Friday, April 30, 2010
For this project, I bought a large, cheap pair of jeans at Wal-Mart ($9) and cut them into 7 pieces trying to keep as many of the seams as possible.
Since I wanted the girls to do their own sewing, I let them use very large needles and string. They were able to stitch up whichever sides were not already connected once I cut the jeans. For some of the pieces (the leg pieces), this was only one side. I was pretty pleased that my 4-7yos handled this project easily, though I did need to put on the finishing touches and stitch the ribbon-handles on for them.
If I were doing this project myself (for gifts, for instance) I would do these things differently:
1. I might try out used jeans--if they weren't too worn, though for a certain look, the more worn the better.
2. I would stitch with a machine or at least more closely than we did with these bags.
3. I might line the bags (though this is not really necessary; the inside of the jeans made a a good inside for these bags.)
4. I would definitely use larger ribbon, the largest I could find, and I would make bows or use buttons to cover up where the ribbon is connected to the bag (unless I was inserting a lining; then I would sew in the ribbon between the lining and blue jean material.)
I think these would make great bags to stuff for gifts! For a teen you could put in some nice bath gel or lotion or for a little girl a few small toys. And for approximately $1.50 a bag, it's a price you can't beat!
Linked to Only the Good on Friday,Frugal Friday, Finer Things Friday, and I'm Loving It.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
(Maybe I haven't explained in a while but when I say "Kingdom" I mean the Kingdom of God. Kingdom Parenting is training up our children to live for God and do His work during their lives.)
#1. Kingdom Parenting requires the direct involvement of the Holy Spirit at all times!
#2. A Kingdom household lives before the eyes of God (not mom or grandmom or neighbors, etc) and lives by God's rules (not rules like, "Thou shalt not interfere with thy parents' schedules." EEEK! Very convicting!)
#3. In order to teach my children rightly about the Kingdom, I must handle my sin correctly. This means executing my own sin, cutting it off completely, and when I have offended them, this execution needs to be in front of them. That means I need to do more than just give them a casual "I'm sorry," or even worse (this is so totally me) a "I'm sorry, but..."
#4. Kingdom Parenting is about training my child's heart, not just their behavior. This is so key!
#5. Part of training my child's heart is discovering who my child is--searching out and encouraging their unique gifts.
#6. A Kingdom household should proclaim the Gospel in everything. (Do I give my kids the Gospel every time I discipline them? God gave Adam the Gospel--"the seed of woman will crush the seed of the serpent"--before He gave Adam his punishment in the garden!)
#7. Effective Kingdom discipline often begins with a question: "Where are you?" "What have you done?" (Also modeled by God after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden.)
#8. I would never verbally shout, "God is a liar and the Bible is untrue!" but if If I truly want to teach my children to build the Kingdom then I must prayerfully watch that my actions do not shout that either.
#9. Kingdom parents reflect the King-Prophet-Priest nature of God. As kings, parents must govern as Jesus governed--not necessarily uniformly--taking into account the unique personalities of each child. As prophets we must teach and rebuke. But as the child grows, we
must be willing to relinquish command and continue to counsel. As priests, we must intercede for our children!
#10. As Kingdom parents we commit to being discontent with merely polite, unbelieving children.
Linked to Tuesday's Tip Jar and Top Ten Tuesday.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
But as I've told you before, I pretty much have to tweak any recipe, even if it isn't written down.
So here's my suggestion for "Pasta Salad For a Crowd"
32 oz. pasta (bow tie, shell, or elbow are my favorites)
8 boiled eggs
2 jars diced pickles (or the equivalent, if you're chopping your own)
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
2 tomatoes, chopped and rinsed
3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1 1/2 cups (+/-) mayo (light works well)
I really have no idea how much mayo to put in because I always just add mayo until it looks right. I would start with a 1/2 cup and add up from there if I were you. It's going to take a lot, though. Another suggestion is to add mayo mixed with Italian dressing or olive oil, and again, you'll just have to add until it's right for you.
2 T Italian seasoning
1 t garlic
(and whatever else you feel like adding at the time)
You can also swap out the pickles for green olives (my favorite) or use broccoli instead of the pickles and peppers.
All in all, it's really hard to mess this salad up and it makes A LOT! My problem is that I make too much for the crowd, and then we have to eat it for dinner every night for a few days after the party. I like it, but the rest of the family definitely gets tired of it!
Linked to Only the Good on Friday,Frugal Friday, Finer Things Friday, I'm Loving It, and Cooking for a Crowd.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sorry "Wordless Wednesday" folks (see below) this picture just has to have the story with it! Over the weekend, a beautiful spring Robin began hanging out on our patio. After about a day of us enjoying him, he began to dive-bomb our large living room window. Yes, you heard right! DIVE-BOMB!
Not just once, not just twice...not just a million times. This bird banged into the window constantly for about a three hour stretch. Then the next day he didn't let those three hours confine him. He kept up his routine (fly to window, look in, bang beak or head, fly away) until it was too dark for him to see anymore.
What was our response? (warning: this does not end well for the bird) Well, at first we laughed. Then I thought, "Wow, I need to get a picture so I can blog about this crazy bird." After about hour 3 or so, we began to say things like, "WHEN is this bird going to learn that he can't get in?" or "MAYBE he'll knock himself out." Don't judge, please! You try sitting down to a nice tv show once the kids are in bed while a bird bangs on the window beside the tv. (knock, knock, knock...knock, knock, knock!) It's rough, believe me!
