Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pinewood Derby

Today was the day that Garrett had been waiting for- Pinewood Derby race. This year his car was a "Hotdog Car".  He learned how to use the Dremel tool for carving and sanding plus the wood chisels. There were 58 racers this morning, Garrett made it to the elimination rounds, but about 3 or 4 rounds into elimination he had been beaten 6 times and was out.  The other cars were fast, but Garrett did very well! So proud of his creativeness and skills that he is learning!
Garrett and his Hot dog Car!

Robert's Birthday

It's hard to believe that it has been 14 years since Robert came into our lives. Well between his activities and snowstorms we were able to celebrate his birthday this past week. What a blessing he is to our family and to those around him. He was pleased that he had a 2 hour delay for his Birthday!
Birthday Breakfast- thanks to a 2hr delay!

Birthday Supper Dessert

Family gathered

Children's Sermon - Commercials part 3- Eat n Park


This is the finally  Children's Sermon that I've used commercials. This is one that is meant more for the Christmas season and could be used independently.  As the children came forward, I made sure that they could see the screen ( I don't use it very often so this was a little different for me). Anyhow I asked them to watch this commercial for me. And we showed them the Eat 'N Park Christmas Tree Commercial. (You can watch it below)

When it was done, I said you know that reminds me of Jesus. To which they gave me this weird look (which I expected)  Let me explain- The little star is each one of us. We try and try to have a good life and do everything right, but we never make it to the top- to what we truly can be. But you see the tree is like Jesus, and Jesus bent down to earth to lift each one of us up out of our sins. When we accept his help, he changes us- he fills us with light that we can't help but let shine. Not only do we let it shine, but we also share it with others around us. Just like when the tree bends down and picks the star up- it is filled with light and changes color and then it shares it's light with all the little lights on the tree.

This is what we should be doing as Christian's during the Christmas Season- sharing the light of Jesus with everyone around us!

With this we closed in prayer.

Chlidren's Sermon- commercials part 2

As I explained in the last post, I was stuck on commercials for Children's Sermon's for 3 messages. As the children came forward I welcomed them and asked about their week.  Then I asked a little more difficult questions. did they ever feel like people were against them? Did they have enemies? Or had they ever had to deal with a bully? To these, I had a few raise hands or shake their heads yes. Then I asked if they knew what insurance was? They didn't really know. So I explained that insurance was something that adults paid for ahead of time, so that if they were ever in an accident then they would have help paying the repair bill or hospital bills if anyone had gotten hurt.  I asked if they knew that we had insurance that if we accepted Jesus into our hearts that he would help us and defend us from those bullies, but he also would make sure that we were in heaven with him.

Let me explain, you see there has been this commercial playing that once you hear it, it sticks in your head for HOURS. (to this I hummed the Nationwide jiggle- you can watch the commercial I was referring to below:)
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

The funny part is that when I started humming it- the kids joined in! They knew the jiggle. So I asked how was on their side? Nationwide - one answered. Yes according to this commercial they are, but who is always on YOUR side? He will never let you down- no matter what?   Jesus- I finally got as an answer.  Yes! So instead of 'Nationwide is on Your Side"  - the next time you hear this commercial- I want you to think this "God is for us Who's against us?" (Which if you sing it just right does fit into the jiggle.)
State Farm Insurance
But we have a State Farm Insurance Salesman in our congregation, so I added that just because one insurance company is reminding us that "God is For US"- there is another thing to remember. "Like a Good Neighbor, God is Always there."(sung to the State Farm jiggle)

With this we closed in prayer and as they returned to their seats, I hummed the Nationwide Jiggle!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Children's Sermon -"What's in Your Shoebox?"

To begin with the woman who presented the children's sermon a week before me entitled hers "Can You Hear Me Now?" As she was talking, I'll admit I was listening to her, but to the tug inside me saying "Go with commercials- do children's sermon on commercials." So this was the first in what became a 3 part series of Children Sermon's featuring commercials.

As the children sat down , I began with so how was your week and do you know what happens here in 2 weeks? They looked at me a bit odd because to them there wasn't any special holidays in the next 2 weeks. So I asked how many had or were planning on packing a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child- to which most raised their hands. So I asked "What's in Your Shoebox?"( Using the Capital One "What's in Your Wallet" tone) They gave me a couple of basic things that they had either included or had purchased to include, but I had brought with me a "Great BIG bag" of things that could be packed into a shoebox (and I had worked really hard to make sure that some were unusual. So as they gave me ideas, I pulled out the items. "Soap"-"how about a washcloth to go with that?" "Yes" the kids replied. "Toothbrush" they suggested and I asked about toothpaste- "yes." "Hairbrush?"- "and hair ties and barrettes! " They wanted crayons- and I asked about a coloring book and paper- to which they added pencils and I asked about a sharpener and erasers. I started out trying to show the children that somethings need to go together. What good are crayons or colored pencils or markers- if you don't have something to write on?!  We looked at a few other school supplies and then moved to flip flops/ crocks and socks! How about a t-shirt- you all have a couple of t-shirts at home right? Imagine if you didn't own any? Not even 1? Or a hat- boys how many of you have multiply ball caps? You have more than 1 right?

