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Friday, January 30, 2009

ATTITUED GRATITUDE-NEW ADDITION TO MY 1000 GIFTS


Adding to my list of 1000 gifts:

The Christmas Moon












Amaryllis-BLOOMING IN THE DEAD OF WINTER-helps relieve the "spring fever" that may arise in January


Thursday, January 8, 2009

MOSAIC FUN

Ronda at LOVE IS KIND visited a few weeks ago and helped us do an art project-Mosaics. This was a typical learning experience for us all. First, don't taste the batter...















Don't use self-rising flour and make sure you mix it well...















Other than that, it is an easy project for any age (except if your little one wants to eat the beans instead of decorate with them-smile!) and the end result is beautiful and can be hung on the wall after completed for a beautiful show piece.

The recipe goes like this:

1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
1/3 cup water
foam plate
assorted dried beans

Mix and knead all of the ingredients except the beans. Smooth and roll "clay" into a ball and flatten onto the foam plate. Then decorate with black beans, red beans, lentils, dried peas or whatever else you can think of. Make a design or let the little artist just do an abstract of whatever his little heart desires.

Then let dry for a few days.

Don't forget to take a little pin or tooth pick and make a hole near the top if you plan on displaying it on the wall. If any beans pop out, just use some glue to replace them while it continues to dry for a few days.

teaching tradition

I know I am a little late on this post but just got me picture upload working again-
This year we celebrated Advent. What a nice way to anticipate Jesus birth. If you are interested in
celebrating Advent next Christmas season, there are tons of ways to fall in line. Just google Advent if you are unsure the meaning and celebration of the coming of our Savior

This is how our family did it:

Starting 4 Sundays before Christmas

Day one-HOPE light a purple candle and read scripture from Isaiah 60:2-3 and pray
Day two-PEACE light 1st purple candle, then another purple candle and read Mark 1:4 and pray
Day three-JOY light 1 & 2 purple candles and also 3rd purple candle. Read Isaiah 35 and pray
Day four-LOVE light 3 purple and one yellow or rose candle. Read Isaiah 9:6-7 and pray
Day5 or Christmas Eve: Light all previous candles and ONE white (or green) one. Read Luke 1:68 and Luke 2:1-20

1, 000+ gifts update ATTITUED GRATITUDE

Today is the 3rd full day that Zaccai has used the potty. Woo Hoo. 22 months old and already showing us his independence. I am so proud of this little guy, saying his ABC's with his brother and learning letters while I home school Zarian. Even his dreads are catching up...LOL
ADDING TO MY GRATITUDE LIST...

The soon-to-be absence of diapers
Potty seats
New first words
songs hummed while guitar is strummed
The awe-inspiring world view of a toddler
Unspoken words through his new language of signing