Welcome to a place where we can share ideas about grandparenting, especially ways to pass spiritual values and family stories to the next generation.

Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

That First Christmas Morning

by Mary May Larmoyeux


Christmas morning will soon be here, and my mind is captivated with the picture of Jesus Christ, Almighty God, resting in a simple manger.

The creator of all did not even have a real bed for his head. There were no stuffed animals, no ... read more.


Friday, December 19, 2014

A Christmas Poem

by Rita Goodgame



There
behind
St. Peter’s Abbey
rests a small cemetery
where families gather in
flickered darkness and stand
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Exceptional Christmas Gifts


It was the early 60s—an era of Chatty Cathy, Barbie, and baby dolls of all sizes and shapes. That particular Christmas I remember giving my next-door neighbor the most wonderful present my mother and I could find. Something she ... read more.

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

3 traditions for Christmas


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

One of our grandchildren told Pops and me that Christmas is for sharing and loving. How true!

Here are three traditions that you might want to share with those you love ... read more.

Friday, November 28, 2014

How to Make a Salt Dough Nativity

by Mary May Larmoyeux

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A very long time ago I bought a handmade ceramic Nativity set. Every year when I unpack it, it feels like an old friend who has come back home.

I remember ... read more.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two Ways to Give Thanks


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by Kit Coons


I am, by nature, a thankful person. I have been taught, and taken to heart, the scripture to thank God in everything.

And there have been many “everythings” in my life: challenges ... read more.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Placemats


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

As Thanksgiving approaches, we may want to make some special placemats for the family, ones designed to express gratitude for those we love. For example, if a new baby or grandchild... read more.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Everyday Blessings


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 by Mary May Larmoyeux

What if we only felt the soft touch of a child’s face … or smelled chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven … or saw a bird soar into the trees, once a year?

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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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ideas to Help the Kids be Thankful This Thanksgiving


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Thanksgiving will soon be here. Here are 10 ideas that could help the kids and us be more grateful in this season of thanks.

1. Begin a “jar of thanks.” Ask each ... read more.



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

In  communities all across America, we will pause to honor United States military veterans today, November 11. If you are one of those veterans, thanks for defending our country!

But why is November 11 Veterans Day? ... read more.

 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

When Failure Hits Home



My husband and I watched the Arkansas Razorbacks play their hearts out in their tough football game against No. 1 Mississippi State. The Razorbacks ... read more.




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Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Make a Thanksgiving Tree

 
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by Mary May Larmoyeux

A few years ago our family began using what I call a “Thanksgiving tree.” It’s really a small plastic tree that’s designed for gumdrops or pieces of cheese to be attached to its branches. But instead of... read more. 

 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thinkin' About Social Media


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, a friend made a general Facebook post that caught my attention: “People can’t say anything [on Facebook] without being judged. Sometimes ant hills really are made into ...read more.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sending the Child to Grandma's


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Have you ever heard of a child being sent in the mail? Karen Hampton tells us all about this in her delightful post below.

Isn’t it wonderful to have the grandkids come visit? I always enjoyed it. Still do, for that matter, but when they are small and the world is full of new adventures, it ... read more.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Connect With Your Grandkids



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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Did you know that there are 70 million grandparents in the USA today?  And millions of them long  to connect with their grandkids but don’t know how.

And there are millions of others who are on a search for new ways to strengthen ... read more.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Wonder of Space Travel



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- by Mary May Larmoyeux

Today’s technology is amazing! If you or your grandkids missed the September 25 launch of the Expedition 41 Crew, you can watch a replay of it on You Tube. I really enjoyed seeing pictures of the astronauts as they headed off to the International Space Station where they will spend the next five and ... read more.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Cake


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux
 
After a long, hot summer, I'm sure looking forward to cooler days, colorful autumn leaves, and eating pumpkin pie cake — one of our family's favorite desserts! We've had it so much in our home that when I take a bite of pumpkin pie cake, I'm reminded of those I love.

A friend at church shared this recipe with me years ago, and now I'd like to share it ... read more.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Donut Memories


- by Mary May Larmoyeux -

A fun thing that Pops and I have done with our grands is to take them on a donut date—right to the donut “factory” itself.

