Monday, May 31, 2010

Every Monday Matters


How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways?  How can we teach our children about serving others?  With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging.  So every Monday, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make Monday Matter and find a way to show God’s love in our community. 

Today, we organized a bottle water give-away during our local Memorial Day parade.  We began our day with a short scripture lesson focusing on to serve others is to serve God.  Matthew 25: 34-40.  
 
Today was very hot and humid and there were many people who were appreciative of a cold bottle of water.  The kids did a fantastic job showing God's love.  Thank you to all the adults who helped make this day possible by donating water as well as their time to assist the kids.  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mama's Girl

Emma loves the shower!  She almost feel asleep.  A girl after my own heart.

Nice and warm and snug after her shower...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wonderful Wednesdays...

at the park in downtown Saugatuck.  Look who made her first appearance...



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Every Monday Matters

 
How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways?  How can we teach our children about serving others?  With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging.  So every Monday, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make Monday Matter and find a way to show God’s love in our community. 

Today we went to Grace of Douglas, a local nursing home, and read stories to the residents as our way of showing God's love.  Our afternoon began with a discussion about differences and acceptance.  Everyone brought a familiar book and we spent some time sharing books we enjoyed with others.  
 
This was a very challenging experience for our young crew.  Even though it was a little scary to be in a new situation surrounded by people and medical equiptment they were unfamiliar with, they were still able to show God's love!
 
Way to go guys!

Every Monday Matters

 
How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways?  How can we teach our children about serving others?  With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging.  So every Monday, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make Monday Matter and find a way to show God’s love in our community. 

Today we gave new life to an old butterfly garden.  Everyone worked hard removing brush and weeds and planting new flowers so the butterflies will have a place to stop and rest.  
 
Our project began with a scripture reading from second Corinthians 5:17.  We then talked with some master gardeners about the importance of the flowers and how weeds and brush prevent the flowers from growing.  We learned about the plants that butterflies like and were even able to plant some new plants.  Thank you everyone for all your help!!

Look who is 1 week old today!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Big Brothers

The job of a big brother is never done...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Introducing

Emmalin Marie 

7 lbs, 2 oz 19 inches long.

Welcome to the world!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Every Monday Matters



How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways?  How can we teach our children about serving others?  With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging.  So every Monday, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make Monday Matter and find a way to show God’s love in our community. 

Today, we let the kids choose an activity.  They were given the phrase "how can we show God's love to moms."  They decided that moms do a lot of cooking so a practical way to show God's love would be to make dinner for some lovely families in the community.  

Our project began with a the story of Jesus feeding five thousand from John 6: 1-15.  We talked about the boy who had only a couple of fish and how no one knew how to feed so many people with so little food.  But, if we share what we have, even if it is just a little, God can make big things happen.  

We were able to work together to create a delicious taco dinner for several families in our community.  Thank you everyone for all your help!




Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gluten-free Dairy -free Mother's Day Cinnamon Roll Surprise

Sunday morning brunch just isn't the same without a sweet gooey treat.  Something that you can sink your teeth into, close your eyes, and smile (everything is good in the world just for the moment).  We have tried several varieties of cinnamon rolls on various special occasions through out the year and have decided this is the winner hands down.  No longer do we have to choke down the expensive store bought frozen rolls and smile just because you feel obligated to because you know how much they cost.  This easy quick recipe takes 30 min from start to finish and is worth every minute!

Ingredients:
2 TB butter (Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
1/4 c. sugar
1/3-1/2 c. warm dairy free milk (start with 1/3 then add more if needed)
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp g/f vanilla
1 TB instant yeast
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1 c. corn starch
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp xantham gum
2 tsp g/f baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Filling:
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Glaze:
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla rice milk (or add a couple drops of vanilla to any dairy free milk)

Using a mixer beat the butter until fluffy.  Add sugar and mix well.  Add eggs, oil and vanilla.  Combine dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture.  Slowly add dairy free milk until dough consistency is achieved.  Beat on high for 2-3 minutes.

Lay out a piece of plastic wrap (approx 15 inches) and spray with cooking spray.  Sprinkle with 1 TB sugar.  Lay the dough on this and cover with another piece of plastic wrap (approx 15 inches) also sprayed with cooking spray.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough (approximately a 13 inches).

Lift the top piece of plastic wrap off and sprinkle the filling on the dough.  Gently lift one edge of the plastic wrap so the dough begins to roll.  Once it is started, the dough will roll on it's own with a gentle lift of the plastic wrap. 

Spray a sharp knife with cooking spray to prevent sticking and cut the roll into 8 pieces and carefully place them in a glass pie dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Cook at 375 for 20 minutes.

Combine the glaze ingredients and drizzle over rolls before serving. 


**I would have added a picture, but they were gone before I could get my camera. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wonderful Wednesdays...

At the parade!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Special Edition: Make May Day Matter

How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways?  How can we teach our children about serving others?  With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging.  So this May Day, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make May Day Matter.  
 
Just as Jesus willingly and freely served others, we served those in our community by showing God's love in a simple May basket give away.  A BIG thank you to everyone who helped assemble baskets, donated flowers, and helped with the give away.