Home Education~Ministry Moments~Hearth and Home

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Post Find of the Day: Sharon Watson-- "Story Writing: The Resurrection"

     I came across a wonderful writing idea (via a link on facebook from a fellow homeschooler) for my 7th grader tomorrow...and just had to share!  You'll find it HERE. It's called "Story Writing: The Resurrection".  Perfect writing prompt for the day before Good Friday!  She has lots of other great writing prompt ideas as well!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home Renovation: Painting the Built-in and an Easter-themed Bookshelf

     I promised that I'd be sharing our home renovations...so here's the first one!  I needed to unpack lots of books, so one of the first projects I tackled was one of the built-ins.  It was a very dark burnt orange color.  I wanted it white. 

It took 2 coats of Kilz and 2 coats of white to cover it up. 

Feels better already.

So much better that this!  But...I still have this side to tackle!

Feel the difference?
Ahhh...white and bright!  I still have to paint the cabinets and trim, but at least I was able to unload some book boxes and have at least a corner of our house that felt like "me." 

I had fun decorating the shelf for Easter.

An old crate I found in the barn at my Mom's and Dad's last fall. It's all cleaned up and is perfect for holding DVDs.

So excited to find a home for my "Little White Church!"  This built- in comes with electricity...perfect to plug in the lights for my church.  (Oh, and the big pine cone is compliments of my oldest son.  Lots of pine cones where we live!)

Friday, April 11, 2014

VBS Clinic 2014 (Agency D3)

     Last night was our association's VBS training.  We had over 200 teachers, directors and pastors attend!  (And 25 attend from my church!) It was a great night of fellowship, excitement and learning.  If you are doing Lifeway Agency D3 in your church, perhaps these pictures will inspire you! 

I mustache you a question, but I'll shave it for later. I have to say, I'm excited to have an excuse to decorate with mustaches!  (I even saw mustache duct tape being used last night!) 

I co-lead the director's training.  This table is all I had time to take a picture of.  This was an extra display area. My boys helped with it.  They had so much fun dragging out all their old spy gear/gadgets from years ago.  (When they really thought they were spies!)  The bigger pieces were made by someone else, but the gadgets are just scattered around the table.)

Who has a lava lamp?  Perfect for Agency D3!

Entrance to the Craft Lab. 

Displayed on the table in our room.  I used black sheets for tablecloths.

Undercover Spy Watches.  These are Lifeway Craft Packs.  I had fun making these.  By the 3rd or 4th one, I finally figured out the best way!  We used these in the training for discovering the 6 steps to recruiting and training workers.

If you are planning to make these watches, I highly recommend Glue Dots!  (They are not included in the pack.)

Evidence Boxes

Something as simple as small memo tablets.  Goes with the theme, can be used in the classroom, and adds color!

The spy glasses are going to be so much fun! (One tip: leave them off when teaching children.  Eye contact is so important!!)

Last year, I wish I had bought stock in swim noodles.  This year it's manilla envelopes!
The investigation tape as a table runner...I like it!
Brilliant idea when you don't have time to decorate everything!

Fun revolving "siren" light!  (No sound)

Glow sticks in upside down jars...brilliant and easy!

Just a thought.....
     I have noticed some pins on Pinterest showing ideas for making "bombs" for the Agency D3 Theme.  This doesn't seem like the best idea to me. There are so many other fun ideas...why have something that could strike fear in the heart of a child?  If you want to try out those "cute" ideas at your child's spy birthday party, go for it.  I just think we need to avoid it in our churches.   (A Good alternative is to make "rocket packs" that look like Rocket Pack Jack from the daily movie.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

That's Worth Repeating Thursday #1


     I love a good quote.  They can be inspirational.  They are a perfect way to end a speech or a paper. (Or a blog post!)  I like to post them around my home...on a chalkboard, for example. I like to pin them on my Wise Words board.  They can make you think, or just make you laugh.  So...I thought each Thursday I would share with you a quote that is "speaking" to me.  It could be a 2,000 year old quote or just something my kids said.  I hope you enjoy!

Today's quote:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Jesus Loves Me This I Know" Frame (Vinyl on Glass)


Check out this clever way my sister used the popular vinyl lettering for decor in the nursery.  I love how the rest of the song is put all around the outside of the frame.  Now the wording can be placed anywhere in the nursery, and moved around as desired.  

 I did something similar a while back on wood. 
 I sure am glad I did so I could take it with us when we moved!

Here are some other great vinyl lettering ideas on Pinterest:


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Be the New Girl.


     When was the last time you walked into a room and didn't know anyone?  I encourage you to experience this at least once a year.  I've been the "new girl" this past month.  My preacher husband is the new pastor of a wonderful church.  So, I guess to be more precise, I've been the "new preacher's wife."  It has been good for me, as it has helped me to get a taste of what it may feel like for a first time visitor to our church. Granted, I have not had the true "new girl" experience, as church members have been so welcoming to me and my family---but, I feel that I have experienced that "new girl" feeling. 
     Obviously, not everyone can move to a new city for that "new girl" experience, but we all go out of town several times a year.  I challenge you to visit a church while you are away on vacation or visiting family.  Get a taste of what it's like to be "the new girl"  (or guy!).  To get the true experience you'll need to attend Sunday School and the worship service.  Yep.  Be all in.
     Soon afterward evaluate how the visit went.  How did it feel?  Were you made to feel welcome?  Did people even speak to you?  Did they get past, "hello"?  Were you invited to go out to lunch?  How were your children welcomed into their classrooms?  Was there a security procedure in practice that made you feel more comfortable about leaving your child?  A lot of these questions never cross our minds when we have been attending the same church for years.  But these are all important things to consider in your own church.  When you get back to your home church, remember the way you felt as "the new girl" and put into practice the things that will help visitors to feel welcome!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whatever Wednesday #9

Whatever Wednesday  

What is going on at our house?
 The better question might be, "What is not going on?"  It is crazy...crazy good at our house! (Our new-to-us house!)  If you read my last post, you know that we've moved. I am happy to say that as of today, we have internet and a phone number!  Lots of unpacking and organizing.  (And me not being terribly motivated to find a new doctor, hairdresser, dentist, etc.)   
What plans do I have for our new home?
 Paint.  Lots and lots of paint.  Mostly in the gray family. I will be blogging all about it soon!  
What book we started this week:
My youngest and I started a new read-aloud: God's Smuggler.  An exciting true story by Brother Andrew.  (I even "caught" my oldest reading it!)
 What I'm looking forward to: 
Celebrating with our search committee with a "God is Good" fellowship this weekend.  

 "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God's glory." 1 Corinthians 10:31