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Great Centerpiece Idea

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Well, it can’t get any simpler than this.  I found this on Pinterest.  Please be sure to visit the original website. I don’t know about you, but I am getting weary of the blah of winter.  This cute centerpiece on my dining room table seems […]


Pink Foot?

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

The pink, princess tent in the basement is our tent in the wilderness.  We look through a hole in the tent roof to see the nighttime stars and look for the Big Dipper.  Samantha, the leader of our camp,  turns out the lights and tells […]


Prayer for a Step-Grandchild

Posted on: January 14th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Heavenly Father, Thank you for these new grandchildren who have become part of our family. Help us to welcome them with open hearts and open arms. Help us to be patient as this new relationship slowly develops. May each one experience  your love and care […]


Making Grandchildren Feel Welcome

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

There is no place like home, except Grandmas. – unknown The speaker told of noisy, fun-filled weekends at grandma’s house.  Her large Italian family – with countless aunts and uncles and cousins – would gather at grandma’s house every Saturday evening.  She loves the memory […]


Ideas for Long Distance Grandparenting

Posted on: January 3rd, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

It is estimated that 40% of all grandparents live over 200 miles from their grandchildren.  Children can grow and change in just a couple of months. Missing those precious moments and milestones in grandchildren’s lives can be sad and painful.  Most long-distance grandparents are looking […]


Ten Quotes on Kindness for Kids

Posted on: August 6th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Teaching children to be kind and to share is one of the most important jobs a parent can do.  As someone has said, “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.” Sometimes our kids get tired of hearing us […]


Are Grandparents Important? Check out this article.

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

I found this enlightening article on www.grandparents.com.  It clearly shows some of the challenges of grandparenting today. It emphasizes the tremendous influence grandparents can have on their grandchildren.  In addition to the impact suggested by this author, we know that grandparents can have a tremendous […]


Sunday Afternoon Thoughts for Grandparents

Posted on: April 17th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Our Carefully Chosen Words are a Gift to Our Grandchildren Remember when young people, even children, had an “I can’t trust adults” attitude that pervaded every interaction.  It was a difficult time as adolescents and young adults turned their backs on the people who loved […]


Share a Recipe, Snack Idea or Comment

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski
Grace Points: Growth & Guidance in Times of Change

You are invited to share a recipe or snack idea or simply leave a comment on our site. To share a recipe of snack idea,  email  me at kay@americangrandma.com Your name will be submitted in a drawing to receive a copy of Jane Rubietta’s helpful […]


Hinges and Locks

Posted on: February 28th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Hinges and Locks “…in quietness and trust is your strength..” Isaiah 30:15 For Francis and Edith Schaeffer, shuttering their home in the Alps to the constant stream of seekers was easier said than done.  The needs were unending; the requests for counsel and support unrelenting. As […]