The kids had a great time tonight carving pumpkins, eating hotdogs and roasting marshmallows on the campfire. We had a great devotional with the lantern as the object lesson. The lantern will not shine without the light inside and we cannot shine for God without the Light of the World Jesus in our hearts.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,

I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12


Today, my son and I washed, dried, gutted and prepared pumpkins for carving. Tonight is the first annual October family fun campfire night. The church children will be carving pumpkins, eating hotdogs, making smores, and playing games. There will also be a devotional at the campfire and fireside singing. Hopefully everyone will have a fun night.

To help carved pumpkins last longer, rinse them in a 50% vinegar 50% water solutions and allow to dry. Pumpkins that are not pre-cleaned will have bacteria on them, which leads to rot and the early demise of your beautifully carved pumpkin.





Making progress, but still not there.

Making progress

Making progress

Not yet finished, but making progress.


Uncle Bob

This is a portrait that I did of my Uncle years ago. He was the best Uncle in the world and I am so thankful that I got to know him.

He loved to make people laugh. He would dress as a clown and tell jokes. One of my fond memories is when we were home for Christmas one year and at another Aunt’s house for a family get together. All of the kids were sitting in the breakfast room around the kids table. My uncle walked into the room and did the slipping on a banana peel gag. At first we were shocked and then we all started giggling.

My Uncle was also a very generous person with his time. There were many times that I needed a ride too and from work and he was there without question and always with a smile on his face. He never made me feel like a bother. He always made me feel like he was so glad to see me and happy to take me to and from work for the chance to talk. My Uncle was the best driving instructor. He taught me to parallel park and bravely took me on driving lessons. I was a terrible driver and it took a few times to get my license; however, my Uncle patiently kept teaching me.

My Uncle was more of a father to me than my own Dad. I am so thankful for him and wish that I had told him more about how much I loved him before he passed away; however, there is comfort in knowing that I will see him again in heaven.

Wordless Wednesday


Creative Animal Collage


Here is how you can create this art project with your kids.

Supplies: pencil, drawing paper, tracing paper, scissors, wall paper samples or patterned paper, glue stick

This project teaches children the elements of art: shape, pattern and color as well as analytic observation.

Artist link: Eric CarleĀ http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

This project needs to develop over several days.

1. First talk to your kids about different shapes and have them draw all sorts of shapes such as circles, squares, tear drops, hearts, etc…

2. Then find some pictures of their favorite animal. Be sure to find something that shows the whole animal.

3. Lay tracing paper over the picture and have your child find the largest shapes first an outline them. (ex. Look at the owl pic – a large oval would be drawn around the main body) Keep looking for shapes and outlining them. Then use the tracing to help create a more simplified graphic of the animal using simple shapes. They can do this with the back ground too.

4. Practice sketching the animal using the simplified shapes.

5. Choose your favorite simplified shapes animal and enlarge with a photo copier.

6. Choose 4 printed papers with complimentary and contrasting color schemes.

7. Create stencils for the shapes by tracing the individual shapes of the animal and then use those to cut out shapes from printed paper.

8. Choose a printed paper for the background.

9. Layout cutout shapes to create the animal and background composition.

10. Once you are happy with your layout, glue them down with a glue stick.