• There is so much violence in the world today. As a grandparent, do you ever shudder to think what your grandchildren might face? I do. And sometimes ...
    Finding Hope
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    December 31st, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • This Thanksgiving, I’m sure looking forward eating pumpkin pie cake—one of our family’s favorite desserts! We’ve had it so much in our home th...
    A Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Cake
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    November 26th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • The past two weekends I’ve watched grandkids overnight in their own homes. Shortly after I woke up last Saturday morning, I heard the pitter-patter ...
    Quiet Time
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    October 22nd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Some days are forever etched in our hearts and minds. Like Christmas . . . and Valentine’s Day . . . and September 11, 2001. But whether it’s t...
    When Bad News Comes
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    October 15th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Fall is officially here! I so look forward to cool autumn days and the changing colors! How do you connect with your grandkids during the fall mon...
    Make Some Fall Placemats with ...
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    October 08th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”  (Jeremia...
    Quiet Time
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    October 01st, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • “If you could go to lunch with anyone, who would it be?” That question was asked at a Toastmasters meeting that I attended, and most people said ...
    Birthday Letters
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    September 24th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Overnight GrandparentingHave you ever spent several days watching your grandchildren while their parents were out of town? I had the privilege of do...
    Overnight Grandparenting
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    September 17th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You . . . is the title of a wonderful new book by Lori Stewart, which is “for grandparents everywhere, for you ar...
    Sweet Memories are Made of The...
    By Cheri Fuller
    September 17th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • I was driving to the post office one Saturday morning when a sign with hand-printed letters caught my attention: FREE Lemonade—Donations Welcome. ...
    Lemonade Time
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    September 10th, 2015

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  • When each of my grandchildren turn double digits, or 10 years old, I take them on a trip—just the two of us. A grandma shared this idea with me a ...
    The Double-Digit Trip
    By Cheri Fuller
    September 10th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • On Monday, September 7, we will celebrate Labor Day in the U.S., which became a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the achievements of American worker...
    Thoughts on Labor Day
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    September 03rd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Girls today especially need parents who help manage their digital world, and grandparents can help with this. Many parents are involved and attenti...
    Girls and Social Media
    By Cheri Fuller
    September 03rd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • In the midst of discussions about international affairs and presidential debates, something refreshing happened this week. My friend Nancy Downing (...
    A Fun Radio Interview
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    August 27th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Another strong need is for grandparents to be their grandchildren’s encouragers. At some point along the way, all children will encounter adults w...
    Become an Encourager
    By Cheri Fuller
    August 27th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • It’s now been several years since my then three-year-old grandchild and I went on a “field trip in honesty.” On that day, I intentionally brou...
    A Field Trip in Honesty
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    August 20th, 2015

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  • I once heard a little boy say, “My mother is the best gift I ever got.” Those words touched my heart, but also made me think: Surely our childr...
    It’s Great to Be a Mom
    By Cheri Fuller
    August 20th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Antiques Roadshow was in Little Rock recently, and my husband, Jim, and I were there. Jim’s name had been drawn for a pair of free tickets, and on...
    Nana’s Chair and Antiques Ro...
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    August 13th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • If it’s not our experience or if our dads or authority figures have somehow misrepresented God’s unconditional love to us, I’ve found there ar...
    Climbing Into God’s Lap, Par...
    By Cheri Fuller
    August 13th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • My father showed his love by providing for and protecting us. Tall, dark, and handsome, Papa had a brilliant mind and I admired and loved him—he w...
    Climbing Into God’s Lap, Par...
    By Cheri Fuller
    August 06th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Pops and I recently returned from a visit with our out-of-state grandkids. It was great to see them (and their parents). But it was sure hard to say...
    The Most Important Thing You C...
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    July 23rd, 2015

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  • The last rays of the sun were going down as I sat in the living room of a friend’s house with seven other women. We had prayed for the youth of our...
    Climbing Into God’s Lap
    By Cheri Fuller
    July 23rd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • As a new mom, I vividly recall older mothers telling me how quickly the boys would grow up. But in the midst of changing diapers and rocking babies,...
    Make Them Playdough!
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    July 16th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Once I met a grandma from Illinois who took her grandkids “Notebook Shopping” before each one’s birthday or before Christmas. On these occasio...
    Notebook Shopping, Grandparent...
    By Cheri Fuller
    July 16th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • With all of the troubles in the world today, it’s great to see life through the eyes of a child.Marilyn Conley said that when she was taking her t...
    Eyes of a Child
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    July 09th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Last night, we had some serendipity moments with a few of our grandchildren. Caitlin (14) has been sick and out of school since Tuesday with a virus...
    Seizing the Moments: An Oklaho...
    By Cheri Fuller
    July 09th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • It’s time for Independence Day parades and barbecues and family get-togethers.  Yet, in the midst of the fun and activities, may we not forget w...
    Independence Day Reminders
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    July 02nd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • When a photo or memory primes the pump and you want to tell a true story from your own experience, keep these ideas in mind:• Remember a specific ...
    More Tips on Showing Them Pict...
    By Cheri Fuller
    July 02nd, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Have you ever felt like you went back in time as you watched your grandkids? That happened to me last week when I was with our three-year-old grands...
    Reminders of Your Children
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    June 25th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Although the grandkids don’t remember these special times because they were so little, they can enjoy the stories and recognize themselves in the ...
    Show Them Pictures!
    By Cheri Fuller
    June 25th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Years ago, my dear friend Suzanne told me about making a blessing book for her husband. In it she jotted down why she was grateful for him and inclu...
    A Blessing Book for Dad
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    June 16th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Looking at photo albums often “primes the story pump.” Children love to look at baby pictures of themselves, siblings, and parents, as well as p...
    Storytelling with Photos
    By Cheri Fuller
    June 18th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Not too long ago when Pops and I babysat for two of our grands, our granddaughter decided to go through the toy cabinet. She was really excited a...
    The Big Mess
    By Mary May Larmoyeux
    June 04th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • There’s something about being a grandparent that lends itself to prayer. We love those cute grandkids so much, and yet don’t have primary care f...
    Grandmas in Prayer: Bringing P...
    By Cheri Fuller
    June 04th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Every day I see grandmothers and one or more grandchildren at the grocery store, shopping mall, and bookstores. At fast food places and restaurants ...
    Hooray for Grandparents
    By Cheri Fuller
    May 28th, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far
  • Now that school is almost out and kids are coming home for summer vacation, it’s a great time to spend with grandchildren by taking them on outing...
    Bouncing Around
    By Cheri Fuller
    May 21st, 2015

    Grand Parenting Near and Far