I decided not to post today, as I had a lot to do. However, as I was sitting here writing my post for tomorrow’s Thankful Thursdays (and boy, am I learning a lot and getting convicted), I saw a comment pop up on my blog. Amy from Wildflower Ramblings was thanking me for my printables on Verses about Thankfulness, but I saw that she had made some of her own. So I went to her site to check out her printables! 🙂 [Read more…]
This post is a part of the Fantabulous Christmas Favorites blog chain put together by a great group of bloggers. The theme this week is Favorite Christmas DIY Ideas. Be sure to check out all the great ideas shared at the end of this post!
Christmas can be a little stressful and very expensive time of year.
Yet it is such a wonderful time when we can reflect how that God gave His Son as a present to this earth.
That thought naturally lends itself to giving gifts, and if you are like me, you like to express your thankfulness to those who are special to you and your family by giving them a gift.
Last week, I admitted I could not totally understand all the intricacies of God’s goodness to us “peoples” when I wrote about how God is good! (I am writing on 4 attributes of God that were in verses in my thankgiving printables.)
But I get His mercy (kind-of :)).
By that statement, I mean that I understand that I am a sinner and that God is perfect, and that it is only by His mercy that I am not consumed.
That I do not deserve His love, yet He bestows it on me even when I do not deserve it.
Now I don’t understand why He does that–but He does.
And I get the fact that I need His mercy.
Every! Single! Day! [Read more…]
For the month of November’s, there is a group of bloggers who are all writing posts on November about what they are thankful for. I have been contemplating what I should write on for the past couple of weeks. How does one narrow down to four posts what they are most thankful for? It was a daunting task to consider!
Of course I am thankful for God, and for all that He has given me. But that seemed so simplistic to just write that. It’s like something my four year old would say. My mind kept running to the printables I had just made for our family to use for family devotions. I kept remembering the verses that I had written that centered on four of God’s attributes. So I thought that each week, I would meditate and reflect on one of those attributes and how I can apply that attribute in my own life. The first verse contained two attributes of God, but this week we will only discuss the first attribute.
For this Thanksgiving, I wanted to do something all month in our family devotions about being thankful to God for all He has given us–and not just in a superficial way such as, “I’m thankful for our house.” or “I’m thankful that we have food.” I do want my children to be thankful for those things, but I want them to think about how we should be thankful for ALL things, and how that God has given us so much!
To reinforce the attitude of thankfulness all month, I thought we could meditate on verses in the Bible that deal with thankfulness towards God. I made up four printables with different verses on each one. You might think of totally different ideas that could be done with these printables, but here are a couple of the ideas I had:
- Copy these verses on cardstock, laminate them, and use them as placemats. Talk about the verses over breakfast or dinner.
- I took a clear plastic vinyl tablecover, printed out the 4 main printables, taped them to the underside of the tablecover, and put it on top of my other Thanksgiving tablecoloth. It would have been okay if I put it right on my table, but I liked it on the pretty tablecloth. Now we can see those verses all month, but they won’t get wet or dirty. (I bought my clear vinyl tablecover at Hobby Lobby off a roll. I could buy it by the yard.) I laid out the verses the way I wanted them. Then I turned them over and put them in the opposite order. I put one piece of tape on the sides of the paper–I spaced the papers so that one piece of tape could hold the sides of 2 papers (see bottom right picture. When it was all taped, I turned the table cloth over, and it was in the right order.
We plan on using one printable each week for the four weeks of November. For each week, there is the one printable that we will discuss at devotions. There is also a printable that can be copied for each child where they can fill in some blanks. Here are a few things that could be done with the worksheet for each printable:
- The child could could keep their printable and put it in their room, in a folder, or on their wall. We will probably keep our kids’ sheets for their keepsake box.
- You could cut each worksheet into sections (between each question and verse.) They could use the strips as bookmarks or make a big paper chain all month to see how long your family’s chain get the month of November.
- If you only had a couple of children, you could probably tape their strips to the underside of the tablecloth all month. Or you could tape a couple of strips per child.
