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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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Friday, October 18, 2013

10 ways to remember the day a grandchild is born

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Can you identify this snake? Well, if you’re a grandparent, you might just think “boy in the house!”  Yes, it’s a plastic snake.  And, yes, we’ve had a boy in the house.

Our six-year-old grandson and his two sisters have been spending the last few days with Pops and me. That’s because they have a brand new baby sister! Our grandson came with his basketball, plastic snake, and lots of imagination.

I asked our grandson and his big sister to write down what they thought about the new baby. He printed that she was “so cyout [cute]“… and that she”looks like a “cimunk [chipmunk].” Big sis, on the other hand wrote in cursive, “… For the first time in my life I saw my baby sister, and she saw me. I held her and she stopped crying …”

Our little grandson and his big sister have actually begun to capture memories of their baby sister’s birth. I did a few things too: took a picture of the morning fog that day and bought a newspaper. (Maybe she’ll want to know about the weather … and what was going on in the world when she took her first breath.)

I think it’s important for us to be intentional about capturing our family stories. Here are ten ways to remember the day a precious grandchild was born:

1. Write down the thoughts and feelings that you had when you first held your grandchild. And describe what happened on the day he was born.

2. Jot down the child’s full name and date of birth in your Bible, along with a favorite Scripture that you will pray for her life.

3. Buy a newspaper so one day you can show your legacy what was going on in the world when he was welcomed into the world.

4. Ask your grandchild's mom if you can have a pair of the baby's first booties (when they are too small for the child). Then frame them with some pictures from your gradchild's “birth-day.”

5. If you live away from loved ones, take advantage of today’s technology—use Skype or Face Time to connect.

6. Plant a tree in your yard, and take a picture when you do this. (Someday you can show this to your child/grandchild).

7. If your grandchild has siblings, ask Mom or Dad to video the first time they meet their new brother or sister. Later watch this video with the siblings and ask them what they think about the new addition.

8. Write the baby a “birth-day” letter, including their dreams for the child.

9. Take a picture of the hospital or home where the baby was born. Jot down the name of the doctor or mid-wife who delivered him.

10. On your grandchild’s first birthday, give him a letter recalling the first day of her life. (Of course, this will be put in her baby book.)

What ideas to you have for capturing the day a precious grandchild was born?

Photo and post Copyright © 2013 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lessons learned by a grandmother

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

Why do you enjoy being a grandparent? 

I love spending time with Pops' and my legacy and realizing that they will represent Christ in a world that we will never see. And when I look into their eyes and watch them create, and dream, and work, I think of my parents and grandparents and ponder how quickly time goes by.

Grandchildren help me realize that we are not promised tomorrow, or even today. Actually, all we have is each moment in our journey of life.

I love what Jean May e-mailed me about being a grandmother:

Grandparenting gives unending pleasure that would be impossible to cover in a few words. …

It means so much to hear that little or not so little voice on the phone calling to tell me of something special that happened at school that day or asking about something that happened in the "old days."

Grandparenting has taught me patience, understanding, and appreciation for my parents and grandparents. So much has become crystal clear to me now. I know my role in my grandchildren's lives is an important piece of their life's puzzle, and they're an important piece in mine.

Everyone has heard that "grandchildren are the reward for having children!" That doesn't quite say it for me. I think grandchildren are a taste of the unconditional love the Father has for us all.

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders  he has done.”   (Psalm 78:4)

Have a great week!

He is able,

© 2013 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.