E is For Easter and Egg

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.           ~William BarclayIMG_5637

An Invitation to Create Felt Easter Eggs:

I first saw this idea on the website Best Ideas For Kids.  This is such a simple invitation to set up and the Littles loved it.  I made an egg shaped pattern and cut lots of egg shapes out of brightly colored felt.  Then I put out bowls of different things that the Littles could glue onto their eggs to decorate them–bits of ribbon and ricrac, small pompoms, pastel colored buttons, sequins and gemstones.  They loved it! Continue reading

T Is For (Christmas) Tree

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My intention this month was to focus on the artist Brian Kershisnik, but “the best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray”.   Although one of the art projects was in part inspired by  a Kershisnik painting, “Pruners”,  have I talked about Brian Kershisnik, or showed the children any of his artwork? No. Sigh… Luckily, there is always next week!  And I think that is the wonderful thing about life, there is always a new day and a new opportunity to be just a little bit better.

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The Storm That Broke The Back Of Summer

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Every autumn, my husband talks about “the storm that breaks the back of summer.”  I think that we just had it!  The temperature dropped from the sunny 80s that we have been enjoying to the 40s today!  I must admit though, that I do like the cozy, sweater weather that autumn ushers in.  I love to watch the colors change on the mountains–high at first, and then slowly bleeding down the mountainside to the valley.  Snow has dusted the top of Mount Timpanogas and my concord grapes are just about ripe enough to be made into juice.  The apples are rosy and ready to be picked–not too many this year, as we had a hard frost in the spring and many of the flower buds froze–but enough to make some applesauce.  It is autumn. Continue reading