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, November 14, 2017

Holiday Potpourri

By Mary May Larmoyeux – When I was peeling a Clementine (hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange), it made me think of a wonderful holiday recipe for non-edible potpourri. ... read more.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

10 Thanksgiving Ideas


by Mary May Larmoyeux- 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.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Make some special memories


As a new mom, I vividly recall older mothers telling me how quickly the boys would grow up. I knew that they were right, but somehow in the midst of  changing diapers and rocking babies, that “someday” seemed far, far away. Now, I am ... read more.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ideas to Remember the Day a Baby is Born


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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

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.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Praying for our Kids and Grandkids is Important

-by Mary May Larmoyeux– Prayer is important. And praying is one of the most significant things we can do for our children and grandchildren.“Our prayers may be awkward,” says preacher and author Max Lucado, “Our attempts may be ... read more.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Values on a bread bag


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When Jim and I moved to the country, it seemed like we were deep in boxes for months. And I discovered something that answers a question a lot of people are asking today, “What happened to morality?” ... read more.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7 Short Prayers for Children and Grandchildren

-by Mary May Larmoyeux– With so much turmoil in the world, do you ever ask yourself, “How can I pray for children and grandchildren?” I sure do.

And I asked God that very question when I heard about the most recent senseless attack in our country. ... Here are seven short prayers you and I could pray for children who are in our lives. You may want to pray them at one sitting, or over seven days. The main thing is, read more ...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Cost of Freedom and Hope for Tomorrow


- by Mary May Larmoyeux - As many debated whether or not to stand for our national anthem, I thought about the price of freedom and remembered a story I wrote back in 2005. It is fiction, but based on some truth. I wonder, have our children and grandchilden ... read more.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.




Friday, September 15, 2017

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.



Monday, September 11, 2017

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.
 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wonderful Gifts for Grandparents


-by
 Mary May Larmoyeux- It’s not always easy to choose the “perfect” gifts for grandparents for a birthday, Grandparents Day (on September 10, 2017), Christmas, or other special occasion. But a friend’s son and his wife did just that when they gave her a ... read more.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Ways Kids Can Help Others

Have you ever wondered how you could help kids think about others in this "all about me world"? With recent national disasters, the needs around us are endless. There are so many opportunities to help. ... Read more.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Life Can Change


by Mary May Larmoyeux– As I am writing this blog post, one of our sons and his family are sitting in an emergency storm shelter in Texas. What they thought would be a “rain event” turned into a mandatory evacuation because of Hurricane Harvey. And now we are praying they will have ... read more.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Remember these 3 Things in Troubled Times



-by Mary May Larmoyeux– As you hear news of mass chaos and terror in the U.S. and around the world, do you ever want to shout, “Enough! I can’t take this anymore?” During troubled times, do you turn off the TV, get off the Internet news and ask yourself ... read more.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas



- by Mary May Larmoyeux -

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Have you heard about Tricky Treasure Hunts? Well, I hadn’t … until I read about them years ago in ... read more.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When You Make a Big Mistake


Mary May Larmoyeux- Have you ever made a big mistake and wanted a do over? Perhaps a dying relationship needed new life, a misstep had to be corrected, or some unintended consequence happened because of a poor decision. What should you do? ... read more.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What is Independence Day?


Happy Independence Day! It’s called by some the greatest secular holiday in the United States. Why? Because of the countless sacrifices our forefathers made so we could enjoy the freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, and more. Quite frankly ... read more

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What About Birthday Letters?



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by Mary May Larmoyeux

 “If you could go to lunch with anyone, who would it be?” That question was asked at a Toastmasters meeting that I attended, and most people said   ... read more.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Honoring Dad or Granddad on Father's Day


- by Mary May LarmoyeuxWhat thoughts come to your mind when you think of your father or grandfather? Are you looking for a fun project to do with your kids or grandkids to honor Dad or Granddad on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017? ... Read more.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Announcing a Grandchild


– by Mary May Larmoyeux -About two years ago, my husband and I were amazed by the creativity of one of our sons and his wife when they were ... read more.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why, God?

