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Thursday, April 17, 2014

American Girl class: Josefina #2 Week 5

This week in American Girl class, after discussing Book 5 in the series, Josefina Saves the Day, we read from Welcome to Josefina's World. We read pages about the Camino Real, trading and the Santa Fe Market. After the reading, we began our simple craft.

This craft is another one from Josefina's Craft Book. It is fairly easy, using an inexpensive corn broom from Wal-mart. I cut the broom apart, and the girls each used a small pile to tie into their own broom. We tied the whisk broom with a rubber band (which Josefina didn't have) and a piece of jute cord. I showed the girls how to fan out the broom for use. We discussed how they may have also used a broom like this for combing their hair too!

After our simple and easy craft, we had snack. The snack this week was fruit turnovers, you can find an easy recipe here. One of the moms told me that she quadrupled the recipe so there would be enough for 10-12 turnovers. She also brought lavender lemonade for snack-- yum! The girls loved the fruit turnovers, and one girl said, "I wish I could eat one every day!" :-D

Since our craft was quick and easy, the girls had more time to work on their cardboard loom. They are getting closer to finishing them. A few girls told me they were finished, but when I scrunched it up with a popsicle stick, they saw they had more room to weave! We will finish the weaving next week in our last class for the semester. One of the girls tried to convince me that I should hold a local American Girl camp this summer! I told her I would think about it... it does sound like fun!

 The 2:00 class weaving and chatting...

The class always goes by quickly, as does the semester! Only one more class left... :-(

Isaiah 14:23
“I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord Almighty.

Amos 5:6
Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

Luke 15:8
[ The Parable of the Lost Coin ] “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp,sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Christian concert!

My oldest daughter and I drove an hour out-of-town a few weeks ago to attend a Christian concert, featuring the bands All Things New, Sanctus Real and Francesca Battestelli. We had a BLAST, and here are some of our photos from the fun time we shared together!

 Francesca singing...
 I love her banter with the other band members, the stories she told and learning more about her and her band. Always fun to see LIVE music!
At the concert, we pre-ordered her new CD, and it came in the mail this week! It made my whole day to get it, and we've listened to it a bunch since then! I know I'll post some new blog songs from this CD!

1 Chronicles 15:22
Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.

Isaiah 35:9-10
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Colossians 3:16
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My FAMILY sign

Today I made a sign that has been in my head for a while now. I saw something similar somewhere (Pinterest?) a few years ago and looked at letters in the craft store, and found them to be too costly for me. About a month ago, I went to a thrift store that I've never visited before. When I was there, I found these letters for sale, I think they were ONE dollar for all! SOLD! I took them home where they sat in the garage until I could get to them. I explained to my hubby what I wanted to do... and waited.

Then today I had a day at home. As a stay-at-home mom, I am out and about a lot. This week was the beginning of baseball season (for on that next week!) and we went to two baseball games in addition to the usual busyness. I really enjoyed my time this afternoon to craft! The kids were happily playing outside and so I took the time to work on this sign. I found the letters on the long workbench in the garage. 
 I have an older friend who loves to craft. She told me once that she decided after a few years that if she had a craft that she wanted done, she needed to learn to use her husband's tools. So her husband taught her to use everything-- several types of saws, sanders, etc., I don't intend to do that much, but I decided not to wait for my busy husband to help me. I can do it! I don't want to be a dumb cluck who doesn't know how to use any tool around the house. I'm so glad I did it!

The letters were already painted, and I liked the color. They are actually roughly painted blue. Last summer, my brother-in-law brought over some old fence posts for us to use. We used some to redo our chicken coop, but there was a bunch leftover. I chose one fencepost for this project. I sawed it where I wanted, sanded it some (but left it mostly rough) and measured it. I wanted to place the letters an equal distance apart. My post was about 30 inches long. I figured two inches on each end. I placed the letters around one-and-a-half inches apart. I nailed them onto the board with short nails (but not so short that they wouldn't go through the letter and into the board.) I placed two nails into each letter so they wouldn't rotate on the board. I put two picture hangers on the back of the board and it was ready to be hung!

I waited for my hubby to get home, especially since I wanted to hang it above the stairwell where we already had pictures hung. He gladly helped me hang it and I think I'm going to love it! Another craft project complete-- hooray!

Now what to do next...? 

Genesis 6:9
This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Proverbs 31:15
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

Acts 10:2
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
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