Thanksgiving Craft!

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Oct 282015

This is something fun to do with the kids, and you will enjoy it, too.

Go for a walk with the intention of looking for pretty leavesleaf craft. Don’t forget to check out bushes if there aren’t many trees around. If you live in an area that has no fall foliage, then use ordinary leaves -just find different shapes for variety.

Collect about a dozen if you are doing a picture like the one a granddaughter and I worked on together. Press them for a few days between the pages of a book. Once they are totally flat, they make wonderful decorations to add to a picture.(Click on the photo to enlarge for detail.)

Or, if you’d rather, spread the pressed leaves across the Thanksgiving table. They won’t get in the way, like most decorations.

We used crayons, a glue stick, and  tried clear Elmer’s glue, which when liberally applied makes the picture look wet, like it rained. But you can use any glue you have on hand.

When you sit down to enjoy your meal, both you and the kids will remember the nice time spent gathering them.  💡 Nealie

Oct 252015

You may not want to even talk about Christmas yet, but I just heard a little story on the radio that might interest you.tag

A man said that one Christmas, his father gave him the promise of 365 hours with him for the coming year. One hour each day after dinner. It turned out to be the best and most important gift the son has ever received.

And it’s free!


Oct 212015

I saw this quote by Richard Gere on Facebook:

“When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just pass by me and look at me in disgrace. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I’ll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should. That’s why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Oct 162015

“Brown Bear” has been six-year-old Tommy’s companion since he was tiny.

Brown Bear

Tommy’s Bear

Brown Bear is not a requirement for a good night’s sleep anymore, but he is still important to this boy.

A new dog in the family chewed off Brown Bear’s eyes and nose.

Tommy was sad and disappointed, but he didn’t love the bear any less.

We fixed up Brown Bear with buttons to replace the missing eyes and nose, and he looks different, but he is still HIM!

Like Brown Bear, there are children who have been traumatized and damaged.

Sometimes it’s not so obvious who they are, because unlike the bear, they still have their eyes and noses. The damage is hidden deep inside, but behaviors can be a giveaway.

Lying, stealing, aggression, fearfulness, disruptive behavior, depression, withdrawal, and poor grades are signs that some trauma may have occurred. Don’t brush these things off; instead, look a little deeper.