Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What Color is Your Personality

If you want a book that is fun and will also help you learn more about yourself, The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book is it. It's a good book to do when you're alone and bored or the weather is keeping you inside, but it's even better if you can do it with a friend or sister.

Some of the quizzes I wrote for the  quiz book were cut because it was too long. Here's one of them.

Take the quiz and leave a message telling me what color you are. If you leave a message, your name will go into a drawing for this book. (Make sure it's okay with your parents to do this!)

Color Me a Rainbow

     The body is one unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12,27

     God created everyone in his own image, but he made each of us unique. Some people are funny, others are serious.  Some are loud, others are shy. And just as our physical bodies need all of the parts to work as one, God's family (the body of Christ) needs all kinds of people to do his work.
     It would be a plain world if God had made us all the same. But just as different colors make up a rainbow, different personalities make up our world. If everything were the same color, it would get pretty boring. If people were all the same, things would get pretty boring too. What color best suits your personality? Take the quiz below and find out. Circle the answer that best describes you for each question.
1.      You are at the amusement park with a group of friends. You are trying to decide what ride to go on first. You suggest:
a.       The fastest roller coaster. You’re ready for a thrill.
b.      The log ride. You want all your friends to be together.
c.       The train. You want to start out easy.
d.      The tea cups. You know everyone will have fun on those.
2.      It’s lunchtime at the amusement park and no one can agree where to eat. You suggest:
a.       Everyone tries the new food booth that specializes in hot, spicy food.
b.      The food booth you know your best friend really wants to eat at.
c.       Everyone goes to the food booth of her choice and meets at a table.
d.      Hot dogs, fries, and cotton candy.
3.      You little brother is at home but he asked you to win him a stuffed animal at the amusement park arcade. It costs a dollar a try! You:
a.       Hand over a dollar. You know you can win it for him.
b.      Hand over as much as it takes so your brother won’t be disappointed.
c.       Give it one try. If you miss you can always get him something at the gift shop.
d.      Talk an athletic-looking boy standing there into winning it for you.
4.      There’s only time for one more ride. You say:
a.       It’s my turn to choose. You’ll all love this ride.
b.      I think you should choose because you haven’t chosen as many.
c.       Doesn’t matter to me.
d.      Let’s go on the most fun one.
5.      You stop at the gift shop on the way out and buy:
a.       A shirt that says, “I survived the Death Drop.”
b.      A shirt that says, “Best friends forever.”
c.       A shirt that says, “Whatever.”
d.      A shirt that has a large smiley face.
6.      In the car on the way home you:
a.       Talk about how much fun the thriller rides were.
b.      Talk about how glad you were all your friends could come.
c.       Listen to the others or sleep.
d.      Chatter about how much fun the whole day was.
7.      After your day out you feel:
a.       Full of energy
b.      Thoughtful
c.       Relaxed
d.      Happy
8.      When it comes to being with your friends, it’s important to you to:
a. Do something exciting, different, or daring.
b. Be loyal, compassionate, and understanding.
c. See that everyone gets along and does what they want.
d. Make sure that everyone has fun and is happy.
9.      When you get home from the park you’ll probably:
a.       Shoot baskets with your dad while you describe the rides to him.
b.      Write about your day and your feelings in your journal.
c.       Chill out, lay on the couch and watch a favorite movie.
d.      Phone one of your friends and plan the next fun outing.
10.  When you go places with your friends you are often the:
a.       Leader
b.      Comforter
c.       Peacekeeper
d.      Chatterbox

Count up how many you have of each letter. If you have mostly:
 A’s – Your color is red. You are energetic, bold, and confident. You are often the leader, and the one to try something new. You don’t mind taking a risk or facing a challenge. Those things leave you feeling energized. You often get your own way because you’re more assertive than some of your friends. And you seldom give in to peer pressure to do something wrong. In fact, you often turn it around and talk the others into doing something good and worthwhile. Let God guide your ways and you will develop into a strong, confident leader.
B’s – Your color is blue. You are loyal, compassionate, and thoughtful. You stand by your friends and think about what they want to do and what they need. You spend time reflecting on your day and writing in a journal about your feelings. You tend to feel things more strongly than your friends do. In fact, at times people tell you you’re too sensitive. But at the same time, those feelings also make you more aware of the needs around you. You care about those less fortunate than yourself. In the future God may use you to help some of those people as a teacher, missionary, or social worker.
C’s – Your color is pink. You are easy-going, patient, and a peacekeeper. Most things don’t get you stirred up or bothered. That’s why you hate it when your friends argue. You step in and try to get them to work it out. You don’t have many strong opinions about things so you seldom argue, although you do feel strongly about your faith. Sometimes people encourage you to get more involved in things and you do-as long as it’s something that’s important to you. That’s why you’ll choose a career where you can do something meaningful to help others.
D’s – Your color is yellow. You are cheerful, talkative, and friendly. Although your teachers call you a chatterbox, you add life to the classroom and to social events. Your happy nature is contagious and people like to be with you. You find it easy to talk to new people and people of all ages. You love to have fun, but you also know when you need to be serious about things. It’s easy for you to tell others about your faith in Jesus and to invite your classmates to church. And they usually go because they know that when they’re with you they’ll have a great time.

