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Sep
1

From afar…again

Well, I’m officially a Grammy from afar…again. Mid-August found me in the clouds heading back to Kyiv, Ukraine. And, again, I am thankful for technology that allows me to receive pictures and hear voices of five amazing grandchildren. A seven-hour time difference does not always allow ‘live’ conversations, but the one thing that I can …

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Jul
30

Pointillism

Oh, the things I’m learning as a grandparent. Pointillism. Maybe I had heard of it earlier. Maybe I would have recognized the art technique when I saw the painting. Definitely I recognized the artwork. Two grandsons introduced me to Creative Galaxy, a new program they have watched from time to time. I had no idea …

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Jul
19

Sunday’s Scripture (July 19)

A truly great resource for specific ways to pray for our grandchildren is the book A Grandmother’s Prayers by Kay Swatkowski. I know I have promoted this in an earlier blog, but it can bear repeating. One of the prayers recommended is that we find natural opportunities to share stories of ways God has cared …

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Jul
16

New memories from the old

What a fabulous morning! Our car needed to be inspected for Maryland tags and our ride home from the shop included three of our grandchildren and their Aunt Anna. Mama had been dropped off at summer school. Rather than returning to their home before retrieving Mama, we were blessed with their company for the whole …

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Jul
13

Missing Mom

What a blessing to spend my mother’s last days at her bedside. And what a bittersweet moment to witness her taking her last breath. Holding her hand. Looking into her eyes. She was surrounded by her three daughters and other family members. Though our shoulders shook with sadness, we were relieved that she was no …

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Jun
24

Family for the win

With very little lead time (translation: minutes before getting in the car), Milan drew a quick picture for Jim and me to deliver to my mother — his great-grandmother. We received a call late Monday morning that we might want to reconsider when we would return to Cincinnati — our plan had been to visit …

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May
31

Sunday’s Scripture (May 31)

My family is experiencing a tremendous amount of change and upheaval. My husband and I are spending more time in the U.S. though we continue our ministry in Ukraine, and are dealing with the pain of leaving wherever we have been. Does that make sense? This summer has been one of great anticipation as we …

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May
17

Sunday’s Scripture (May 17)

“That’s mine.” “What? No, thanks. I don’t want to _____ [insert any chore].” “Do I have to share?!” One grandmother prays specifically that her grandchildren will grow up to be helpful, generous, caring adults…by exhibiting those attitudes and habits even as children. Of course, the grandparents and parents need to model this behavior so that …

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May
15

Friday fun (May 15)

It’s that time of the week again…time to post some Friday fun! Well, the weather must be warming up all over because so many ideas were posted for outdoor water play this week. Obvious simple fun…water balloon fights, running through sprinklers, pools. Most of us can remember those simple delights, and I look forward to …

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May
11

Have a Grand Day (May 11)

I had no idea that so many grandmothers were blogging. Honestly. And they have some of the most tried and true ideas ever. Experience goes a long way is the trenches of grandmotherhood. One delightful way that I’ve ‘met’ some wonderful grandmothers is through a link-up party at another blog. We all can link a …

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