Thursday, October 29, 2009
Pretty much. . .we spend a day learning about sunflowers, looking at pictures, looking at a real sunflower and looking at Vincent Van Gogh's sunflower portraits. Then we did a directed drawing activity with sunflowers. And then we paint them. The tricky part, I find, at grade one is the blending of colours! It's amazing though. . .once they are all cut out and piled on a background as shown above, they look absolutely gorgeous!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My daughter is a little clumsy. Granted, she is only two, but she has a funny walk. One that I am finally thinking she may need to go see her doctor about. So, when we are walking or running or dancing or anything that causes one foot to go in front of the other and requires some extent of balance, she is a prime candidate for tripping and falling.
A few weeks ago she got another big "owie." This time it was a scrape across the front of her fingers. She was pretty choked up about it for quite some time, and wouldn't let anyone touch her! She finally moved on to the point where she had to show everyone and get sympathy from whomever she could.
One night she was—again—showing us her owie. We try to show our kids how their scrapes and scratches get better—and God is the one healing them. So when she showed us her wound, we asked (again!), "Who is making it better?" She wasn't in the mood for the attention to be taken away from her at that point and started whining again. This time it was my son who piped up. And he said the most amazing thing: "Don't worry, A. God is going to make it all better. He did it before, so He will do it again. That is just what God does." And to that my daughter replied, "All better?" My son agreed with her and that was that. No more sharing of war-wounds.
I was pretty impressed with my son's little declaration, because it was so true—and he said it as if it was the simplest truth in the world. Yet one we often don't live by. We want to know how life will work out, how we can trust the situation, how we can trust God's work in it all. In school I am teaching my students about Abraham and the covenant God gave to Abraham to make him into a great nation. It's amazing how we, like Abraham, wonder when God is going to follow through on his promises—and then He does. God goes on to make this same covenant to the generations to come, just like He said He would. One of my favourite verses that have to do with this is in Genesis 28:15, when God is speaking with Jacob. He says, "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. . .I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you." Then Jacob sets up his stone at
Later on, in 1 Samuel 7, the people of
God is no different to us—to me—today He promises to be our Lord and our Saviour. He promises to love us and protect us. He promises us eternal life is we love and obey Him. He is a God who keeps His promises, just like my son said, "He did it before, so He will do it again!"
Passages for reflection: Genesis 15, Genesis 22:15-18,Genesis 28, 1 Samuel 7
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
One reason, I'm working full time now, and trying to still carry on as a full time mom when full time work is done. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. My hubby and I are feeling very blessed to be able to be working 2+ jobs (my hubby doing the 1+ part), and we have felt blessed in doing so. But the simple fact is, life gets busy with that. . .and blogging just isn't one of those top things to do with your spare time. . .because there is very little of it!
I'm also taking a course. I know it, I'm that geek-y type who thinks doing even more school is exciting! But I have found that this time around, it is very time-demanding! I'm thinking that settling for less than an A might be the way life goes when you are 30plus with a family and jobs! And I'm learning again that an A doesn't actually describe whether you learned anything or not, because I've learned enough from this course already to merit taking it! ah, the joy of learning!
And. . .well. . .for the last 14 weeks. . .
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday- Thanksgiving dinner!
Tuesday-Chicken Bacon Pizza--this one is a favourite!!!
Thursday (CP)-Creamy Chicken or Turkey buns
Friday (OAMC)- this one is a CP one too. Chicken curry, rice
Saturday's Snack- Cinnamon Buns
Sunday- Crepes Suzette's (not necessarily with the traditional french topping on it. . .but this website also gives a few yummy fruit-y toppings.)
Mmm. . .cinnamon buns! What a treat! I made these over a week ago, but never posted. Without much extra time, making cinnamon buns from scratch is a HUGE treat over here! (Just for those of you who were jealous over my fb update about these buns. . .they are a HUGE treat over here!!!! Here is the recipe so you can make them yourselves!!! p.s. But I did invite you over for brownies. . .)
This recipe came from my mom. . .I think she got it from a Calgary newspaper once upon a time.
Buns: 1 envelope Quick-rise yeast, 3-1/4 c. flour, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 t. salt, 3/4 c. milk, 1/4c. water, 1/4 c. butter, 1 egg,
Topping: 1 c. brown sugar, 1T cinnamon, 75ml. margarine or butter, 1/2 c. raisins (opt)
Set aside 1 c. flour. Mix remaining flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Heat milk, water and butter. Stir into dry ingredients. Mix in egg. Mix in enough flour to make a dough. Knead for 5 minutes. Cover and let dough rise for 10 minutes. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and margarine. Roll dough in 12x9" rectangle. Spread with mixture. Roll up from long side.
Cut into 12 pieces. Put in muffin cups or pan. Cover dough, let rise for 20 minutes. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove to cool.
*My changes. . .I have to make sure that when i am mixing that last bit of flour in that I keep it a "sticky" dough. Otherwise they get kinds dry. The last rising bit I often put in a warmed oven. they bloat like crazy then! Yummy!
The finished product. . . This picture is for last week's post. mmm. . .brownies. . .mmm. . .
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Creative Reading and Writing Responses
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Monday- Potato Soup, mesquite sausages (Thanks Oma!)
Tuesday- French Fries and Fish Sticks (homemade)
Wednesday-Grilled cheese and whatever else they have at the Fire Hall Open House (hot dogs, pizza, timbits, etc!)
