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Nov
28

Cheeese!

Today was the last day in Florida for our children and grandchildren. But we took advantage of this last day to hang out at the pool. For hours. Once again, the bad news is that I don’t have a waterproof camera. The good news is that from time to time someone picks up my phone …

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Nov
24

Family vacation: Day one

Well, this is a first. An extended family vacation. Siblings. Multi-generations. And sun. Not too hot. But warm enough to enjoy the resort pool. Plenty of time to splash with little ones and dodge water cannons. (I must say that I didn’t see the other grandmothers and great-aunts fully committed to water play — how …

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Nov
23

Family legacy

Jim and I are reading such an interesting book: Dream Land by Lily Hyde. “One girl’s struggle to find her true home. It was meant to be like coming home…All her life, Safi’s parents have dreamed of returning to Grandpa’s native village in Crimea. But exchanging their sunny Uzbekistan house for a squalid camp is …

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Nov
22

Psalm 100

Sunday. A day set aside to rest and to join others in worshiping our Creator. Typically on Sundays I post specific Scripture verses that grandparents are turning to when praying for their grandchildren. But today, as we enter Thanksgiving week, my thoughts turn to Psalm 100. Only five verses long, but so much truth…for us …

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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
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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