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This year, Grandparents Day falls on September 11. As this special time approaches, let’s take a moment to consider some“teaching” opportunities to foster that one-of-a-kind bond that only takes place between grandparent and grandchild.
1. Be yourself. There is no boilerplate for grandparenting. Just keep it real; do what comes naturally.
2. Share your hobbies and passions. If you’re a gardener, show them how to plant seed and pull weeds. If you’re a knitter, loan them some needles and demonstrate. They won’t all be interested, but it can become a wonderful shared activity for those who do
3. Tell stories. As a grandparent, you’re in a perfect position to share family history and traditions. Stories create a captivating way to do that. For example, you can portray great-aunt Lucille as the character she wasrather than simply a name on a family tree. Stories also lend themselves to valuable life lessons. As you recall them, write your stories in a journal. When Grandparents Day comes along, not only will you be ready to share but you will have created a permanent record to be treasured for generations.
4. Invest your time. Children need a lot of attention as they grow, but parents are often so busy covering the necessities they don’t have time to give. It doesn’t have to include a big expense. Just being together is enough. Showing interest and listening are the keys.
You’ll enjoy it just as much as your grandchild does. Being a grandparent is a great privilege and a source of endless joy and satisfaction. Let’s pray this prayer together, a prayer of blessing for grandparents everywhere and the grandchildren they love so dearly.
Dear Father God, thank You for the blessings that come along with being a grandparent. It’s a bond of enormous strength, binding together multiple generations. Show us how to relax and enjoy our time together. Thank You for showing us how to respect boundaries, dispense wisdom, and express our love in a creative way to each of our grandchildren. We praise You, Heavenly Father, for Your promise in Proverbs 17:6 (NIV), (Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.) “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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May God bless you and keep you as you prepare for the greatest Grandparents Day ever. If you could use some tips on how to make the day even more special, check out 5 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day:
We are a mobile society, moving around the country—even the world—with ease. Long gone are the days when families lived in close proximity and grandparents contributed greatly to the raising of younger generations. Preserving important family bonds is more difficult than ever.
This was probably what the U.S. Congress had in mind when they passed legislation in 1978 proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. Its stated purpose was “to honor grandparents and help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” If you’ve been looking for ways to make Grandparents Day fun and meaningful for your children and your parents, consider these suggestions:
1. Create Grandparents Day Traditions. Along with your children, come up with a few special elements you can add to the celebration each year. These should take into consideration the grandparents’ increasing age. This might mean sharing a dinner featuring a special dish, sitting for a three or even four-generation picture, or a collectible gift. For example, give grandma a charm bracelet and each year add a charm commemorating some special event or activity from the previous year. Be sure to add the date.
2. Make a special gift. To a certain extent this will depend upon the ages of the grandchildren. Help your younger children make plaster handprints or create a watercolor art piece featuring grandma and grandpa. Framing these is a very nice touch. You might suggest that your older children write about a special memory they shared with their grandparents. Urge them to read it out loud and present it with a hug and maybe even an inspirational gift such as our Grandmother - Willow Tree Figurine, Joy of Grandparenting - Wrapped Canvas or even our They Shall Be Called Grandparents - Wrapped Canvas. If you live far away, these special gifts can be packaged up and shipped.
3. Share a meal. Make this a time for heirloom plates and utensils, along with your favorite family recipes. Your house or theirs matters little as long as the location is convenient and comfortable for the seniors. Ask the grandchildren to serve and assign one of them to provide the dinner prayer.
4. Take a Trip. Especially if grandpa and grandma have a difficult time getting out on their own, a trip to a place of family significance may be greatly appreciated. This might be a park or lake where the family picnicked years ago. It could also be a drive-by of the area where the grandparents grew up. In the days following, ask your children to write down their thoughts about the trip in a journal and pass it along to grandpa and grandma.
5. Stage an Interview. Help your children come up with questions beforehand. Then, when you take your children to visit their grandparents on Grandparents Day, let them have fun asking the questions while you film with a video camera or your phone. Keep the questions wide open: “What was it like when you went to high school?” or “Could you tell us about the first job you had?” “What was dad like as a child?” or “Could you describe your greatest talent?” “Can you tell us about the best place you ever lived?” Then, turn it around and let the grandparents interview their grandchildren with questions like, “What do you like most about our family?” or “What are your favorite subjects in school?” If you live too far away to visit in person, you can use Skype or even your phone to conduct these interviews. Preserve these videos and make a copy for the grandparents. As time passes, these simple videos will become priceless family treasures.
