There are some wonderful, and really funny quotes about grandparents. The following one is great:
' My granddaughter came to spend a few weeks with me, and I decided to teach her to sew. After I had gone through a lengthy explanation of how to thread the machine, she stepped back, put her hands on her hips, and said in disbelief, “You mean you can do all that, but you can’t play my Game Boy?” '
Today's kids are certainly digital natives and have no problem quickly acquiring the necessary skills to handle the latest tech toy or gadget.
But I'm always pleased that my grandkids are just as happy to spend some time with me- creating, cooking, exploring, and laughing.
An easy way to create memories
Last week, we made some hand-decorated mugs together. They were so simple... and each of my grandkids could complete their own, regardless of their age. Plus.... they had a wonderful reminder of a fun time with 'Nan' to take home with them.
You could buy your own kit from your local art and craft shop. (Actually, Kmart has an inexpensive version, too.) But it's less expensive to buy some basic white mugs and ceramic pens. I found somehere.
Hand each child a mug and ask them to decorate it using the ceramic markers. It's that easy. They could add their name to personalise the mug. Then, once they've finished, bake the mugs in the oven for 35 minutes 150 degrees Celsius.
I had previously tried using Sharpies pens, as suggested on numerous Pinterest posts, but I found that the design washed off pretty easily.
Create a plate online
If you're not at all artistic and don't want all the fuss of creating and personalising a mug with your grandkids, another suggestion is to do it online.
Currently, Flora Australia is running a special offer that enables your grandkids to design their plate image with drawings, stickers and stamps (or choose an existing design from a provided selection) and add their name. The completed design will be created on a real plate and delivered to your address for a cost of $3.50
PictureProducts work on a different system. You can order a kit and kids create their design on a printed paper plate design. Then you can send it off to be converted into an actual melamine plate. Small orders of these cost around $28.
Whatever way you choose to create it, a personalised mug or plate is a great project to complete with your grandkids. You could even ask the kids to create their design around a special event or theme. Or you create one every year and build a collection. Either way, it's fun and a wonderful way to encourage and connect with your grandchildren as, together, you build family memories.
The tiny cabin shuddered and shook violently. Katherine clung helplessly to the sides of the bed to avoid, once again, being flung to the floor.
Everyone had been ordered below deck but it was fear, not the command, that kept her huddled in the tiny room. A mere glimpse of the mountainous seas that towered high above their ship had sent her scuttling below for cover.
One hand tightly clutching the bed-rail, she groping desperately for her Bible, scrambling through the pages as she searched for a familiar passage: Deuteronomy 33:27... ''The eternal God is your dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms...'
Katherine couldn't swim. She knew that even the most powerful of swimmers would be lost in the huge, dark seas that had pounded the ship for days. And they terrified her. She hugged herself tightly and prayed that, whatever the outcome, God's arms would indeed be beneath and around her.
Katherine was my grandmother. As a young woman, she made the long and dangerous trip to a new land and a new life in Australia. And yes, that verse in Deuteronomy was very firmly underlined within her creased and slightly battered black Bible.
My grandmother's stories, this and many more, were told to us as kids- an vital part of our family heritage.
"Create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine."
Nowadays, beautifully bound and presented journals are readily available for you to record your own stories as a legacy for future generations. They contain journalling prompts and ideas for your memories and photos. Some are prayer journals- a record of your love, concern and ongoing prayer for your children and grandkids.
But maybe, you might like to consider another option.
Have you considered a Bible Journal?
Why not create a legacy of your own Bible journal, a book to hand on to your children and grandchildren filled with your own notes, stories, doodles, drawings, inspiration and prayers as you regularly read and study God's Word?
It's easy to start. Buy a good quality journalling Bible, one with large columns for such notes. You can find them here or here.
Now, how about some pointers? What do I write?
Remember, it's your journal, your legacy. So.. include anything that you think is important or meaningful. Here are some suggestions:
Most importantly.... start now!
A quick update: I've just seen the beautifully presented Bible journalling from Time-Warp Wife.. quite lovely.. Check it out!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.