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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Recent Crafts and Lessons

I’m going to share a couple of my lessons, or the crafts that I did for my lessons in hopes that it might give you ideas to do with your own kids or class.

A couple weeks ago, we did a lesson on the Bible.  We discussed how it’s the written word of God, how many books it contains, the stories in it, that it contains the laws we’re to live by, and a couple other things.  Since they’re so young, we stick to very basic stuff.  For our craft, we did a stained glass window of a Bible with a cross.  To do this, we used a coloring book page from here.  There are a couple ways that you can use this image (These are just thumbnail size, so you’ll have to go to the site to download the coloring page.)…..

This is the version that we did by cutting out the gray areas.

This is an alternate version by cutting out the gray area.

To make this craft, cut out one of the 2 versions above.  Have the child color the picture in the areas that you are not going to cut out to make stained glass.  Cut large pieces of tissue paper in about 4 different colors.  Then help the child put glue just along the edge that was cut out on the back side of the image.  They can then lay the tissue paper over the opening.  Be sure that they overlap colors for other color effects and don’t leave any gaps between the pieces of tissue paper.  Let dry.  Once it’s dry, either laminate it or use clear contact paper to seal it.  Then, cut out the stained glass picture around the outside edge, punch a hole in the top and loop a string through.  It’s then ready to hang in any window!!

Our most recent lesson was Thanksgiving…..or giving thanks.  This year, I didn’t use the pilgrims or our Thanksgiving holiday.  I used the parable of The Ten Lepers.  I thought that “only 1 said thank you” was the perfect way for them to understand giving thanks.  They really grasped lesson and loved the craft project.  For the craft, I used the  from paper craft MSSS Crafts and Resources for Bible Stories

For this project, we had the kids color each of the nesting dolls (front only – paper craft) and cut them out.  Then we helped them glue them by the number tabs on a sheet that says Only 1 Said “Thank You”!! and it had a poem on it for the kids to recite with their parents.  To get my page with the poem that we mounted them to, go to this download.  Be sure to print it on cardstock for extra strength with the glue and how heavy it gets with all 10 nesting dolls for the paper craft.

That about covers it for now and gets you caught up with just a couple of my classes favorite projects.  I hope your kids enjoy as much as mine did!!  Please be sure to leave me a comment if you use these craft ideas or tell me how they turned out, and please, click the button below if you enjoy the projects that I share….thanks!!

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An Update

I know I haven’t posted much.  I had such big plans to get caught up and to share some of my religious education lessons.  Then, things went kind of crazy.

We dogsat my parents dog for almost 2 weeks while they were on vacation.  Hubby had a couple of appointments up at the VA, which is an all day event for each one.  I fought a “cold” for 2 weeks.  It was more like a cough that just wouldn’t go away.  It was so irritating and my whole body hurt from coughing.  I was sleeping all sorts of crazy hours because coughing at night was stopping me from getting a good night’s sleep.  So, I’d nap off and on all day long and a couple days, I slept almost all day long.

Then I finally got a call from the surgery clinic.  I was told that the doctor had gotten approval to do start doing some of the lap band surgeries.  They scheduled me for an appointment on Wednesday to see him about my surgery.  That same day, I had a diabetes check-up with my regular doctor.  That ended up being an all day thing!!  The doctor told me that I’d have to have a scope done this week and in December, I should have my surgery.  That meant that Thursday, I was back up at the hospital doing my pre-admitting and paperwork.

The scope was scheduled for today and is a minor surgery.  They were going to put me out, so hubby had to take the day off so he could drive me home.  Chances of a complication are minimal and they do it to make sure there’s no infections in the stomach or anything that would prevent me from having the surgery done.  With this scheduled, the lap band wouldn’t be far behind because they can’t risk you developing something in between times.  I was ready for a quick in and out!!

