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Tonight we celebrated our 2nd day of our 12 Days of Christmas:

Joshua read another Bible story out of his new Bible.

The kids hung out and listened to the devotion.  Patrick read the verse for the evening.

America was there too, but she wasn’t listening very well!

We made the kids look for their presents.  We code them every year so they can’t guess what they are since they don’t even know which one is theirs!

The kids loved their new water bottles and the lesson tonight!

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Last night was a success!   We called the kids into the family room and told them what we were doing.  Then we let them open their first present. 

Patrick used his Bible to read one of the verses and I read the rest.  Then Joshua read a chapter out of his Bible about how Mary was told she would have a baby.  He almost has enough chapters/stories in his Bible to read us the entire Christmas story over the next 12 days!

After we did our little devotional, the kids sat down at the table and enjoyed a cookie their babysitter left for them. 

The only “issue” we had with the Bibles was when Madison saw Kelly’s Bible.  Kelly got a “Princess Bible” and so Madison went nuts over the “diamonds” on Kelly’s pretty Bible.  So after the other kids went to bed, I grabbed some of my scrapbooking supplies and Madison and I designed her new Bible, transforming it into her very own Princess Bible. 

I just wish I would have realized we were designing it upside down and backwards!  Oops!

America didn’t get a Bible yet, since she’s too young to read.  But that’s alright.  As you can see, she’s just happy to be hanging out with the family!

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SundayDecember 14 
Gift:  Bibles/Bible Studies
Theme:  God’s word is a valuable gift and resource that we should not take for granted! 
Notes:  We are going to give each child either their very own Bibles, or if they already have one, a new Bible Study.  On that day we are going to talk about how His word is a gift to us, and how important it is to read His word. 
Verses:  Ps. 119:105, Psalm 119:11, Tim. 3:16-17, Ps. 37:31
Monday – December 15
Gift:  Sports Bottles –
Theme:  Living Water
Notes:  Jesus is our living water.  We can go to Him and ask him to fill us up so that we will never thirst again.  (Our kids will get to drink water as we talk about this with them).
Verses:  John 4:10,-14
Tuesday – December 16
Gift:  Socks, Underwear, Slippers, Gloves, Robes, P.J.’s (Whatever clothing item your kids may need)
Theme:  Putting on the Armor of God
Notes:  We will discuss how to put on the armor of God, keeping ourselves covered in His protection throughout our daily battles in life. 
Verse:  Ephesians 6:13
Wednesday – December 17
Gift:  Bread/Jam
Theme:  He is the Bread of Life
Notes:  I will make some home made bread ahead of time, and then we will give each kid their own little jars of jam or jelly.  While they spread their sweet jelly/jam on their bread, we will discuss how Christ is the Bread of Life, talk about the last supper, communion, and  also how man cannot live by bread alone. 
Verse:  Luke 22, John 6:47-48, John 6:35,51,
Thursday – December 18
Gift:  Pillows
Theme:  Peace and Resting in Him
Notes:  We will talk to the children about trusting in God, not worrying about tomorrow, and talk about the manger…how even Jesus was able to rest in the craziest circumstances!
Verse: Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, John 16:33, Ps.91
Friday – December 19
Gift:  Art supplies (Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils, and Paper)
Theme:  Symbols and Family
Notes:  We are going to create our own family crest!  Each child will draw something to symbolize our family.  We will talk about the different symbols representing Christ.  The cross, nails, the manger, etc.  Scott and I will put the symbols together to create a family crest, and then when we sit down to discuss our adoption story with Kelly, we are going to distribute family rings with our crest on it.  (Note:  We are doing the rings as a symbol/reminder to her that God put our family together, however, families could also make a flag with their family crest on it)!
Verse:  Matt. 13, Matt. 27:40, John 15:5, 1Cor. 1:17, (All see scriptures on Living Water and Bread of Life),
Saturday – December 20
Gift:  Various ingredients and/or cooking utensils needed to make a yummy treat – such as rice crispy treats. 
Theme:  “Share the goodness!”
Notes:  God often gives us something special we can share.  What happens when we put those things together?  If we all bring the good things we have and put them together we can make something even better.  We are the body of Christ, each part has an important role in His plan. 
(Be sure to give the younger kids something they won’t mind sharing.  For example, I’ll give my 2 year old butter, not the marshmallows! 
Verses:  Romans 12:5-6, 1 Corinthians 12,
Sunday – December 21
Gift:  Scrapbook supplies (Foam boards, hole punch, glue, scissors)
Theme:  Always Remember
Notes:  We should always remember what God has done for us.  What things can we do to help us remember?  We can also remember special memories w/ friends and family by creating a scrapbook/memory book.  We will let the kids create their own scrapbook with Foamboards and construction paper!
Verses:   Ps. 20:7, Ps. 22:27, Ps. 77:11,
Monday – December 22
Gift:  Mugs w/ Picture
Theme:  You are valued and loved
Notes:  We are each unique and different and loved very much.  We will fill our kids cups with hot cocoa and talk about how much God loves us, how sweet His love is, and how remembering His love will keep us warm inside when the world treats us coldly.
Verse: Psalm 139, Romans 8:38-39, Jeremiah 29:11
Tuesday – December 23
Gift:  Plant/Seeds
Theme:  We need to grow and nourish our spirits by planting God’s word within us. 
Notes: 
Verse:  Matthew 13:3, Prov. 30:5, Matt. 4:4, Luke 11:28, 1 Cor. 16:20, Ps. 119:11
Wednesday – December 24
Gift:  The kids will exchange gifts with each other.
Theme:  It is more blessed to give than to receive. 
Notes:  As the kids watch each other open their presents from each other, have them explain how it makes them feel to see their brother or sister smile when they open the gift they got for them.  Talk about other ways to give to each other and to others.
Verse:  Acts 20:35, 2 C0r. 9:7
Thursday – December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY!
Gift:  One Big Gift.
Theme:  God wants to give us good things/the desires of our hearts.
Notes:  We are going to get each of the kids one thing they really want (It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, just something you know they would really like to have).   We are also going to take Communion together and reflect on everything we learned over the last 12 days!
Verses:  Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13, Ps. 37:4-5

