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Archive for December, 2008

Santa and Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

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Craft ideas.

featurescarecrow    One of the stores I visit most often is the teacher supply store Lakeshore Learning, It has a lot of     decoration materials and books and learning manipulatives.   It’s fun to shop there and be inspired about   the all potential things I could do with my afterschool program. They also offer FREE CRAFTS FOR   KIDS at  every store  between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays.   And check out their website for  craft ideas.

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Holiday cupcakes.

This year I 0204_ej_frostystarting baking and had a lot of fun with cupcakes. It’s not that hard to jazz up a basic cupcake and this website gives great ideas for Holiday and Seasonal Cupcakes.

Frosty the Cupcake

1. Frost a cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with white icing. 

2. Flatten a large marshmallow on waxed paper with the palm of your hand. Cut a second marshmallow in half horizontally, then stack the halves on the first marshmallow to form a torso and head. 

3. Push a thin pretzel stick down through the snowman (this will help him stand up), then set him on the cupcake. 

4. Use decorators’ gel to create a mouth, eyes, and buttons, then add pretzel stick arms and a wedge cut from an orange slice candy for a nose. 

5. Accessorize with a candy hat (a Junior Mint secured to a Thin Mint with icing) and a fruit leather scarf.

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Yesterday we had the privilege of delivering Christmas presents to the students of our after school program. Local churches sponsored with us to make sure each child got about 3 to 4 presents each! It was so fun to see the excitement in the kids’ eyes when we arrived. Some kids said they would wait until Christmas, but others couldn’t wait!

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Little E. (dressed in Spiderman pajamas) was crying when I arrived because he thought we had forgotten him!

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How a seminarian thinks.

I have a fuzzy memory.

Years ago when I was a student a Fuller Seminary my friend Elizabeth and I were talking about u2 and the 6 degrees of separation thing.

Elizabeth: My sister’s friend’s choir teacher is the mother of the woman who married The Edge.

Me: Cool.

Elizabeth: (Surprised that I’m not more excited.)

Me: Do you think you’ll ever want to be ordained and perform weddings? I have some women friends in Australia who are ordained and it’s cool….

Elizabeth: (Laughing) No, the woman didn’t PERFORM the ceremony, she became his wife! You are thinking like a seminarian!

Me: (Finally freaking out) Oh wow!!! That’s so cool!

I’ve always remembered this conversation because I thought it was hilarious that I had immediately assumed that “married” meant officiating, not participating. We all have a lens in which we view the world and mine at that time was seminary. Heh.

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Throughout the year kids can earn “urban dollars” for good behavior, bringing and doing their homework, etc. At the end of the semester they can cash in those “dollars” for a reward. For one of our rewards trips, we went to Friendly’s last Monday night. Friendly’s has a great kids menu – drink, meal, and dessert – for about $7!

We had a lot of fun and were definitely the loudest table in the restaurant. It was great to spend quality time with these kids.

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Jesus changes lives.

My friend’s church did one of those cardboard testimony things in a recent Sunday service. Initially I was skeptical and dismissive because “cardboard testimonies” seem to be the latest cool, hip thing to do. But, then I watched it and immediately was reminded of how powerful it is that JESUS CHANGES LIVES. Like, really. Jesus can change your life. Really.

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