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 22, 2015

FamlyLife Today Interview for Grandparents


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Nancy Downing and I were interviewed twice on FamilyLife Today about our book The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. The second radio interview airs today, December 22.

You can listen in Central Arkansas on 99.5 FM at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and also on 1050 AM at 2:30 p.m. Also, you can look up stations around the country by zip code: http://familylifetoday.com/search-station/

Here’s the online link to the broadcast:
http://familylifetoday.com/prog…/connecting-as-grandparents/

FYI, you can order copies of the book from FamilyLife: https://shop.familylife.com/p-4285-the-grandparent-connecti…

And you can order the ebook on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/GRANDPARENT-CONNECTION-C…/…/B00NZE1FOI

Hope that you enjoy listening to this interview and that you have a wonderful Christmas!
Mary


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Toothpick Christmas Ornaments


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


Each year as I unpack the Christmas ornaments, my mind wanders back to years long ago.

I’ll recall how  Mom would sit on the couch, add hooks to the ornaments, and then hand them to my brother, sisters, and me. My dad’s specialty was ... read more.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to Make a Thanksgiving Tree


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.

Are you looking for ways to connect with your grandkids (kids, nieces, nephews ...)? Or maybe you would like a great gift for Grandma. Order a copy of The Grandparent Connection.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Learning About a New Grandbaby


- by Mary May Larmoyeux-

How did you announce to your parents that they were going to have a grandchild? Or, if you are a grandparent, how did you hear the wonderful news? Not too long ago I... read more.


Are you looking for ways to connect with your grandkids (kids, nieces, nephews ...)? Order a copy of The Grandparent Connection.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

10 Thanksgiving Ideas




Thanksgiving will soon arrive. Here are some ideas that could help the kids (and everyone in the family) be more grateful in this season of thanks ... read more.

 Are you looking for ways to connect with your grandkids (kids, nieces, nephews ...)? Order a copy of The Grandparent Connection.








Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Special Memories With Trees


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux -

Do you have any special memories about trees? I remember playing under two huge Magnolia Trees that stood in the front of our childhood home. We made... read more.

Are you looking for more ways to connect with your grandkids (kids, nieces, nephews ...)? Order a copy of The Grandparent Connection.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Funny Things That Kids Say



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- by Mary May Larmoyeux -


With all of the troubles in the world today, it’s great to see life through the eyes of a child.

Here are a few funny stories that are sure to brighten your day.... read more.

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

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Discovering Your Message


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

One morning I was thumbing through a box of greeting cards, when I found the perfect birthday message for a friend’s little girl.  It had a verse from Psalm 1 and a picture of cartoon-like animals pitching a tent and shouting, “It’s your birthday!” It was just right for my little friend.

But I didn’t send that card. Why? ... read more.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wonderful 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 ... read more.




Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Family Recipes


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


A few years ago Pops and I started something new with the grandkids—spending individual time with each grand, either a weekend or an entire day.

Not too long ago our oldest granddaughter and I had... read more.
 


Friday, August 7, 2015

A Fun Radio Broadcast About Grandparenting


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by Mary May Larmoyeux



In the midst of discussions about international affairs and presidential debates, something refreshing happened this week. My friend Nancy Downing (a USA Today Teacher of the Year) and I were ... read more.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Antiques Roadshow


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


Antiques Roadshow was in Little Rock last weekend and my husband, Jim, and I were there. Jim’s name had been drawn for a pair of free tickets and on Saturday we redeemed them. Each ticket holder could bring two items ... read more.




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Day When Neil Armstrong Walked 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.

Apollo 11 had... read more.





Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How About an Indoor Picnic?


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


So far this summer, we have been fortunate in Arkansas where Jim and I live. We haven’t reached triple digits … yet.

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

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Finding Hope


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux -


Not too long ago, as my husband and I were driving to Little Rock, we caught a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise. After it began to peek over the horizon, some trees completely overshadowed it. “You know,” Jim said, “people who live in a valley... read more.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Help Them Not to Forget


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  - by Mary May Larmoyeux -
 
My husband, Jim, and I have been married for more than four decades. And not too long ago one of our young grandsons asked me how old I’ll be when he’s a teenager.