We used to ... read more.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Paper Dolls and More


by Mary May Larmoyeux

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was play with paper dolls at my grandmother’s house. Nana would roll out big sheets of brown paper and encourage me to design... read more.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Everything's Gonna Be Okay


by Mary May Larmoyeux

Some days are forever etched in our hearts and minds. Days like Christmas … and Valentine’s … and September 11, 2001. Do you remember the day when ... read more.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

It's almost Grandparents Day!


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 This Sunday, September 7, will mark the 36th anniversary of National Grandparents Day.

There is just something so special about being a grandparent … and about having a grandparent!  Don’t you just love what author Lois Wyse says, “Grandchildren are the dots that connect ... read more.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teaching Others to Recycle



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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Do you recycle? I started doing this decades ago because of a sister’s encouragement. At that time we had to take our recycling to huge bins behind a neighborhood grocery store. There was no curb-service ... read more. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Is Coming



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by Mary May Larmoyeux

On Monday, September 1, we will celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. It became a federal holiday in the late 19th century to honor achievements of American workers.

Labor Day Weekend would be a good time to ... read more.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Children of Our Children


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

A few years ago, my then four-year-old grandson said something that just melted my heart. I was driving his big sis and him to a local farm to see some animals.

“Nana,” he unexpectedly said ... read more.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pressures on Kids


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


The beginning of school can be filled with pressures for not only parents and teachers, but also kids. A friend's five year old asked her mom before starting kindergarten, "How will I know where the ... read more.




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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finding Hope


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


There is so much violence in the world today. Do you ever shudder to think what your grandkids may face?

I do. And sometimes I feel fearful and want to ... read more.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ideas for the beginning of school


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

School is about to begin. If you are a grandparent like me, how can we stay connected?

Here are some ideas. Choose one or two of them to encourage your grands who live nearby or far away … These ideas will work whether your grands go to ... read more.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Indoor Picnics


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

So far this summer, we have been so fortunate in Arkansas where Pops and I live. We haven’t reached triple digits yet, and the weather this week has been wonderful.

Whether it’s too hot, too cold, or just right outside, it’s always time for an indoor picnic 
... read more.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Do you need a little peace and calm

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Would you like to have peace and calm today? Anne Morrow Lindberg said, “Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a day like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”

The other evening ... read more.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The First Man to Walk on the Moon


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

July 1969 was an historic month. But not because of what was happening on Earth. That’s when history was being made approximately 230,000 miles away, on the moon. ... read more.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Good Ole Days


by Mary May Larmoyeux

“This reminded me of a wonderful way of life,” my friend Carroll Hertzfeldt said.

” … Of course that was all before my mom ‘abused’ us by giving us a good lickin’ on the butt. Well deserved for ... read more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Is it Time for Granny Camp?

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Have you ever heard of Granny Camp … or Cousins’ Camp?

Anne Dierks, grandmother of fourteen grandchildren, has hosted what she calls Granny Camp for more than a decade. The Dierks’ grandchildren live in various states and ... read more.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

When Your Life Stinks



by Mary May Larmoyeux

We all have those times when, as one friend said, life just stinks.

A loved one dies … a friend betrays us … a child rebels … a baby is struggling for life .

Not too long ago I found myself in one of those places. A place that I  couldn’t “fix.” ... read more.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another Day for an American Hero


by Mary May Lamoyeux

As we prepare to remember Independence Day, may we think of the brave men and women over the centuries who have made our freedom possible.  Roy Kaden is one of those men. As far as his family and the public were concerned, Lt. Col. Roy Kaden’s top-secret ... read more

Friday, June 27, 2014

Independence Day Is Almost Here


by Mary May Larmoyeux

It’s hard to believe that July 4th is almost here! For many of us in the USA, we think of cookouts, fireworks, and time with family and friends. Of course, it’s much more than that.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Special Moments Make Lasting Memories


by Mary May Larmoyeux

One of my favorite books is Let’s Make a Memory  by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson. "Special moments don’t just happen," Gloria says, "they have to be planned on purpose!"

