Monday, February 02, 2009

Monday Morning----Early. But I’m already dressed for work and started a pot of stew and put on a load of laundry. Amazing the power of caffeine in a strong pot of coffee.

I did some sewing this weekend but still have handwork to finish. In my last post I mentioned that Chelsey’s birthday is this week and in our house, you don’t have birth days—you have birth festivals. She’s bringing a friend home this weekend who also has a birthday but lives too far from home to travel. I was fretting that I didn’t want Chelsey to open all the presents and this poor girl sit back and watch. A friend I work with reminded me it wasn’t about money—it was about thought and getting clever. So I went home and flung open the fabric cabinet doors. While I don’t have fabrics that are really Chelsey’s type—I think I came up with some compromises and have worked this weekend on gifts for both girls. Pictures will come soon.

The remainder of this post is type for memories…..not quilting.

My Sunday school class was outstanding yesterday. We started out reviewing last week’s lesson. Jesus walking on water with Peter. I had a pail of water and we played a guessing game whether things from Don’s tools would float—nails, screwdrivers, Allen wrenches –no….wood blocks, crayons, pencils yes--- We ended with a kid, shoes and socks off stepping into the water… I had them totally captivated and drove the point home on miracles. Miracles for a four year old isn’t an easy concept to grasp. This week’s lesson was Jesus feeding the five thousand with fives loaves of bread and two fish. We held an indoor picnic (complete with red and white cloth of the floor and my burgundy graniteware) of goldfish crackers for fish and oyster crackers for bread. It may have been twenty degrees outside but it was warm in that classroom and we had a ball. Not every week does the lesson just “click” but I felt like at the end of class those kids would not forget today’s adventure…. Man, I love teaching that class…..

Gratitudes:

Homemade stew of supper tonight
Don’s willingness to share his junk
Goldfish crackers

17 comments:

Adrienne said...

I'm sure the girls will be delighted with the gifts from your heart. And I love the way you made the stories of Jesus real to the little ones in your Sunday School class. That's what I miss about teaching the wee ones at church - but that's not where God has me these days. Thank you for your ministry.
~Adrienne~

KCQuilter said...

YOU are the miracle! Wouldn't it be wonderful if all classrooms--Sunday School, public school, college, etc.--had such creative and caring teachers as you. You make me miss teaching! Have a blast with the girls' birthdays--I know you will!!!!

Stina said...

Hope you will have a great day at work...!!!Wonder what you have been up to...you made me curious about what you made for the girls... and It seems that you had a wonderful day with the kids at Sunday School.. :o)

Libby said...

I've no doubt that you have come up with just the perfect gift for both girls - the gift and the memories will go on and on *s*
I bet those little ones look forward to Sunday school all week long - you always have just the right touch to bring the lesson home in a fun way.

Linda said...

Looking forward to seeing what you create with those lovely fabrics for the girls. I'm sure you're the type of Sunday School teacher that those little ones will remember well into their adult life, and look back on with fond memories and grateful hearts.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the gifts for the girls...and the colors of the fabrics.

Lindah said...

Every Sunday School child should have such an innovative and passionate teacher as you! Indeed, wonderful memories!
Love your fabric choices...look forward to seeing the gifts you are making.

Carol said...

The children in your Sunday School class are sooooooo very lucky to have you as their teacher. Have tons of fun with Chelsey's birth festival!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I love your fabric selection. I know that both of them will remember their birthday because you gave them the best gift...your time and talent.

Thanks for sharing your story!

Mary said...

You are making Sunday School so much fun! And that'll help the children love to go to church - good for you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll make from the fabrics. Hope the sewing goes well.

Judy said...

Oh I bet she will loves it! Even though she's not your child it does feel awful to sit and watch someone open stuff and not have anything for you. We can't help it, it's just natural feelings! She'll be surprised and pleased!

tommiejo said...

How cute and very creative! I love those valentines bags in your previous post!

Leanne said...

I am sure their are a lot of children who look forward to Sundays.

Journeying said...

Can't wait to see what you make for the girls. And how you celebrate. Sometimes these grown-up girls can really enjoy little girl stuff...altho maybe not when they're freshmen.
I so admire your creativity with your Sunday School class...both in the cards you send them and in what you do for the lessons. You are just such a creative person!

Shellmo said...

Homemade gifts are the best ones to have in my opinion! Can't wait to see what you create!
(Glad to have found another Michigan blogger!!)

Janet said...

Great job!!!

andsewitis Holly said...

Sounds like you are really a wonderful sunday school teacher! Those kids will remember you in years to come as you make the Bible come alive to them. I love the birthday gifts you made the girls.