Friday-BBq meatballs, rice or mashed potatoes and carrots
My hubby wanted fudge-kind-of-brownies. I pulled out this recipe after searching and searching. He said this was not what he was thinking of. I said I was right, and I would prove it to him. So I made them. He said I was right--they were exactly what he was thinking of. (And he wasn't just saying this to make me happy!) Oh the personal glory!
These are from the back of a Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate Box
Baker's One Bowl Brownies
Prep: 15 min.
Total 50 min.
4 squares Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup toasted pecans (optional)
1. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.
2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwaveable bowl on Medium 2 minutes or until melted.
3. Stir sugar and chocolate until well blended; mix in eggs and vanilla.
4. Stir in flour and nuts; spread in pan.
5. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 30-35 minutes or until done. Do not over bake. Cool completely.
Makes 2 dozen or 24 servings.
They are yum! Will post a picture soon!
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1. First, I made a bulletin board like so. . .
Because I teach primary, I made a simple bulletin board--and one that we can write on each month and erase. Instead of using words, like "intellectual", I changed it to primary-friendly phrases, like "With my mind."
I'm not very good at picking out books for myself so I generally rely on the opinions of others as a way to choose books. The Shack, The Flamboya Tree—those are a few GREAT ones I have read on the advice of others. A few weeks back I was chatting with my sister on the phone and she said she had a book for me. All my sister said was, "You are going to LOVE it!" And she was right!
The book is essentially about how an old woman was able to touch so many lives by putting the words of Luke 2:52 into practice. Yep, I dare you. Go look it up. Not a clearly laid out verse with instructions on how to change the world! But through the story and many lives that become intertwined, Rowell wrote about how this woman was able to slowly change lives by making some small changes in her own life.
Some things I liked about the book:
1. Rowell deals with some big issues and life events in a small book. Being a "Christian" book, he doesn't sugar-coat these issues or events, and they are not all solved by the end of the novella. I think a person who doesn't believe in Christ could pick up this book and find many truths and many relationships to his or her own life in the story.
2. The characters are not common, nor are they the Hollywood-type of creations. They are characters you and I could relate to—and you can probably find something in common with at least one of them, even if you don't really want to!
3. During the funeral celebration of the main character, Rowell carefully entices you into the salvation message. How wonderful to hear about God's saving grace for all at a funeral where there are people who need to hear it present.
4. The Journal.
Let me further explain #4! The main character in the book was named Emma. She was a grown widowed woman whose two children had already moved out of the house and had busy lives of their own. Emma accepted Christ and made it her goal to learn more about God. One day she stumbled upon Luke 2:52 and from there created her "Living on Purpose Journal." While the book explains it so clearly and eloquently, I'm going to give you an abridged version with the HUGE encouragement to read the book on your own!
Reflecting on the verse, Emma believed, "The verse sums up Jesus' life from the time he was twelve until he began his public ministry around the age of 30" (p. 89 of Emma's Journal). Emma interpreted Luke 2:52 in a way that she could break it up into four areas:
Spiritual=favor with God
Relational=favor with man
Emma proceeded to make small attainable goals in each of those areas to grow in the same fashion as Jesus did, or for us, closer to our Father. She made, "Just a little goal or a little step to take. She said if she couldn't do it, it was too big and she'd break it down into something simple. When that little step became a habit, she'd take another step" (Emma's Journal, p. 91) For example (and note that some of these are taken from the book), a spiritual goal might be to read a psalm each day or memorize one Bible verse each day. A physical goal might be to walk 15-20 minutes each day or learn how to play baseball. An intellectual goal might be to learn Spanish or read one of the classics each month. A relational goal might be to politely greet the people you walk by each day or bring a meal over to a neighbor.
There are two things I like about her goals. One thing is that they are small and attainable. So often we set goals for ourselves that are out of reach, too hard for us to do on our own, or take too long. Emma made them small and simple and built upon then, rather than shooting big right away. Each small goal or step may lead to one of these big ones, but it was enough for her to take it one step at a time, one bit at a time, rather than biting off more than she could chew and getting frustrated at a "failure." Another thing I liked about her goals was that she kept herself accountable to them. She took four areas of her life, looked at small things she could do to change these areas and made a plan. Then she wrote them in a journal to keep herself accountable. And before you get discouraged about the fact that this might involve journaling, I need to tell you about how many people had a journal in this book! (Yes, I know, it's just a book, but I think it is a book that could possibly happen!) The journaling wasn't long and wordy, it was just a goal (and more if you wanted), just to keep yourself accountable. Just so that, if the goal wasn't becoming a habit, you could re-visit it and figure out how you could make it attainable. Or so you would remember it!
On the first page of her "Living on Purpose Journal," Emma had written this:
"When it's time for me to go, I just want to know that my life made a difference. Lord, help me to take advantage of every opportunity to touch others in ways that demonstrate your love."
I can't argue with a statement like that. I'm not sure than many people can. But Emma also recognized that touching the lives of others with God's love was going to happen by just carrying on life as usual or sitting quietly in her house. And so she developed her journal as a way to ensure that she was demonstrating God's love in 4 aspects of her life.
When my sister had told me about this book, she said, "I know you and (another name) have been pushing me to use a journal, but I think this is a way of journaling that makes sense." Who knows? Whether this book (or this little, humble blog entry) encourages you to journal, I hope it does encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that God gives to you to share His love with others.