It can be fun to think about the meaning behind the names we have or have given to our children and the names of our grandchildren as well. Especially on a day such as today . . . Fun About Names Day. I looked up some fun "names" facts on-line and am happy to share them with you today. Did you know . . . 

just for fun - It is Dr. Seuss Day!

Today is Dr. Seuss' birthday! I found a great "write up" about this day on-line, so I thought I'd share it with you . . . "Today is Dr. Seuss Day, a full twenty-four hours to make a mess with the Cat in the Hat, dance around with the Fox in Sox, hear a Who with Horton, count the red and blue fish, help the Grinch see the error of his ways, and listen to Sam I Am’s friend complain about his dish of green eggs and ham!