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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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Co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Making Moments Count

Tuesday’s Thought

One of my favorite books is Let’s Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson. I love what Gloria says, "Special moments don’t just happen; they have to be planned on purpose! In this hectic world when the pace at which we all live is so frantic, we as families must make a covenant with each other to make time for simple things. … We have no guarantees of tomorrows, but we do have this moment."

As a grandmother, I’m so aware that there are no guarantees of tomorrow, and I know how quickly the grands will grow up. I hope that you and I will both heed Gloria’s advice and take time for the simple things with our grands—walking in the rain, picking flowers, looking into the clouds together—marveling at the great God who created everything.

Speaking of making moments count, thanks to everyone who took some moments to leave blog comments. They’ve been fun to read and I’ve gotten some great ideas—hope you have, too.

Elaine shared how she wrote a prayer for each grandchild and sent the prayers to the adult children to pray for each particular child. She also said that on one of her granddaughter’s birthdays, she and husband made a list of "10 Reasons we appreciate Kelli." Elaine added, "She was thrilled. We put it on poster board and then laminated it."

Did you read Angie’s comment when she said, "The Bible says that children are a gift from God. I agree, but I think grandchildren are the ribbons and bows on the gift!" I just love that word picture!

Couldn’t you almost hear Laurie laugh when she wrote that her grands call her "Grandma Doggie." Yep, you guessed it—she's the grandmother with three dogs.

And Jean surely had a smile on her face when she shared in an e-mail that every time her grandkids come over they cook something. "They marveled over things made from 'scratch.' They never knew all things didn’t originate from a box or can," she says. "I hope they will remember the fun times as long as I will."

She later wrote that her daughter told her that she baked from scratch for the girls often. "Kids have short memories," Jean said, "and they [the grands] said, 'Oh, yeah, we forgot.' " :)

Before I forget ... if you leave a comment during the month of July or August, I will enter your name in a drawing for a copy of the book While They Were Sleeping: 12 Character Traits for Moms [Grandmoms] to Pray. I’ll draw a name on September 1 and will announce the winner’s name in the September 2 blog.

He is able,


Elaine said...

Mary, what a terrific idea, I was just thinking I would like to get the book "12 character traits for grandmothers to pray for". It sounds pretty intriging. Did I tell you, our #17 grandchild was born beautifully created.(Psalm 139). Praise God for a very healthy pretty baby girl. Thanks Mary, Elaine

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Congrats, Elaine, on grandchild #17! How wonderful!
- Mary

ggrace said...


I love your new blog! I'm getting ready to start one myself and like the way you set yours up. I missed seeing everyone at ACW this month as I had just gotten back from a mission trip in Brazil. Hope to see you in July. Happy writing!


Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Gayla,
So glad that you like the Grand Connection blog.I look forward to hearing about your mission trip to Brazil and new blog.
- Mary