How about a fishing kit for the older boys? Or for the older girls a sewing kit, but you need to include some fabric and scissors too!  Toys are good too! and then we started talking about what could and couldn't be in out shoeboxes. How about hand sanitizer- nope- it's a liquid. I know everyone likes bubbles- nope it's a liquid! (To this I pouted because we all liked having me blow bubbles in church but we can't send them.) How about balloons- YES they can go and they don't take up much room! What about gum?- Yes- just not food- it might spoil before it gets there! How about shampoo and shower gel- NO once again a liquid!. Better than bubbles - how about a Nerf Gun- to which the kids told me NO- it was violent and might remind them of the shooting that could be going on near them! Beach Balls are something that are big once they get air in them, but they are small enough to get into the box. Craft Supplies- how many of you like to make a craft?_ So we could put together or get craft kits to send- just remember no glue or paint, but fun foam crafts with glue dots, beads etc. all work really well!

I showed the kids that they could make a tic-tac-toe game to send, or a fun marbles activity, a bookmark, bracelets, necklaces- whatever they thought that they could share with a new friend!
So I asked them to think about and pray about "What's in Your Shoebox?!" To remember that we all love to get a gift and would we rather have 1 large gift or several medium sized gifts? Did we want to have something that would break easily or something that the kids might treasure.

With this we closed in prayer.

I don't know if I got the kids thinking, but I do know that I had some adults thinking about what they packed, because they came and told me so. But I can tell you that the kids that packed shoeboxes knew what was in them and they were things that they thought would be cool to have themselves.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cub Scout Bears Game for Citizenship and Respect

As we are looking at the Character Connection of Citizenship and Respect, Gary and I were trying to make this discussion more active. When we just have the boys sit and discuss it doesn't seem to sink in as well as when we have them doing something with the information. So tonight , we will be planning a game-
 Citizenship/ Respect True/False
 The boys will need to be in s straight line side by side. This is a true/false game. If the answer is true the boys will step forward. If the answer is false then they will step backwards. I made up 13 situations dealing with making decisions about being a good citizen or being respectful or both. The leader will pull a paper out of a hat or bag, and read it to the boys. The boys will then have to decide if the correct answer is true or false and move in the correct direction. Once the boys have moved from their straight line, we will discuss briefly each situation and what would have corrected the situation in order to be a good citizen or to show respect.
Attached is the situations that I made up, that you can print out, cut apart and use or come up with your own situations for the boys to determine. Have fun!

Citizenship/ Respect True-False Game Situations

I should sit still and wear my hat when the National Anthem is played.

 An Elderly woman is coming out of the Mall; I should open and hold the door for her.

 When my teacher is giving directions, I should talk to my neighbor.

 While watching a parade, I should stand when the United States Flag is presented.

 As part of a colorguard in a flag ceremony, it doesn’t matter if the Flag touches the ground.

 When I am out hiking, I should pick up any litter that I see along the trail.

 When my uncle starts telling his stories about the War that he served in, I should roll my eyes and put in my earbuds.

 Learning about the history of my family and my country should be important to me.

 I should start a fight when my basketball team doesn’t win the championship game.

 When my parents discipline me, I should throw a fit and argue with them.

 When my friend is being bullied, I should walk away and pretend that I didn’t see it happen.

 My parents want to go to a Historical Site for vacation, but I know that I will be bored out of my mind.

My neighbor asks for my help raking leaves and I happily go over and help without being paid.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Schick Christmas

Well, now that things have settled down a little bit. Here is Christmas at the Schick's. First Garrett set a trap for Santa, which not only was difficult for Santa, but also kept Garrett up most of the night. So come 3:30am,  Gary invited him to go to the barn and help milk. You guessed it, Garrett jumped right up and went to the farm on Christmas Morning. Robert had set his alarm for 5:30am so he could go to the farm and help get chores done, so that Gary would be done for the day. So the sleep was kind of hit and miss or at least interrupted frequently! By 7:30am- all arrived back at the house and were ready to open gifts and have breakfast.  As in the past, we started with stockings and then to what was under the tree. With breakfast somewhere in the middle there. We spent the day, relaxing watching movies and catching up on the sleep that Garrett had made part of the house loose.

