Thursday, March 28, 2013

Acting out the Resurrection

My favorite part of being a mom is teaching my little disciples about Jesus. I can't believe they are already 4 1/2, almost 3, and 7 months old. 

While we were eating breakfast this morning, I decided to read the Bible aloud to them. I chose to read it from the book of Luke 22-24 (from the Last Supper to the Resurrection.) I summarized some of the scripture, but explained it all to them. Yes, even the betrayal of Judas and Peter, the nails in Jesus' hands, carrying the heavy cross... I decided if they are old enough to watch a superhero movie, then they are old enough to know how Jesus died on the cross. Click here to see how I retold the story last year when they were younger.

After reading the scripture, we watched the story. This is the link to ordering it on Amazon, The Jesus Movie. It is an excellent movie. It tells the story from birth to the resurrection. Today, we just watched from the Last Supper to the end.

Now it was time to act it out...I pretended to be Jesus first since both of them were a little apprehensive. After we acted it out the first time, they both wanted a turn to be Jesus.
The tomb. We used a hula hoop for the large stone.

Wrapping Jesus in the linen after his death.

Closing the tomb.

Guarding the tomb.
The soldier fainting when he sees the Angel.
The empty tomb! He has risen!
Every time I teach my little disciples a story from the Bible, I learn with them and feel closer to God. Have a blessed Easter.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

God Bless America!

2 Corinthians 3:17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I LOVE this verse. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for Him.

American Stained Glass Cross (very similar to our Easter Cross)
1. Lay out Saran Wrap and draw a cross with marker.
2. Glue directly on the Saran Wrap with stick glue.

3. Tear tissue paper and place on glue (much easier than trying to glue the tissue paper)
4. Glue all over tissue paper to make sure it sticks well.
5. Sprinkle little stars on the glue (I used confetti).

This was perfect for my 3 year old. Glad my 2 year old was still taking a nap:)

Cut around the cross to tape on the window!
Beautiful window decoration in our living room window!
American Paper Cross
This was the one I made for them to copy.
Strips are 1/2" x 2" and the smaller pieces for the sides are 1/2" x 1 1/2" Only do this with a paper cutter:)
1. Use a glue stick and spread all over the 1/2 sheet of paper.
2. Place the strips down on paper.

3. Keep placing the strips like my example.
4. Spread glue on top of the blue to sprinkle star confetti.

We will be finding stars around the house for days!

5. Cut out the cross and glue on a black paper.
My daughter wanted to tape her stars down to make sure they stayed on.
I was really impressed on how well they did! 

American T-Shirt Cross
I loved this design so much I decided to make my little disciples their own t-shirt! I bought 3/8" red/white striped ribbon and 3/8" blue with white polka dot ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I used 3/8" Heat n Bond, just follow the directions on the back. Very simple.

2 Corinthians 3:17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Father's Day 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I have decided to make my husband another father's day gift. Yes, he is going to have several "homemade gifts" this year. You can click on Picture Puzzle to view the other gift.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is one of my favorite verses. I tweaked the verse a little so every time the verse is written with the word "love" or "it" I changed it to dad.

Dad is patient and kind.
Dad is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Dad does not demand its own way.
Dad is not irritable, and he keeps no record of being wronged.
Dad does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Dad never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

If you want your own copy, click here.

This verse is EXACTLY like my husband. So blessed to have married such a wonderful man and father to our children.

I printed this verse on card stock paper, had my oldest disciple paint it with water colors, then glued a picture at the bottom. I think it looks great in the frame and after he opens it, I plan on putting it on his dresser.

Happy Father's Day! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Make your own Picture Puzzle

Father's Day is approaching! Today, I decided to make a picture puzzle for the greatest daddy I know!
It's SO easy!
Supplies: poster board paper, picture (I used an 8x10), scissors, pencil, Rubber Cement glue

Spread rubber cement on the back of the picture...spread it ALL over.

Place the picture on the poster board paper. Cut around the picture so it fits perfectly.

Draw small puzzle pieces on the back of the poster board.

Perfect picture puzzle!

I put the pieces in a recyclable jar with a printout that reads, "We love you to pieces!"       

 To get the printable that I created, click here.

If you decide to put the pieces in a jar, make sure you create the puzzle pieces small enough to fit.

I am excited to watch my little disciples and their wonderful daddy put the puzzle together on Father's Day. I hope everyone has a blessed Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Boy and Girl Bedroom

Two more months until our 3rd little disciple will arrive. My husband and I have been organizing our house and preparing our kids for the exciting arrival in August. Our two oldest will be sharing a bedroom and we wanted to give them plenty of time to "practice." It wasn't easy decorating for a 2 year old boy and 3 year old girl, but we love the way it turned out.

My daughter's bed. (I sewed these pillows several years ago, they looked pretty good on her bed so I'm going to keep them)
My son's bed.

Thank you Pinterest for this idea! We bought shelving hardware to make room for their hampers. It saves space and both the kids can sort their own clothes this way.
The corner.
We hung an extra bar in their closet so they both have their own hanging clothes. We also put in a shoe rack and on the other side are more shelves for more clothes. There is still a lot of room on the top shelf for more organizing for when we need it!
BEFORE                                   AFTER
I sewed a small curtain on a small inexpensive curtain rod.

I think the curtain makes the shelf look less cluttered.

BEFORE                        AFTER
I used Fabric Markers and drew the red lines. I thought it still looked too plain, so my daughter gladly drew scribbles around the rest of the lampshade.

So happy with the finished bedroom!