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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

29 Nov

Well, Thanksgiving is over, and I hope you all had a great one!  I have really enjoyed this month and I am looking forward with anticipation to December.  I don’t remember ever loving the holiday season as much as I am this year.

I have been trying for WEEKS to get some pics of the kids for Christmas cards, but I just can’t get the perfect one!  It is driving me crazy.  Yesterday I tried to get some of them in front of one of the little trees they have in their bedrooms.  They turned out okay, but still not quite what I was looking for.  I do love the light coming from the tree, though.

Charlie was just happy to be in his PJ's in the middle of the day!

Charlie was stuffed from Thanksgiving lunch!

 

He is so precious-I love the light reflecting on Charlie's face here.

He is so precious-I love the light reflecting on Charlie’s face here.

 

I do love this one of Maddie-she is bringing out her inner supermodel.

I do love this one of Maddie-she is bringing out her inner supermodel.

 

...and her silly face!

…and her silly face!

 

Wishing you all the peace that only God can give...

Wishing you all the peace that only God can give…

 

...and some love, too!

…and some love, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Praises-Buzz Lightyear’s Take on Thanksgiving

25 Nov

Do you ever have so much to say that you can’t say it?  I am feeling that way this morning.  I have so many things to praise God for that I can’t get my thoughts together to put them into words.  I have been in a state of thanksgiving this month, and now here we are with Thanksgiving just a few days away.

Charlie and Maddie are definitely tired of hearing about Thanksgiving and all that we have to praise God for.  I told them this morning at breakfast that this was Thanksgiving week and we would be spending extra time thanking God for all he had blessed us with.  I told Charlie to try to think of some things he wanted to thank God for.  He was dressed up as Buzz Lightyear at the time, and he told me, “I can’t do that.  I am Buzz and all he does is fight aliens.”

I thank God this week for sending his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me.  I thank Him for allowing me to be born in a country that allows me the freedom to worship Him.  I thank Him for blessing me and my family with food, shelter, and everything we need and also what we want.

I am also thankful that Buzz is around to keep the house free of aliens!

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Easy Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers

18 Nov

It has been awhile (well, a week) since Charlie and I sat down and made something together, so I started looking around last night for some cool Thanksgiving projects we could do.  I want him to start learning about Thanksgiving, and he is really soaking up the information right now, so I decided today was the day!

I found tons of great ideas, printables, and videos online.  I kind of combined everything and came up with this:

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Charlie and I really had fun making them.  The best part was getting outside to find the prettiest leaves.

Here’s how we made them:

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

 

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

 

We had to look up some information about wattles.  Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

We had to look up some information about wattles. Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

 

3.  We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside.  We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

3. We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside. We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

 

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

 

And done!  Cute, huh?

And done! Cute, huh?

 

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project.  She worked on this great color-by-number turkey.  I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project. She worked on this great color-by-number turkey. I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

 

I love our turkeys, but here are some more great ideas that I found:

I love this turkey. The feathers are made out of old greeting cards. I can’t get back to the original source, so if it’s yours please let me know so I can give you credit:

I love this turkey.  The feathers are made out of old greeting cards.  I can't get back to the original source, so if it's yours please let me know so I can give you credit!

 

I couldn’t link back to the original source for these turkeys, either, but they are obviously made by Jill Dubien:

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I hope this gives you some inspiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Days

12 Nov

A big thanks to my mom, Charlotte Holt, for writing today’s post on thankfulness!

 

Every year several of my friends take the month of November to post things they are thankful for. This was going to be my first year to try it.

I made lists of things I am thankful for. I kept notes on my cell phone (one of the things I’m thankful for), notes on paper, random words that I would write on my checkbook so I wouldn’t forget when I wrote my posts.

It’s easy to think of things I’m thankful for. I struggled with putting it in a post on Facebook. If I put one thing ahead of the other thing, did that mean it was more important to me? I knew it wasn’t, but would the rest of my Facebook world? Did it matter?

This month I have found myself in a state of gratitude. I will be thinking of things I am thankful for and suddenly I am praying, thanking God for my blessings, asking Him to bless others. I have also found that when I am in a state of gratitude, I am happier. It follows me throughout the day.

I realize this is the way God wants us to be. It brings peace to my life.

Colossians 3:15 (NAS) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

My intention for this writing was to list the things I am thankful for. I think, though, I will keep these things between me and God. But I want you to know, if you are reading this, I probably have or probably will thank God for you sometime during this 30 days of November.