Monday, January 7, 2013

Saturday Classes I teach for Kids at Grants Pass Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft Store

Don't miss out on the classes at Jo-Ann's! They are often 50% off.

This past Saturday I taught a class of 5 students how to knit. 
The 4 girls and 1 boy did an excellent job! 
They were starting a scarf by the end of class.

This Saturday we're getting ready for Valentines with 
this easy hand sewn pillow - 
I Heart You Pillow: Kids' Sewing 102 (5+ yrs old)

Upcoming Classes:
On the left is a  pillow case which teaches children 
the basics of the sewing machine-
Kids' Sewing 101: Headtime Story (this is an ongoing class for 8+ yrs old)

In the middle is a giant pillow for those familiar with the 
machine using straight and zigzag stitches-
Kids' Sewing 201: My Pooch Pillow (8+ yrs old)

On the right is a more advanced project using two different 
fabrics with gathers for a cute skirt-
Kids' Sewing 301: Style Rocks Tutu (8+ yrs old)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A New Baby in the House

He's a cute black ball of fur when he's awake...



...or relaxing with his friend!

This is the newest member of our family: "Axle"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Test Yourself!

Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God. Excerpt taken from Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith: examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

I've been thinking about these quotes and this one too: Jesus said, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...I will be with you always even to the end of the age, from Matthew 28:19-20. The command in the middle of these verses is to GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES. Am I playing it safe when it comes to making disciples? Hey, I made disciples of my children as they were growing up - I've done my duty. Right? What a poor excuse! It's not something to check off my list of things to do - it should be a way of life. Look what comes before the command : ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME and what comes after: I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. Do I really believe this? Is my faith real in my life? Am I trusting the One who has authority and is with me? I have no excuses. The Lord commands it - it's His mission and there is nothing to fear as He goes with me.

I used to think that going door-to-door to talk to strangers, cold turkey, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ was for certain people with a special kind of gift.  I would say that's not my thing. I was really saying that I didn't believe that my God would be with me as I met new folks. I wasn't acknowledging the command to go. It was fear of the unknown and imagining the worst that kept me from getting involved. I certainly don't have control over how someone will respond to me or what hard questions they might ask, but is that important? I know the One who has all control and has the answers, so there is no need to worry.  I don't want to be lukewarm; I want to be on fire for the Lord. I believe that means stepping outside my comfort zone and seeing what God will do. He wants to reach people to add more worshippers to His church. I'm certainly being selfish if I don't want to share Him with others. Praise the Lord that He works with me and nudges me along, as always, in His loving and patient way. No more playing it safe! Jesus said, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Importance of Music Theory

It's a known command that we are to praise God with our voices. To quote just a couple places: Psalm 9:11 "Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people." Isaiah 12:5 "Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth." Have you thought about the importance of improving the instrument God has given you in order to be more faithful in your worship of Him? How about your children - are you raising worshipers of the living God? Do they know how to sing and do it well? If their overall education is important, then music theory should be included in their core curriculum right along with reading, writing and math.

There's an order to music - staffs, clefs, notes, measures, time signatures, scales, chords and intervals, to name just a few specifics, are used to put music together. Our God is a god of order- look around you and see His orderliness. Those who have been made in His image mimic this orderliness in producing music. It's a science to figure out the placement of notes. It's an art to produce beautiful music that singers can sing.

Perhaps you have heard of do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do? That's a scale! Did you know that scales consist of whole and half notes? Do you know what intervals are? Did you know that sharps and flats in the key signature have a certain order? You might say, "I'm not interested in all that stuff. I just want to sing!" Yes, you can sing, but will it be your best? Learning to follow along on a music score is foundational to good singing. It takes time and work, but is well worth it.

For a starting point you could go to lesson one on the 8notes website below and commit to memory the terms. Go to the subsequent lessons and learn as you go. One excellent way to really learn is to be in a group such as a music class, group lessons, or join with other families and learn together. Quite a few of us took "Music Fundamentals for Worship" at Caedmon this second semester. Brad McMurray was patient and inspiring as we went through many of the things mentioned above and more. It was challenging, yet fun and motivating! Learn the grammar of music to improve your singing so "that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" with more gusto!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Second Family Wedding of the Year!

Siblings getting ready

At the reception

First dance

Lots of smiles for the happy couple!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

First Family Wedding of the Year

First Dance

Groom with most of the groomsmen - where was his best man?


The happy couple!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Scenes of Christmas

No Christmas is complete without Charlie Brown.
This book is the traditional movie version story with
sound effects, including Linus reciting the
Luke passage of the true meaning of Christmas.

Here's our Christmas tree with lots
of homemade ornaments.
We bought it from the Boy Scouts this year,
at a reasonable price, I must add.

When the children were young I liked to have
them make some kind of ornament or decoration
to hang on the tree every year. We still have quite
a collection. This ornament was painted by one
of the boys 17 years ago when he was 7 years old.