Just for fun!
Have several of your friends take this quiz. Once all of your know your color, try dressing all in that color. If you're blue, dress in blue from head to toe -- blue ribbon in your hair or blue hat, blue shirt, blue pants, blue shoes. Set the date for when you will all wear your colors.
What color did the results say you are? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Monday, February 08, 2016

14 Days of Kindness Update

We have completed week one of our 14 Days of Kindness. Here are some of the things we've done.

  • Made taco soup for cafeteria workers and Rick's office (see last post)
  • Made trail mix for the bus driver and some of the cafeteria workers
  • Dipped long pretzel rods, mini pretzels and marshmallows in almond bark (white chocolate, milk chocolate), blue and peanut butter flavored chips for neighbors, band director and others
  • Filled splatter jars with trail mix for band director and some special area teachers
  • Made pillows from towels for Sunday school teachers
  • Made wooden Scripture and name blocks for neighbor children and Sunday school teachers
  • Made microwave peanut butter fudge
  • Made treat plates for older siblings

You can read how to make these here

You can read how we made the pillows here
To make the mini cupcakes, we just used the small cupcake papers in a mini muffin pan and baked them for only 12-15 minutes.

We have just a few days left.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Sarah: A Journey of Faith

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
A picture a friend sent me of Starring Women of the Bible on display

A Journey of Faith
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.." Genesis 12:1
     Sarah made the move from the Ur, the New York City of the ancient world, to Haran. She settled there with her family for many years. The whole family remained in Haran until her father-in-law, Terah, died. After Terah's death, God called Abraham to finish the journey Terah had started.
     This move was truly a journey of faith and obedience. God didn't tell them where they would be going when they set out, but they trusted him to take care of them. Once again Sarah had to pack up and leave all she knew to follow God's leading. The family journeyed another 600 miles into the area that is now modern Israel. In exchange for their faith and obedience, God made a promise to Abraham and Sarah. He promised them that they would become a great nation and be famous--not famous in the way that a movie star or sports figure is famous, but they would always be remembered--and blessed. This was God's covenant, or agreement, with Abraham: "Follow me and I will bless you."
     Abraham did follow God and finished the journey to Canaan with Sarah at his side. Abraham and Sarah were the father and mother of the Israelite nation. King David, one of the most famous rulers of Israel (yep, the one who defeated Goliath), was part of Abraham's family tree. So was Jesus, who was born to save us all from sin and death. If Abraham and Sarah hadn't trusted in God and obeyed him, God wouldn't have poured his blessings out on their family for generations to come. Sometimes making the right decisions and obeying God doesn't just affect one person here and now, but it makes a difference for future family members too.

Thinking it Through:
     Why did Abraham and Sarah obey God even when they had no idea where they were going? Because they trusted that God knew what was best for them. God wants you to obey him too. No, you don't have to journey by camel 1,200 miles, but there are things you can do now.
     Here are some things God wants you to do now. Read each one. Circle A for always do it, S for sometimes do it and N for seldom or never do it.
     1. Obey your parents. (Ephesians 6:1)                                                       A  S  N
     2. Be kind to others. (Ephesians 4:32)                                                       A  S  N
     3. Treat others the way you want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12)              A  S  N
     4.  Think about things that are true, pure and excellent. (Phil 4:8)            A  S  N
     5.  Forgive others who are unkind or wrong you. (Colossians 3:13)         A  S  N

     Did you circle mostly A's? These are just a few of the things God wants you to do. God called Abraham and Sarah because they had already shown obedience by following the rules he had given them. When you are willing to obey God in the little things, then he'll give you greater things to do for him.

In four weeks I will be giving away a copy of :
Each time you leave a comment on a post about Sarah, I will enter your name into the drawing. So you can have your name in the drawing multiple times. USA mailing addresses only.
You can order your own copy Here or check your local Christian bookstore.

Monday, February 01, 2016

14 Days of Kindness Kick Off: Taco Soup

We kicked off our 14 days of kindness with recognizing the cafeteria workers.

I am good friends with one of the ladies at Kaleb's school, so I arranged to send in taco soup for her crew. We also sent taco soup in with Rick for his coworkers.

