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DIY Christmas Part 3- Jesse Tree and PJs

Last year, we introduced the Jesse Tree to our advent season. I really like the idea behind the tree because it starts at the beginning… Genesis and shares stories from the Old Testament that show the anticipation and prophecies of the Savior. It shares all the way through to the birth of Christ. Every night, we read a devotional and then add an ornament to our tree. Now.. you can get really fancy and buy a Jesse tree kit with ornaments and all… or you can go the route I did and make your own paper tree to tape on the wall and print out some ornaments, laminate and use tape to stick them on each night.

You can read more about how we do our Jesse Tree by clicking on the above picture.

Here are a couple of more handmade gift ideas. A sewing machine is needed for the first, but not so much for the second.


One of our favorite things about Christmas day is that we get to wear PJs ALL DAY! Seriously… my kids look forward to this all year! This year I made the kids PJ pants and picked up some thermal shirts on clearance at Wal-Mart… Tada… new PJs! Also… we moved from sunny Florida to the mountains of North Carolina this year and I realized that we needed some new hats. I used the left- over fleece from the pants to make hats as well.

I used this tutorial from one of my favorite sewing blogs, MADE to make the pants. It was super easy and took me less than an hour per pair!

For the hats, I used this site. You can use a sewing machine to do it faster… or if you’d rather just hand stitch, it still wouldn’t take much time. You may need to adjust your measurements if making it for a child.

Come back tomorrow to find out some free, family traditions we have. I’d love to hear from you as well. What are some of your favorite family traditions at Christmas time?


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Window Art- A Tutorial

Per the suggestion of Adventures in My Father’s World, we made a window art craft today in school. We’ve been talking about the Name of Jesus for the last couple of weeks. We’ve been talking about why he was named Jesus. We’ve looked in Scripture and seen that he was talked about way before his birth. We’ve talked about the meaning of His name as well as the meaning of our own names.

Today, to close up the discussion, we made Name windows using crayons and wax paper.

Here’s what you need:
– old crayons (cut up into tiny pieces or shavings)
– wax paper
– construction paper
– scissors
– an iron
– old sheet or two pieces of newspaper

 1. Now… you don’t need a fancy paper cutter for this project. I just happen to have a Cricut that my wonderful Sis in Law picked up on clearance last year for me! We cut our letters out using the Dinosaur Tracks cartidge. I recommend using a dark colored paper for the project. Cut out the letters J, E, S, U, S. We ended up making two window art per kid… one with Jesus’ name and one with their own.

 2. Before we even started, I cut up old crayons and had them ready for the project. You can do as little or as many colors as you want.

 Arrange the letters in the middle of your wax paper and sprinkle crayon shavings around it. Don’t put the shavings on top of the letters or too close to the edge. You really don’t need too many… a little goes a long way!

 4. Place another piece of wax paper (same size) on top of the first. Carefully place the entire thing (name and crayon shavings sandwiched between two pieces of wax paper) between two pieces of newspaper and iron on low. Iron until the crayon is melted.

 You should end up with something that looks like this. The iron will melt the crayons together and seal the wax paper together as well.

5. Add a frame and string for hanging if desired.

Tada… that’s it. The kids enjoyed this and it was minimally messy for mom! Have fun!

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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (22)

Love, love, love this song. The words are so powerful.

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast inJesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Because I am so often with my children or teaching children’s Sunday school or leading backyard Bible Clubs, I often think of the Gospel in childlike terms (not necessarily a bad thing). But I often forget the power of the Gospel. The reality of what Jesus did on the cross. The fact that it is not just a story to be told in Sunday school. The fact that it REALLY happened. Whether you believe in the Diety of Christ or not, a man named Jesus from Nazereth was in fact tortured and crucified for crimes he did not commit. He was physically beaten within an inch of his life and then nailed to a cross for the sins that I commited… and you… and all of mankind.

I would like to think that I would have been among the women who stood at the foot of the cross weeping as Jesus hung dying. I would like to think that I would have followed him to the very end and then some. But… I fear that as the above song says, “Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, Call out among the scoffers.” I don’t know where I would have been on that day so long ago. But I know where I am now. I am fully assured that Jesus died for me on the cross. I am fully assured that God created me with a purpose. I am fully assured that because I believe in his Son, I will one day be with Him in heaven.

I may not know where we will be in a month or so after my husband graduates from seminary. I may not know what the next couple of years looks like…. and I may not even fully know what my eternity looks like… but I know where I will be… I know who I will be with.

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