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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Are you feeling extra BLESSED today?
I am! St. Patty’s Day might be a day for silly fun but it’s also a day that Lord has made and we are choosing to make the most of it! We’ve spent some great quality time together…
Eating green food…
Playing Shamrock games…
Wearing (and munching on) our Rainbow Necklaces…
Going outside on a hunt for Shamrocks…
And painting some Green masterpieces.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Amen. ~ Irish Prayer
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Leprechauns, Shamrocks, and Treasure, Oh my!

LEPRECHAUNS…

Aren’t these the cutest little Leprechauns that you’ve ever seen?

I loved this idea from Happy Home Fairy and just had to make it with my trio!

SHAMROCKS…

I’d like to introduce you to our new friends…

Haha, whenever we use googly eyes, my son must make at least one with 3 eyes!

Even my 1 year old had fun gluing these foam Shamrocks together. Super easy and fun!

While these dried, we whipped up another batch of sugar cookies, dropped in some green food coloring, and made these yummy Shamrock cookies, another fabulous idea from Little FamilyFun.

And finally, we used this printable to compare the Shamrock to the Trinity.

Legend has it that St. Patrick taught the Irish about the Trinity by using the three-leafed Shamrock:

Click for original Happy Home Fairy Post

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” – 1 John 5:7

And TREASURE, OH MY!

Here’s a peek at our table settings for tomorrow. Shhh, don’t tell my kids…

During quiet time yesterday, my kiddos asked me to read from one of our favorite Bibles, The Jesus Story Book Bible. My son opened to the page he wanted me to read… and it was the same story that I had planned to share with them today!

If you’re planning to chase Rainbows and search for your Pot O’ Gold this St. Patty’s Day, let me share with you a secret from God’s Treasure Map, the Bible!

Matthew 13:44 says, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.”

The Kingdom of heaven is more valuable than anything we can find on earth.

This old song just popped in my head… not sure who wrote it or when…

Lord, You are more precious than silver.

Lord, You are more costly than gold.

Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds.

Nothing I desire compares with you!

God is the real Treasure and being in His presence is like finding hidden Treasure! How cool is that?

And even more good news… this Treasure is not hard to find!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

My prayer is that you will seek God, the real Treasure with all your heart and teach your kiddos to do the same. Let Him satisfy you with His glorious riches! (Ephesians 3:16)

Happy Treasure Hunting!

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Rainbows

Are you counting down to St. Patrick’s Day like we are?

I just love a reason to make each day extra fun with my trio.

I love it even more when a simple craft can turn into a Bible lesson!

We’ve made a lot of colorful RAINBOW crafts this week and while talking to my kids about what colors rainbows are made of and where they come from, we ended up reading about the very 1st rainbow in Genesis.

You can read the entire story of Noah and the Flood starting in Genesis 6 but in chapter 9, God blesses Noah and makes a covenant with him that He will never flood the entire earth again.

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my RAINBOW in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth… Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” – Genesis 9:12-15

With all this rain we are experiencing, this verse is a comfort, isn’t it?

We started out our Rainbow lesson with this craft in mind but the end result was this:

This masterpiece was inspired by the verses I shared above about Noah’s Ark and God’s Rainbow.

The kids giggled as I painted their little hands like a Rainbow:

Then we stamped a few shaped sponges to make the ark, sun, and clouds and used our fingers to make raindrops. What a fun, simple lesson about God’s promises that my trio will be sure to remember!

Here are a few of our other Rainbow projects:

RAINBOW COOKIES

K enjoyed helping me make a surprise treat for Daddy and brother. We simply made a batch of sugar cookies and decorated them with M&M’s. Don’t they look yummy!

They were so easy that you really don’t need instructions but you can find the original post here.

RAINBOW NECKLACE

If you have leftover fruit loops from this Rainbow craft that I shared yesterday, then grab some yarn and string them up for a cute Rainbow necklace!

A perfect splash of color to wear on St. Patty’s Day!

You can find this idea along with several more Rainbow craft ideas here.

PAINTING RAINBOWS WITH TOY CARS

And finally, this last Rainbow craft was a hit!

We simply grabbed some paint and a toy car in each color of the rainbow. Roll the red car through the red paint and create an arch on the paper. Then continue with the rest of the colors until you have a complete Rainbow. How easy is that!

The kids had a blast with this and made several Rainbow paintings each. So fun!

Again, not my original idea. Check out the post here for complete instructions.

Next time you see a Rainbow, remember this:

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”- Genesis 9:16

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St. Patty’s Day Past

Top o’ the morning to you!

We are in the midst of St. Patrick’s Day festivities around here.

There are shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, and lots of green everywhere!

I will share our current projects soon but for now I just wanted to share a few from last year:

We made rainbows using strips of construction paper and cotton balls:

Shamrock made with an egg carton, pipe cleaner, and green paint:

Rainbow made out of fruit loops:

And finally our little Rock Pals. We simply painted rocks green, added some googly eyes and pom pom noses and placed them inside our pot of gold, complete with a pipe cleaner rainbow. Silly fun.

Here’s my trio one year ago! My how they have grown!

I am one lucky BLESSED Mama!

Now if you’re wondering why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…

Happy Home Fairy explains it perfectly in her post A Wee Bit of History About St. Patrick.

Be sure to check it out so you can teach your kiddos why we choose to celebrate March 17th!

More GREEN crafts coming soon!

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The 10 Commandments: #10

You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:17

Memory helper: 10 fingers for Commandment #10. Then pretend to look through binoculars at what other people have.

This was a tough one for us. Not wanting what others have is a daily battle around here. We had a good lesson about what God says about envy and talked about how we shouldn’t covet, not just because Mom says not to, but because God says not to.

In the Bible, God tells us several times not to covet our neighbor’s family, his house, his friends, his wealth, or any of his possessions. In our house, this means we should not be jealous of what our brother or sister has or is playing with.

Instead we should “do good and share, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Proverbs 14:30 says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

How can we have a heart at peace?

How can we overcome the envy and jealousy inside of us?

Be content with what you have.” – Hebrews 13:5

One way is to be grateful for what you already have.

I tied this lesson in with a fabulous St. Patty’s Day craft I found at Happy Home Fairy!

As a family, we wrote down what we are thankful for on little nuggets of gold and placed them in a treasure pot.

Lots of things we treasure most are things that money can’t buy: our family, our health, our friendships… and JESUS!

Romans 13:13 & 14 says,”Let us behave decently… not in jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Clothe ourselves with Jesus! If we focus on Jesus and the treasures we already have, then we won’t be “rotting” with envy. We will have hearts at peace!

If you’d like to do this fun craft with your family, go HERE for directions.

That’s it for today, we will wrap up this lesson tomorrow!

Until then remember: DO NOT WANT WHAT OTHERS HAVE.

Focus on Jesus and be content with the treasures money cannot buy!

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