She goes on to say, "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 … read more.
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

For the Sake of Your Legacy


by Mary May Larmoyeux

A few weeks ago I unexpectedly ran into an old friend. One of the first things she asked was, “Did I know about her divorce? … Had I heard?”

I had not.

After more than three decades of married life, my friend and her husband called it quits. Her words seemed like one more marriage
 …read more.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spicy Cocoa Mufins


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


It's hard to believe that it's the middle of June. In Arkansas, where I live, the temperatures are already in the 90s.

No matter time of year, Helen Austin's recipe for Spicy Cocoa Muffins is a winner. Helen is a former food editor for The Arkansas Democrat.  She said that some of her favorite muffin recipes are in a cookbook called James McNair's Breakfast ... read more.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Let's make a blessing book for dad


 
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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Years ago my dear friend Suzanne told me about making a blessing
book for her husband. In it she jotted down why she was grateful
for him and included some fun pictures.

At that time, our kids were growing up, and I made a blessing book for my hubby ... read morehttp://legacyconnection.org/make-a-blessing-book-for-dad/.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pausing to Remember



Today, June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. That’s was when the Allied troops landed along the French coastline during World War II to fight Nazi Germany. Brave men and women, like my dad and father-in-law, risked their lives in World War II to preserve the freedoms that we have today.

During the war, my husband’s dad was carrying rations in a metal box when  ... read more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Remembering D-Day … Hearing Eisenhower’s Actual Words


June 6, 2014, will mark the 70th anniversary of what is known as D-Day, the day when Allied troops landed along the French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Just before the invasion, General Eisenhower told the troops, ” …The tide has turned! The ... read more.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Was God Sleeping?


Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

One of our grands is trying to stop sucking her thumb ... trying. The other day I said: “Did you ask God to help you?”

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

A smile crept from my lips. "Let's see what the Bible says about God sleeping," I said and looked up "sleep" in the index. Turning to Psalm 121:4, I said, “He who watches over you will not slumber [sleep].”

“Honey, does God sleep?”

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

Somehow her words struck me as quite profound: I wasn't listening. I wonder how many times God speaks to me and I'm not listening.

Psalm 81:13a says, “If my people would but listen to me." (NIV)

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. Really listen.

Have a great week,
Mary
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day games, activities, and more



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Friday's Grand Connection Thought

Our nation will soon celebrate Memorial Day. This U.S. Federal holiday falls on the last Monday of May. This year, on May 28, we'll remember the brave men and women who gave their very lives for our freedom.
 
How much do our grandkids really know about Memorial Day?  Have any of your relatives or friends died while defending our country? Does your grandchild know about these people?

There are lots of Memorial Day activities that we can do with our grandchildren. We may want to go to the library or surf the Internet with a grand ... and discover the history of this national holiday. We could also e-mail a grandchild links to some of the Memorial Day videos, websites, and activities (see below). We might even want to call a long distance grandchild and watch the Internet video about Memorial Day at the same time.

History of Memorial Day (video)

Memorial Day Photo Gallery
 
U.S. Memorial Day (website)
 
Memorial Day Kids Crossword Puzzle

Memorial Day Games (for the entire family)
 
Memorial Day Deluxe Word Search

Memorial Day Coloring Pages

Have a great weekend!

He is able,
Mary
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The responsibility and privilege of freedom

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

A few years ago I went through Beth's Moore's wonderful Bible study about Esther. Beth reminded us that like Esther, we have been placed in our particular sphere of influence "for such a time as this."

Ecclesiastes 3:2 says there is "a time to be born and a time to die," and Acts 17:26 tells us, "From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live."

To me, it's a humbling thought that God placed me on purpose in Arkansas. And not only that, but God placed my family in a land of freedom. What an awesome privilege ... and responsibility.

I think that we should carve out time from our Independence Day celebrations to thank God for allowing us to live in a free country. May we remind our children and grandchildren to never take that freedom for granted. "Freedom is first of all a responsibility before the God from whom we come," says Alan Keyes.

"America is great because she is good," says Alexis de Tocqueville, "If American ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."


How do you teach your grandchild about the privilege and responsibility of freedom?

He is able,
Mary
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