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

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wise Words for the New Year

– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend some time with your family. All of our grandkids were together this year at Christmastime!

And once again, our family made gingerbread houses. It was so much fun! As the grandkids ... read more.

Friday, December 22, 2017

That First Christmas Morning

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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

3 traditions for Christmas

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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day

When I was a child, to me Pearl Harbor Day was little more than a national observance —a notation on the calendar. But that wasn’t the case for my mother. She would think back on the event that ushered the United States into World War II with emotion.

I remember ... read more.

Photo credit:  Collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin, USN(Retired), 1975. U.S. 
Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, Washington, DC.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Wonderful Gifts for Grandparents

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Toothpick Christmas Ornaments

-by Mary May Larmoyeux- Each year as I unpack the Christmas ornaments, my mind wanders back to years long ago.

I recall how Mom sat on the couch, added hooks to the holiday ornaments, and then handed them to my brother, sisters, and me. But my dad's specialty ... read more.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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, 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.

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 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, 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, 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 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.