Everything went off without a hitch for the scope.  I was in surgery 30 minutes after being admitted.  Everyone is so great in that clinic.  They had a terrible time trying to get my IV started once I got to surgery.  I had 3 people working on me and they finally called in the head anesthesiologist.  He put it in my upper arm and was looking at my shoulder!!  EEK  I got a nasty spray in the throat for the tubes and camera to go in.  It was so gross!!  I went out so quick.  I don’t remember a thing, but supposedly I was partially awake.

The scope showed that I had a hiatal hernia, gastritis, and they found 2 polyps.  My surgeon had to biopsy them and it’ll take awhile for the results to come back.  He told me the % risk that they’re cancerous, but I don’t remember as he said it when I was coming out of anesthesia.  I have to call Monday for a follow-up and that won’t be until they have the biopsy results back.  I had no idea that I have a hiatal hernia.  He said that’s good and I probably won’t need meds for it. 

As for the polyps, I’m not going to worry.  I believe that this happened for a reason.  Even if they are cancerous, they’re catching them early.  I really don’t think that they are though.  That’s just my feeling.  Only a little time will tell.  My hopes are high and I refuse to believe the worst.  I’m not sure I’ll still be having the lap band surgery in December with this, but it’s only a matter of time now!!

Those of you that have been following my progress since my decision to have the lap band done might remember that this is way earlier than expected.  My initial wait was supposed to be a year.  The military has finally allowed him to start performing the lap bands and he’s trying to work as many in as possible.  Those with gastric bypass or the sleeve are still waiting and it’ll probably be a year for them.  So as I said, this has all happened for a reason.  The lap bands being approved and the surgery dates coming up so quick from what was expected has helped to realize that I might have some sort of issues.

I’ll keep you posted and I’ll try to post more often.  I still want to share my religious education lessons and I have so many photos that I like and want to post.  One thing at a time though!!

Categories: Blogging, Daily Life, Family, General, Memories/Experiences, Religious Education, the Army, the Home, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Macro Monday: Acorn in the Shadows

It’s been so long since I had a chance to do Macro Monday.  When I was visiting my parents a couple weeks ago and I was capturing photos of acorns all over their yard, I knew that I was going to have to post some for Macro Monday.  I’ve so been looking forward to it!!  The shot that I chose has lots of detail and has a large shadow from such a small object.  Love the textures in this one and hope that you enjoy it too!!

Here’s my acorn in the shadows for Macro Monday (click to enlarge to see full details)…..

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Categories: Blogging, Daily Life, Family, General, Memories/Experiences, Photos-Pictures, the Home, Uncategorized, Vacation Time | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gone So Long

I know, it’s been quite a long time since I posted.  Things got pretty busy around here and I was trying to keep it all going….smoothly.  That was short lived when I got sick.  

I’d been fighting a cold for awhile.  It was there, but hadn’t really effected me.  Hubby had it for over 2 weeks and I was doing just fine.  Saturday, we had to go get our flu shots because it was going to be our last opportunity.  We could do it this coming weekend, but we won’t be available, so had to do it while we could.  I felt fine after and on Sunday.  Then on Monday, I realized I wasn’t doing so well and laid around a lot.  Tuesday, I literally spend about 20 hours in bed and most of it, I was sleeping.

I woke up Wednesday morning sweating from head to toe.  I was exhausted, but knew that I was going to have to teach class that night.  Miss K made sure to take care of me as only she can.  Actually, she slept most of the day on Tuesday too.  I think it was enough to get her past it.  Even now, I don’t feel “sick”, I’m just so tired.  Plus, a cough has started.

With the rest of the week we have ahead, I can’t let it get me down and I have to start moving.  Friday, I have to take Lean Green to the VA to have his eye exam.  They should be dilating them, so he can’t drive at all.  Then on Saturday, we get my parents dog.  We’ll be dogsitting for them.  Yes, 3 dogs running around the house and all of them in charge!!  HAHA

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been.  I hope to get the blog caught up soon.  I want to share our craft from last night’s religion class.  It was super simple and they had fun!!  I also have some photos that I hope to share.  Stay tuned and don’t mind the germs!!



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