With my grandchildren in two states, 750 miles apart, I don’t get to enjoy them together more than once or twice a year. But whenever they are together—even if I’m not present—the order of the day is “Get a picture of all four boys!”
Well, at first there were only three.
Each Sunday afternoon I make certain I’ve got enticing lunch choices and “special treats” for the Cincinnati grandboy, who comes here on Mondays. And in between trips to Savannah, I stash surprises to mail the other three.
We’ve got a stockpile of toys and books in several places around the house, and a little chest of drawers and a toddler bed in the back room.
And a trampoline in the backyard.
And a sandbox. And a water table.
And a climbing/sliding playset with a swing.
And yesterday we picked up a second-hand train table.
I could go on.
But here’s the thing: the best part of being a grandmother is the opportunity to leave a legacy. A faith legacy. An example of hope and trust in Jesus, set among a thousand memories of unconditional love.
It’s the parents’ responsibility and privilege to nurture faith in their children first, of course. But how wonderful of God to allow grandparents to have our children’s backs, to support and pray and love our children’s children! It’s an opportunity for our faith to grow and we help to grow faith in our grandchildren.
That’s why Mary Manz Simon’s new book appealed to me as soon as I saw it.
Faith Footprints with My Grandchild: 52 Devotions, Activities, and Reflections would make a great Mother’s Day gift for any grandmother who wants to leave a faith legacy. It’s a year of short weekly messages based on Scripture and Mary’s own grandmothering experiences, faith-building activities to do with your grandchild (even faraway ones), and prayers.
There’s also generous space for journaling to respond to prompts like “When I think about my grandchild’s future, I . . .” and “Knowing that my grandchild is a gift from God to our family means . . . .”
Grandmothering can be challenging at times. Mary acknowledges rocky family relationships, resistant grandkids, and every grandmother’s own personal imperfections, and she encourages us all to persevere with faith and grace.
A grandchild is a gift from God, and the time we give a grandchild is a gift we give ourselves, Mary says. God gives us another opportunity to view life through the eyes of a child, and each day becomes new again. We move further along our own faith journey with Jesus as we seek to leave a legacy of faith for our grandchildren.
You can see a sample from Faith Footprints with My Grandchild here.
Dr. Mary Manz Simon is a speaker, parenting specialist, educator, and an award-winning author with more than three million books sold. Mary and her husband have been married more than forty years and have three adult children and five grandsons. Visit her at www.marymanzsimon.com.