Thursday, December 9, 2010
Hey!I hope you are all having a snuggly, Christmas'y', toasty week. This is such a wonderful season. Celebrating Jesus is the best time of year, no doubt! Yes, it does get busy, but I think planning, is the best way to enjoy the season. I am writing from halfway around the world, so I don't have as much going on in a culture that doesn't get really down with celebrating, but it is still busy.
Please be in prayer about two things. One, we are having a Christmas party here at our home on the 18th. We are focusing on the people in our community of Joho that we have had short or long-term relationships with over the past 3-4 years. Pastor Yawd and his family are going to work with us on this. We are going to have a simple meal, play a game, share Jesus, and send everyone home with a gift. Then, on the morning of Christmas Eve, John has been invited to share the Christmas Story with the students/staff of Ratchasima II. That means anywhere from 2,000-3,000 people (more or less?). We are very excited about both of these open doors in the community. If you would please join in prayer with us concerning these events we would greatly appreciate it. God is ALIVE, working on the hearts of the people everywhere! Pray that the hearts of the Thai people will be soft, that their ears will be able to understand, and that they will have understanding. We are expecting great things!!
Well, our tree is far from perfect, it is actually quite annoying, but that's not what the season is all about anyway. I do enjoy that part of it though, and I have had to get really creative with it. There are 11 plugs into our one strip outlet, the lights all do something different. If I could only get them still :). Nonetheless, we are thankful and happy. At least I can get white lights! I decorated this year with spices and dried fruits. It is so beautiful to me! Wish you could see it. The garland above the kitchen sink is my favorite, by far. I used some kind of cool-looking twine and strung it with dried bael fruit (the juice around here is one of my faves), sat oranges on it and added some cinnamon down the sides...HA-here's a pic:
So far, we have enjoyed 'Elf' and 'Holiday Inn' during the Christmas time movie nights. It's been fun. If you haven't seen Holiday Inn, it's an oldie, and definitely one of our favorites. There ya go...a little peek of life from around here lately!
Love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Posted by sandy at 12:28 AM
Friday, December 3, 2010
We are trying to do one fun, crafty project per term that goes along with any topic that we have studied. The children chose Egypt and the pyramids. I found this on a blog somewhere called affectioknit, I think? Anyway, tweak it to meet your needs. This is how our project turned out.
We just did a little math, to make sure everything was going to be even and then traced, cut, and folded.
Step 2: Next we folded the cardboard and used masking tape to connect all sides.
Using yarn, we glued it around the pyramids. (I let my toddler 'paint' the glue all over the pyramids--that was FUN for him). When the project is finished the yarn helps it look like 'bricks'.
**While doing paper mache, be sure to leave two of the sides uncovered where you can easily cut the yarn in order to OPEN your pyramid.
Step 6: Find a sturdy piece of cardboard to use as your base. The one I chose was very thin and the pyramids ended up to heavy, especially once you add the tomb on the inside. If you mix a glue with blue food coloring, when the river dries it is shiny and 'fun' looking. We made a couple of boats out of grass to float in the river.
(Please excuse my sweet potatoes ;)
Step 7: We made salt dough, cut them into triangles to fit inside the pyramids. They then constructed a burial chamber, the air shafts, the treasure compartment. You can get as detailed as you want, even down to labeling everything. We chose NOT to label, mainly because we had already spent 3 weeks working on the project and it was Thanksgiving week, time to bake!
It was a fun project, a little messy. I recommend doing it all outside and be sure to have a sturdy base. Oh, yea, we added capstones as well. We rigged a pulley system with twine and brass brads in order to open and close the pyramid. Just play with it and figure out what works best for you.
Leave your comments and thoughts please. They encourage me!
Posted by sandy at 7:49 AM