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Today’s wedding is an obeisance to the good old days of all things refined and classic from the earlier half of the twentieth century. It’s a grand and formal celebration, as weddings traditionally are. If you love antiques, or feathers, then you are sure to love this vintage wedding reminiscent of a bygone era. Enjoy the lavish soiree!
My son’s school goes all out for Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTF makes them a special lunch each day and parents bring in goodies to express their thanks. So of course when they asked for volunteer bakers, my hand was the first one in the air. For one, I am always looking for an excuse to bake–especially fun, themed treats! But also because the teachers here are seriously a-MAZING, so it is the very least I can do. But what does one make for the people who propel their child to academic brilliance? This would require some pinning, and possibly some Googling as well. My contenders are below, which one do you think says, ‘you rock a textbook!’ the best?
Well, Its been a long journey to get to this day but here I am. Many of you may be following me as I blog about my experience Studying the Book of James with Beth Moore and if so, then you know that I am a woman of Faith (If you have not been following me, I’m almost done but feel free to catch up!). That being said, this handmade item is something that the Lord has given me. An idea that has helped me and I know it can help you. Help you with what? Well, do what it says: memorize scripture – while being fashionable of course!
There’s a bit of a story behind this bracelet that I really want to share with you. About 6 to 7 months ago I was going through a bit of a rough patch, dealing with some serious issues in my life. I needed to have God’s Word with me at all times in order to fight off the things coming after me, soooo….. (though I know it isn’t good for my skin) I wrote bible verses on the inside of my wrist so that I could look at them and say them or pray them in my time of need. I then realized that I wanted to change the scriptures I was trying to memorize or speak over my situation. I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if I had a bracelet I could just write the scripture on?” I wanted something that could be easily interchangeable. One day I may want to carry a word of praise and worship with me, while the next I might be feeling depressed and need something to help me persevere. But I’ve also desired to memorize verses and wanted something that could be easy for me to look at while not having to pull it out of my pocket or a rolodex of cards in my purse.
So, honestly I prayed about it, talked with my seamstress mother and began to work it out. I went through a lot of pattern ideas, templates and placements. Really I’m still working it out, but I’ve finally come to the place where I feel comfortable selling my cuff’s to the world. So, though I am not going to give you a tutorial here (sorry kids) I am going to share some images of my post on the Inspiring Pretty Etsy Shop. You may only see two cuffs on there but I’m working on them! If you are interested in them and would like me to personalize one for you, I would be more than happy to do so! Just email us via our Contact Page and we can get the ball rolling.
For now, here’s the cuff:
Again, the scripture memory cuff bracelet is meant to be a fashionable way to keep God’s word with you in an easily accessible way and with the pocket in the back (that you can see just above), it is so easy to write down a new verse, slip the old one out and put in the new one. I’ll even give you a few of my recent favorite verses to get you started!
I hope that you feel inspired to begin keeping Gods word with you always by putting it on your heart and in your mind…..
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I’m not trying to be as nasty as this title may sound. What I mean to say is that kids are bratty sometimes. Between my own kids, playdates, volunteering and babysitting; I spend a good amount of time with children. And from those experiences I have come to realize two things. 1) Kids are cool. 2) Kids are people too, which means they’re human. Actually they are human in our purest form—without social pretenses, ulterior motives or personal insecurities. They are propelled by raw emotion and self gratification. So while they may be all cuddles and kisses when you’re handing them cookies, when things don’t go their way its a very different story and bratty kids emerge.
Even the most affable kids test their boundaries at some point. They have to see how much they can get away with. How loud they can yell before its time-out time. Or, how long they have to hold out until they get their way. Disciplining my two year old, Avery, is HARD. In part, because his face is so kissable <3, but also because he can’t really be reasoned with. I can’t convey to him how much pulling his brother’s hair hurts. So rather than explaining it, I just tell him, ‘No’. And if he persists, I follow up with a 2 minute time out. When this happens 12 times a day, it is tempting to look at Asa and just tell him, “Avery doesn’t understand, just put on this baseball cap and keep out of reach”. But that isn’t doing Avery any favors, and it certainly isn’t helping Asa out.
Avery needs to learn that he cannot hurt people. If I just brush it off, or only deal with it when it gets really bad; I am teaching Avery many bad lessons. I am teaching him that Asa’s feelings are not important. I am teaching him that its okay to misbehave if nobody says anything about it. And I am giving him no reliable pattern. Kids crave dependability. Deep down Avery wants to know what the repercussions of his actions are–whether he likes them or not–he wants to know that they are there. Consistent, loving discipline teaches a child right and wrong, instead of: okay sometimes but not others.
I teach the two-year-olds Sunday School at my church. It makes me cringe when I speak with parents about their child hitting or bullying other kids, and they proceed to rattle off a list of excuses for him/her. Years two and three are so critical in a child’s disciplinary development. Enabling unacceptable behavior now will inevitably lead to a five year old spiraling out of control, and then your job just got a whole lot harder. Now they have learned how to manipulate and guilt you into having things their way. Or at the very least, they have honed their temper tantrums to a nearly unbearable level.
I will admit that I was guilty of this with Aiden. It didn’t get too far out of hand, mostly because my old school hubby wouldn’t let it. But its so hard with your first one. You’re so shocked that the little baby you once swaddled is growing up, that it is almost cute when they’re telling you to shut up. And you can’t really be expected to know how quickly they leap from clueless toddler to opinionated preschooler. But as hard as it is to be stern with those chubby little cheeks, I have learned that if I wouldn’t let someone else’s kids get away with it then I can’t let mine either.