Friday, December 18, 2009

Caleb, Legos, Jonah and Faith

Caleb spent one of our recent Winter afternoons building Legos. This afternoon he built the ship that Jonah was on while he was sailing to Tarshish. There was lots of sound effects involved in the whole process as well.

I asked Caleb how it was going and he told me:

Caleb: (in a very matter of fact tone) "Don't worry mom, the ship won't sink cause they'll just toss Jonah off."
Mama: "Poor Jonah."
Caleb: (in an exasperated tone) "Shesh mom, that's what happens when you try and run away from God."
Caleb: (in a consoling tone) "But don't worry. He can ask for forgiveness and it will be okay."

If we could all have the faith of a 4 year old. Sure would make life much easier all around.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Caroline's Little Lamb

Today we read in the Bible about the angels announcing the birth of Christ to the Shepherds and their visit to baby Jesus. Caleb announced after we finished reading that he likes the Old Testament better. Well then. So Caroline did this little lamb craft on her own.

I put the glue down for her and she put all the cotton balls on.

Only thing was she did not care for the little pieces of cotton that stuck to her hands.

So when we were done she did a little clean up.

And all was well again. We now have a pretty cute little lamb, both Caroline and the cotton ball variety.

Nativity Snack

We have been reading lot of great Christmas books this year. You can see many of them over on the sidebar. After reading, "This Is The Stable" we made this cute nativity snack from Hubbard's Cupboard.

Caroline loved this snack. I wish I had taken a picture of the incredible blob of a snack she had made. In this picture she had already eaten most of it. You can see that Daddy helped her make the stable. There were LOTS more pretzels and graham crackers. Very few marshmallows. I guess she is not a marshmallow fan.

This is Caleb's, he did not want to be in the picture. Caleb has always been very creative. He wanted to have shepherds as well. So he made them out of pretzels with little marshmallows as heads.
We have had lots of snow and extremely cold weather this year (24 below the other day). So I am glad to have these indoor activities we can all do together. It has been so much fun.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Need To Remember This

I read this recently and it really lifted me. I have a terrible habit of comparing myself to others. I only wish I could remember where I read this. =)

It only takes...

...One Macy's catalog to convince me I'm not beautiful enough

...One Timberdoodle catalog to convince me that I'm not homeschooling enough

...One Vision Forum catalog to convince me I don't have character enough

...Yet just One Word from God shows me that I am loved more than enough!

Thank you Lord!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Whisper Tubes and Bible Verses

We had the best time this past Saturday morning! We each made our own "whisper tubes." I got the craft idea from Hubbard's Cupboard. We had such fun decorating them with foamies, stickers, markers and ribbon. Even Caroline made a small whisper tube of her own.

Then we whispered, yelled and sang our Bible verse through them. "Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

We did this in the morning after breakfast. So sorry for the bed head and pjs. We pretty much stay like that for a good long while on Saturdays.

Here's Caroline saying her Bible verse. Or at least that's what we assumed she was saying. None of us speak fluent toddler.

Here's Caleb yelling the verse. Any excuse to jump on the couch and yell. Only with Bible verses I told him. =)

I absolutely cherished this time together. I am still smiling just writing the post about it. Thank you Lord for my wonderful family.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Fun

Although it may seem I've fallen off the face of the earth, or the bloggy world at least, I am still here. We have just been having a great time as a family celebrating Christmas. From reading all of your blogs, it seems like ya'll are having a wonderful Christmas season too.

Here are a few of the fun things we have done so far.

Caleb playing with our Fisher Price Nativity. He LOVES this toy. I LOVE this toy. If you do not have this toy, well, you are missing out. =)

We've also made a few Christmas crafts. This is a spoon angel Caleb made after one of our Bible readings about the angel Gabriel.

Evan came over one evening and we made Hershey Kiss Christmas Trees.

This would be Caleb eating one of the leftover ice cream cones from our tree craft.

And my favorite Christmas activity so far, the tree. I always love our get the tree day and our decorate the tree night. Here are daddy and Caroline by our beautiful tree. It is filled with ornaments that each hold a special memory. Probably why I love this day so much.
God has blessed us with so many special memories already this Christmas season and it's only the 6th. I hope each of you can say the same. This is such a special time of year!