On day three of the demented bird saga, it occurred to us that this might be a little dangerous for our children. What if our one year old walked out right as this insane bird came whizzing out of the tree intent on banging his head on our window?
So my husband did the only kind and loving thing. He shot the bird with the BBs he usually reserves for the squirrels who are stealing our bird seed. He put the bird out of its misery, saved our children from injury, and saved my sanity!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I have noticed that though no human plans it, our Sunday School class and our sermon usually have a common theme. It doesn't matter how different the pastor/speakers are, they usually strike some common chord in my heart. This week's was Kingdom living. (Which is quite broad, I know. Probably every other pastor spoke about something like that this Sunday!)
Our pastor's scripture was part of 1 John 2 about how the antichrist will come but even now many antichrists have come. His point was that we get really hung up on the "the" and miss the "many" which is really more immediate and dangerous for us. We need to be aware that one of the most dangerous things for a Christian is the subtle influence of those around us who are not Spirit-led. AND the only thing that keeps us from being that kind of people is the Spirit in us.
A recurring theme for our pastor was "You should not idealize the church nor should you villanize it." When others look at the church and say, "Hypocrites!" they are absolutely right. And part of that is just because the time is late and we are nearing when Jesus will come again! It's right there in the Scripture: the closer we get to Christ's coming again, the more the church will be filled with those who say they are Christians but who are not.
And then on to Sunday School. The speaker there was talking about our individual and corporate calling to evangelize. If we are those who have the Spirit within us, we are called to live a Kingdom life of evangelism. We are to evangelize in word and deed, in promise and demand, and in body and soul. "We are (as Eric Liddell said) all missionaries. Wherever we go we either draw people nearer to Christ or repel them away from Christ."There is a world in need out there and the church is the one to bring them the help. Only Christ can heal!
So is that random enough for you? I guess to bring this all meaning, I should tell you how these thoughts are meshing in to my daily life.
The very main thing that I need to remember, to walk, to breathe, is that without the Spirit, I know nothing. I cannot help anyone (really) and I cannot understand Scripture. This is a humility thing, but it is also an encouragement because the opposite is true. I DO have the Spirit in me, so I CAN help and know! And I can shout it from the rooftops without any pride at all. (If I truly understood this I could!) This is the true way to draw people to Christ--to understand this kind of humility, this kind of boldness.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
When I was checking out the prize page for the Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Mom last night, I started thinking, what kind of things would I want to offer if I were to submit a prize?
Well here are a few things that I would love to share with you:
(Maybe I'll submit them for next year's prizes, or maybe I'll just do giveaways right here on Of Such is the Kingdom with them.)
necklaces are the greatest! They are created by hand from recycled magazines by women of the Karamojong tribe in Uganda. These girls who are selling the necklaces buy them from the women and also send 20% of the proceeds back to them. Wow!
talk about these before, I'm sure, but I do love Songs for Saplings! These are scripture memorization songs that are both catchy and well done; and that's hard to find! My kids love the folksy feel of the music (and so do I)!
3. And for my third thing I love, how about a favorite book? This one covers both great stories for your child and a great philosophy of reading: the rationale for the need of all things "faerie" for children. Wonderful!
Linked to Things I Love Thursday.
And did you notice? These fine and beautiful things are quite frugal as well! The necklaces are $18 a piece (a steal!), the cd's are $9 and look at the great price for this book on Amazon! Head over to Frugal Fridays to check out other frugal gifts, prizes, and more!
Also linked to Only the Good on Friday, Friday Finding Beauty,Frugal Friday, and Finer Things Friday.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Today I'm joining in 5 Minutes for Mom's 2010 Blog Party. I'll be linking up with them and visiting some of the 1000s (no joke) of other bloggers who are linked up there as well. It's a BIG blog party! (That's a reference to a favorite book around our place, in case you're wondering.)
See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?" Gibson in Signs
And, since this post is not long enough already (smile) here are a few prizes I would love to win at the Big Blog Party.
Monday, April 12, 2010
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And be sure to click on the link to the left to comment to win another free box of Go-gurt as well as some other great prizes in a Go-gurt Prize pack!
On my menu for this week:
Monday: Leftover lasagna (from a lunch party yesterday)
Tuesday: Homemade ham and cheese rolls (I'll use the cheeseburger rolls from this post and sub ham and/or turkey for the ground beef)
Wednesday: pasta salad--probably with chicken, olives, grape tomatoes, mayo, spices, etc. Maybe some peas or broccoli? Depends on what strikes my fancy as I'm mixing it up.
Thursday: Turkey cutlets (from last month's Angel Food), baked fries, veggies
Friday: Eat out with coupons after working out at the Y
Linked to Menu Plan Monday.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Recently I was contacted by MyBlogSpark to see if I would like to try Simply Go-Gurt and host a giveaway for it. Of course I said,"Yes!"
This giveaway pack is focused on the Savvy Mom (or Grandmom, or Aunt, or Babysitter...) as a planner and traveller. In it you'll receive
Friday, April 9, 2010
(3) Granny Smith Apples
(3) Navel Oranges
(3) D'Anjou Pears
(1) 6 pack Apple Sauce
(1) 3 pack Apple Juice
(1) 2.5 oz. bag Sweet Potato Chips
(1) 2.5 oz. bag Apple Chips
(1) 6 oz. bag Banana Chips