Summer Fun With Chalk

Summer is starting and if you are looking for free, and creative activities to keep your kids busy look no more.  Chalk is inexpensive and fun! Our Dollar Tree sells an assortment of chalk for a dollar! The following is a list of games to play with chalk:

  • Draw the start and finish lines of a race. Then come up with different ways to get to the end: running, marching, jump-roping, and biking
  • Hopscotch
  • Chalk Pictionary
  • Four Square
  • Draw targets on your driveway and let the kids try and hit them with water balloons
  • Use chalk to draw dress up dolls on sidewalk
  • Draw different animal footprints and have your child act out which animal is
  • Draw a lifesize you by tracing your shadow with chalk
  • Play hang-man
  • Play Tic, Tac, Toe
  • Make stencils from recycled paper bags and decorate drive way with your chalk art
  • Read the kids a story and have them draw the main points
  • Teach preschoolers letters, numbers, and alphabet
  • Leave a special message for Dad to see when he comes home from work

If you have other ideas for chalk fun please share below!!

 

 


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Washing Them With The Word of God

Something that I’m passionate about at my house is making sure no matter how crazy the day gets is that we take time to slow down and focus on God’s Word. One way of doing this is memorizing scripture together. The kids and I are currently working on Matthew 5, and Romans 6. Now we haven’t always tried memorizing big portions of scripture sometimes it has been just a single verse that speaks to me about what is going on in our house currently. For instance Memorizing Psalm 34:17 “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” during times when we fear man’s disapproval and correction over Gods.

There is really no easy way to help your kids memorize scripture. It takes endurance to follow through with it when you are tired of doing it and it seems like nobody is remembering anything, diligence to persevere when the day has just gone really bad and you are both physically and emotionally drained from it , and lots and lots of repetition.

As you memorize and meditate on Scripture with your children, you will be demonstrating your love for God, teaching them to be His friend, and to know His love. Most of all, Christ will reveal Himself to you and your children.

Scriptures to meditate on:

James 1:21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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Mexican Chicken and Rice

Mexican Chicken and Rice

1/2 cup chopped onion ($.20)
1 TBS olive oil ($.25)
1 TBS minced garlic ($.10)
Chopped chicken breast (I would use whatever I had leftover from the whole chicken)
1 can corn, drained ($.50)
1 can black beans, drained ($.50)
3 cups cooked brown or white rice (when making your rice decrease the amount of water by about 1/2 cup and add 1 cup of salsa) ($.50)

Coat large frying pan with olive oil. Saute onions and garlic. Add chicken, beans and corn. When everything has been heated through add the cooked rice. Serve immediately. Top with sour cream, or serve with shredded jack cheese on a tortilla.

Total cost for Mexican Skillet $2.05, serves 6 to 8


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Surviving The Storm

Let’s face it sometimes the trials in life can be hard, and I mean REALLY HARD, like cover your head under  your pillow and sleep an hour more, and not wear any makeup all day HARD. My storm is currently dealing with multiple ages of children and the fun stuff that goes along with it. I have a newborn, a very curious 15 month old who is getting molars in, a three year old who keeps having temper tantrums, a seven year old who shrieks away from chores, a ten year old who is struggling with responsibility, a twelve year old whose hormones and moods are through the roof, a seventeen year old whose is trying to figure out his place in the world, and a 21 year old who is seeing life for the first time on her own. If that’s not a enough to make your head spin I also homeschool them all except the oldest she is being life schooled right now lol!

I’m being real here there are times when the baby, the one year old and the toddler are all crying and the older four are all arguing at once. I instantly get overwhelmed and panic!!!. I mean who in their right mind would no where to begin to fix this mess. My first thought is to google Michelle Duggars cell phone number and see if she can walk me through the correct way of handling this but I would probably disappoint her cause  i’m just a tad bit more boisterous than she is so instead I do damage control as best as I can. I’m not perfect and it isn’t always pretty but I some how manage to survive the storm but not without Gods help!!

It’s times like this when I”m feeling overwhelmed and pushed to limit that I make it a priority to cry out to the Lord for help. This typically involves me sneaking off to the bathroom for a moment alone and crying out to God that I am overwhelmed, and need His help to handle this situation. I talk to God alone until I feel I have no more to say, no more to be honest with him about. This time often involves me asking for his forgiveness for yelling at the kids, and asking for His grace and mercy to help me humble myself yet again, take a deep breathe and have the strength and energy to go back out there and try again …sometimes for the millionth time of the day if its been a bad one…and to show the love, forgiveness, and mercy He is always so quick to give me back to my children.

I encourage you today to cry out

Memory Verses to Meditate on:

Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Jeremiah 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Psalm 34:17  The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

 


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