Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Want a creative way to celebrate Advent with your children? I got this idea last year from my friend Amy H. I wanted to post it again so, if you chose to do it, you'd have time to gather the materials. I want to do it but we'll see if I make it happen.
LIST OF GIFTS:(LISTED IN THE ORDER THEY ARE USED)
2. Grape gum (or candy)
3. Smiley sticker
4. Gummy fish
5. birthday candle
7. fish crackers
8. Cotton balls
9. piece of a map
11. Heart sticker
13. Packet of salt
18. Christmas carol
19. Small rock
20. Crumpled foil
21. Mustard seed
23. Small scrap of woolly material
24. Blue marble
25. Picture of a baby.
- Dec 1 - A quarter! That equals 25 cents. But 25 also stands for the number of days till Christmas, when God gave us His best present. Jesus told about one woman's gift and the way she gave it. Read: Mark 12:41-44
- Dec 2 - Grape Gum! Grapes make jelly and juice, raisins and wine. But Jesus didn't need grapes to perform His first miracle. Read: John 2:1-10
- Dec 3 - Here's a smile! A smile usually expresses happiness. Jesus gave us many instructions to keep us happy. Read: Matthew 5:1-12.
- Dec 4 - Fish! Well, if you were surprised to find these fish, wait till you read the story today! Others were surprised to find fish, too. Read: Luke 5:4-7
- Dec 5 - A birthday candle? As you know, we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus' birthday. However, Jesus talked about something else that is related to this candle. Light! Read: Matthew 5:14-16
- Dec 6 - You could make some noise with this. But it would not have bothered a certain man--until he met Jesus. Read: Mark 7:31-37
- Dec 7 - These would not go very far if you were really hungry! But Jesus could make much out of little. Surely He knew how to multiply! Read: Matthew 14:13-21
- Dec 8 - These cotton balls would be helpful in a thunder storm, wouldn't they? We could use them for ear plugs to muffle the loud noises that thunder makes. But we know someone who doesn't need cotton. Jesus can control the weather. Read: Matthew 8:23-27
- Dec 9 - People needing to use the other parts of this map are in trouble! Don't you get lost today! Read: John 14:1-6
- Dec 10 - It's soap. Do you like to wash? Behind your ears? Washing turned out to be a happy time for a man who met Jesus. Read: John 9:1-7
- Dec 11 - Hearts. Wordlessly, they speak of love, don't they? Jesus spoke some commands about love. Read: Matthew 25:17-41
- Dec 12 - We use the cross as a symbol, representing Jesus. Do you know why? Read: Phillipians 2:1-11
- Dec 13 - Ordinary salt. Yes, Jesus related salt to us and our behavior. He also gave us some advice. Read: Matthew 5:14 and Colossians 4:6. (Notice that pepper is not recommended!).
- Dec 14 - Don't try to eat this! It's sand. It reminds us that Jesus knows something about architecture, about buildings--and building lives. See His instructions: Matthew 7:24-29.
Dec 15 - Flowers are pretty, aren't they? Jesus used flowers to teach us a reassuring lesson. Read: Matthew 6:28-34.
- Dec 16 - Raisins! Many children are given raisins instead of candy for a snack. That's because they are a health-promoting and delicious fruit. Jesus told us how we can produce good fruit. Read: John 15:1-5.
- Dec 17 - Jesus told a story about seeds that man planted. Then He explained it, revealing its deep meaning. Read: Matthew 13:3-8 and Matthew 13:18-23.
- Dec 18 -Christmas is just about a week away. And here is an appropriate song. Sing it loudly! Read: Psalms 100.
- Dec 19 - A hard stone! Can you change this stone into a piece of bread? Do you think Jesus could? Jesus was asked to do just that. Do know how He handled it? Read: Matthew 4:1-4.
- Dec 20 - Try to smooth out this piece of aluminum foil and use it as a mirror. It's hard to see your reflection plainly, isn't it? Many circumstances are hard to understand, but someday everything will be clear. Read: 1 Corinthians 13:12.
- Dec 21 - The mustard seed is the smallest there is! When it sprouts, it grows into one of the largest plants! See what Jesus said. Read: Matthew 17:20.
- Dec 22 - We've learned that the cross represents Christ, but do you know what the dove stands for? Read: Matthew 3:13-17.
- Dec 23 - The threads that compose this fabric came from the wool of a sheep. Jesus called Himself the good shepherd. Do you know who His sheep are? Read: John 10:7-18.
- Dec 24 - A marble! Do you know what is sometimes called the "Big Blue Marble"? The world. God made the world for us. What does God continue doing to the world? And who is the world? Read: John 3:16.
