Have you noticed how, quite often, the simplest times with our grandkids are the sweetest? One of my grandsons spent the night last week and we had the best time reading through his graphic Bible and learning about Jesus in the temple, playing Hangman together (where I used some of the words from our Bible time, along with animal words from our time learning about Orangatans with the Wild Kratts), and laughing hilariously at the photos he snapped of both of us with his favorite iPhone camera app – CamWow! You didn't know that I"m part-alien, did you?. 🙂 (It's actually what Camwow did with my two hands holding an iPhone.)
We then enjoyed sending some of those photos to his parents via email and saving most of them for my computer screensaver for both of us to enjoy for years to come, not to mention planning to use a couple of them for a Christmas Smilebox for some beloved long distance senior relatives. I gotta say, I do appreciate my iPhone and its grand apps! It's so handy for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, not to mention our grandkids! And talk about delightful times full of learning, laughter, and love – sweet family memories, indeed.
I love to share with my grandkids some of the many prophecies that were given hundreds of years before Christ came, that were later fulfilled by his birth, life, and death. One of them is from Micah 5:2, specifically concerning His birth:
"As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
Excitingly, the fulfillment for this is recorded in several places in the New Testament, including John 7:42,
"Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
The coloring page for this might be a tad boring, but I thought I'd share it with y'all. I know some of my older grandkids might enjoy coloring in each of the letters. How about yours? For that matter, some of our senior parents might enjoy them, either to send to great-grandkids or to try their hand at coloring as well.
These are great Scriptures to share with our grandkids when singing one of the many lovely versions of O Little Town of Bethlehem, aren't they? Such a fun and lovely way of encouraging them in their faith in the Lord as well as leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds! A great way to encourage our whole families, actually, including ourselves!
Happy Advent! It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas every year and is a wonderful time to help our families focus on the spiritual side of Christmas along with all the fun parts (like singing Two-step Round the Christmas Tree – I do LOVE that fun ditty 🙂 ). I actually got a head start on Wednesday with cute graphics to help our grandkids and us learn encouraging Bible verses about the carol, Angels We have Heard On High.
Oh my goodness gracious. How EVER can it be December 1 already! I don't know about you, but in my family, the Sandwich Generation issues are making time seem jet propelled. It's unreal to look at the calendar and realize that Christmas Day is less than 4 weeks away and we are full-on in the midst of the holiday season. But the daily affairs of life don't give way, so I've learned to fit in bits and pieces of holiday fun in between regular caregiving needs and it's quite nice to have those sweet delights intermixed here and there. One of my fun pleasures the past few years has included visiting various Christmas blog parties like Caregiving's Holiday Progressive Party coming up on December 9. Here's some more great links for us to enjoy as well!
Starting with the Top Three Links from this week's Vintage Inspiration (with Vintage Christmas ideas each week) at Common Ground. She's got some very unique and gorgeous ideas – my favorite is the wedding dress tree. How about you?
Oh my, I loved my visit to Shabby Art Boutique – full of cute ideas including for an Advent Calendar and a Giving Tree. And there's plenty more! Simply Christmas is an annual event held at her blog which runs for 8 weeks from the 1st of November through to Christmas Eve.
Sandi, at Rose Chintz Cottage, has a tutorial for making your very own snowballs. Too cute! Not only that, she has a great linky with even more Christmas posts to check out.
I was delighted to discover the 12 Days of Christmas at Thistlewood Farm with such a cute idea for combining magnolia leaves with store-bought trees that might need some extra help. And don't they look gorgeous! Easily! Cheaply! All faves of mine.
Bliss has joined with a few other blogs to have several enticing blog parties over the next few weeks. Click here, and you'll find the badge with the links for each site. The parties include Christmas recipes, crafts, and kid fun – sounds like plenty of fun ideas for all of us grandparents, what do you think?
Well, that's it for today. I'll keep checking various sites, and should have even more fun links for all of us to enjoy in a couple of weeks, and YES, I'd love it if you leave any interesting links as well. In the meantime, enjoy this delightful holiday season with your Sandwich Generation family – whether in large chunks of time or tiny bits and pieces here and there like me. 🙂 And Happy Pink Saturday as well!