Thursday, May 19, 2016

Popsicle Praise: Our Sweet Summer Family Faith Activity

The Nesdahls have completed Pouring Acts of Faith and summer is right around the corner. Once school ends we pretty much say "Adios" to defined agendas and find success in summer freedom - closing out the pool, getting sweaty at the park, jumping on the trampoline, watching a movie in our pajamas. Whatever. Each day looks a little different based on temperature and energy levels and what sounds fun.

So, when we decided it would be fun to do another faith forming family activity I knew it was important to be a low stress activity that could happen at anytime of the day anywhere.

Our recent activities have been focused on God sightings and the Holy Spirit in action. Now we're going to get into the Word because Scriptural knowledge affirms us, arms us, and lays the foundation for life.


Popsicle Praise.

What can I say. Our kids love popsicles so they were fresh on my mind.

Each Sunday the kids will draw one popsicle stick - well, that was my original plan but then these foam popsicle stick shapes were much cheaper for way more and they actually look like popsicle colors so they won out. I'll be able to use the many remaining for projects down the road, I'm sure.

On each stick is some most adorable washi tape because it makes me smile and looks cute, but even more importantly there a verse reference. For the most part, these are very short scriptures. I think we need to start small so that the girls realize they can do this.

Here's our winning line up.

1 Chronicles 16:11 "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always."

John 3:16 "For God so loved thew old that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jeremiah 29:11 "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us."

Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

1 Timothy 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."

Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the Lord is a fortified tower, the righteous run to it and are safe."

Psalm 56:3 "When I am afraid, I put my trust in You."

Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

2 Timothy 1:7 "For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline."

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray continually"

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Proverbs 13:20 "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."

My goal with the selected short Scriptures is that they will know that God loves them, is always there for them, and empowers them.

Within these verses I see place to discuss God's goodness, how the Lord is near, that our love is an overflow of experiencing Jesus' love for us, and the importance of our friendships + ability to not only make good choices but be a difference maker.

There are 14 popsicle praise sticks for the 14 Sundays we have in summer. Wow, that makes summer sound lengthy! Then we will recite the Scripture as a family each day to cement it in our brains.

The nice thing is we can do this around our dinner table or in the car or when sucking on popsicles during the 10 minute break at the pool, naturally fitting in to our different looking days.

And all these items only cost a few dollars.

You could easily use this activity within homes or Sunday School classrooms and the Scripture choices can be adapted to accommodate your kids' age, capabilities, and what you aim to teach.

Our kiddos are pumped about the pretty jar.

I'm excited for our family to have these sweet Truths to forever fall back on.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Real Mom Confessions

Hey, friends! My broken finger is finally healing - albeit still swollen - but it's no longer stopping me from typing OR dancing. Last weekend was the dance recital. My girls were incredible and I kicked it like cool cats with 32 other alumni. Clearly Jesus did not deem the fish nets reason to return :) All the Nesdahl ladies had a blast.

Though my computer work was on hiatus funny mom moments were not. Let's get to some real mom confessions.

1. "Some people only sleep in underwear," This is what one of the girls told one of our pastors. Why? I don't know. It had nothing to do with the conversation and both myself AND my husband sleep in pajamas. They do not see this in their life or the TV shows they are allowed to watch so why they decided to verbally vomit this to our pastor of all people I do not know. Jesus, be near.

2. The fire department visited the neighbor's house the other day because their carbon monoxide detector went off and Ava serenaded them with "Happy Birthday" as they made way into the house. It was no one's birthday.

3. One of the girls' dance teachers is pregnant. Ava told me she wanted to go say goodbye to Miss Amanda so we go up to her and Ava says, "When that baby kicks, how is it going to get out?" Ummmmm, WHAT happened to "goodbye?!" Thankfully, she found herself some juice on the way out and completely forgot about her question.

4. I love my robe and pajamas. Like maybe to a weird degree. So, in the winter, it gets dark at like 4:30 here, which means when we get done with our daily activities I can just come home and get in my PJs. I'm not going out in the dark. Well, now it is light until 9ish so I'm going to have to change my tune but this habit is not easy to break. Feel for me people. I will be the crazy mom if I have my PJs on when kids are still in my yard. Since the girls' bedtime is 8pm I thought that was a safe transition time but apparently not. My man put down new mulch last night and wanted me to see it at 8:45 so guess who checked out the spruced up front yard landscaping in her robe and pajamas? That's right, yours truly.

I hope you've had an amazing few weeks. The school year is coming to a quick end so I'll be returning tomorrow with what our family is going to do for a simple summer faith activity.  Be sure and check back if you're looking for something to do in your home :)

xx Melissa

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Real Mom Confessions

Happy Wednesday, y'all. I had something special planned for today but I need to limit my typing due to what will be the first real mom confession. Let's get going.

1. I think I broke my pinky finger playing tetherball. I LOVED the game as a kid and the older two girls play it at recess now so we thought it would be fun to have a Nesdahl family tournament. In the match against the my stud muffin I was beating him *awesome* when I hit the pole due to my super strong follow through. My whole hand went numb and I galloped my way out of the circle, writhing in pain. My man? He was so focussed on victory he FINISHED THE GAME OUT before checking on me to ensure the win. Whatever, man. Watch out. When I come off the injured reserve I will be unstoppable. In the meantime, I taking Motrin and limiting pinky movement. Being a fun mom is risky business.

2. I put in a call to our pediatrician office and didn't hear back all day. This is weird. They always call right away, so I was venting my frustration + surprise and a friend said, "Check your blocked calls?" What blocked calls is a thing? Apparently. And sure enough, I'd missed like seven calls over the year. I totally came clean with the pediatrician's office the next morning but everyone around me at dance got a pretty good laugh out of the deal. Now that I know I can block calls, you better believe I'll be using it for unwanted spam calls. It was a mixed bag discovery.

3. Yesterday Ava turned five. I remember when they placed her in my arms and now my baby celebrated the "kindergarten right of passage" birthday so don't even ask me how I felt about that. In true girl form, she woke up asking to go shopping for shoes and with a fancier lunch request. The good news for us is that no date will be able to afford her before we give our blessing. Bonus. Anyway, it was a crazy day and we didn't get her gift wrapped before she informed us she wanted to do cake so you know what we did? "Hey, Ava, close your eyes and when we say 'surprise' pop your eyes open to find out your present."

We can't be awesome all the time and there were perks. NO CLEAN UP NECESSARY.

I hope you had a great week and if you have a little one that might enjoy learning about God through nature make sure you get in on the Owlegories giveaway! And, to all of you that messaged me about how the free Date Makers & Breakers printable created good discussion in your home, I'm so very humbled. Keep up the good work of invested parenting!

xx Melissa

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