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Inside this issue:

  • Grandparenting Summit Announcement
  • Partner Spotlight – More than Words, Inc.
  • Grandmother Reflections
  • Graduation Gift Ideas
  • Resource Review
  • Important Links for further engagement
Birmingham, Alabama is the only place in the world where all the ingredients for making iron are present—coal, iron ore and limestone, all within a ten-mile radius. It is also known for playing a crucial role in the civil rights movement. Today it is a cultural epicenter of Alabama featuring museums, theaters, concert venues, and numerous festivals and events.

Want to know another fun and interesting fact about Birmingham?  Well…

It will be the epicenter for the Legacy Grandparenting Summit 2020

September 17-18, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Join us at the main site, Shades Mountain Baptist Church or one of the remote locations as it will be live-streamed to locations across the country!

More information will be coming soon. Want to find out what it means to be a host site?

Contact us at

Resource Center Partner Spotlight

More than Words, Inc. 

At More Than Words, Inc., we use meaningful, proven processes to help you connect with your family and future generations. The most valuable and lasting gift you can give your loved ones may have little to do with your wealth or possessions. Sharing your life stories, expressing your love, and passing on your faith coupled with your gained wisdom can powerfully impact and inspire this generation and many more beyond. We offer several ways to accomplish this significant undertaking.

Guided autobiography encourages you to connect your past, present and future by exploring your memories and documenting your life stories and experiences. This deeply meaningful process allows you to reflect and write about significant events and lessons. It gives you a strong sense of direction and purpose.
An Ethical Will/Legacy is a heartfelt letter that shares your love, faith, and values with those that matter most to you. Ethical Wills come from a Jewish tradition honoring Jacob’s gathering of his sons before he died to tell them things of great importance. These are personal documents, not legal documents and can be shared with loved ones while you are still alive and well. They bring about real connection and encourage authentic conversations and sharing. We offer other pathways to help you share your life’s journey, from compiling short personal stories to inspiring generational generosity. We are available from start to finish with resources, interviewing, writing, editing, book design, and publishing.  These services are available through individual coaching, group classes, retreats, or in collaboration with estate planning professionals. Online coaching and classes are also available.
Visit to see all the variety of services we offer and go to: for a more in-depth article.

“Legacy is not leaving something for people. It is leaving something in people.”  - Peter Strople.

[Our thanks to Sheri Kohlmann from More Than Words, Inc. for her submission of this article]

GRAND Mother Reflections

When you think Grandmother what comes to mind? I immediately think warm cookies, fresh crab apple jam, treasure hunting on the beach, blowfish cooked to perfection fresh from the bay, church socials, sunrises and sunsets. Many a summer month was spent at the jersey shore with one set of grandparents. When I think of my other grandmother, I remember her love for soup, sitting on the porch chaise lounge swinging as she watched us play hide and seek out in the garden, her insistence that my siblings and I went to VBS with our cousins, and washing our hands and face before dinner. She would love to tell stories about her son, my dad – which dad always lovingly said were quite embellished. How would you like your grandchildren to remember you? What stories and memories will come back to their mind? May they know that you loved the Lord and wanted them to love Him too!

Here are some additional reflections on grandmothers.

“Grandmothers are voices of the past and role models of the present. Grandmothers open the doors to the future.” Helen Ketchum

“A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.” Erma Bombeck

“Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild's ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield.” Fredrik Backman

“If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!” Hannah Whithall Smith

Graduation Gift Ideas

  • If at all possible, be there in person to celebrate with them.
  • Personalized photography gift – maybe frame a memorable event of the graduating grandchild. Even better if you are in the photo with them, an event you shared together.
  • Overnight bag so they can come see you, especially if going off to college.
  • Heirloom jewelry – pass on a special piece to your college bound grandchild. A reminder that you are with them.
  • An experience – purchase tickets around what interests your grandchild, could be music, sports, be creative. Continue to make memories even as they grow older as you may see them less often.
  • Have them load and teach you how to use Skype, Marco Polo, or Zoom so you can stay in communication. Choose which method works best for you.
  • Handwritten letter telling them you love them, are there for them and you will be praying for them this next season in their life. You may even want to include specific Scripture that you will be praying for them.
  • Scrapbook of memories – photos and journaling of things you did together.
  • Family memento – share its meaning along with the moment you received it and why you are passing it on to them.
  • Quilt made of their old T-shirts – there are on-line resources to help you. You collect the shirts from camp, school, family trips, and so forth then send them to them. They do the rest!
  • Gift cards for gas, restaurants, clothing or electronic stores where they shop.
Above all, think memory with meaning. Be creative and seek to share your faith heritage through your gift giving this graduation season.

Resource review

Legacy: The Joy of Intentional Grandparenting

This is a brand new album featuring original songs written and recorded by some of your favorite artists. Buddy Greene, Scott Wesley Brown, Mary Rice Hopkins, and Steve Chapman are a few of the 12 artists that contributed to this CD. The heart-warming music will spark your memory as it kindles your spirit. It will be one you listen to again and again. May this music CD bless not only your heart but the heart of generations to come! Go to then click on store to obtain yours today.

Listen to the chorus of Gramma’s House by clicking on this link . For more music from Mary Rice Hopkins go to or you can find her music on most platforms like iTunes or Spotify. Her catchy godly music is wonderful to share with the younger grandchildren.

Prayers for my Grandchildren

This wonderful placemat is made with you in mind, Grandma (and Grandpa). As you have your morning coffee, may it serve as a launching pad for praying for your grandchildren. There is a Scripture based prayer for each day of the week for four weeks. Each day focusing on another need your grandchildren have. A gentle reminder on your table to help you pray specifically, intentionally, and daily for each of your grandchildren. Get yours at then click on store.

Call to Action – Be a Lois!

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwells first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”   2 Timothy 1:5

May you share your faith not only with your children but also with your grandchildren. May they come to faith at an early age and continue in what they have learned and firmly believed due to your intentional example. May they be intimately acquainted with the Scriptures which make them wise not only unto salvation but lead them in the ways of sanctification. May they know and live out God’s Word knowing it will equip them for every good work.

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