Have you had a chance to check out the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom? It's wonderful! As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m., there were over 1400 sites on the list and that didn't even count all the Facebook and Twitter links! And it's not to late to join up and have fun visiting! Too busy dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents and grandchildren to get to them? That's OK. SandwichINK is here to help! 🙂
I'm visiting as many Ultimate Blog Party 2010 sites as I can and looking extra hard for fellow grandparents including those of twins, Sandwich Generation senior home care givers, members of the Baby Boomers Generation, and other sites with words of encouragement specially suited to all of us at SandwichINK and will be writing about the ones I find today and later this week. So keep your web "dial" set on SandwichINK and we'll have a fun Sandwich Generation / Baby Boomers Generation time together. 🙂
I discovered some good friends while out site-seeing, including:
Penny Raine is a great resource for all of us granny nannies with plenty of ebooks of ideas for activities for grandparents and their grandchildren – cooking recipes, homeschool ideas, coloring books with Bible verses and more. She is currently offering some great giveways in honor of the Ultimate Blog Party 2010. She also stays busy sharing plenty of encouraging and inspirational Bible verses and it's thanks to her that I discovered Word-Filled Wednesday at…
…The 160 Acre Woods, written by Amydeanne, who is also out and about for the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party. Her site is loaded with great graphics, book reviews, and inspirational Scriptures to encourage all of us in the Sandwich Generation. She is currently giving away a great book for us to share with our grandchildren, This Little Prayer of Mine. Very fun! 😉
Donna Webb is in the throes of the Sandwich Generation issues as a senior home care giver to her mother who has Alzheimer's Disease, while also enjoying her grandchildren. She and I "met" through the Caregiving Christmas Progressive Party. She has such lovely graphics at her site! 🙂
I've also found some interesting new friends:
I had so much fun visiting with and tweeting with Christine from Live Laugh Love and Bloggings, where she is giving away a $25 gift certificate to Amazon at her site! (Bet Amazon LOVES the Ultimate Blog Party 2010! 🙂 🙂 🙂 ) A soon-to-be-grandma with lots of experience dealing with many of the aspects of the Sandwich Generation (check out her comment – #27 ) , we also share a love for a lot of the same TV shows, including NCIS and Numb3rs!
Speaking of Numb3rs – here's a quick request – PLEASE DON'T CANCEL NUMB3RS CBS!!! While I may not agree with everything on that show, it's an enjoyable mystery as well as showing a multi-generational family in a positive light! My whole family loves it – from the 20-somethings up to this happy member of the Baby Boomers Generation! 🙂
Grammy Janets Place is written by a grandmother with a fun site where you can find reviews, contests, and freebies. While I was looking at her list of Freebies, I discovered some very cute ebooks written by a big sister and illustrated by a little sister, who have since grown up. Since reading is one of the best activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, this is a great page to check out. 🙂
Simple Acts of Love is written by a delightful team – mom and daughter. To quote them, "Pat Whitaker raised four girls as a stay-at-home mom. She is now very involved with her grandchildren and has a servant's heart…Cindy Golden has over 27 years experience serving children with Special Needs as a teacher, a psychologist and now as a supervisor of Special Education….Cindy has been involved in Missions for years and loves to be God's hand extended to orphans, widows, homeless, and those with special needs." What an awesome ministry – I'll definitely be following them. 🙂 They are currently giving away an upside down tomato plant – what a fun project to add to my senior mom's gardening plans.
Nana's House is written by a fellow grandmother who also loves one of my favorite Bible study ideas, using the Beth Moore Bible studies and workbooks. When I visited her site, I discovered such an encouraging article about waiting on God for prolonged periods. That is definitely one of the many Sandwich Generation issues we often deal with!
Dolores writes at Moving Forward with Alzheimer's about dealing with her husband and his Alzheimer's Disease and I found such wonderful words of encouragement there, such as "We do not always understand Why things happen as they do, But I am very sure of one thing. My Lord will see me through."
For all of us in the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of blended families, Forgetful One is written by a 40-something mom of twins. I enjoyed her Ultimate Blog Party post and just laughed and laughed at her post, I am NOT Forgetful! (Well…), as I could SOOOOO relate. Definitely reminded me of my article, Memory Activities and Tips for Baby Boomers, Grandparents, and Grandchildren! How about you? 🙂
imPOWERage is an online magazine dedicated to celebrating and inspiring Seniors. I loved their mission statement, "Why age gracefully, when you can age powerfully?" Doesn't that go so well for all of us in the never-going-to-admit-we-are-aging Baby Boomers Generation? 🙂 We actually "met" while I was working on the upcoming Boomers and Seniors: News You Can Use blog carnival which will be at SandwichINK this Tuesday, April 13, 2010 (be sure to come and visit 🙂 ). As a result, they found out about the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 and came back to visit me through that. Don't you LOVE the internet – so much fun running into people you "know" everywhere! 🙂
The Grammie Diaries was written by a work at home grandmother with a ton of geek and photography skills that can bless all of us in the Sandwich Generation working online. She has the coolest graphic at her site – pictures of her family shaped into letters! I asked her how she did it and she graciously and speedily replied, "I did the photo collage with ShapeCollage ~ you'll just have to choose a bunch of pictures and you can choose shapes or letters or words. I'm sure you'll have fun with it" And the best part – it's FREE. And for those of you who are less Facebook-challenged than me, you can even use it there! 🙂
For all of us grandparents of twins – have you reached a point where THEY CAN DRIVE! Yikes! I hadn't even thought of double drivers til I visited Scraps of Life, whose twins are going to be starting soon! I'll have to take lots of notes from her in case I get drafted to help with that. I do have a while for them, but my grand-tween is only about 3 years away. AAAAAHHHHHH 🙂 🙂 🙂 She is also doing a fun giveaway at her site for the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party. Be sure to check it out.
Are you looking for fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren? Check out @JoeAndBridge at their site The Groschen Goblins. They are giving away a KNEX building set. Perfect for our grandkids! 🙂
You can also find more members of the Baby Boomers Generation and Sandwich Generation + at SandwichINK Welcomes You To the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party.
Well, that's all for today. But I am sure there are plenty more grandparents as well as members of the Baby Boomers Generation AND the Sandwich Generation out enjoying the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party and when I find them, I'll let you know. Keep checking back at SandwichINK for more updates, both in posts and in the Twitter updates in the right column. And if YOU hear of any Sandwich Generation compadres, do let us know in the comments. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Until tomorrow, have a fun time at the Ultimate Blog Party and a blessed weekend!