The truth is, I’ll be about the age that my grandmother was when she entered eternity. Of course, I didn’t tell him that. I think I said ... read more.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An Important Thing to Do for Our Grandkids

- by Mary May Larmoyeux -

Pops and I just returned from a visit to our out-of-state grandkids. It was great to see them (and their parents)! But it was sure hard to say goodbye! It will be a long time before we’ll see them again.

As we headed back to Arkansas, I was reminded of the most important thing that we can do for our children and grandchildren ... read more.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

D-Day ... Hear Eisenhower's Words

 by Mary May Larmoyeux

June 6, 2015, will mark the 71th 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,... read more.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Is it time to forgive?


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Often it seems very easy to want to be forgiven … yet harder to forgive others, especially when we’ve been offended.

And yet, isn’t unforgiveness at the core of what often tears families and... read more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Babysitting


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

If you have young children at home, have you ever had to cancel plans because you couldn’t find a reliable babysitter? Well … you’re not alone. When our children were small, I wasn’t very creative when it came to babysitters. Since Jim’s and my relatives lived out of town, usually ... read more.


Friday, April 3, 2015

A.D. Miniseries


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Have you heard about the new miniseries, “A.D. The Bible Continues”? Produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, the first of 12 parts begins...  read more.




Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter ideas for Kids: Pompom Sheep, Resurrection Cookies, and More


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Easter will soon be here … with its frilly baskets, chocolate-covered Easter eggs, and the Bunny Rabbit himself.

Of course Easter is much more than these things. Now is a great time to ... read more.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recipe for Hungarian Shortbread


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

- by Helen Austin -

My husband, Jerry, and I aren’t much on desserts so I don’t make them very often. But I’m in a book club that meets monthly for coffee and dessert, and I get to host it about once a year. That’s when I like to try out new recipes; so far ...   read more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easter and Your Family


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


As a young man, Josh McDowell believed that Christianity was worthless. Attempting to disprove it, he spent more than seven hundred hours investigating the claims of Jesus. But instead of discounting Christ he ... read more.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Teen Mom and Desperate


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

When Tricia Goyer was 17 years old she was at a crisis point in her life. Six months pregnant, she wrapped her arms around her stomach and said, “God, I have messed up big time. If you could do ... read more.




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Let's Make a Mexican Cheesecake


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by Helen Austin


Spring is here, and you know what's in the forecast. If you have anything of a reputation for entertaining, you can count on being asked to help host a bridal shower, graduation party, even a small wedding reception!

The days when you could get away with little one-bite sandwiches and pastel mints for such occasions are long gone. Party food has ...
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Friday, March 6, 2015


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here…” (Mark 16:6)

As Easter approaches, I’m once again reminded that we are just passing through this life. I hope that you will be with family and friends on Easter and that you’ll enjoy some family traditions.

Perhaps you’ll have an egg hunt for the kids or savor a holiday feast with loved ones.

A dear friend, Rita Goodgame, has made Easter Bunny Cakes ... read more.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Remembering Mom


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by Mary May Larmoyeux


My sweet mom recently met Jesus face-to-face! My brother, sisters, and I were so blessed to have such a wonderful mother!

As our family recently reminisced about Mom's life, we described her ... read more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

She Never Asked


- by Delores Bull -

As if swooped up by gusts of wind, the years tumble one into the other. Too often we become so busy with our own lives, questions remain unasked until it is too ... read more.

Friday, February 13, 2015

One Way to Show Love


by Mary May Larmoyeux

It's the time of year when thoughts turn to hearts and candy ... and love! But what exactly is true love? And how can we show it to those we hold dear? ... read more.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Writing Your Family Stories


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, a good friend, Karen Jordan, and I taught a four-week writing workshop  “Capture Your Story.” One week we talked about preserving our family stories for future generations, especially... read more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just Antique Little Girls

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, I was reading some wonderful quotes about grandparents. Here are a few of my favorites:

• Grandmothers are just antique little girls. (Author Unknown)
• Perfect love sometimes does not come... read more.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Great Question to Ask

by Mary May Larmoyeux


Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

That’s a great thing for each of us to ask ourselves... read more.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Day

  
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by Mary May Larmoyeux

There’s something refreshing about a new year and a new day!

I was reminded of that recently as I watched the sky in the early morning hour, pondering the spectacular sunrise.

At first ... read more.