That evening we went to my parent's and joined my family for dinner and gift exchanging. My sister, Caren, had made it in for Christmas this year which was nice. Then on the 26th we went and joined Gary's family at his parent's new place and had lunch and exchanged gifts.

It was a great 2 days to remember Christ's birth and share it with family!

Vintage Handkercheifs turned Tissue Covers

As my in-laws were sorting things, my mother-in-law handed me a bag of vintage handkerchiefs that had been hers - (she knew that I would do something with them). Some of them her mother had added the crochet work around the edges and some she had added the delicate stitches.  After searching the web for a while, I thought that covers for small tissue packets would be nice and something that would be used. But the patterns I was finding online were for large tissues, as seen here,

So I adjusted this idea and folded the handkerchief's a little smaller so that they would fit nicely in a book bag or purse.

The 2 white ones were slightly larger than the blue one, so here is how I folded those handkerchiefs.

Lay handkerchief in front of you looking like a diamond not a square. Then Fold the right point to the center and also the left point to the center( you might need to overlap these points depending on the width.). Have your travel tissues close by to make sure that you have pulled them to the width that you need. (leave it a little bigger than the tissues) Pull the bottom point up towards the center but You will Pull it up til the crocheted edges can be folded forward to make a triangle on the front- it will look like an open envelop. Here I stitched along the bottom point and stitched the folded sides all together. I also stitched 1/4" seam along both sides. Then the top point folds down and makes the double row of ruffles.

On the blue one, there was only fancy stitching on the one corner, so I Started just like the first one by having a diamond, folding in the side points and double checking with my package. Then I folded the bottom point part way up and then folded it  up again to make a straight edge, just like an envelop. I stitched both sides and then had the fancy top just drop down.

It might sound complicated, but take a handkerchief and start folding- I didn't worry about hidden seams and I didn't cut any of the handkerchief incase someone wanted to use it some day as a whole handkerchief- a few stiches could be removed and little harm has come to it.

Vintage Doily Angels

This past October, my in-laws had an auction and we had all been given the opportunity to sort through things that had meaning. Well I had taken some doilies but I just couldn't let my husband's grandmother's handiwork leave the family. I have 2 nieces on that side of the family and 2 sister-in-laws that I thought would appreciate them the most- if only I could find something unique to do with them.  As I Searched Pinterest I found this beautiful picture and knew that it is what I wanted to make out of the doilies. Here are the directions that the pin was connected to

Once I got to the directions- I was shocked- because it was the actual crocheting pattern and that is something that I don't know how to do and certainly by mid December didn't have time or desire to learn. But this is what I wanted these angels to kind of look like.

So I adjusted and here is what I came up with.

I had a few limits, first I only had a few doilies left to work with and I wanted to make sure that I ended up with 4 angels (I forgot to take a picture of 1 before shipping it).  But if you are interested in the adjusted version here are the directions.

Vintage Doily Angel

1. I washed all the doilies and tried to get any stains out and then air dried them.
2. I had a Styrofoam cone 4-6" tall, that I covered in plastic wrap so it wouldn't stick.
3. I took the larger doilies and used them for the dresses. I soaked them in liquid starch and draped them over the Styrofoam cone.
4. While the dresses were drying, I picked out the wings. These I fan folded in the middle and hand stitched a few stiches to make sure that they would stay folded and pulled together.
5. I soaked the wings in liquid starch and laid them flat until they dried.
6. Once everything was dry and I had pulled the cones out from the inside, I used my hot glue gun and attached a wooden round knob to act as the head, the size depends on the size that looks best with your doilies.
7. I then was able to determine at what height I wanted the wings and I hot glued them onto the body.
8. I finished the angels with small flowers glued around the bottoms and a small cluster near where the hands would be to make that illusion with a small bow.

These was really a simple project, but very meaning full when you know where the doilies came from.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Operation Christmas Child 2014

This year Operation Christmas Child has grown even bigger here at our home. Once again Robert was the key person of our church's Shoeboxes. Once again the congregation was very generous with their resources and between our Kids Klub packing party and the shoeboxes brought in by individuals we had 218 shoeboxes this year.
The Kids Klub after packing shoeboxes

Robert with part of our shoeboxes at our church

But Robert had set a goal of wanting to go to a distribution center and working there this year. I had thought about it but wasn't sure how that was going to happen. I didn't know how to make the arrangements. But God works in mysterious ways. The night before the registration began, Robert's friend's mother called and invited him (and his parents) to go to the Baltimore Distribution Center with their Church the First Baptist Church of Clarion. Without hesitation Robert said yes (even though it would fall over the first weekend of hunting season!)

