On Christmas Eve, 30 years ago, my then future father-in-law put together a beautiful Bentwood rocker. The pieces had been carefully crafted and the parts carefully stored in the package it had been shipped in. The packaging (I would think) would have included the instruction manual. However, like all of us at times, the Kight men didn’t always like to refer to the manual. They liked to “figure it out” on their own.
When the rocker was eventually given to me, I was also handed a bag of washers. It seems they had been overlooked during assembly. It didn’t take many months of rocking our first born son before screws started working their way loose and falling on the floor. As you can imagine, it shortly became wobbly and unsafe to rock in. No matter how much I loved that rocker, it couldn’t be as strong and durable without the washers as it could have been with them. Following the instruction manual would have made the all the difference in longevity for that special old rocker.
This is a great and meaningful idea from our PSF friend, Darby Allen, and her sister, Lacy Adams.
Darby used it as a craft during our local MOPS meeting and it was a hit for sure!
Cut the following verses out in strips and mount them on cute decorative paper. (You may even want to laminate them). Display them in appropriate places such as by you child's bed for when they wake up, by their highchair when they are eating, by the door as they leave, etc. These will remind you to stop and take a moment to pray over them at that point in their day. Let them hear you pray for them aloud. Then as they get older, if they have heard you pray these prayers, they will be able to begin reciting them for themselves. To know our 7 year old or even our 16 year old child is praying for their own spiritual and physical well-being because they have heard their mom pray it over a long span of time would be priceless! Such a great "raising kingdom kids" idea! Thanks Darby and Lacy!
Have a wonderful day with your sweet children!
This morning I was inspired by some words my daughter-in-law wrote and wanted to share them with you. Let me give you some background:
A little over a week ago my son, his wife and two of their friends went out for dinner in Charleston while I stayed with their children. After returning, they told me of a major road block just up from the house. Police cars with lights flashing were everywhere and blocking the road for miles. According to what we could find out, an incident had happened that resulted in a local policeman’s death and the death of the shooter as well. Another officer was taken to MUSC in critical condition. Today was obviously the funeral for the fallen officer…
This is what Lauren had to say:
I was aggravated this morning that I was having to sit in abnormally crazy traffic, but then my heart broke as I passed hundreds of police officers gathered to bury their brother and knew there was a wife inside that church who mourns the loss of her husband and children who lost their daddy too soon. I am very grateful for the officer who was doing his job protecting our city, and very sad for his loss. So thankful that God took a moment out of this crazy day to remind me to be grateful for another day that I get to hug my husband and hold my baby. Life has a way of being so crazy that it's too easy to take the everyday things for granted. -Lauren
I don’t think any other words are needed but just to say, moms, hug your babies and your husband a little closer today and always be grateful for every moment with them.
Earlier in the day I looked at my FB notifications and saw a comment from a dear friend who was once a student in our youth group. I pictured the beautiful, sweet and outgoing blonde girl who was always asking questions about Jesus and faith. She was a very special person in my life at the time but we have lost touch over the years.
Her comment was about the memories of being in NYC on a youth trip 9 months after 9/11. I couldn't believe I had gone through this day without remembering....
Elizabeth wrote this:
Nine months after the attack I was on the streets of the Big Apple. I stood aside the GIANT hole where the Towers stood...fingers in the chain-link fence, staring at the steel beams that formed a cross and the men in hard hats working. I said to the person next to me, "I never wanted my mom as much as I do now." The building beside us still covered in a black tarp that was saturated in ash...ashes of buildings, planes, someone's dad, sister, brother, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, friend, grandmother, cousin, husband, wife, boyfriend, first grade crush, even ashes of NYC's finest who had given their all to do their best! I can say that was one of the most emotional moments of my life... still feeling the horror all those months later.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
This is a fun craft idea from Becca Marlowe. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in elementary education. It's an easy and fun project that can be made with things you have around the house. What a great way to have fun and recycle at the same time! Thanks Becca!
What you will need:
Recycled tin cans, paint brushes, paint, ribbon and a hot glue gun. ( Glitter and other decorations can be used also! )
How it’s made:
1- Remove the covering from the can
2- Paint the can
3- Let the paint dry, and then add any other embellishments you would like
4- Hot glue strips of ribbon to the inside of the bottom of the can
5- Hot glue a “ribbon hanger” to the top of the can. (long enough to hang from a tree limb or hook on your porch)
6- Once the hot glue has dried, hang the wind sock in a tree or on your porch and wait for a blustery day!
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