What Grandpas are for: Faithful Prayer and Love

When my firstborn turned one, our family planned a cross-country flight to Grandma and Grandpa’s for the Christmas holidays. Before we arrived, my dad shopped for Christine’s first doll. Grandpa wanted to purchase a pricey standup porcelain doll with a frilly dress and long hair, but Grandma said it wasn’t practical for a baby. And so Grandpa chose a soft baby dolly with a bald plastic head and a blue cotton dress. Every time we returned home for summer or {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

“I Love You Grandma”

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged” (Proverbs 17:6 ESV). “I love you, Grandma,” three-year-old Anna said in her sweet little voice. I smiled at her and replied, “I love you Anna,” and hugged her. Then one day Anna decided to change the pattern and said to me, “I love you, Anna.” We giggled and I replied, “I love you, Grandma.” So began our little game of reversing our words of endearment. But whether I’m called Anna or Grandma, the {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Preparing for the Grandparenting Years

Lydia Harris’ book, Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting, is an outstanding tool for the grandparenting years.  More than a self-help book, Grandma Tea, as she is lovingly called by her own grandchildren, has provided a wonderful mix of thought-provoking questions, inspirational guidance and clear direction from God’s word in this fascinating Bible study. As parenting is a holy calling, so is grandparenting, and the thought and love you put into this sacred role pays off in eternal benefits.  Lydia walks you through a six-week Bible study step-by-step {Read More}

About Jan Nellis

Jan Nellis is a happily married mom of five children, three of whom are still at home. She spends her free time rediscovering the lost domestic arts with an emphasis on health issues. An avid quilter, crocheter, hand-spinner and cook, her desire is to rekindle the ways of her grandmothers, blessing her friends and family. She has spoken at women’s groups on forgiveness, following God's plan for your life and the joys of living with God. She currently blogs at www.atinylittleripple.blogspot.com.

Faith’s Dynasty

by Vicki Huffman In the U.S., September 11, 2011 is National Grandparents’ Day. It’s a good time to stop and pay tribute to our grandparents—or their memories. As children we may have heard it said of ourselves, “You look just like your mother” or “you’re the spitting image of your father.” But some studies indicate that more physical and personality traits are passed directly from grandparent to grandchild than from parent to child. We bend over a newborn’s crib and {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Nana Nanny

I thought when I retired I would enjoy traveling, relaxing and doing things I couldn’t do while I was working. Instead, my days and nights are filled with unexpected interruptions.  Four years ago I elected to retire early and move in with my daughter and her husband. As managers in retail, their hours are erratic, never knowing what time they will be home. In today’s society grandparents are needed to babysit, either full-time or part-time. I had many concerns regarding {Read More}

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Last Day to Enter!

Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: Passing on a Legacy of Faith Today’s the last day to enter our giveaway of Lydia Harris’ first book—Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey. If you’d like to win a free copy, please leave a comment by midnight tonight on the original giveaway post (click here). This would make a wonderful Christmas gift, so even if you are not a grandparent, don’t miss this opportunity! On Thursday, November {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

My four-year-old grandson, Owen, and I love to read together when we travel. While Grandpa chauffeurs us, we sit together in the back seat reading stories.  What Will I Be When I Grow Up? by Susan Snyder and illustrated by Valeria Cis, is one of the books we recently enjoyed. Written for children from preschool to third grade, it includes colorful paintings of people in nine different careers. Each two-page spread asks, “Will I be . . .” and mentions {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Fostering Relationships with Grandparents

Everyone wins when children are able to develop close ties to their grandparents. Here are some ways that mothers can encourage a relationship between their parents or in-laws and their children. * If grandparents live far away, consider starting a family blog. I have a blog that is only accessible to our extended family. I use it to upload current digital photos and notes about milestones and birthdays. When someone loses a tooth or makes a big tackle, photos go {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Giveaway: Bible Study and How-to in One Fun Package

Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: Passing on a Legacy of Faith On Father’s Day 2010, we welcomed our fifth grandchild. And now in September, I’m pleased to also announce the birth of my first book—Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey. If you’d like to win a free copy of my “new baby,” please leave me a comment by midnight on September 6th. On Tuesday, September 7th MMCW will announce one winner using Random.org. {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting

* Affiliate links included. “If I would have known grandchildren were going to be so much fun, I would have had them first.” Though author Lydia E. Harris didn’t pen that phrase, her love for grandparenting permeates her new book, Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting. A book so rich in heartwarming stories, timeless wisdom, and creative suggestions, grandparents of any age or stage will want to apply the concepts immediately. This six-week Bible study includes all the necessary Bible passages printed {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.