Fearfully and Wonderfully Made…on Canvas

This year’s pick for our history curriculum is “Mystery of History” from Bright Ideas Press. Its basically a combination of biblical and secular history in the format of a timeline. Its flexible, and able to be used for kids in early grade school all the way up to high school.

Anyway, today was lesson 1 and 2-Creation and Adam and Eve. Seeing that I dont fully follow ANY curriculum I get, I changed the format of the activities suggested with each lesson. The Creation lesson called for a creation booklet (yawn. How many times have we done that in Children’s Church and Sabbath School?), and the Adam and Eve lesson had a self portrait lesson using colored pencils and a mirror. Now, that one peeked my interest, but I wanted them to enjoy how special and uniquely designed they are.

A trip to Pinterest…and I found this <— Click the link for the original post.

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So, I decided to change it up and make it mine. Are surprised? Ha!

Here’s what we did…

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Kenzi picking “worth the wait” was a major score! She just turned 12, and Im continuing to place a major emphasis on her value.

They all designed their own pictures which was pretty cool.

How did we do it?

Super simple.

1)Buy a pack of canvases. These are 8×10.

2) Pick a color of acrylic paint. We got ours from the craft section at Walmart. Only 50 cents a bottle.

3) Pick up accents. Ribbon, duck tape, wooden pieces, stickers…whatever your heart desires.

4) Paint the canvas one solid color. Letting it air dry in between coats. You can also use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

5) Paste picture to canvas. We used homemade modpodge (50% elmers glue, 50 % water).

6) I cut different adjectives out of magazines ahead of time for the kids to choose from, but there are word stickers out there that can make this step a little easier.

7) The kids picked the adjectives they felt best described them (or God’s thoughts as He was creating them) and glued them to the canvas using the modpodge.

8) Using a hot glue gun, we glued the wooden pieces and ribbons where the kids wanted it.

9) Hang it up!

 

Easy as pie.

Now, I wonder how I will change up the next lesson on Jubal and Tubal-Cain.

Thats Totally Supermom

 

 

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Jesus is on the Mainline….Call Him Up!

Ultimately, all prayer is for the glory of God. The best answer He can give to any prayer is whatever answer brings Him the most glory. -The Battle Plan for Prayer

Whats going on, my people? Its been a while since Ive talked to you. Laughed with you. Expressed my frustration with you! But alas, Im back to share some of the things Ive learned.

So, let get going.

Lets talk about the Mainline. The mainline that Jesus is on!

Yes, Honey! So, heres how it all started….

I’ve always wanted a space of my own in my house. Like a little craft room or office, but as of yet I havent been blessed with one…so I thought.

I decided I wanted to start going after my dreams; making things happen right where I am. It may not LOOK like I think it should, but God has given me ALL of my needs. Therefore, my dreams are at my fingertips.

I had previously made a conscious decision to get rid of ALOT of my clothes. I adapted the policy of:

1- Having only as many clothes as I NEED (not want)

I only have 4 pairs of jeans. Can you believe that?

2- only keeping clothes that I absolutely loved how they fit on me. If I only somewhat liked it, it had to go!

So anyway, I realized that the Lord blessed me with an amazing thing.

A WALK-IN CLOSET!!

I began to clean out my closet and give all my clothes away. With all the extra space I was able to create a corner for myself. *claps hands* I was so excited!

AND THEN GUESS WHAT HAPPENED!?

I saw the movie WARROOM! OH MAN!! It was like I was getting direct confirmation from God HIMSELF!! If you havent seen it, go see it.

I began to use this space for my devotional time with God, and adapted the A.C.T.S. policy in addition to my prayer journal.

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Adoration- When I give this to God, I make sure that its legit. Meaning that I say things that I really mean. At first this was difficult because I didnt really know WHAT to say that would be what I really thought. So, I was real with myself and God. I only said things that I could really idenitfy with. Ex.- You created everything. You know how everything works. You are wiser than I am. Cheesy stuff like that.

Confession- This speaks for itself. Air all that dirty laundry to God that He already knows about.

Thanksgiving- I realized very quickly that there is MUCH to be thankful for. Im so blessed beyond measure!

Supplication- So this is when I start asking for stuff. By this time, I dont ask for what I initially thought Id ask for. Crazy, right.

I feel like this method really puts me in my place:

Adoration: Who God is.