To print the printables (there are 13 in total), click on the printable (the pictures below), and it will take you to my google docs where you can print them out. I included a black and white version for those who do not have color printers.
There are many ways that you could use these printables, but here is what we are planning to do:
For the first week of November, we would discuss the verses Psalm 95:2-3:
Every night we read the verses, and discuss one of these questions each night. This could be done in the morning with breakfast, with your Bible lesson if your homeschool, or over dinner.
The second week we will discuss different attributes of God for which we can be thankful.
Each night, we will take one of the four attributes listed on the printable, explain what that attribute means, and apply it to their lives. One night I will let the kids think of other attributes of God that we can be thankful for that are not included on our printable.
- Click HERE to read more about the goodness of God with one more printable.
- Click HERE to read more on the mercy of God with five more printables.
- Click HERE to read more on the righteousness of God with two more printables.
- Click HERE to read more on the lovingkindess of God with four more printables.
The third week, we will look at the verses in the Bible which are commandments from God to be thankful.
There are four verses, so we’ll discuss one each night. Maybe the last night, we will read some verses where people are praising God in the Bible or we will spend time singing praises to God.
Each night, the children would answer the question that goes with each verse.
The fourth week we will discuss what we should do when we do not feel like being thankful. How do we keep from complaining?
Discuss the verses:
What does 2 Corinthians 9:15 mean by “His unspeakable gift?”
How do we get into God’s presence? Psalm 16:11
What does 1 John 5:14-15 mean by “ask anything according to His will?”
Even though we are studying these verses, in my family’s case, some of their grumbling and complaining is now a bad habit. So we are going to try an extra incentive this whole month and see if we can retrain our bad habit into a good habit. Or I am praying that the incentive will at least make us realize how much complaining we really do.
I have made a printable of the first half of Psalm 34:8.
On top of the printable, I have placed eight little containers–one for all of us plus one for the extra candy I used empty plastic baby food containers. Inside each container, I put 5 pieces of candy like M & M’s. Every time they grumble or complain, a piece of candy comes out. Every time they are thankful or have a good attitude, they can put a piece of candy in the container. The next morning, they can eat the candy in the container, and start over again. I’ll let you know how it goes!
In 2014, we are continuing our paper chain from last year!
This year, we have printables on why we should give thanks for others and we will make cards for others that we know.
- Go HERE to see the first set of printables made so far for devotions.
- Go HERE for the printable Thank You notes.
- Go HERE for a printable on being thankful for the family of God.
I have a group of Christian friends who are all married, and most of them are in the stage of life where they still have several children living at home. One of the ladies asked recently what some of our favorite verses were for being a good wife. Here were the verses that were given:
The lady that gave the middle verse said, ” I can’t be a good wife in and of my own strength, I NEED God’s help and He is the strength of my heart and my portion, He has the strength and the wisdom to help me be what I need to be no matter what I face.” I thought that was a very wise statement! I hope these verses can be an encouragement to you.
I thought it would be nice to use these verses as my desktop background, so I made a few with a colored background.
- Click on any of the pictures below. It will take you to a share sight.
- Click on “View the PDF version” in the upper right hand corner.
- It will give you the PDF that you can save or print. (Icons appear in the lower right hand corner.)
I copied the multicolored one above on magnetic paper, trimmed off the edges, and stuck it onto my refrigerator!
Later, I’ll try to put each verse on their own card and maybe make them into printable bookmarks!
What are your favorite verses on being a good wife?
I saw this Pringles can idea on Pinterest a few years ago, and I have done it the last 3 years for fall teachers’ gifts. It is so easy to do, and the finished result looks very festive. You just take a Pringles can (or any round can like breadcrumbs can, etc.), cover it with scrapbook paper, and put goodies on the inside of the can!
I think the example I saw put small cookies on the inside of the can, but you would have to make sure you had cookies that would not get smashed with that many cookies stacked on top of each other. I use homemade caramel corn. It is super yummy, and it fills the can very nicely. Come back tomorrow, and I’ll share my caramel corn recipe on Tasty Tuesdays!
Even though making these cans are rather self-explanatory, I’ll show you how I did it.