Well we just returned this evening from serving at the Baltimore Distribution Center. And what a blessing. We worked checking boxes that they only had appropriate items in them and then taping them shut and boxing them into cartons both Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm- 10pm. We received training upon arrival on Friday night and then went straight to work. The goal for Friday was to check and box at least 40,000 shoeboxes. Well by being the last group of the day we had the privilege of knowing if we had reached the goal- when the packed number was announced we had helped pack 41,954! In one day!!!! When we went back in on Saturday night, we heard that the goal for Saturday was 50,000 shoeboxes. Well once again we were there til the end and when the time came it was announced that we had helped pack 50,116 shoeboxes on Saturday.
Robert entering Distribution Center

Checking boxes for appropriate items

Work station #16

Taping the boxes shut! Ready for cartons

Part of the other work stations

A few more work stations

The young woman from Honduras who had received a shoebox
 This just seemed amazing, but the neat part was hearing from a woman who had received a shoebox when she lived in an orphanage. She was so excited to have her own toothbrush so she didn't have to share with 25 other children and she received a package of 10 pencils. She thought she was rich because the orphanage usually allotted 1 pencil and 1 tablet per child per year. But she had received 10 pencils!!! She was so protective of her pencils that she hid them in the ceiling so no one else would find them and she would always have an extra if she needed it.
Packed cartons ready to load on semi's

Robert and his friend Caleb

The Schick's at
Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center - Baltimore

This just seemed amazing, but the neat part was hearing from a woman who had received a shoebox when she lived in an orphanage. She was so excited to have her own toothbrush so she didn't have to share with 25 other children and she received a package of 10 pencils. She thought she was rich because the orphanage usually allotted 1 pencil and 1 tablet per child per year. But she had received 10 pencils!!! She was so protective of her pencils that she hid them in the ceiling so no one else would find them and she would always have an extra if she needed it.

It's so hard to understand that a simple shoebox with life's basics, that we take for granted, soap, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, schools supplies, can be the tool that will bring salvation to the life of a child and in some cases completely change their lives, from something so simple - as a SHOEBOX!  We were very blessed and humbled this weekend. And once again I am reminded that in the Bible (somewhere I never remember where) it says "and a child shall lead them" and once again Robert has led us on yet another adventure in serving the Lord.

4-H in the Mall

Once again Venango County held it's 4-H in the Mall. Where 4-H clubs from the county set up displays around a theme to promote 4-H and to explain to the general public what 4-H is all about. We currently are involved with 2 small clubs, but both clubs did very well with their displays. Garrett did his first 4-H demonstration about his Woodworking project

Garrett giving his 1st demonstration

Robert giving his demo

 and Robert presented his demonstration for his Money Matters (not certain of that name, but money management) project. The club had a great display about the theme "Join the 4-H Scene in 2015." One club went with a CSI take on the theme and the other club took the Hollywood scene.

That night our outstanding 4-H'ers are announced along with scholarship winners and project book winners. Garrett received his first 2 scholarships which he was very excited about! Robert received several scholarships for 4-H events, 2 project book awards and was named Outstanding Intermediate 4-Her for Venango County.  SO proud of both of their accomplishments!
Outstanding Intermediates
Robert & Emilee

Young Americans back in Knox

The Young Americans program returned to Knox and the Keystone High School in October. The Young Americans is a group of young adults who travel across the US and around the world working with school students in improving their singing, dancing, and performing skills. This year Keystone had 305 students participate from 4th -12th grade. They began on Sunday afternoon, all day on Monday and the a Tuesday afternoon rehearsal and then 2 performances. Robert had the chance to participate once again, but Garrett wasn't quite old enough(maybe next time).

This is an amazing program especially if your children enjoy the performing arts!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Halloween and Halloween Food 2015

Halloween was a little difficult at our house since it fell on the last home football game at the high school, but I think we got everything covered. Robert and Garrett are both big enough to work on their pumpkins on their own with some supervision, so they made their Jack-o-lanterns.

Garrett with his pumpkin

Robert cutting his pumpkin
 Now costumes- well Robert didn't wear one this year but Garrett was Jase from Duck Dynasty. But my niece, Haylee, was Elisa and we made her an Olaf to take with her.

Elisa and Olaf
Now anymore the Halloween dinner seems to be what this group looks for and what ever weird treats I might come up with. This year we had Smurf brains (blue spaghetti with sauce). The night before the 4-H Club asked me to made my weird and wacky snacks for their meeting. So they had used band-aids (graham crackers with icing and strawberry jam) Frankenstein's (Swiss cake rolls with faces) and I think my new favorite pus pockets (cream puffs that you squeeze just a little to get the filling to start coming out).  Even though we were limited on time this year, I think we all had a good time!

Smurf Brains