Saturday, 7 November 2015

Minecraft Everyone Can Play

It has been a very busy day in the Snyder home with all of our grandchildren finding their way to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  Our grandchildren range in age from 20 and 7 and despite this they played together for hours, laughing, building, and learning from each other.

All it took was two iPads, a computer and Minecraft.  

With that laughter  has filled our home for the past two hours as they build, destroy and build again. 

Grandpa and I were both reminded of winter nights when Lego covering the floors as their parents then children with as similar age span spent hours creating together. 

With restricted mobility Minecraft provides the perfect platform for James to play as an equal with the girls and to teach them new techniques.

We are grateful for the internet and internet based games, as it equalizes the playing field for people with physical challenges and for this Grandma it has provided a wonderful Saturday afternoon and a house filled with laughter.

It is important that Grandparents learn to play with their grandchildren on the internet so that we can stay connected and remain a influencing agent in their live. 

When the weather outside is frightful, playing with them on the internet is better than watching TV together in our opinion anyway.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls  

Friday, 6 November 2015

German Baked Beans

We have never been able to find out why this wonderful family dish is called German Baked Beans the addition of ground meat, applesauce and horseradish does sets it apart from traditional molasses baked beans.

At the foundation of this recipe is molasses baked beans, and ground meat.  We have used ground turkey and beef or pork work just as well.

This is a wonderful dish for cold fall evenings.

  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 5 cups of molasses baked beans
  • 1/2 a medium onion chopped
  • 3 Tablespoon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 cup apple sauce or 1/2 cup apple butter
  1. Place all of the ingredients into oven proof container or slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Bake in the oven at 400 for 1 1/2 hours or until the liquid has reduced or in a slow cooker put on medium heat until the meat is thoroughly cooked.  In the slow cooker depending on the fat content of your meat you may need to cook off excess liquid.
  1. In a frying pan combine the meat and onions and cook until meat is done.
  2. Drain off all excess fat
  3. Combined all the ingredients in either the slow cooker or oven proof container and cook reducing the time by 1/2
From Our Table to Yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Monday, 2 November 2015

Today you are you!

Why can’t you be like everyone else!  Sit down and be quiet! 

The mother was clearly frustrated and embarrassed by her son’s antics as she ushers him out of the restaurant for blowing bubbles in his chocolate milk.  

They were amazing bubbles that spilled out over his glass and on to the table. 

Do we really want our (grand)children to be like everyone else?

Average children who do not question the status quo?

Children who aspire to be followers?

Children afraid to standout, who no longer dream?

Be mindful of the messages your (grand)children receive that say average is the way to be.

Create opportunity for them to practice standing out, being different because

There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Blow chocolate milk bubbles with them and laugh!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 1 November 2015

All Saints

What is a Sunday school teacher to do when Halloween fall on Saturday evening? 

The children many of whom will have taken part in the none religious event the previous evening as they do with the Santa Claus parade or as in our community the bike parade that starts the Fall fair, want to talk about the evening, they bring some of their candy and their focus is not Christian nurture and education!

We were the leaders of our Boys and Girls Club year previous when this same set of circumstances presented.  We knew we had an opportunity before us to make a difference only how were we to proceed?  

The path was made clear when we looked at the lectionary for that Sunday and like today it was All Saints.

Isaiah 25:7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. 
We are all Saints none of us will sleep in death forever.  We will raise again together in the new heaven.

Here was our answer.  We called the parents and asked them to talk to their children about a Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Aunt, family friend who had past away and who had a strong Christian influence on their family. 

We called the Boys and Girls Club together and discussed that instead of a children’s story they would each carry from the back of the church to the front of the church a framed photograph of a family Saint, the person their parents spoke to them about.

Sunday morning arrived, (I have tears as I write this) not only had the children arrived with a photograph other members of the congregation, who by word of mouth heard about this event carried in photographs.  The front of the church was covered with black and white photographs. 

Today those young children now have children of their own and without fail one of them will speak to us as say do you remember the year …

We will one day all be a photograph walked to the front of the church a remembered saint of the family.  Know that you are loved by God as you are not because you are perfect and that Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth

Grandma Snyder


Lectionary readings Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44

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