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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, August 14, 2012

No Guarantees

Tuesday's  Grand Connection 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 grandmothers, we are aware that there are no guarantees of tomorrow and know how quickly the grands will grow up. Are you like me and really enjoy the simple things with your grands—walking in the rain, picking flowers, looking into the clouds together—marveling at the great God who created everything?

How do you make the moments count with your grandkids?

Speaking of making moments count, thanks to those of you who leave comments on The Grand Connection! Here are some of your great ideas: 

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.'"

Have a great week,

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As the grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow they seem to enjoy the same foods. Grandpa Wonderful makes bran muffins and grandma Magic Darling makes Belgium waffles for breakfast. They love working in the kitchen and using a cookie recipe of their own. We have fun sitting on the balcony and watching the activities of people, dogs, cats, birds, sometimes wild deer, the mailman et al, while no one knows we are up there. That’s where we have long talks about their interests and plans. Some have outgrown the little room under the stairs but the little ones still call it their own “cubby room.” What a joy. -- Rita