Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clothespin Flower Pipe-cleaner Tutorial

Philippians 4:13 
I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me.

I have a decorated can in my Sunday School class (that we call our "I Can") to encourage my girls that with Christ, we can do all things. It's been a great way to encourage positive attitudes with my girls as well as myself (I mean, if I'm teaching this lesson, I need to be working on it myself too in my daily life!).

I currently use our "I Can" for our SS offering so that it has a purpose to sit out on the table every week. However, when I first introduced this lesson to the girls, we made clothespin flower clips to put on the can. Now I use their flowers clips as a way to hang up their artwork on the wall.

So, I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make flower clothespin clips. They are really simple and my own daughter has already made tons of them....so fun!

You will need:
Clothespins
Beads (must have a wide hole)
Hot Glue gun/glue
Felt
Pinking Scissors
Purple and Green Pipe Cleaners 

 Step One: Line up 3 purple and 1 green pipe cleaner. Slip 1-2 beads on and push them to the middle

Step Two: spread out the purple pipe cleaners and pull the green pipe cleaners down

Step Three: Start rolling the end of a purple pipe cleaner towards the middle until you reach the bead

Step Four: Roll up all the rest of the purple pipe cleaners the same way that you did on step three

Step Five: Curl the green pipe cleaners around a pencil

Step Six: Measure a clothespin on a piece of felt and cut the shape out with pinking scissors (make it a little bigger than the clothespin)

Step Seven: Hot glue the felt to the clothespin

Step Eight: Hot glue the pipe cleaner flower on to the clothespin. Make sure and glue it to the non-pinching end.

To encourage creativity: set out a variety of colored felt, pipe cleaners and beads and let your kids have fun making their own unique flowers!

Let me know if you give this a try :)

Blessings,
Jenni

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Recommended Book for Girls


If you have a daughter, I have a fun book to recommend to you today. It's called Brave Girls Bible Stories (I bought it HERE on Amazon). I originally heard about it from my blog friend Christina over at the Olive Tree.

I am going to use this book for my Sunday School class of girls but also at home as well. It's awesome! The illustrations are very beautiful and I really like how it has modern day characters who introduce each Bible story and how it relates to modern day girls and tweens today.  It reads like a devotional so it's something that you could read every night. Very awesome. I'm guessing that I'll be talking about it on my blog when I find ways to incorporate the stories into my SS Lessons.

My daughter has been reading this a lot on her own lately. Also I read it to my daughter for 30 minutes the other day, she begged me to read more. I told ya, it's really good!

Blessings,
Jenni

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Tutorial: King Crown Art Pancake

 Exodus 20:3
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted a tutorial for art pancakes, but I've still been making them for my kids behind the scenes.  If you've checked out my YouTube channel recently, you may have noticed that I re-uploaded quite a few of my videos.  I wanted to re-translate the Bible scriptures that I was using in Arabic and in Thai (2 of my top countries that watch my channel are Saudi Arabia and Thailand). In the past, I've used Google translate but recently I've found actual Bibles in Arabic and Thai to use so this was an answer to prayer for me! Anyhow, that took awhile to fix and re-upload my videos.

Another thing that I've been doing since Spring, but haven't mentioned yet on this blog is that I've been enjoying teaching a children's all-girl Sunday School class at our church. I use art projects and art pancakes to teach the Bible. I just love teaching this class so much!  I would like to start sharing some of the fun things we've been doing in my class with you. I also use the same lessons from my Sunday school and teach them to my children at home and also the kids on YouTube. It's been a blessing to be able to share my love of God and use my gifts for him in these areas. 

Anyhow, I have been praying about what to teach next to my own kids, my Sunday school class, and the kids on YouTube and I really feel led to teach the 10 Commandments. If you've been on this blog for a few years, you'll know that I taught my own kids the 10 Commandments 2 years ago (and it took a year to complete) using art pancakes but I know that this is something that God wants us to talk about continually with our children and I'm looking forward to tackling this again! This time, I'm going to try to come up with new ideas for teaching this in art pancakes and this might be a challenge but I'll pray my way through........

Here is the link to my new video on YouTube or you can watch it here on my blog:



Ok, about the pancake tutorial...this King Crown is actually a sandwich that I made for my own kids' lunchboxes. I also let my Sunday school class make their own crowns in pancake art so that is definitely something you can do if you don't want to make the pancakes yourself. I can almost guarantee that your kids (boys too) will love pancake art.  It amazes me how much kids universally love pancake art because I've tried it with such a variety of children in school classrooms, playdates, and church. I shouldn't be so amazed though, since I love pancake art also!

Anyhow, this King Crown represents God because he is the King of Kings and with the 1st Commandment, we are to worship and serve him only and put him first in our lives. I had my SS class tell me a list of their favorite people and things and then I told them that they are to put God above all those things. 

If you're curious, Here is the link to all of my past art pancakes for the 10 Commandments.

Let me know if you give this tutorial a try!

Blessings,
Jenni

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Claiming Healing in Jesus

I set up this little sick dog scene (in surprise) in my son's room while he was at school to go along with a Bible lesson that I'm teaching my kids. I can't wait to hear what he says about it! 

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

We have been dealing with a serious surgery in our family and I realized that I was holding on to fear, not claiming victory in faith like God would want me to.  The Bible says that faith can move mountains and we need to claim the promises of scripture as truth for our lives. So, I'm claiming this verse, "with his stripes we are healed," and teaching my kids today to do the same. 

 If you need healing for anything, let's bring it to the Lord in prayer together:


Lord, 
 We need your healing touch and we believe  
that you can and will heal in this situation.
Help us to keep on believing and having unshakeable faith.
We claim today that by your stripes, our situation will be healed.
We claim victory in Jesus!

In Jesus name,
Amen 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome October!

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Welcome little tiny acorns, cooler weather, golden leaves, white swans swimming in the pond against a colorful autumn landscape at the park.....

Welcome October! I love you so much.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A few Favorites from September

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 focal length 300mm, f /5.6, exposure 1/400 sec

Where we live, September brings several unique changes that I look forward to seeing again:

* Golden light on the rolled hay bails in both the front and back yard

*Cheerful sunflowers that pop up all over the surrounding areas as one last "hurrah" before the cold season hits

*Plants that look like wheat (not sure what they are actually called??) that seem to glow in the light

*Cicada insects that are super noisy (I won't miss these actually but they signal the end of summer)

*My neighbor's tree that's already changing red for fall! Yeah!

........Coming soon will be the black fuzzy caterpillars that cross the road in the early morning. They always signal the start of cool mornings. I've never gotten a photo of one. Maybe this year!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More on Katie's Inspiring Life


I have a follow-up reccomendation for you today. Do you remember when I wrote about Katie Davis's interview last May (Here)? Well, Dr. Dobson has 2 new interviews (Here & Here) and they are awesome! 

Katie's devotion to God and her life inspires me so much. She was only 18 years old when she gave up everything to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Uganda and eventually ended up adopting 13 little girls and starting Amazima ministries. Wow. Wow. 

I have learned so much from reading her book, "Kisses for Katie" and this is one of my favorite quotes of hers:

"I do not know my five-year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and I am terrified, in a good way. Some call it courage; some call it foolish; I call it faith. I choose to get out of the boat. Sometimes I walk straight into his arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, He never lets go of my hand."-Katie

Blessings,
Jenni