Monday, March 18, 2013

A low key, super fun, St. Patty's Day.

I was raised Catholic, and while I don't follow the doctrine anymore, I still LOVE the stories of the Saints. St. Patrick has always been one of my favorites.

St. Patrick was actually born in England. He was sold into slavery at a very young age to the Irish. For many years he worked hard, one day he felt a calling from the Lord to escape from his bondage get back to England and become a minister. When he made it back to England he did just that. He then worked in the church, until again the Lord called him to go back to Ireland. The people there had a polytheistic approach to religion, and God wanted Patrick to bring the Good News of Jesus to the people. For 30 years Patrick traveled throughout Ireland teaching people about Jesus. To teach about the Godhead he used the shamrock, one leaf for each person in the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick died on March 17, 458 (The year may be off a bit).

We celebrate St. Patrick's Day for St. Patrick in my house. We talk about the trinity and what St. Patrick did. We talk about evangelism and what it means to share the gospel. Yes, we wear green and enjoy stories of Leprechauns (if you know me you know I love fantasy and magic). But I LOVE the real story of St. Patrick even more. I would love that if when people remembered my name they said she did everything she could to share the gospel, and I think that's what St. Patrick wanted too.

I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Johnny Appleseed Day

We started our holiday a little late because of dentist appts that seemed to take hours. (Probably because my sweet little Bean screamed from the time she sat in the chair til they let her out of the chair)

Anyway once we got started it was lovely. We read a story about Johnny Appleseed and talked about Tall Tales. The kids even wrote their own tall tale about an adventure they had with Johnny Appleseed. I also was able to find one of my old favorite cartoons about Johnny Appleseed on Youtube, check it out here Next we planted some apple seeds and made apple pie, (the apple pancakes didn't happen because since my surgery I haven't been able to wake up before 10:30am.) All in all it was a fun day, and I am hoping that I am on the mend so that I can keep up with these crazy kids, for now, I think I need a nap.

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!!

This is my go to Betty Crocker Cookbook...A wonderful apple pie recipe

 We planted our apple seeds in jars so that we can see the growth.
We can't wait to taste our yummy pie!!

Celebrate the next holiday with us!! March 17th is St. Patrick's Day! See you soon.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fun Holidays

Do you know how many FUN obscure holidays are out there? There is some made up fun holiday for every day of the year!!! I have decided that I would like to start celebrating some of these holidays and maybe even make up a few of our own for the rest of 2013. I like the idea of celebrating the everyday stuff that makes life so great, and I want the kids to see that they can make each day special no matter what they are going through.

Tomorrow is Johnny Appleseed Day, Johnny Appleseed is one of my favorite American Folk tales. I love the lesson that is only takes one person to make a difference. I am picturing Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for breakfast and maybe some apple pie to take with us to our weekly bible study. (which I am sure will in turn make our bible study happy). I am hoping to keep up with posting about our fun holidays, and I am excited to see if others start celebrating the fun holidays with us. I will hopefully be adding a bible verse or story to go with each holiday, tomorrows verse is, "Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-33. 

So don't forget tomorrow is Johnny Appleseed day!!