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Legacy Leaving | Intentional Grandparenting

Their hands rest side-by-side as they chat over my mama’s life story.  Gently, she fingers each charm of the bracelet she’s had for decades, and she tells of each memory represented by a small charm, determined to pass these  along and leave a legacy, this portion through the trusted heart of her only granddaughter.  My girl listens intently, jotting notes in her scrolled but neat handwriting, precisely documenting so she won’t forget.  This act of legacy leaving is intentional grandparenting, and more, it’s intentional relationship that is a gift to each one of us.



As I watch from the adjoining room, I’m ever-so-grateful for the gift that is memory, the intentional way in which my mom uses pockets of time to instill in her grandkids the story of the past, so they can carry it to the future.  I’m thinking of the moments we’ve made together, the spoiling I’ve had in friendships with older women than me.  It’s bittersweet to realize there are moments lost, but it renews my commitment to foster friendships with those in my season and those well before me, to share what I’m learning with those who are yet to walk the paths I have walked.  I want to connect with those who are like me and those who are different, because I know I have something to give, and something to gain, in doing it.


Sometimes, it’s hard work to connect with those who are in a different season of life from ours.  But it’s oh-so-important, because each one of us has something to teach, and something to learn.




On the issue of grand-parenting, I’m thankful that our kids have family who is intentional about building genuine relationship.  From cross-country visits, to annual hunting trips, to trips back to the growing-up-home of their grandpa, they’ve been blessed to build memories.  Those memories teach my children what is forever-important, and I know they will impact their own parenting, their friendships, and their marriages.


My second son has moved to another state to work and to explore what God has in this season and the one to come.  He’s independent: fiercely independent.  But as he stretches his wings, he’s also reaching back, keeping ties strong as he knows how.  Recently, he texted me and asked about my family.  In talking with a new friend, he realized he didn’t know as much as he’d like to know about my aunts-and-uncles-and-cousins-and-sibling.  It was so cool to have a few moments to share those with him, to do my own legacy leaving, and I know there will be more stories to come.  I hope even more, that he will build strong ties with his own siblings, and create beautiful stories to pass down to those who’ll come after them all.


Legacy leaving is sometimes uncomfortable, but as we stretch to give to others a piece of ourselves, we grow, too.


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I had to twist arms (almost literally!), but recently, my mom and my daughter sat down with me and shared live on Facebook about intentional connection with others in different seasons of life (click to view).  For my mom, doing anything “live” and on camera, is an act of sacrificial love… and in this case, one of intentional grandparenting.  I’d love to know your thoughts, and how you’re learning and growing with others in different seasons.  Share your own thoughts below?  And be blessed!


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Raspberry Avocado Popsicles

At least one baby ago, my friend Jordyn shared this recipe with me.  That was before she moved as far west as she could go, and I moved as far east as I could go, in the continental US.  And just now, I’m having sweet, aching longings for our summery Saturday market mornings at the St. Pete farmer’s market, where one could wander for hours, leading up to a cold treat of fruity, surprising combinations in flavor at our favorite popsicle cart.  More than that, I’m missing my dear foodie friend.

So today, I’m sharing this recipe she created for raspberry avocado popsicles, so we can all have popsicle JOY.  Enjoy!



I know some people might not think avocado sounds yummy in a popsicle.  I’m weird, because I do… but if you don’t, I promise, this avocado is “invisible,” both in appearance and flavor.  It adds a hint of sweetness and the tiniest bit of needed creamy texture, and a whollop of nutritional benefits… so give it a try!




I know I’m not the only one excited for autumn, but sad to see summer days go away.  Here’s your way to stretch out the summer a bit longer, and make a sweet, healthy treat.


Raspberry Avocado Popsicles
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Fresh fruit and avocado combine for a surprising sweet treat.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 pops
  • 3 6-ounce containers fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ of an avocado, diced
  1. Purée all ingredients along with ¾ cup water in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add in avocado and pulse until mixed. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze until firm or overnight. When ready to eat, run molds under warm water to loosen. Remove from molds and enjoy!!


I made the following changes to Jordyn’s yummy treats:

I replaced the sugar with 3 tablespoons raw honey.

I used 3 cups raspberries.



Like this recipe?  I’d love for you to share.  🙂

These recipes were also shared in a Facebook Live broadcast I did for Sal et Lux blog.  Take a peek for two other recipes!


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Chocolate Hazelnut Latte Cookies {Grain Free Cookie Recipe}

When we attend a “get together,” I always like to take a sweet treat that’s healthy but hopefully, not one that tastes healthy (and of course, one that will get rave reviews!).  You know what I mean?  I’m happy when someone else says, “Oh, yay, an allergy-friendly something I can have!”  This grain-free cookie recipe fits the bill.  We attended a book swap recently and these were all gone within minutes (in my defense, I DID warn the mamas that they contained espresso!  I can’t be held responsible for the aftermath, can I?).   Speaking of book swaps, did I mention how my Blue won my heart for the thousandth time the other day?  We were snuggled together, our books in hand, and he sniffed his book and sighed.  “Mama, (as if this was a new revelation) did you ever notice how old books have a special smell?  I love it.”  Be still, my heart.




They’re a cookie that you can enjoy almost-guilt-free for breakfast, because they’ve got nourishing ingredients.  Plus, they’ve got your morning coffee mixed right in!




If you like (we always do), freeze half the dough in cookie-sized scoops and save it away for another day.


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I’ve called the chocolate chips optional, but really, should extra chocolate ever be optional?  You could, however, substitute chocolate chunks, dark-chocolate-covered espresso beans, or cacao nibs.  Always an option.




Make these, and let me know what you think!


Chocolate Hazelnut Latte Cookies {Grain Free Cookie Recipe}
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A grain-free, naturally sweetened cookie flavored with cocoa, cinnamon, and hazelnut that is Paleo friendly and gluten-free.
Recipe type: Paleo
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 cups hazelnut or cashew flour (may substitute almond flour)
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat together eggs with oil, maple syrup, hazelnut extract and cinnamon.
  3. Add espresso powder and nut flour and mix till combined.
  4. Scrape sides of bowl and add tapioca flour, cocoa, soda and salt, mixing again just until combined.
  5. Stir (by hand) chocolate chips into batter.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto lined cookie sheet, about 1-1/2 inches apart.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or just until tops are firm.


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