- Dec 25 - Isn't this baby cute? When he was born, he made a whole family happy. Jesus was born a baby, too. He came to make the whole world happy. Read: Luke 2:1-20. Enjoy your celebration today. Continue to learn about Jesus--and love Him forever!
If the above is too involved for you, try one of these simple ideas:
1. Count-The-Days Cookies - Make, or buy plain cookies and number 1 to 24 with icing. Once the icing is dry, wrap and place in freezer. Take a cookie out each day until Christmas.
2. Countdown Chain - Make a simple paper link chain special by numbering the strips from 1 to 24. Write a special message or event on each link before you stick them together in order.
3. Candy Calendar - For an easy to make advent countdown, tape a piece of hard candy to each block on a wall calendar.
Mitch and I just finished watching the movie, AMAZING GRACE. It was really good.
We've only been living in this house for nine months but already the carpets are stained and worn. I'm not a big fan of carpet, especially when small children are living in the house, but it's what is in place at the moment. Although this is life for me right now, I am sometimes embarrassed at the condition of the carpets when we have company over just because the stains are huge and cover an extremely wide area. Not to mention that, during our LIFE group each week, most of the people who come over have small babies and put them on the floor to sit and crawl. In my mind, to ease the burden of housework, I am reminded of the words of friend Jill Hooper, "THIS IS NORMAL!". So, imagine my delight today when my sweet friend, Melissa, loaned me her Hoover Steam Vac! Mitch and I had so much fun vacuuming tonight! The carpets are now shampooed (well, at least one room is....one down and many more to go) and the house is smelling quite clean (I love the smell of Pine-Sol). However, I'm sure I'll need to borrow the steam vac many more times if nine months time did that much damage.
Andrew has remodled his bird house from last week's craft time. Here's what it looked like last week.
Here's what it looks like today.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
(Thanks to my friend, Amy H., for sharing this link!)
Found a new blog I like to read. Here's a sample of her writing.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I was inspired today as I listened to Barbara Curtis at our MOPS meeting. She gave some great practical activities to do with you child everyday...so we came home and put them into practice. Here, Andrew is learning how the suction of a dropper works while enjoying the blue colored water. He worked left to right as he transferred the water from bowl to cup. He really enjoyed this. Later, I mixed some rice and macaroni in a bowl and had him take a large spoon, scoop up the mix and see if he could transfer it to another bowl without spilling any of it. The whole time he transferred, he whispered, "Don't spill it, don't spill it, don't spill it". Barbara said this is a good activity to envoke focus and concentration. It worked!
Later, I remembered an idea that my friend, Melissa, mentioned to me of decorating a small birdhouse with outside materials....so we got busy on that activity as well. First, we went outside to gather "nature" materials. Here, Andrew is squatting on the ground collecting acorns, leaves, and sticks. We came back inside where Andrew painted the birdhouse and then began gluing (with my help on the hot glue gun) all of his items to it.
Here is the final result. Cute, don't 'cha think?
Monday, November 12, 2007
The women in the church (WIC) making blankets at our meeting last Friday night.
Last night at LIFE group, we smoked hotdogs over an open fire pit and roasted marshmellows to make smores. The kids loved it and the adults had a great time hanging out in the cool night air.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Melissa: "Hey, Andrew! I'm gonna take you home today!"
Melissa: "Because Mommy had to do something."
Andrew: "Oh, she must be at Walmart."
Guess I better scale down on the trips to Wally World.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
After Luke woke from his nap, he joined us outside. He and Andrew found a dead wasp and decided to inspect every part of it. In this picture, they are talking about the guts that are oozing out of it. Boys......
Monday, November 05, 2007
My paternal grandmother is a patient at Roosevelt Rehab Institute right up the road in Warm Springs. We traveled the 40 miles north to see her Saturday afternoon. She adores Abigail and wanted to hold her for a while. I'm not sure what Abigail is thinking here but I can't wait to show her this picture in the future and giggle one day!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Strange happenings early here at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. We're about an hour away from kickoff and have just learned that four Virginia Tech game jerseys are missing. They belong to Sean Glennon, Tyrod Taylor, Brandon Flowers and Kam Chancellor.
Glennon is out there stretching, and his jersey does not look unusual at first glance. But closer inspection reveals the name on the back is written in magic marker. No kidding.
According to Tech sports information director Dave Smith, here's what happened: The Hokies arrived in town yesterday, and equipment manager Lester Karlin hung the jerseys in the players' lockers during the team walk-through. When the Hokies showed up to the stadium today, the four jerseys were missing. The jerseys the four will wear in the game tonight are actually Georgia Tech practice jerseys doctored to look as much like Tech uniforms as possible.