 - by Mary May Larmoyeux- Recently we’ve experienced some “fog-filled” days in our world. Evil has reared its ugly head once again and I, like many, wonder for a moment, “Why, God? Why?” ... read more

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Passing Down Family Stories


Mary May Larmoyeux - As a friend and I ate lunch together, we talked about passing down family stories. She referred to a passage in Psalms 78 that tells about the importance of sharing spiritual stories. We talked about how to tell younger generations what God has done in our lives.... Read more.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Grandmother's Quilt


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by Tonya Larmoyeux

My grandmother was a woman who wasn’t impressed by spotless kitchens. After all, who was she serving if her kitchen was clean but empty?   She was a woman ... read more.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Remembering Moms


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As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reminded of the priceless role of a mom. And I wish that I could see my mother just one more time and tell her, “I love you!”

Whoever penned the piece below must have been blessed, like me, by a very special mother:

Your mother is always with you ... read more.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How Can I Trust God


A very common question is “Can I trust God?” And I was recently reminded of the answer while driving from my country home to ... read more.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Some Special Things Grandparents Do


- by Mary May Larmoyeux - Not too long ago I headed West to spend a couple of weeks helping with our brand new grandson. On my day of departure I had no idea what would be ahead: not only the joy of being with loved ones, but also cancelled flights that caused ... read more.
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Does Easter Matter to You?


-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 found overwhelming evidence for the Resurrection.

“I was unable to explain away the fact that the Resurrection was a real event in history,” says  ... read more.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Let's Make Resurrection Rolls



 - by Mary May Lamoyeux - Not too long ago two of my grandkids and I baked some Resurrection Rolls. They are not only easy to make, but also delicious!

As the kids and I made the Easter treats, the hollow ... read more.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How to Hear From God Today

 
-by Mary May Larmoyeux- While my car rounded the steep curve at the top of a rural Arkansas mountain, blaring rock music, emotional country songs, and the words of ... read more.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Magazines for Children


-by Mary May Larmoyeux- Many years ago, my friend Nancy Downing and I were brainstorming ideas for what became The Grandparent Connection Nancy had one of my favorite ideas:  Listed on page 11 of the little book, it simply says: "Send your grandchild a subscription to ... read more.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Remembering Grandmother


-Mary May Larmoyeux- Hot apple pie … and Sunday dinner. Who do they remind you of? Could it be “Grandma”?  And do you feel a sense of rest and... read more.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What Are the Pillars of Your Family History?



by Mary May Larmoyeux
 
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When Carnegie Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, was razed back in 1964, Carl Martin picked up 16 limestone drums and loaded them into his truck. The Martin Family later ...  read more



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Daffodil Crafts and More


by Mary May Larmoyeux

Have you ever been to a daffodil festival? Well, the daffodils are blooming a little early in Arkansas, and it's time for the ... read more.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rocking Chair Memories


by Mary May Larmoyeux

Jim and I have several rocking chairs in our house, but my favorite is the one that I rocked our children in, and then our grandchildren. It's made of heavy wood, I think oak, and I actually paid only  ... read more.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

7 Valentine's Ideas for the Kids



-by Mary May Larmoyeux-Valentine’s Day is almost here with its countless reminders of love. This year, on February 14th, why not do something special with your children or grandchildren? Here are 7 Valentine’s ideas ... read more.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Choose Joy


– by Mary May Larmoyeux –  It’s easy to be discouraged by what’s going wrong in our homes … and world … instead of being encouraged by what’s going right. So many today ask, “How can I find joy and fulfillment in the sometimes overwhelming stresses of life?”  Read more ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Make a Blessing Book


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- by Mary May Larmoyeux -

Years ago my 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.

So, following Suzanne’s lead ... read more.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Words of Past Presidents and a Prayer by Billy Graham


–by Mary May Larmoyeux As Donald J. Trump begins serving our country on January 20, may we pray diligently for his administration. And may we also remember some famous words of past Presidents and a prayer ... read more.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Her Sugar Cookies Said Love

by Mary May Larmoyeux

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

Not too long ago our oldest granddaugher ... read more.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What Matters


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by Mary May Larmoyeux
 


The plan was to fold laundry while he played,” Theresa said on her Facebook page, “and then he crawled up in my lap and this happened.”

... read more.