I save any Pringles cans I have throughout the year–I only had three this year, but that was enough for my children’s teachers. Maybe ask some friends and relatives to save them for you.
- I wipe/rinse them out, but I don’t have them sit in water.
- I cover the cans with scrapbooks paper. I already have a ton of paper, so I just go to my stash and pick some out. I cut the paper to the right size.
First, I cut the paper to fit the can top to bottom. I don’t measure with a ruler–although it could be done that way. I just hold the paper to the pan, and mark with a pencil where I should cut it.
- Then I allow enough paper to overlap about 1″ when I go around the can.
Lastly, I put glue on the paper and stick the paper to the can. I thought it would be easiest to use spray adhesive, but in the end, I actually think it was easier to use a good old glue stick. With the spray adhesive, you need to stick it on quickly and get it on straight the first time. (You can take it off quickly and maneuver it, but it is hard to do. I figured this out :)). However, with using the glue stick, you have more time to mess with it.
- After the cans are covered, you can embellish the cans more if you wish to.
If you want to stick paper in the top of the lid, a 3″ circle is a perfect size. I used my little cricut that I got at a garage sale, but a circle cutter would work great as well. (Or you could have your child draw you circles with their protractor!)
- You could tie a bow around the can with ribbon. I usually don’t do this, but I did it this time for the pictures.
- Use stickers or a myriad of other items.
Fill the cans! Now your gift is all done!
I found this idea at they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
My children are being raised in a land where they have everything they need and quite possibly everything they could ever desire. I am so thankful to be living in the great United States of America and to have all the modern conveniences we have; however, I do not want my children to grow up with a sense of entitlement. I do not want them to just assume that nice things should come to them.
How do I curb this tendency in my children? Of course, there are many topics we could now talk about such as instilling a good work ethic in our children where they work for special toys and privileges or we expose them to others who have less than they do. Or they could give to the needy. Yes, there are many objective paths we can take to help our children to be grateful for all the wonderful things they have received.
But one of the simplest ways to teach our children gratitude is to have them write thank you notes for the gifts they have received. This encourages the thought process that they did not necessarily deserve that gift or have to have that gift. Someone gave it to them out of the kindness of his heart, and they should express gratitude for that kind act.
Now we know that this all sounds great, but how many of you parents are moaning and groaning inside your head when you have to sit down and help your 5 or 6 year old write thank you notes, and it takes forever for them to write the notes! Yet you do not want this to be a mommy thank-you note. You want it to be done by them!
Well, that was my thought process with my 3rd child for her Kindergarten graduation presents that she received. I mean, what kid has 30 people come to a Kindergarten graduation? Well, mine did! And then she got all these gifts! Just for finishing a year of a half-day of school! She better be thankful!
We started to make thank you notes as I was too cheap to run out and get some expensive thank you cards. It was a great idea . . . however . . . they never got finished.
I printed up a form for her to fill in the blanks. We glued and pasted and made scrapbook cards. We got them all done except the final filling in of the blanks. Good intentions . . . and pretty good fail!
So for me, I have determined that I must now be too busy to do those kind of cards anymore. I know some people can do it all, and they make great cards that are amazing; but I know my limitations.
I had a problem though. I saw that I did not always have time to do the creative route, but I still wanted my kids to give thank you cards that don’t take all day to do with me spelling out 30 words per note! (And going practically insane in the process!) And I didn’t want to spend $10 for 10 cards for the cutesy fill-in-the blank cards that you can buy in the store.
SO . . .
I MADE MY OWN!!
Now I have never done anything like this before, so they may be rather amateurish, but I was quite happy with them.
Here are pictures of the 8 printables available at this time. Each page would make 2- 5″ x 7″ cards. They would print out on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper that could be cut down the middle and might have to be trimmed up on the edges a little. I would recommend printing them out on cardstock or on matte photo paper.
Directions for printing:
- Click on the image.
- Then click on “View the PDF Version” in the top left hand corner.
- Then the print/save icons come up in the bottom right hand corner.
