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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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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"God must have been sleeping"

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, one of our grands was unsuccessfully trying to stop sucking her thumb. “Did you ask God to help you?” I said.

“Yes,” she replied, “But He must have been sleeping.”

A smile crept from my lips. "Let's see what God says about sleeping," I said and looked up "sleep" in the index of my Bible. I turned to Psalm 121:3 and read out loud: “He who watches over you will not slumber [sleep].”

“Honey, does God sleep?” I asked.

“No,” she said and paused for about a half of a second. “I guess I wasn’t listening.”

I wasn’t listening. Somehow her words struck me as quite profound. I wondered about the times when I thought God wasn't speaking to me.

Psalm 81:13a (NIV) says, “If my people would but listen to me." The Message, a Bible paraphrase, words this same verse a little differently: "Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now?"

Today, I'm gong to make an effort to be still ... and listen ... and hear what God has to say.

Have a great week,

© 2008 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Bowling Fun

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, I bought a small plastic bowling set at Wal-Mart for just $5. It's perfect for kids five and under.

Our almost two-year-old grandson loves the bowling set. Now when he comes to see Nana and Pops, he walks up to me with outstretched arms, looks up with his big blue eyes, and pleads, "Bowl?"

It's easy to say "yes," because all I have to do is put up a baby gate to keep the ball in a narrow hallway turned bowling alley. Someone taught our little grandson to sit down when he bowls, and that makes it even better. He and I line up the pins and he sits down and rolls the ball. When they fall down he is overjoyed.

Years ago, Pops and I didn't have a plastic bowling set, and the kids used plastic bottles and a plastic ball for a homemade version. It worked great!

If you have older grands, you may want to take them to an actual bowling alley and enjoy a game or two with them. What about our long-distance grands? We could mail them some money for some special time "in the alley." We might even want to go bowling in our hometown at the same time that they'll do this where they live. Wouldn't it would be fun to call one another by cell phone when we are actually bowling!

Do you have any special memories about bowling? Any bowling tips?

Hope to see you "in the alley!"

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

If you could go back in time ... what would you do differently?

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Hope that you had a wonderful Easter!

As Pops and I enjoyed watching two of our grandkids go on an Easter egg hunt, I was once again reminded of how quickly time goes by. You and I have said this many times on The Grand Connection, but it truly does seem like yesterday when we were the ones with little children.

Sometimes I wonder what I would do differently if I could somehow turn back the hands of time and be a young mother again ... knowing what has taken me decades to learn. What would I do differently?

I think I would slow down the pace of life and not be so involved in outside activities. I'd have more family nights where we just hung out together without any agenda. Maybe played a few more games or sat more on the deck as a family, watching shooting stars or fireflies light the night sky. And I'd ask more questions because I'd realize that sin is the natural bent for a child until he/she knows Jesus personally.

What about you? What would you do differently as a young mom ... knowing what you now know?

Have a great week,
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