leaving a spiritual legacy

Kaye Swain loves reading Bible books and Bible memory verses to the grandkids-Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTORMajor changes have come for this Sandwich Generation grandmother. For the past umpteen years I’ve been an up-close grandma to half my grandkids and a long distance grandma to the other half. Now I’m long-distance to all and frequent flyer to many, not to mention plenty of drive time too.

My senior mom and I are back home in California, near another of our beloveds, and it is definitely a change and a challenge but fun nevertheless. I just returned from a delightful visit to one set of grandchildren where we spent a good portion of our time playing chess and checkers along with tons of hugs and cuddles!

And since all my grandkids are getting older, and have extremely busy schedules of their own, this is working out well. I do miss the daily interaction but, of course, I plan to stay close to them all no matter how near or far and I’ll continue to share fun tips, ideas, and resources with fellow grandparents near and far. Along with caregiving ideas and resources for our beloved seniors here as well as at SandwichINK Real Estate Info where you’ll discover more ideas and interesting examples of multigenerational and aging in place options and issues.

Here are a couple of travel tips I picked up on this last trip, just for you. If you are flying to visit loved ones – young, old, or both – for the holidays  and haven’t yet bought your tickets, I just spotted an  article at Forbes – Holiday Airfare Tips For Last Minute Shoppers.

I would recommend packing a new (or old favorite) game that they do NOT have at their house. Something new, or not used in a while, is always more interesting and you could end up having a series of competitions for the whole visit – quite enjoyable I must say. Just be sure to take a game(s) you also like. 🙂

Kaye Swain loves playing chess and checkers with the grandkids

If you are able to visit often, you might want to consider asking if it’s ok to leave a box of goodies just for your visits. In the past, I’ve kept a stash of canned nuts for late-night hunger attacks, 3 favorite games they only play with me, a couple of books we treasure, and a change of clothes just in case I make it but my suitcase doesn’t. That can be a big stress relief!

As long distance grandparents, we may not get as many memories over the year, but if we make the most of the moments we are there, our memories can be just as powerful and impactful – for them AND for us.

My three most powerful memories from my last trips were centered on helping others in need including preparing Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoeboxes – a long standing tradition we love, studying Bible verses together, and fun games whether we won OR lost. Moments I will treasure forever!

And speaking of holidays – HAVE A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!

P.S. A fun Thanksgiving AND Christmas coloring page for grandkids (or beloved seniors) (and one already in color) to turn into place cards or holiday home decor. And if you click directly on each snowman, they’ll lead to more fun Christmas ideas.

Snow happy there is no snow in Roseville CA for Kaye Swain REALTOR and caring for eldelry parents AND that my grandkids DO have snow

 

Christmas coloring page for grandchildren from fellow grandparents Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

 

 

 

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

 

Happy Birthday, America!

And Happy Fourth of July to YOU!

Whether in or out of the Sandwich Generation, I pray y'all have a fun and safe day, a day of family, friends, food, and fireworks.

Or perhaps a lovely and peaceful day at home with fun memories and funny movies. 🙂

And don't forget the birthday gifts. The best gifts we can give our nation? Plenty of prayer. 

 

The Sandwich Generation loves the chance to teach our grandkids to pray for our nation while having fun coloring

 

I do love the way the Message Bible puts 1 Timothy 2:1b-3, don't you? 

Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

And, of course, another grand gift – teaching our grandkids how important it is to pray for our leaders!

 

The Sandwich Generation loves the chance to teach our grandkids to pray for our nation while having fun coloring this page

 

It's always fun to teach an important truth coupled with a fun coloring project, don't you think? 🙂

And again

Happy Fourth of July to multigenerational caregivers and grandparents

everywhere. 🙂

While praying – and worrying – about a situation in my Sandwich Generation family, I realized there was nothing I could do about it. And I told God that. I prayed for Him to take over totally and I surrendered it all over to Him. What a sense of relief I felt. And then I remembered an old Scripture passage I'd always loved but not quite understood and it was like a light bulb went off. I finally got it!

The Sandwich Generation issues are definitely heavy burdens - Praising God He will take them over if we let Him FINAL

 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

I was never quite sure how to give HIm my burdens and take His. But this time, when I literally held out my hand and "gave the situation" to Him, I realized that I WAS giving Him my burden. And I felt so much lighter wrapped in His comfort and presence. Don't get me wrong. I've done this many times before and it's always been a blessing. But it was the first time I connected this action to the passage in Matthew. 

Our Sandwich Generation issues can definitely be a challenge many times in our lives. But when we choose to surrender EVERYTHING, including those issues, to God, we can rest in His promises and provision.

How about you? Has an old familiar verse taken on a new "light" for you lately? We'd love to hear about it. 🙂 

P.S. Want a coloring page to help your grandkids learn this verse as well? Your wish is my command! 🙂

 

The Sandwich Generation issues are definitely heavy burdens - Praising God He will take them over if we let Him - coloring page

 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Hip Homeschool Hop has great resources for grandparents and grandchildren - especially if you help with their homeschooling

OK, I admit it. This Scripture picture is not as pretty as last week's pink photo. I'll miss that one in my iPhone wallpaper this week. But I bet my grandkids will be MUCH more interested in seeing this one and reading the Bible verse. What do you think?

Whether our Sandwich Generation battles are real or in our imagination - we can cry out to God for help 475

It doesn't matter whether our battles are with weather, real enemies, health woes, or worries in our head – God is GREATER than anything we deal with. And this is one Scripture prayer I love to pray! Have a blessed and beautiful week!

 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

 

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social