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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Behold the Lamb (Day 2)

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Yesterday, we read the story about how God created all things.  The Jesus Storybook Bible reminds us that God loves all people and desires a relationship with them- that we are God's children.

Today, we read the next story in the book entitled "The Terrible Lie."  The kids learned that the "Terrible Lie" was when the snake told Adam and Eve that they couldn't trust God to be good to them.  The first man and the first woman chose to believe the snake instead of God and disobeyed God's "one rule."  "And terrible pain came into God's heart.  His children hadn't just broken the one rule; they had broken God's heart.  They had broken their wonderful relationship with Him.  And now He (God) knew that everything else would break.  God's creation would start to unravel, and come undone, and go wrong.  From now on everything would die- even though it was supposed to last forever (JSB, pg 33)."




The Jesus Storybook Bible points out that because of the "Terrible Lie," God's children would always question God's love for them.  They would always wonder if they could trust God.  The would always be running from God and hiding from Him.  But, "God loved His children too much to let the story end there (JSB, pg 36)."  God told His children that one day He would come back for them and do battle with the snake.  God still had a plan and nothing would stop His "never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love" that He had for His children.

After the story time, we did an "experiment" involving marshmallows.  I gave each kid one giant marshmallow and told them to wait to eat it.  If they could wait to eat until I told them that they could eat it, then I would give them a second marshmallow.  But, if they ate the marshmallow before the timer went off, then they wouldn't get another one.  The kids were asked to weigh their knowledge of their mom- could I be trusted to give them the second marshmallow?  Could I be trusted not to take away the marshmallow if they waited?  Did I really love them and want what was best for them?  (yes, I know sugar isn't "the best"...)

While they were eating their marshmallows, I talked to them about how the marshmallow was kind of like the fruit on the forbidden tree.  God told them not to eat it and promised them every good thing for obeying Him.  Adam and Eve could have had fellowship with God, all His provisions, and eternal life if they had trusted God.  Instead, they listened to a Terrible Lie about God.  And, nothing would ever be the same.

The question hanging in the air was this: How could God punish sin without punishing people?  How would God answer the Terrible Lie?  Is God good?  Can He be trusted?

*The marshmallow experiment is a modification of a test first done in the 1960's.  The researcher found that children who were able to hold out for the second marshmallow did better in "life," had better relationships, and made better decisions when they grew up than the group that desired instant communication.  With attachment theory gaining momentum, this experiment has been done several other times.  One researcher found that kids who came from unstable backgrounds and who had trouble trusting adults were more likely to not wait for the second marshmallow than those with healthy attachments who trusted adults to keep their word.  Interesting, right?

**No, God does not tempt us.  The tree in the Garden wasn't a temptation- it was a boundary.**




Monday, March 30, 2015

Behold the Lamb (Day 1)

picture from the Jesus Storybook Bible
The mantel is cleared except for a wooden cross- it must be Holy Week.  Today, we started a special
Bible study with our toddlers (ages 3, 2, 1) to show them why Jesus had to die on the cross.  I'm calling the study, "Behold the Lamb."

Today, we read the first story in our Jesus Storybook Bible, "The Beginning: A Perfect Home."  This section is a retelling of Genesis 1 and 2: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1)."  In Jones' book, God says "Hello" to everything that He makes and pronounces it "Good."  The emphasis of the story is on God's plan and His creative power.  After the perfect home is complete, God created man and woman.  "And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the One who had made them.  Their hearts were filled with happiness.  And nothing ever made them sad or lonely or sick or afraid.  God looked at everything He had made.  'Perfect!' He said.  And it was (JSB, pg 5)."



I wasn't very well organized, so we didn't do any craft or special activity after reading the story.  Since my children are young, we kept the "discussion questions" simple.  "Who made you?  Who loves you?"  I also asked them those questions about other people in our family to emphasis that God made all people and loves all people.

Pinterest has a bunch of Creation-themed crafts you could do if you chose.  I really liked the Days of Creation one by DomanMom.  I also like this coffee filter earth by KidsActivityBlog.  Maybe we'll do one tomorrow to review today's lesson.

If you'd like to read the complete story from the Jesus Storybook Bible, it's available on the book's website (here).  You can also watch the story as a video on Youtube (here).

If all goes well, I hope to continue these devotionals through Easter Sunday.  I hope this blesses you and your family as well.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Our Second Family Road Trip (zoo)

I love Travel Time Tuesday so much that I've decided to give it it's own blog!  It'll take me awhile to transfer everything, but all my future travel posts will now be on the new site- Party Through the USA.  This blog will now be only for homeschooling and parenting stuff, and all the road trip ideas, free travel printables, and DIY toys will be on the new blog.

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Portland Zoo with 3 Kids Under 4 from In Our Pond  #travel #pacificnorthwest #travelwithkids #roadtrip #portland #zoo #portlandwithkids #zoowithkids

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Road Trip DIYs

I love Travel Time Tuesday so much that I've decided to give it it's own blog!  It'll take me awhile to transfer everything, but all my future travel posts will now be on the new site- Party Through the USA.  This blog will now be only for homeschooling and parenting stuff, and all the road trip ideas, free travel printables, and DIY toys will be on the new blog.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

PBJ Game

Do you need an easy DIY for a preschooler present?  Know how to use a glue gun?  Then, you can make this cute, simple game.  Best of all, it's nut-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free!

