Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Mamatography 52 - Me and Mine: December

dear beautiful

Here it is - my last Mamatography post and last Me and Mine of 2014. It's been a lot of fun, but I wish I'd been able to keep up and post every week. Perhaps 2015 will be more successful. I'm looking forward to looking back through my photos and seeing how the year has progressed.

December has been fun. I love Christmas and all it has to offer. And we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary.

Here we are on Christmas Day. All dressed up for dinner at my sister's house, where we spent the day with my family and a couple of friends.

M was much happier than she looks in these photos - she absolutely loved opening her presents, squeaking and making 'wow' sounds for every one. B was as crazy as she looks here! That's what happens when a three year old finds the mini marshmallow stash and gets more presents than she knows what to do with!

This month...
The Hubby has enjoyed:
Having great conversations with B
Going out for dinner for our wedding anniversary
Starting yoga
Listening to Pentatonix's That's Christmas to Me album
Making the pigs in blankets for Christmas Dinner

I have enjoyed:
Dinner out for our wedding anniversary
Taking B to the Pound Shop to pick out presents for family
Our Jesse Tree activities
Christmas food. Oh, so much Christmas food!
Listening to Loreena McKennit's A Midwinter Night's Dream album
Seeing B playing an angel in the Nativity at church
Seeing how excited B was to find that Father Christmas had left a bit of mince pie for her, whilst being completely unbothered about checking for gifts

B has enjoyed:
Giving out her Christmas presents
Spending time with her grandparents, uncles and aunties
Visiting her cousin
Getting an Elsa dress AND a Merida dress for Christmas. With wigs!
Getting excited about Father Christmas
Singing Christmas songs

M has enjoyed:
Listening to/watching White Winter Hymnal
Learning to sign 'milk'
Cuddling her new panda
Daddy's singing Santa hat
Opening presents 

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

December 14th - Loving Father

A beard to represent St. Joseph, Jesus' dad on earth. 
We don't know much about him, but God must have made him very special to trust him to look after His son. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

December 12th - Worship Leader

David danced before the Lord. He sang and played; he wrote the psalms. In our house there is always a lot of singing going - mainly Frozen! - so this aspect of David was easy for B to grasp. And just to help, we made a tambourine. It's great!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mamatography - Siblings: December

dear beautiful

So much cuteness nowadays! They play together - the favourite game is when B tips out the box of blocks and M puts them all back, over and over - and they cuddle at bedtime. There's still some snatching going on, and B's dollies are ever so enticing, despite M receiving her own for her birthday, but generally they are just so cute together. M is cruising around the furniture, and B holds her hands and helps her to walk. They both find that hysterical. I love how much they love each other. 

That's a year of Siblings over. I've really enjoyed this project, and will continue in 2015. It's so lovely to look back over the photos and see how these two have changed and grown, and how they have come to love and enjoy each other.

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Monday, 8 December 2014

December 8th - Never Alone

God had a plan for Joseph. He sank to the pits, but God had a plan to bring him up to the heights.

"And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you." (Genesis 45:5 NIV)

We made a dreamcatcher because Joseph was a dreamer, but also because the belief about dreamcatchers is that they protect, just as God protected him. We watched the film of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - starring Donny Osmond! - and I was touched by the line in one of the songs: "Children of Israel are never alone." That was the message I wanted us to take away from the story of Joseph.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

December 7th - God Watches Over Us

Genesis 28:10-22

Today we read about Jacob's dream at Bethel. God's promise to Jacob, to be with him wherever he goes, is for us too. What a comfort.

paper plate craft angel Genesis Jacob
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go... (Genesis 28:15)

We love this angel! It's going on the top of our tree. 

Do you feel that God is watching over you always?

