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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Co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Words to Ponder for the New Year

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend some time with your family! Once again, some of our grown kids and grandkids came to our house to celebrate Christmas; we Facetimed loved ones who couldn’t be with us. Just like years past, the grandkids made gingerbread  ... read more.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Is It Time to Make a Gingerbread House?


- by Mary May Larmoyeux - For more than three decades, our family has enjoyed making  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. gingerbread houses together before Christmas. It’s a lot of fun and ... ... read more.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ways to Keep Your Focus on Christ This Christmas




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by Mary May Larmoyeux

As you listen and watch countless ads for Christmas gifts, do you ever wonder, Where is Christ in Christmas?

Here are some ideas to help keep your focus on the real meaning of Christmas     ... read more.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Remembering What Matters Most at Christmas



-by Mary May Larmoyeux– As we count down the days to December 25, I’m reminded to focus on what matters most at Christmas. And this year I can’t help but recall ... read more. 


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Let's Make a Thanksgiving Tree

- by Mary May LarmoyeuxA few years ago our family started a new tradition: making a Thanksgiving tree. We begin with a small plastic tree that’s designed for ... read more.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

If the Stars Came Out





“If the stars came out only once a year, everyone would stay up all night just to watch,” said poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Of course, that’s because the display of celestial light ... read more.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

She Liked My T


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A few years ago, my then 3-year-old granddaughter pointed to a cross necklace that I was wearing. “I like your t,” she said, not recognizing the cross as ... read more.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Children ... and Their Children


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux - 

With all that's going on in the world today, it's good to take some time to think about those we love and thank God for them! 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  ...  read more.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Values on a bread bag


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-by Mary May Larmoyeux-

When Pops and I moved to the country about five years ago, it seemed like we were deep in boxes for months. We had lived in the same house for almost 30 years, and it was a hard job to pack up not just our things, but also so many memories. While packing, I discovered ... read more.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Mount Rushmore Memory


by Mary May Larmoyeux

One of the highlights of last summer was meeting Nick Clifford. When Nick was a young man, he never imagined that one day he’d write a book. That people from around the world,  like our grandchildren, would ask for his autograph and stand in line ... read more.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Does God Still Answer Prayers?


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux

Early on the morning of Friday, October 6—when Hurricane Matthew was expected to slam the eastern coast of Florida—one of my friends posted  ... read more.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Quiet Time That Will Make You Smile


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Whether we call it our “quiet time” or “one-on-one time with the Lord,” there’s no secret formula for communicating with God. And if you are a mom, you know that a regular quiet time is often easier to want than to regularly do.

A friend expressed this so well in a humorous video that she calls “Quiet Moments With Kerry.”  ...  Watch the video.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Want to Make a Handprint Wreath?


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux - The leaves are just beginning to turn in Arkansas where I live.  Soon the hills will be ablaze with color! If you are looking for something fun and easy to do with the children or greandchildren, now is the time to make a one-of-a kind handprint wreath. They are easy to create!  Here's how ... read more.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Is It Time for a Marriage Getaway?


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

My husband, Jim, and I have now been married for more than 40 years! There have been lots of ups in downs in life and one thing that I wish we would have done when we first got married was go to a ... read more
 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Remembering 911


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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 ... read more.
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ideas for a Grandparent Gift

-by Mary May Larmoyeux- As Grandparents Day nears (September 11, 2016) are you looking for a grandparent gift? Something that uniquely says to the grandparents in your life, “I love you, Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks for all you do!” Here are 15 ideas for a special grandparent gift ... read more.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Are you prepared to fall in life?


- by Mary May Larmoyeux - Not too long ago, a friend’s son went off on a treacherous mountain-climbing expedition. Before he left, he practiced on a smaller mountain with a 60 lb. weight on his back. Later, when his climb actually began, he was strapped to ... read more.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Indoor Fun with the Grandkids

by Mary May Larmoyeux


It's been so very hot in Arkansas where Pops and I live! And for many kids, really hot weather means plenty of time for inside activities. Here are a few ideas ...   Read more.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Is life confusing to you today?


