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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, May 30, 2008

The Great American Campout!

Friday’s Fun (May 30, 2008)

It’s Friday — time to talk about some fun things to do with the grands!

Did you know that the National Wildlife Federation is having a “Great American Campout” on June 28? Depending on the ages of your grandkids you may want to start planning a camping adventure. You could camp with your grandchild in your backyard, make a tent or fort inside the house for hours of fun, or go camping at an RV park or campground.

You might want to invite the grands to your house on the evening of June 28, grill hamburgers and hotdogs, and gaze together into the sky at all of the marvelous stars the Lord has created.

The National Wildlife Federation has a great website with info. about
backyard campouts. You can register for the “Great American Campout” or just click on some of the links (such as “Get Ready to Camp"). I printed instructions to make a Rustic Stick Frame. (Yes, our three-year-old granddaughter will be visiting this weekend. Guess what we’re going to make?) I also printed some campout recipes. Can’t wait to try the Oatmeal Trail Mix.

Now, that’s another thing that we can do with our grands. Make the campout recipes together. I think our little granddaughter and I will just whip up a couple of batches of trail mix during her visit—one for Pops and me and the other for her parents. Or, maybe we’ll make three batches—the third for her out-of-town cousins. I might just take a picture of us making the recipe together and mail it —with a colored note from their little cousin—and of course the trail mix.

There sure are lots of fun things to do—especially with our precious grandchildren!

Do you have any camping ideas that you'd like to share? Or, special camping memories?

He is able,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Queen is Coming: What legacy do you want to leave?

Tuesday’s Thought (May 27, 2008)

Whether you’re called Nana, MeMaw, Grannie, Gramps, or Pops—you’re special in the life of your grandchild.

The Grand Connection is a blog where we can share ideas about grandparenting—especially ones that will help us pass spiritual values and family stories to the next generation.

On Tuesdays, I’ll ask a question or two—and would love to hear your comments. (Tuesday’s Thought)

On Fridays I’ll share something fun to do with the grands—and would love to hear your ideas. We can learn from one another. (Friday’s Fun)

As a child, I was one of those kids whose grandparents literally lived across the street. Well, at least for a few years. Then they moved a few blocks away. Our sons weren’t that fortunate because their grandparents lived in another state.

The Reunion

Not too long ago our family had a reunion. One of the highlights was when my mother entered the room. The great-grandkids had all colored pictures for her and several held flowers. As the little ones were waiting for their great-grandmother to arrive (my brother was bringing her to the hotel where we were visiting), you could hear excited echoes throughout the room of, “She’s coming, she’s coming."

As Mom joined the family, there was something good and right about showing honor and respect to her—the oldest member of our family. The one who has made countless sacrifices for every one of us. The one who knows the stories of six generations. The one who says over and over, “Things have a way of working out,” because she’s seen God’s faithfulness in the good and the bad times of life.

I want to join Mom and pass on her legacy to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I want them to know that they can always trust God. That He’s there regardless of the circumstances. I want to model a life that lives out the belief in the words of Romans 8:28—that ultimately all things work together for good when we love God and live our life according to His purpose.

What legacy do you want to leave? Is there any specific Bible verse that you’re praying for your grands?

He is able,