EJ is a planner. He likes to know what's going to happen, when. When his day doesn't go as planned, he's pretty good at rolling with the punches. That's one reason I was struck so hard one day when I went into his room and actually noticed his walls. (The drawing is the shape of the animals' bowls.)
You should totally read part 1 first. It answers the the 5 W (and 1 H) questions. This post will talk about different mediums you can (and should!) try in your Bible/notebook. I will show you pictures of the ones I have tried, but there are more things that I just don't have that you might want to try. (Youtube is great for this!) Every picture in this post is clickable to view it larger, in case you want to see details up close and personal.
1. Colored pencils. Definitely the easiest, and probably cheapest, supply to get. There are a million different kinds of colored pencils, and everyone has their favorite. Mine are an off-brand from the '90s that my husband found in a box of his old high school stuff.
I love my ladies' meetings. The food (especially the dessert!). The fellowship. The projects. I also love God. I love to read the Bible, especially the book of Psalms. I love to sign songs to Jesus, and even to play the piano for our Spanish ministry. My heart smiles when I see my son living out his faith.
Despite all that, however, I don't love the devotional time during ladies meetings. I am probably the only "good Christian" in the world like that, but sadly, it's true. When the chosen lady stands behind the podium and arranges her papers, inwardly I sigh and tentatively reach toward my "Topics to Daydream About" book in my mind, just in case the devotional is boring.
It is so crazy that I do that, still, because after close to 30 months of devotionals at ladies' meetings, only one was boring. One! (Sorry, whoever it was. I have forgotten. Hey, you want me to be honest, right? I didn't say I didn't learn anything from it...) You would think I would anticipate the devotional time and be excited to see what I will learn this time. I guess that old sinful self likes to forget (on purpose?) what a special time being in the Bible is, and every month I fall for it.
Well, this past month (like, last year, since this post sat in my drafts for WAY too long) was so not boring. It was just for me. Literally. Normally we have about 40 ladies in attendance, but for some strange reason, there were only 12 or 15 there this time. So I know that this devotional was just for me.
I could go on and on about the movie "Inside Out." So many feels, as the millennials say. Suffice it to say I loved it SO much that I decided to create my very first lapbook to go along with it! This took SO much work, no wonder people sell them for five bucks each! I made a full color version, then realized that I prefer black and white to print on colored paper. So I made a second version and turned all the color white. I made the whole thing in Paint, so it is not nearly as sophisticated and awe-inspiring as some of the lapbooks out there. But, it is my first one. I would LOVE feedback, and even pictures if you/your kids make it!
I didn't make a cover sheet or any extra pictures to just cut out and glue in. For EJ's cover sheet, I'm just going to have him draw a scene, some characters, or a fancy title. If there's space in his lapbook, he can draw some more. That way I sneak a little art in there, too!
You may have seen on facebook some of my pictures of my new art form, journaling in my Bible. It's a super old form of worship--with Bibles hundreds of years old found with elaborate drawings along side verses. Several weeks ago, I presented the idea in Sunday School. And without further ado, here is part one of my outline, so you can also be informed of this awesomeness.
A year ago, I reached out to a friend of mine who does some sidewalk counseling at her local abortion clinic and asked her for some advice about me doing the same thing at mine. Two weeks after our conversation, I discovered a local Crisis Pregnancy Center that needed help, so I started volunteering as a receptionist, with my promise to pray about eventually becoming a counselor.
This morning we visited the planetarium at a local college. They had a "homeschool day" where they showed a short video and the director went through a slide show of the solar system. We ran into a friend from a recent camp-out.
The show was like glorified Google Earth with a little more zooming capabilities, with some evolution sprinkled throughout. But it was fun to spend time with friends, anyway. And we got to see the brand-new footage of Mars and Pluto.
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.