All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Complete List of 66 Faith-Building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren

Dear Grandparent:  This is a complete list of 66 faith-building Bible verses that I'm memorizing with my granddaughter. The whole idea was born out of my desire to leave behind the ultimate spiritual legacy inside the heart of my first grandchild and any who might follow after her. But don't get the wrong idea. I was a very reluctant grandmother. In fact, I went into it kicking and screaming like some kind of spoiled two year-old.  Here's the story of the 66 verses that pitched me off the pity train and placed me onto the right

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Make Your Reservations Now to See The Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well

Two places that always top the charts of Austin area must-see locations are The Blue Hole and Jacob's Well. After 4 years of living here, we recently decided it was way past time to see these two gems for ourselves. If you're like us, and you've never seen these well-Instagrammed spots either, check out the reservation pages here and here. There are still available times between now and the last day of swimming - September 30. The Blue Hole The Blue Hole itself is a gorgeous water feature inside the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional

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#23 – Isaiah 9:6 – The Qualities of Jesus

Dear Grandparent:  This is #23 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

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50 “I Will” Statements to Live By If You’re Over Fifty

So much of turning 50 is pure fun, y'all. Wild, crazy, middle-aged, uninhibited, who-gives-a-rip, F-U-N. But there's more to turning 50 than meets the bifocaled eye, my friends. Stuff happens. Stuff HAS happened. Stuff will continue to happen. Getting past 50 to 60 and beyond requires some serious resolve, if you ask me. We've got to stick together. We need some group-think tactics and some I WILL determination for this decade! So.Here.Ya.Go. I've gathered a little list of 50 I WILL statements for all of us to live by. Tack 'em

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Birthday Freebies!

Happy birthday to me! August is my birthday month, and I'm celebrating all over Austin with these birthday freebies. From coffee to dessert, these birthday freebies guarantee to make my day pretty special from start to finish! My Starbucks Rewards Everyone who has signed up for My Starbucks Rewards gets a free birthday beverage or treat. What a deal for all of us who love a Venti Peppermint Mocha. Note - to qualify, you must sign up at least 30 days before your birthday, and the reward can be used two days before

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Buc-ee’s Has a Huge Selection of Gifts for Men

I love all the men in my life and I really do get a little excited when I stumble onto a place that offers a plethora of gift choices that are sure to please their little hard-to-buy-for masculine selves! Such was the case during a recent stop at Buc-ee's on the way from Houston to Austin. Man, do they ever have a good selection of gifts for men! Buc-ee's Has Hunting Stuff These boots from ForEverlast Hunting and Fishing Products promise to withstand a snake bite and scratches from the brush while your man is trekking around

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A Sweet Stop at Collin Street Bakery in Waco, Texas

Driving on I-35 North from Austin Can Be Intense Typically, a drive from Austin north on I-35 is a harrowing experience, giving both driver and passengers reason to keep moving and be done with it as soon as possible! If you can make it to Dallas with no stops along the way, you're happy to do it, right? Which is why, until recently, we have sailed on through Waco with barely a glance at the Southern-style building situated in its stately spot on this crazy stretch of Texas highway. However, in the interest of intentional

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Day Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

One of the best things about living in Austin is its proximity to so many scenic spots in the Texas Hill Country. In a short hour's time from downtown Austin, much of Texas' rugged beauty can be experienced and enjoyed. The next time you find yourself hankerin' for a switch from your regular routine, consider a day trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. C.A. and Harriet Wheatley were a well-suited couple who enjoyed camping and fishing together for years after they were married in 1916. They were also a good business team,

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Water Theme Makes Big Splash with Granddaughter

I Can Only Go So Long If you know me, you know I'm completely crazy about my granddaughter. I think about her every single day, and if the days stretch on very long without the joy of being in her presence, I start getting the dadgum shakes. The munchkin has been to Austin many times, and we always find new things to do, but for her recent summer visit, I thought we might spice it up a bit with a t-h-e-m-e. I mean, every good party needs a theme, right? After mulling over many possibilities, it clearly came down to this pretty

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Grandkids Coming to Visit? Make it More Fun With a Theme!

Grandkids Coming to Visit?  Do your grandkids live in the same city and come over to your house for frequent sleepovers? Do they, instead, live far enough away that, when they come, they get to stay a whole week? Either way, having the grandkids under your roof (and squished up next to you in the bed!) is the bomb.com, if you ask this Grammy. Here are 5 grand ideas and 50 fun suggestions to make the visit even more fun with a theme. Your grandkids will enjoy the anticipation when you announce that this year's visit will be

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