 We sent sour cream, shredded cheese and tostitos chips with it.
Here is the recipe for the taco soup. It's easy and not much can go wrong unless you scorch the pan or something.

Taco Soup
15 oz can of black beans drained
2  16 oz cans of kidney beans drained
29 oz can of corn drained
46 oz can Tomato juice
29 oz can Tomato sauce
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 lb browned ground beef

Combine in crock pot and cook at least one hour or simmer stovetop
Serve with Tostitos, sour cream, shredded cheese

We made trail mix for Jasmine to take to her cafeteria workers.
These were our original ingredients, but it looked too plain. Everything was similar in size.

This looked boring.
So we added pretzels.
Much better

The kids also made cards to go with the treats they took.
He doesn't look happy because he was not paying attention and was slopping his card together and making a mess. I told him to watch Jasmine. Homemade cards and gifts are nice--if they are a child's best work. Teachers, friends and others deserve our best. 

Next up: Bus drivers

Saturday, January 30, 2016

How to Make Snowman Poo

Here's an easy treat we make occasionally. We've chosen to call it snowman poo. 

You need:
20 oz Oreos
8 oz cream of cheese
white almond bark (Or something similar)

1. Crush the oreos.

2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth

3. Add the oreos to the cream cheese and mix.

4. Roll into 1" balls

5. Refrigerate until chilled.

6. Melt the almond bark. We did this is a frying pan so it would be easier to roll the Oreo balls in the almond bark.

7. Refrigerate until chilled. You can blend them smoother than ours, and roll them in more almond bark to have a nice white coating, but these are kid made, and this is how they look kid made :)

This is how the  perfect ones look.

And there you have it. Snowman poo.

What fun or interesting foods or snacks do you make that we could try? Leave me a comment or recipe below.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sarah: Dealing with Change

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.

This picture is from a preteen reader's room.

Dealing with Changes
     One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Genesis 11:31
     Abraham and Sarah, then called Abram and Sarai, lived in Ur of the Chaldeans along the Euphrates River in what is now southern Iraq. This was an important city in the ancient world. If you picture the people of this time as uneducated and living as cavemen, think again. Ur was a flourishing city. It was the center of culture, power and wealth. It was at its peak of power in Abraham's day. Abraham was probably a very educated man, and Sarah most likely had all the luxuries of life.
     Abraham's father, Terah, decided to move the whole family from the thriving town of Ur to the land of Canaan-- a land very different from Ur. The family packed up and said goodbye to their home and all they knew. Then they set out. But for some reason, Terah stopped halfway to Canaan in the village of Haran in what is now southern Turkey, and the family remained there.
     Sarah's life took a dramatic turn when she left behind the art, culture and thriving businesses to follow her family. The Bible doesn't say much about this move, but we can guess that it was hard for Sarah to leave her life in Ur to become a traveler and then reside in Haran. Yet she accepted it, and the family stayed there until Terah's death.
Thinking it Through:
            Changes aren't always easy. Sarah had to leave behind a bustling city for Nowhere Ville, yet the Bible doesn't mention her complaining about the changes.
Are you known as a complainer? Or do others know you as someone who handles changes and challenges well. The next change you face, remind yourself to be a bright light by not complaining (Philippians 2: 13-15). Instead, ask God to help you trust him to take care of him no matter what changes come.

In four weeks I will be giving away a copy of :
Each time you leave a comment on a post about Sarah, I will enter your name into the drawing. So you can have your name in the drawing multiple times. USA mailing addresses only.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

14 Days of Kindness

Remember back before Thanksgiving? Everyone was filled with holiday cheer. Facebook status feeds were filled with people posting one thing they were thankful for each day. But now the holidays are past. People have lost their holiday spirit. Instead they are discouraged by the weather. Or the after-the-holidays bills. Or health or family issues. No one is posting what they are thankful for now.

It's that way every year, and that's how our 14 days of kindness started. We don't do it every year, and some years it's only seven days but it's always the first week or two of February when the weather is bad and things are gray and gloomy.

Basically we pick a group of people such as janitors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, Sunday school teachers etc., and we do something for them. For example, this year we are kicking it off on February 1st by making taco soup for the cafeteria workers at Kaleb's school. There is no cafeteria worker's appreciation day like there is for teachers, secretaries etc.  We will probably do something for Jasmine's and Kayla's on other days. 

The kids have been working on crafts in preparation for our 14 days.

I'll share the different crafts and acts of kindness we are doing for the 14 days when the time comes.

Why not join us? You don't have to do crafts or make anything grand, a simple handmade greeting card or act of kindness such as doing a chore for someone may be all it takes to brighten someone's day.