If you would like me to change the colors or even the candle number, it should be easy for me to do those little changes and add it to these printables. I would ask that you would follow me on Facebook or subscribe to the email subscriptions if you would like me to customize any of these thank you notes printables. I can’t promise to be able to make more printables, but I will try!
So tell me honestly, do you like these? Should I try to do more and add more bling? I put it on white background so as not to eat up all your ink, but would it be better with a colored background? I’m a newbie, and I would love your feedback!
Back when I was a child, I liked to play with paper dolls! I was of the generation where we would cut out the dolls that were in paper doll books–or maybe they had perforated edges where we could punch them out. Then we would cut out all the clothes with the fold down tabs. Oh, they were such fun! And if you talk to my parents’ and my grandparents’ generation, they would talk about how they cut girls and clothes out of the Sears Catalog and used them as paper dolls. And when you read Little House in the Big Woods, you read of how Laura and Mary would make and color their own paper dolls. Yes, I’m sure every generation of girls has had their own version of paper dolls.
Today’s generation has magnetic dolls. It’s the same concept as before, but now no paper tabs get torn off, and the dolls stay in good condition for a long time. They are even easy to make as long as you have a computer with internet access and a color printer. I made some for my daughter to take to a birthday present, and I made some for my niece’s birthday.
Here are the materials you need:
- Color printer
- Magnetic paper
- Metal pan to stick the dolls on
- Fabric cover, if desired
- Find a pan to stick the dolls on. The easiest thing to use is a cookie sheet. You can get a brand new one, or I used old ones that were ready to be discarded. I spray painted them, and they were ready to go!
- Get some magnetic printable paper. This paper is getting more expensive! I use this brand: Avery Magnet Sheets. Hobby Lobby has a pack of 3 sheets for $6.99, and you could use a 40% off coupon with it. I have found that you can sometimes find better deals on Ebay.
- Print off free paper dolls onto the magnetic paper. At the bottom of this post I have included some links to the paper dolls that I have found. To print off the sheets, I would right-click on each page of paper dolls, click on “save picture as” and save the page into my pictures file. Then I would right-click on the picture in my picture file, click on “print”, make sure my paper size was set to the “letter” setting, make sure that the little box next to “fit picture to frame” was not checked, then click print again. (This is how my printer worked; every printer might be different.)
- Cut out the dolls.
- Make a fabric cover for the dolls. Here is the tutorial I used to make the cover. I usually use 1/4″ elastic and not 1/8″ elastic. I also do not put any letters on mine! (She bought paper doll books, cut out and put the paper dolls on adhesive magnet sheets, then cut the magnetic dolls out. This way wastes less magnet space, but you have to buy the paper dolls.)
Links to some free printable paper dolls:
Do you know of any other free printable paper dolls? Please let us know and leave a link in the comments!
**Someone asked me if I thought printing the dolls and regular paper, cutting them out and putting them on adhesive magnet paper would be cheaper, so I looked into it a little. It would be a little more work, but it would be cheaper from what I found as of June 4, 2013:
- Oriental Trading offers 12 sheets ( 8 1/2″ x 11″) for $10.50 plus shipping.
- Walmart has a pack of 5″ x 8″ adhesive magnetic sheets, but only for in-store shopping. I could not tell what the price would be.
- Ebay has some that are again reasonably priced. The hard thing to tell with Ebay is how thick the magnet paper is. I liked the thickness of the Avery magnetic paper shown above, but I ordered some magnet sheets on Ebay, and they were thinner. I ended up not using them for magnet paper dolls, but for another craft present that I’ll show on a different Make-it Monday. 🙂
- It did not look like the adhesive paper was any cheaper at Amazon or Hobby Lobby–however, you could get more on each sheet as you could have hardly any wasted space. There are other companies that sell magnetic paper, but in my little bit of searching, I did not see any great deals. If you find some, please let us know in the comments! Thanks!
So if you could get it cheaper, and you have time, then go for it! The ones I have done so far have been for presents, and I got really good deals on the magnetic paper. But if your daughter is old enough to cut well, and this is her craft, then you may want to just print the dolls out on paper and then stick the dolls to the adhesive magnetic sheets.