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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, January 29, 2013

Preserving the Pillars of Family History

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

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When Carnegie Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, was razed almost 50 years ago, Carl Martin picked up 16 limestone drums and loaded them into his pickup truck. According to the January 24, 2009, issue of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 45 years later, those same 16 drums are back in their original formation of four columns (four drums per column).

They now proudly stand in front of the Main Library in Little Rock because the Martin family donated them to the library. “If you had to buy those drums, Bobby Roberts (the library system’s director) said, “they’d cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get.”

Well, who would have guessed in 1964 that 16 discarded drums (considered debris by most) would one day be prized treasures?

This story made me think of my legacy and reminds me of the importance of passing down the “pillars” of family history. When I think of my dad, for example, I think of a man of integrity. “When you write a check, Mary,” he told me as a teenager, “it’s a promise that the money is in the bank.”

And Pop’s dad, who was an officer in World War II, was carrying rations in a metal box when he stepped on a land mine. Although the explosion shattered his leg, he lived—thanks, in part to the metal box. Servant-leadership takes on a whole new meaning when I think of this.

Then I think of the story of Pops becoming a Christian, both of our sons’ premature births, my days as a child on “the farm,” … I could go on and on.

I need to write down the stories that portray the character, values, and faith of our grandkids’ forefathers. After all, I don’t want the “columns” of our family to be forgotten ... buried in my mind for decades, if not forever.

A good friend of mine, Karen Jordan, has a blog, Blessed Journal. I love her story "The Treasure." She shares about the difference that one Sunday school teacher made in her life. (Karen and I do a workshop together called “Capturing Your Story.”)

What "columns" hold your family together? One day the family stories we capture will be priceless treasures for a generation we will never see.

Have a great week!

Article © 2009 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Rainbows everywhere

Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, two of our grandkids were looking out of our den window when they called out, “Come look at the rainbow!”

Pops and I are still talking about what we saw. There wasn’t just one rainbow; there were two. What a beautiful sight – a double reminder of God’s promise in Genesis 9 to never again destroy the earth by a flood.

I googled “rainbow” and found many activities that we can do with our grands such as: bake rainbow cookies, make rainbow streamers, and (my favorite) go on a rainbow walk.

Here’s my interpretation of a rainbow walk: Ask the grands to go on a walk with you, taking some of their favorite crayons and a pad of paper. Help them identify and color some of the things that God made. For example, after a grandchild points out a red rose, he/she can color a spot on the paper with the red crayon and write “rose” below it. Of course, older grands could actually draw pictures of what they see, and younger ones could just scribble the color on the paper without writing any words.

Have a great weekend. Hope you see a rainbow!

He is able,

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The gift of life

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Sunday, January 20, is known by many as Sanctity of Life Sunday. I am reminded of how precious life is and grateful for children and grandchildren.

The framed ultrasound of one of our granddaughters once hung on her bedroom wall. I'll never forget her pointing to it a couple of years ago. "See, Nana, that's when God put me together."

I couldn't help but smile. Out of the mouths of babes!

And how could I forget what a speaker once said about life? She said that when she would knit, her fingers touched every single strand of the yarn. Then she compared that to God knitting each of us in our mother's womb. "You formed my inward parts," says Psalm 139:13-14. "You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

We grandparents have a wonderful opportunity to affirm to our legacy that God made them perfectly! If you know where an ultrasound picture is of your grandchild, you might just want to snuggle in an overstuffed chair with your legacy and say what my granddaughter told me. That's when God "put you together."

He is able,

© 2012 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stinkin' Thinkin'

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, one of our grandkids was in a crummy mood. As we were talking, she shared that a friend of hers had been sick and then added, “I can’t find my doll.”

To a little girl, these are mighty big things.

Our grandchild's behavior reminded me of Matthew 15:18a, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” Or, as Pops says, “What’s down in the well comes out in the bucket.”

Our little miss had let legitimate worries and fears consume her. The result was stinkin' thinkin'. And, do you know what? At times, I do the exact same thing. Ouch!

Our grand is just learning how to express her thoughts and feelings. She’s just beginning to understand a little about Almighty God. But I’ve been on this planet for more decades than I’d like to admit, and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What’s my excuse?

Psalm 86:4 says, “Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

And Psalm 126:3 reminds us, "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

I am so grateful that God has done great things for us. When I think of His blessings, there's no room for stinkin' thinkin'.

One of the greatest things God has done for Pops and me is to bless us with grandchildren. God teaches me so much through them!

What has God taught you through your grandchildren?

He is able,

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