Confession: Who I am.

Thanksgiving: What God has given.

Supplication: What did I “need” again?

Something else that I realized is that God wants to prove Himself to us. He want us to worship Him. Thats what He wants.

Heres the problem….

Do we want, what HE wants for us?

AND THAT BLEW MY MIND!

The key to answered prayer is to wholeheartedly desire what God wants for me.

Its that simple.

If we genuinely, in the purest of hearts, want what God wants, He will answer, and be worshiped.

Matthew 6:33- Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and ALL these things will be added unto you.

John 14:13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

If the heart changes, the prayer changes!

My spiritual life has completely changed, guys!

But that’s another post.

And that my friends is….

TotallySuperMom

Its Been a While, Again.

Im really terrible at this.

I love blogging.

I love talking about my kids and expressing my random thoughts.

What am I terrible at?

Consistency.

I create these grandiose ideas in my head. Perfectly executed. And when I fail, boy oh boy, the pity party I will have.

Usually , I get down on myself about how inconsistent I am.

How ADD I am.

Why cant I just get it together.

I learned recently that Im ok.

Its ok.

Ill try several dozen times.

Ill fail.

And Ill get back up again.

Ill always make the choice to get back up again.

SEE! That’s consistency!

And thats TotallySuperMom

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The Unschooled Homeschooled Slave

Im inspired. 

Im so inspired…..

There just arent any words to explain whats going on in my head.

I had the privilege of visiting the campus of Tuskegee University where the George Washington Carver museum is located.

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We mostly know George as the peanut guy. That great inventor that made a bunch of stuff out of peanuts, and taught at that HBCU where he showed people how to grow stuff. Thats true, but today…. Im inspired.

Ive know a bit about George. 

I knew he was born a slave.

I knew he never knew his mother.

I knew he gave himself the name “Washington” because there was another George Carver that he was constantly being confused with.

I knew he was accepted into college and then turned away once administration realized that he was a black man.

I knew he was offered a significant amount of money to come work for Thomas Edison and turned it down.

I knew he had hundreds of inventions but only patented a few.

I knew George was an amazing individual….

But today, I was inspired.

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I knew George was a sickly child that wasnt capable of doing much manual labor, so he spent alot of his time in nature. Observing. Playing. Exploring.

I knew George had a love for agriculture and knowledge… But today, I was inspired.

 

George Washington Carver

This man was so amazing at what he did that everyone who was anyone wanted to learn from him. Thats an amazing accomplishment for the time in which he lived.

Lets think about this…

HE WAS BORN A SLAVE!! He was suppose to be a nobody.

HE WAS UNSCHOOLED!! Meaning, he really learned alot through nontradional education – with no instructor. Teaching himself. Now, dont get me wrong. He received some traditional education, but in his early years, he was an unschooled homeschooler!

He did a little of EVERYTHING. This man was dedicated to educating his people.

He taught them how to grow their food.

He taught them how to cook the food they grew. (He even had a book, “40 Different Ways to Cook Cow Peas” or something similar) Do you know what cow peas are? Me, either.

He taught them how to raise animals.

He even taught them how to use scraps of fabric or feed bags to weave pieces to beautify their homes!!

He taught them how to make NOTHING into SOMETHING!

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He was a painter. He learned how to take clay and make dyes out of it. He was in Montgomery, AL and found a sort of blue in the clay. Some kind of way (using some form of science), he took the blue out of the soil and used the color for paint. This was something that alot of businessmen wanted to capitalize on, but George wasnt interested in commercialization. Crazy, right?

OH YEAH!  I didnt mention he wasnt just a botonist, but also a painter!

He was a health nut! (no pun intended) 

“There is probably no subject more important than the study of food in relation to their nutrition and health. To understand them, one must know them chemically, botanically, and dietically… I have no taken a pill, powder, salts, or oil as a purgative for the last 30 years. And it has been quite 35 years since I was in bed sick. I regulate myself with vegetables, fruits, and wild herbs, natures remedies, which God intended we should use.” – George Washington Carver

AND A SCIENTIST! His first lab was made out of scraps from the trash pile!

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But more than anything he was a man of God.

“I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day to permit me to speak to him through the 3 kingdoms of the world which He created- the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms- to understand their relations to each other and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us” – George Washington Carver

I am inspired. 

Inspired to fulfill my purpose as he did.