Saturday, 6 December 2014

December 6th - God Provides

Genesis 22:1-19

This was a great craft. Aside from cutting out the legs and head, B did all of this herself. We set her off with it, and after a couple of minutes she seemed bored and wandered off. But a bit later on, she came into the lounge with a completed lamb. So proud!

paper plate craft lamb Genesis Isaac
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” 

Are you in need? Can we pray for you?

Friday, 5 December 2014

December 5th - As Many As The Stars

Genesis 15

paper plate craft star hat Genesis Abraham
Proud to be a descendant of Abraham!

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

December 4th - Worth Saving

Genesis 6:9 - 9:17

We made rainbows out of paper plates today:

paper plate craft rainbow Genesis
Genesis 9:13

I explained to B that God was sad about all the meanies and had to wash them away. But that He gave us rainbows so that we know He would never do it again. We generally focus on the animals and the rainbow in the story of Noah, especially when it comes to telling children, because the full story is so hugely difficult to comprehend. How could our all-loving God do something so horrific?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

December 3rd - Consequences

Genesis 3

Today we found out what happened when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge. Our parenting and discipline avoids threats and punishment, relying more on the teaching that comes from the natural consequences of our actions. Anyone present at our wedding will know what I mean when I say, "Consequences!" but for those readers who didn't have that experience, suffice it to say my dad gave a very long speech, punctuated by his reminder that we have to live with consequences of our actions. This was big in our childhood and now all my friends know too! I was embarrassed at the time, but actually, his speech does make sense to me now, as a parent.

Reading the account of the Fall from the perspective of consequences rather than punishment has been helpful for me. When God said Adam and Eve would die if they ate from the tree of Knowledge, it wasn't meant to be a threat of punishment for disobedience, but a warning. God could not allow them to eat from the tree of Life and so live forever if they had allowed badness to enter their hearts. It wouldn't - couldn't - be a case of just eating the fruit and then never breaking another rule. One sin leads to another and another. Immediately, Adam and Eve hid from God and then began to lie. The rollercoaster was on the move. Paradise couldn't be allowed to filled with sin, and so Adam and Eve had to leave. Their actions broke Creation, allowing pain and toil and enmity in. The consequence of eating of the tree of Knowledge was removal from the Tree of Life, and therefore death would be inevitable.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

December 2nd - I Am Special

Genesis 1:26 - Genesis 2:25

Today we found out about Adam and Eve, and how God made people. I tried to explain to B that she is special because God made her and loves her. She was more interested in the fact that they were naked though!

Last year we put all of our handprints on a canvas and we thought it would be nice to make a tradition out of it, so we did it again. I thought getting M's handprint was tough last year - this year was harder! She just wanted to squeeze the paint. B really enjoyed this activity - she found it difficult to wait for the hubby's and my handprints to dry so that she could do hers. I think it's such a lovely reminder of how precious our family is.

annual family handprints canvas

Monday, 1 December 2014

December 1st - Looking After the Earth

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

Today's Jesse Tree theme was Creation. We read the Genesis account at breakfast time, but B really wasn't in the mood to listen, so instead of starting the day with crafts, we got out into nature and took a walk.

creation walk Genesis
The fresh air and exercise did us a lot of good. B calmed down; M slept most of the walk; I enjoyed being outside. As we walked, I talked about Creation with B and I was surprised to find that she had taken in quite a bit of the story at breakfast. She remembered that God made light first and then talked about Him putting a roof over the earth. She enjoyed pointing things out on our walk and telling me that God made them. We spoke about looking after the beautiful things God had made for us, and we fed the ducks as an example for her of being kind to animals.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Advent Waiting

Advent has come around again. My favourite time of year. So much excitement. The joy of waiting. The cold air; the lights; the smells. I'm definitely a traditional girl when it comes to Christmas - and by traditional I mean elements of the medieval! I love the spices and the jewelled fruits, the foods that we've been eating for centuries, and the carols that were sung by our ancestors. I can't wait to celebrate Jesus' birth. Equally, I love that we can start our own traditions with our own little family. Christmas is special because I know what's coming.