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I know I said I’d post on the 12 Days of Christmas, but…

Tonight was just too funny. 

First, Scott and I love messing with our kids.  They were hanging around last night as Scott relaxed on the couch.  I brought him his bag of peas every 30 minutes.  So just to mess with the kids, what did I make for dinner tonight?  Yup.  Frozen peas.  Only I cooked them and I didn’t use the same bag (of course!).  But we tried to make them think that they were eating those peas! 

Anyway, eating those peas got the conversation going again about why Scott needed the peas in the first place, and even though we tried to avoid really getting into the why’s of that conversation, it still led my 7 year old son to think about things.  He was holding this roll and you know what he announced at the table?

He said, “This roll looks just like a girl pen!s!” 

Then Patrick said, “Girls don’t have pen!$e$”

and Joshua said, “Yes they do!  They just don’t stick out like ours!”

Yup, that’s what we get for serving peas for dinner.  I guess it’s about time for that talk.  I wonder if I should serve rolls for dinner that night?

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V-Day

Did I say I was going to post the remainder of the 12 Days of Christmas plan TODAY? What was I thinking? Today was V-Day for Scott…as in, he got a vasectomy.

It was much easier and not nearly as invasive of a procedure as I thought. I’m proud of him for being so brave, especially after the fit Dwight threw when he overheard us talking about it a couple months ago.

“WHAT? NOOOOOOOO! I can’t believe you!” He yelled as his face flushed red. “How could you?!?!”

“What?” Scott asked innocently.

“DAAAAD!” He wailed out again. “How could you let them take away your manhood!?!?”

“What are you talking about?” Scott asked.

“How could you let them cut “it” off?” He asked.

Apparently Dwight thought a vasectomy was an equivalent to castration!  I guess that would make it 100% effective!

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I will post an updated 12 Days of Christmas plan with scriptures tomorrow. I almost have it together!

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Moving (Again)

Yes, it’s true.  This summer we are heading south.  I guess it will be time to change my blog title again. 

Real Life in…Arkansas

We’ve been pretty sure we were going to be moving again, but thought we’d end up back in South Carolina.  It made me feel especially sick last week when we discovered our old house is back up for sale again.  I loved that house!  But I’m sure it will be sold way before the summer months arrive!  Imagine how sick I’d feel to know we were going back and our house was right there, waiting to be bought about 6 months before our arrival!   No, that would be too much! 

The benefits of moving to Arkansas are pretty awesome though.  My mom and sisters will be just a few hours drive away.  The weather will be warmer too!  Dwights grandmother will also be only a few hours away from us too, and I think that it would be good for Dwight to be able to see her again.  He hasn’t seen her since he was 4 years old.  I think he needs something to look forward to. 

There’s also a college right there, so when Dwight graduates in 2 1/2 years, he could go to school right there.  I think that would be very good for him!  (He may not agree, but I think he will need some extra help the first year or two in college!)

I am sad that we are moving further away from Tina, though.  We’ll be about 10 hours away.  We really didn’t get to see each other as much as we’d have liked (or planned), but I really love our get togethers and the kids love being able to play with their cousins!   Madison is getting to the age now where she just loves her Aunt Tina and cousin L, carrying her around and painting her nails!

I’m also going to miss our church here.  I think that our church is probably one of the most well-balanced, properly functioning churches I’ve been to in a long time!  (That and the praise and worship ROCKS). 

Anyway, I just have to make it through one more cold Ohio winter…why am I such a wimp when it comes to cold weather???  Ohio really is a great state, but the cold weather just ruins it for me!  Wimp, wimp, wimp!

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