Hi Friends! My name is Elaine, but five of my very favorite people call me Gramma Mac! I’m an award-winning writer, author, blogger, and columnist who loves to celebrate grandparenting – every day. My grandparenting column is featured in an area-wide newspaper, and I’m writing freelance articles for magazines (HomeFront and FusioNext) and an online news forum (One Christian Voice).
I wasn’t born with a pen in my hand, but I’ve ALWAYS loved to write so a fresh piece of paper on my desk was always reason to celebrate and create. I loved research papers (word nerd, I know) and enjoyed taking a concept and word-smithing it to convey a feeling or persuade the reader. Whether poetry or songs, term papers or letters sent across the miles, I lived to write and still do!
BECOMING A GRAMMA
I’m passionate about discovering and sharing resources with grandparents, empowering them to create memories and build meaningful relationships with their own grands. My passion for grandparenting grew right along with my first grandchild, who is now a teenager!
Our kids didn’t come with instruction manuals, and neither did our grands. In my early grandparenting days, I didn’t know what I was doing but I always kept my eyes and ears open for crafts, recipes, traditions, activities – anything I could do with or for the two grandblessings I had back then.
As any self-respecting grandma would do, I’d share pictures of our adventures and was constantly being asked, “How in the world do you come up with all these ideas to do with your grandkids?” Incredulously, I’d silently reply, “How do you NOT?” I guess I thought it was just what all grandparents did.
I quickly discovered many very committed grandparents had the best of intentions but lacked the creativity and/or resources to do so. That realization led me down some unexpected pathways as I became more passionate about sharing ideas to empower and equip others to become more intentional grandparents.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I was nominated for an online grandparenting contest featuring my Advent Angels and Camp Gram ideas. The readership of the sponsoring website voted, and I won first place! That recognition led to an invitation to speak at a women’s ministry event. I threw together a booklet of ideas and instructions, then showed examples. Seventy-five copies of that booklet were sold by the ministry that night, and I’m still hearing from grandmas who have enjoyed using it ever since.
I gained a few more grandchildren and God continued to open doors for me to encourage fellow grandparents. That booklet became the impetus for my recently released book, Celebrate Grandparenting: 101 Ideas to Intentionally Connect with your Grands. I love sharing ideas but still make time to be the best grandma I can be for my own grands.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Do you want to become a more intentional grandparent? You’re not alone in this journey, in fact you’re one in a BILLION (there are over a billion grandparents worldwide).
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CELEBRATE EVERY DAY
My hope is you’ll find inspiration, encouragement, truth, and even a bit of humor in my words. Thanks for stopping by for a chat, and I hope you Celebrate Grandparenting today and every day!