Nov
21

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Today was a road trip. All day. Just Jim and me. Pristine blue skies. Not a single cloud. And we were so amazed that the autumn colors were exploding all along the way. Absolutely gorgeous. One of the highlights was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Wow! I’m not sure I’ve ever crossed it on such …

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Nov
20

Thanksgiving fun

As I browse other blogs I find so many great ideas and projects that I want to share, but I’d be posting all day if I did them separately. So, as I’ve done in the past, here are links to some of my favorites from this week focusing on Thanksgiving fun. Naturally, Thanksgiving is on …

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Nov
19

HIV+

I can only think of one good thing resulting from Charlie Sheen announcing his HIV+ status on national news: It puts the virus back on the front page and allows us to potentially reduce the associated stigma while debunking so many falsehoods circulating via social media. I work with HIV+ hospitalized children in Kyiv, Ukraine. …

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Nov
18

Grammy days

One of our local high schools offers a unique training program for students desiring to work with children. Three mornings a week, a special 2-hour class allows the high school students, under supervision, to receive hands-on experience working with preschoolers. All three of our grandsons look forward to ‘school’ and the high schoolers begin to …

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Nov
17

Back in the (blogging) saddle again

I’m back in the saddle again. After falling off my commitment to be more regular with my postings, I am officially back up on the horse. Yes, back in the saddle again. And this time I have the added accountability of an official challenge to post for 30 days in a row. If you know …

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Sep
14

Five years old? No way.

Five years ago today I officially became Grammy. And though I’ve been blessed four more times, there’s only one FIRST grandchild. Though he only had the sole role for eight months before his cousin was born, it is still his title. I must admit that I often marvel at how delightful…truly delightful…it is to be …

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Sep
8

Postcards

Picture postcards. An inexpensive way to send a personal message to family and friends. My grandparents were blessed with opportunities to travel the world on several occasions and often by ocean liners. This allowed them to visit many locations without ever having to unpack, change hotels, make connections and all the other joys of travel. …

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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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