Monday, January 21, 2019
It is winter here in the US where I live. What a perfect time to bake cookies....or anything! In most parts of the country the temperatures are reaching very low numbers and we are staying home a bit more and working on indoor projects.
Baking is always fun to do for ourselves but we can always bless others with our sweet treats. Neighbors, delivery drivers, utility workers and first responder's to name a few.
I've heard of many families who bake and take goodies to our local police and fire dept. for Christmas, but what about the other 364 days per year? I know they enjoy this outreach all year long.
I've even heard from some folks who say that during the cold and bad weather, since the LEO are patrolling anyway, they are happy to stop by one's home and pick up the goods to take back and share, thus allowing the families to bless them, all the while keeping them safe at home.
Our favorite recipe is this one from Titus2.com
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
Happy baking, and as always,
Be Prepared To Bless
Friday, August 24, 2018
Do you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or just special little friends starting school this week?
Have you ever had lunch with them at school?
This is something that I have found most all children enjoy. Having a guest for lunch at school. Sometimes I have made plans with my children for this so they are anxiously waiting. Sometimes I have simply shown up and they were pleasantly surprised.
I’ve purchase lunch for us and brought it in and I’ve also purchased lunch in the school cafeteria. Either way was always fun.
This is a special way to get to know the other kiddos having lunch with mine.
The teachers also enjoy seeing adults take time out to visit the school and get to know them.
Definitely check with the school admin to make sure you know their policy on visitation. They will appreciate that as well.
Try it out! Maybe even just once per semester. It’s a quick and easy way to bless your little ones and even those around them.
Hoping your school year is getting off to a good start!
Be Prepared To Bless
Saturday, July 8, 2017
If you haven't gotten into "rocking" I encourage you to search it out in your area and get involve. It has become a nationwide family activity here in the United States. We "rock" locally as well as nationally AND some even internationally! It is fun for all ages and skill levels.
We use mostly smooth river rock. Of course you can go pick up your own off of the bank of a river or purchase them from either a landscaping company, home improvement store or discount stores. Even purchasing them is very inexpensive.
We usually coat them with inexpensive base. Any kind of clear coat is good. Then use various ways of decorating them from permanent markers to to acrylic paint, crayons, craft paint etc. After they are dry we give them another coat of clear sealer such as Modge Podge or a spray on of some type.
We use Facebook to interact with others. Our town, as well as most, have a page made by a local person with just the name of our town followed by the word Rocks, such as "Abilene Rocks" On the back or your rock and before you give it the final seal you would want to simply write fb #abilene rocks. Then take a picture and upload to your areas page so everyone knows you are planting this rock. Some people give hints as to where to find it if your town is big enough.
We have several parks that we hide in plus at entrances of local businesses, at the library, outside of a children's dentist office, ice cream shop etc.
The person who finds your rock should take a picture and post on the fb page so that you know who found it. Then that person has the choice of keeping it and replacing it with another or even just rehiding it.
It makes for a lot of fun to get the family together painting and then outside for sunshine and exercise.
For those who travel on vacation it is always fun to take rocks with you, with your fb page noted on the back, and hide along the way during your trip. Then wait and see if anyone finds and posts your rock. You can always join another towns fb pages and post there that you have dropped a rock for them to find. Another fun way is to indicate on the back of your rock that you would like for it to travel so if someone finds it they can post and let you know they have gotten it and where they have moved it to. Since this is a nationwide activity your rock could travel all over the county.
Get everyone involved. Even home bound or older folks who may not be able to get out would surely enjoy. Check with local nursing homes, shelters, adult day care facilities and such. Ask if they would consider allowing their clients to use this as an activity. Then have someone pick the rocks up and hide for them. They will be most please to see a picture of a child with a smile, holdng their rock that they have painted.
This is also a great Sunday School activity. Include a scripture reference on your rock. When someone finds it they are likely to open their Bible to research and be blessed by what they read.
The picture here are a few that my family has painted. I would love to see yours.
Have fun "rocking" and feel free to share your creations with me. As always
Be Prepared to Bless,
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Although I am a bit late posting this Month's Operation Christmas Child's June shopping list hopefully, if you haven't already searched out the suggestions you still have plenty of time to stop by and pick up a few toys for your box or boxes.
Dolls, whistles and jump ropes seem easy enough to fit into a shoe box, However, soccer balls are much loved by the kids receiving these boxes as well. How could you possibly fit a ball in the box, you might be wondering. It's actually much easier than you would think. Deflate the ball and it roll it up. Now it takes up much less room. There is also room for the air pump and needle so that when the child receives it, having a useful and very fun item is quick and easy to prepare.
We are about half way there.
Happy shopping and remember to always
Be Prepared To Bless!