****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****
“Guess what, Mom? Nonna bought me some liquid cheese!”
My then 12 year old was returning with his little sister from an overnight stay at my parent’s house and he was bursting with excitement (and probably cheese too) over this milestone moment in his young life. For years he had been begging me to let him try ‘spray cheese in a can’ but, of course, it was his grandmother, the woman who made us eat liver and onions when we were growing up and would only buy sugary cereal maybe once a year, who couldn’t resist his pleas for this travesty and caved in.
Sleepovers and time spent with Nonna and Poppa (my parents) or Mimi and Papa (my in-laws) have always been highlights in my kids’ lives. There they will be invested in, doted on and indulged in ways that their parents can’t get away with.
But, that is just one of the privileges of being grandparents, isn’t it? And my kids have been incredibly blessed to have two sets of grandparents who have been so invested in their lives and have made countless memories with them. Even now, as teenagers, their grandparents continue to pursue meaningful relationships with them and create opportunities for fun and memory making.
Last summer I had the privilege of meeting Susan Yates at a writer’s retreat and it didn’t take long for me to recognize that, she too, is a grandma who makes it a priority to invest in her grandchildren. Her eyes would light up every time she talked about them and she regaled us with stories of their many adventures together.
So, it came as no surprise to me when I found out that she has collected all of her years of experience and put it in a brand new book called ‘Cousin Camp: A Grandparent’s Guide to Creating Fun, Faith and Memories that Last’.
In this book, you will not only find out how to host your very own ‘cousin camp’, you will also have access to countless ideas for how to build strong family bonds, foster traditions and deepen relationships.
Susan says, “Our growth has been gradual, changing with each season of life. In the early years, we were merely trying to survive. Then within eight years our five kids got married, so now we say we have ten kids (spouses included). Grandchildren began to arrive. Our two greatest desires have always been that our kids would love the Lord and love each other. This is the legacy we want to hand down to our grandchildren and their kids and the generations to come. We know a legacy doesn’t just happen. We have to be intentional.”
Summer is coming and many of us who have been separated from our extended families for a very long stretch of time are (hopefully!) going to have the opportunity to gather together again so I can’t think of a better time to get some new ideas for how to be intentional in your own family and create some awesome new memories while carrying on your traditions.
So, why not celebrate the season with a giveaway?! Susan is giving away a copy of her book and I’ve added a $25 Target gift card so that you can get some fun new gear (sidewalk chalk, sleeping bag, bubbles, whatever!) to help make your time together even more fun!
Here’s how to enter to win: Leave a comment sharing your favorite childhood memory of time spent with extended family (or friends who felt like family!).
I can’t wait to hear your answers!