Inspired to turn off the technology that dumbs today’s world, and explore God’s three kingdoms with my family.

Inspired to take time to “indulge in very little lip service” and ask my Creator to speak to me.

Inspired to not be concerned with financial gain, but be more concerned about how I can give my purpose to others.

Im inspired to bring my soul to canvas. (paint)

Im inspired to not look at what I dont have, but rather make use of what I do have.

Im so inspired, and Im so thankful for the opportunity to learn more about Mr. George Washington Carver, A real American Icon, and my homeschool hero!

Thats Totally Supermom

 

If you have to buy it on credit, you cant afford it. ~ Dave Ramsey (paraphrased)

I have a yearning for the hearts of my children.

We live in a world where companies PURPOSEFULLY market to children. They plant seeds in the hearts of our kids to long for whatever the company is selling.

Cereal, bikes, video games, mac and cheese!!

They even sell the dream that if you buy this thing, you’ll be happy.

Which is very believable. We teach our children this same thing through our behavior.

When I get that new car, Ill be happy.

When I get that new phone, Ill be happy.

When I get that dream house, Ill be happy.

Feeling down? Ill buy me something new, now im happy. 

We create the gimmies in our children because we have the wannas.

We buy them clothes they dont wear. Toys they dont play with. Rooms decked out in the latest Disney or Nick Jr characters.

We even chastise them for messing up those clothes they didnt ask for in the first place.

What happened to practicality? Living within your means? Being content with what you have? Thankfulness for what God has given.

We seek entertainment and worldly treasures.

Surely God doesnt want us to live without, but I do believe that He wants us to appreciate the simple things. Those things that really arent things.

Im learning these lessons, and I hope to plant bigger seeds than the ones that are planted by the masters of marketing. 

 

Just as the rich rule over the poor, the borrower is slave to the lender.  Proverbs 22:7

Thats Totally Supermom

10 Things That Happened While I Was Gone

 Hello Everyone,

Its been a while since Ive posted.

Lets see…

1- I moved…twice. Twice in 4 months to be exact.

2.I painted the inside of my new house orange and absolutely loved it!

3. I refinished a desk and painted it mint which pops greatly against my orange walls. *giggle*

4. I planted a garden using the Back to Eden method. Made my garden so much easier to maintain.

5. Speaking of gardens, I learned not to plant 5 cucumber plants next to each other. (Pics coming soon)

6. I also learned not to plant a watermelon plant next to the cucumbers.

7. I now have a vision wall that gives me life! Ill post about that soon.

8. I started and didnt stick to a healthier lifestyle plan more than a dozen times.

9. I learned that breaks are like air and food. I have to take breaks in order to survive.

10. Random but Fourth of July came around and I crafted with my children. We made cute little handprint flag shirts.

I think I’ll be forever catching you guys up on everything that has happened, but here’s something that I discovered that seems to stick out above everything else.

I was feeling rather discouraged guys. VERY discouraged. I questioned if I was a good mother, a good Christian, a good friend, a good wife, and sometimes a good person. I counted all my faults, and none of my gifts. All of my defects of character and none of my good deeds. I was struggling. I desperately needed guidance. I found it.

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

Its a common quoted verse. Ive read that verse over and over again in my life, but this time it really struck me. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus is telling us not to worry about what we would eat or drink or what we would wear. Clearly if nature goes without want, we would be taken care of. Even in our sinful nature, we know how to give food to our children. Doesnt God want to give that to us. 

Ive always read this verse as God provides. Yes, I know. I know God provides. It was redundant, but this time I REALLY heard it. 

This verse says:

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if youre a good mother, seek me and you’ll be one.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if youre failing your children, seek me and you’ll be a success.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if you have the money to cover that bill, be a good steward, and Ill take care of the rest.

Courtni (Supermom), Its ok that you made that mistake, seek me and Ill help you out of it.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if you are a good wife, seek me and Ill make sure you have the tools to make you a good wife.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about all those things that are on your heart, give them to me, and Ill supply the solution.

 

I saw the intimacy in this verse. I saw it!

I also discovered that I have a bad habit of trying to handle everything all on my own.

He says just ask.

Im doing my best to remember that.

Thats Totally Supermom

Fourth of July T-shirts

The babies in the flag t-shirts they made. They werent that excited when I pitched the idea of doing the shirt, but were totally siked at the results.