Welcome to a place where we can share ideas about grandparenting, especially ways to pass spiritual values and family stories to the next generation.

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


Angie Arndt said...

Great blog, Mary!

With my whole heart I want my grandchildren to love God with all their heart, soul and mind. If my little life can somehow point them in that direction, wouldn't that be a great legacy?

The Bible says that children are a gift from God. I agree, but I think grandchildren are the ribbons and bows on the gift!

Bless you and your ministry.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Angie! I love what you said about our grandchildren being the "ribbons and bows."
- Mary

Laurie Kingery said...

Hi Mary,
A lovely subject for a lovely blog. Thanks for inviting me to visit. In our family, I am "Grandma Doggie" to my 6 grands (3 boys, 3 girls ranging in age from 10 to 2. That's to distinguish me from the other grandmas they have--I'm the one with 3 dogs!
Each one of the 6 is a completely unique person. And I'm so lucky to live so close to all of them. I get to babysit for 3 of them this very week, while the we're contemplating an overnight visit for the other 3 next month when their mother goes to a conference. There's some planning to be done for that one, because one of them has asthma, another has numerous food allergies, so Grandma Doggie will have to be on her toes!
God bless you and your ministry,