Regardless of what your Grandparents Day observance includes, be sure to send a card. Plus, check out our free, shareable Grandparents Day Ecards as well as easy-to-purchase, affordable gifts and beautiful flower arrangements. Always remember Proverbs 16:31 (NIV), “Gray hair is a crown of splendor.” Grandparents are so much more than loving babysitters and portals to the past. On September 11, let us truly celebrate the important role they play in our lives and then, let’s continue to foster the loving relationships between grandparent and grandchild on a regular basis. After all, God made something truly beautiful when He created the bond of family.
I have placed the "Hallelujah" song above this post....for you Mike and Ryan....It was a glorious day indeed! I am proud of both of you for giving your lives over to Jesus. Thank you to Pastor James Ciliberto and all of the wonderful church parishioners...Thank you to the family Desiree and John and friend Ms. Bev who also attended. We are so truly lucky to have found the path to this wonderful place of worship. All I can feel and say is just how truly Blessed we are.....Thank You to the Lord for giving HIS life so we can live!!!!!!
~ I know you know, but please hear this new today ~
You are not responsible for anyone's happiness (not even your children's). Remember, if someone says that to you, gently remind them that is a huge burden that you choose not to bare. We are responsible for self, for guidance, for sharing the tools of practice, and to shine a light in grace. We do not complete another, we compliment. We do not make another whole, for we are not a half. We are partners, we are co-creators and artists in the making... Joy is inside, flowing outside, to give, to receive... that is all
~ Once you reach a certain space in your life, looking back is just not an option. All that was, WAS and…You can not re-live anything with the initial impact of the original experience it is just not possible. You may be able to bring up the memory, bits of the feeling it held, but why? The Master in you longs to be free.. not to go back, not trying to re-do or replicate the moment. It was good? Peace. It was bad? Learn. It made not one difference? Doubtful. We are creatures of habit, that is our comfort, that is what we do. But, staying present will benefit you far more than re-kindling the past or trying to force the future. ♥
Accepting where you are in the moment applies even when you cannot see clearly ...when you feel as if you are in a "fog". Understand that all serves a purpose, even lack of clarity. When you are in a fog and can't seem to see anything, your other senses become stronger....Be still...listen....embrace the fog as it embraces you, dance within it...know it's gifts. When it lifts, it's purpose will be revealed...you will discover what has been within and around you all along that you may have seen before. The Light of the Sun brings clarity...and Gratitude for each blessing in life. ♥
A healthy relationship begins inside then manifests outward. And if you think you are going to change another, that things will be different after this or that happens, you set yourself up for major pain. So die for a bit in your disappointment then rise again to understand that the only way for a relationship to grow is by allowing yourself the freedom of being who you are and letting your partner do the same. If you go hand in hand.. that is beautiful, if you drift… accept it, it is so. Force or longing it to have the fairy tale is archaic, hurtful and stifling. Release what doesn't work so what will work may come in to you. That is what Universal Love is and the Universe supports you in all your endeavors of the heart ♥
When you are content you do not desire attention, your attention is elsewhere. When you are to peace, you do not need love, you know love personally and it is your companion. When you are satisfied you do not look other places, you find what you are looking for inside…Peace reigns wholeness in a world that may seem to be falling apart. Rest assure you are safe, you are loved and it is REAL, as real as you want it to be ♥
Inspiration can come out of no where when you least expect it. It can come in the form of a child's inner giggle, the color of the sky or simply a kind word or gesture. Living in inspiration is a life style. Embracing every moment as if it is the only possession you own creates the happiness found with-in. Not one thing can inspire or change your view until you are open to having it be...As you surrender to a gentle peace, a kinder outlook, and the light you innately posses, the world takes on a quieter and more meaningful aspect. Let go let it flow and enjoy your ride home ♥
Forgiveness is a hard one. What is it about forgiveness that is so difficult, even when holding a grudge, or holding on to hurt, or holding yucky old memories makes us feel so rotten. What is it that makes it so hard to let go? ♥
Forgiving someone does not mean that you have to have them in your life.
Forgiving is not "giving up" or "giving in", forgiveness does not mean that you are saying that an injustice has not been done, or that you agree with what happened. Forgiveness is a magic little decision that you make to free YOURSELF. ♥
Bad feelings, horrid memories and grudges are little daggers that carve away at your soul day after day. Those daggers come with handcuffs and chains and one of those big metal balls latched to your ankle. Who wants to live like that? Who CAN live life like that without it completely holding us back from everything that is meant for us? ♥
You are worth EVERYTHING it will take to forgive someone. YOU are worth it. YOUR LIFE is worth it. Give yourself a deadline to let it go...then scream at the top of your lungs, write down everything that bothers you, get ALL of it out...then when the deadline is up...let it go...forgive..... ♥
It's time to move forward, sweet friend. You can't move forward when you are chained to all of that yucky stuff. ♥