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

Does life seem confusing to you today? Does it sometimes seem to make no sense? I'm reminded of a lesson I began to learn when a ringing landline once interrupted my morning coffee. ... read more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Homemade stencils from cardboard fun



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Several years ago a couple of the grandkids were sick when I was taking care of them. Needing something quiet that would occupy their time, I thought they could make ... read more.








Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dolly Parton's Wedding Dress


by Mary May Larmoyeux

Did you hear the news about country singer Dolly Parton? On May 30, 2016, she and her husband, Carl Dean, celebrated  ... read more.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

First-Ever National Conference on Christian Grandparenting


by Mary May Larmoyeux

What make grandparents so special? Could it be the wisdom of past years coupled with the understanding of what really matters? A Welsh proverb says it well, “Perfect love sometime ... read more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finding Rest


by Mary May Larmoyeux

In today's seemingly out-of-control world, who among us does not feel a need for rest! Not a five-minute snooze, but a down deep sense of calm that all is well within my soul. ... read more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fun Ideas: Make a Blessing Book for Dad and More


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How will you honor the fathers in your life on June 19, 2016—Father’s Day?  I wish my dad were still here so I could express appreciation for the countless things he did for me and our family!

Are you looking for a fun project to do with your kids or grandkids for Father’s Day? Then you  ... read more.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Gifts for the Asking

 by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago my husband, Jim, and I received a postcard from our internet provider announcing that higher internet speeds were available in our area.  After ... read more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day 2016


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Each year on Memorial Day, we stop to remember the men and women who died in service to the USA. This year Memorial Day will be on ...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Little Thing


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It's now been several years since my then three-year-old grandchild and I went on a "field trip in honesty." On that day, I intentionally brought her to a store with me to pay what I owed for incorrectly charged items. I explained to the clerk, in front of my grandchild, that I had ... read more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Special Moments


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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... read more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mom and I Will Meet Again


by Mary May Larmoyeux


About this time last year, my sweet mom met Jesus face-to-face! I wrote then how my brother, sisters, and I were so blessed to have such a wonderful mother! As our family ... read more.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ideas to Remember the Day a Baby is Born


by Mary May Larmoyeux

Can you identify this snake?

Yes, it’s a plastic snake. And if you’re a mom or grandmother, you might just think “boy in the house!” And you would be right! On the day that this particular snake ... read more.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Birdhouse time



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A few years ago, Pops and I gave our grandkids birdhouses (one for each family). Although we thought that the kids would like them, we were surprised at ... read more.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Bunny Cake

by Mary May Larmoyeux

I hope that you will be with family and friends on Easter Sunday 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  ... read more.

 
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Why Jesus?




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“Control –Z,” that’s a keyboard shortcut used to undo the last action. And wouldn’t it be nice i f we had an “undo” button in life, a “Control –Z” that would let us start over? One that we could press to pull back those misspoken words after they come pouring from our mouths. One that we could ... read more.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Writing a Story for Your Legacy




by Mary May Larmoyeux
 
How long does it take to weave words together into a family treasure? Sometimes, not as long as we think.

My friend Delores Bull and I are both in a local writing group.  Not too long ago... read more.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Let's Make Chocolate Truffles




 by Helen Austin

Ever since February was designated Heart Month, the Heart Association people have been after food writers to offer recipes for heart-healthy treats. I happened to come across one in... read more

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Gift of Life

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Have you ever found something that you hadn’t even known was lost? Maybe a love letter or family recipe from long ago. A couple of years ago, I found ... read more.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How About a Little Love Bear?


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by Mary May Larmoyeux

As Valentine's Day nears, I'm reminded of a special bear. A few years ago my friend Suzanne told me about her family's "love bear." She and her husband take turns hiding it in drawers, shoes, in the glove box of the car, etc. Whenever one of them finds the bear, they are... read more.