Supplies:
- 4 pieces of cream felt (I used craft felt)
- 4 pieces of purple felt
- 4 pieces of tan/light brown felt
- bread slice template (here)
- wood cube (I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
- freezer paper
- glue gun
- scissors, hot glue sticks, clothes iron, pen/pencil
- metal tin for storage (I bought mine at Walmart)

I saw the idea for this game on Homeketeers and thought it was a great idea.  Since I did my game a bit differently though, I thought I'd post my own DIY.

1)  Print template from the website.  You may need to play around with the sizing to get a "slice" that fits in your tin lunch box.  Or you can draw one free hand.

2)  Place a piece of freezer paper (I found mine with the tin foil, etc, at Walmart) over the printed template, paper side up, and trace the bread slice 4 times.

3)  Iron the freezer paper onto the cream felt, taking care not to scorch your felt.  Cut out slices but don't throw away your templates yet.

4)  Cut out 4 more slices, using the freezer paper templates.

5)  Cut out a "blob" to use for the jelly and/or the peanut butter.  Iron it onto the tan or purple felt and cut out.  Make a total of 4.  Repeat process for the other condiment (peanut butter or jelly).

6)  Using the glue gun, attach one slice of bread onto a solid sheet of cream felt.  Cut around the slice to make a double-thick piece.  Do this process for all the pieces, each with their own color (see picture).

7)  Glue scrap pieces of felt onto the wood block to make a die (2 squares of each color).

8)  Put all the pieces in a metal lunch box to store until game time.

To Play:
Each player is trying to build their own PBJ sandwich.  The players take turns rolling the die and picking up the pieces that match the color they roll.  If a player rolls a color that s/he doesn't need, then the player doesn't collect any pieces that round.  The game is won when one player has a complete sandwich- 2 pieces of bread, 1 blob of jelly, and 1 blog of peanut butter.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Showing My Nerd Side


One day, I looked at my kitchen and said, "This isn't me anymore.  And, besides, "coffee shop" is so Pinterest.  What could I do instead?"  I've recently fallen head-over-heels for my sewing machine, so I immediately got online and started looking at fabric.


Suddenly, it all seemed too easy- Star Wars!  I bought the fabric for the curtain at Joann and began planning the other accessories around it.  The fabric had blue and black in it, which was easy to match with some hand towels and dish clothes from Walmart.

It was difficult to decide what to hang in the picture frames, but I soon decided to use this idea from DoodleCraft.  The silhouettes can be obtained for free on her site.  Next, I was off to Amazon for some Geeky gear to line the window sill.

The R2D2 and R2Q5 are salt and pepper shakers.  I'm currently borrowing the Lego Boba Fett alarm clock from my husband until I get the Stormtrooper one for the kitchen.  He also stores his Star Wars tin lunch box on the window sill when he isn't using it for work.

Someday, I think it would be fun to own these measuring cups.  Aside from the curtain being a bit long, I'm really enjoying this new theme.  It makes both myself and my husband smile every time we notice it again.

Now, we're all ready for May the Fourth!

Unless the Empire successfully bans it....







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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Our Very First Family Road Trip (aquarium)

I love Travel Time Tuesday so much that I've decided to give it it's own blog!  It'll take me awhile to transfer everything, but all my future travel posts will now be on the new site- Party Through the USA.  This blog will now be only for homeschooling and parenting stuff, and all the road trip ideas, free travel printables, and DIY toys will be on the new blog.


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Tips for Travelling with 3 Kids Under 4 and Our First Family Road Trip from In Our Pond  #travel #travelwithkids #seattle #seattlewithkids #pacificnorthwest #roadtrip #roadtripwithkids #packingtips

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Valentine's Day (Part 1)

I love Travel Time Tuesday so much that I've decided to give it it's own blog!  It'll take me awhile to transfer everything, but all my future travel posts will now be on the new site- Party Through the USA.  This blog will now be only for homeschooling and parenting stuff, and all the road trip ideas, free travel printables, and DIY toys will be on the new blog.


Seattle Road Trip with 3 Under 4 from In Our Pond  #roadtrip #travel #seattle #pacificnorthwest #aquarium #familytravel #travelwithkids #toddlers #preschoolers #travelwithtoddlers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Home Depot Is My Craft Store

Living in a small town is tough when you're a crafty person.  My nearest Michaels is an hour from my house and Hobby Lobby is an hour and a half.  The Wal-mart craft section is my only fabric store.  In desperation, I've found an unlikely source of crafting supplies- Home Depot.  Need dowel rods?  Home Depot.  D-rings?  Home Depot.  Chain?  Foam?  Carabiners?  Check.  Check.  Check.  One weekend I'm asking them to cut PVC pipes into 6" sections.  The next, I'm looking for short, fat bolts and nuts to match (fine motor skills practice).  It's so bad that my requests are often met with "And what are you Pinteresting today?"  Like I said- small town.  I'm always amazed at what I find.  I'm hoping that we get a Hobby Lobby someday soon.  Until then, I've got to make do with what I've got.

*No, this is not a paid post.