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Let’s Get Real
So, it has been a complete #jesusandwine kind of morning around here. That’s right, not just a fleeting moment, but a whole entire morning. How is it that by 8:00 every morning my house can look like a tornado rolled through town? When my control freak self kicks in, I sing the Let it Go song in my head. Yes, really. I have to be reminded that it’s ok if my house is a disaster. One day, when they’re all grown up and gone, it will be clean, and I’m sure then I will want it chaotic and messy again.
Also, as a friend and I were discussing this morning, how do these kids find every cord in the house? Every. Single. Cord. And where does it go? Their mouth. My morning has consisted of lots of cords in mouths. And of course, our nap time tribulations have continued into today, which meant going down for a nap was not only an ordeal, but we also woke baby brother up with our banging, jumping, and screaming. Might I add, this baby brother of ours is apparently going through a total sleep regression, as he has woken up the past few nights. Not just woken up. Woken up and stayed up for two hours until he feels ready to go back to sleep.
I know so many of you can relate. Please never take my stories about my kids as being ungrateful. They are my two greatest blessings, and I am so very thankful for them, but this is all about being honest and not painting a perfect, unrealistic picture of parenthood, so real is what you get.
So naturally the way that my morning went, you can imagine how well our attempted devotion time went. I’m going to tell you about the devotion so that you can try it with your child. I’m sure your kids will listen and participate better than mine, so it can still be successful! I honestly kind of just randomly had this idea in my head and wanted to try it out not knowing if it would be a complete fail or not, and to my surprise, it did work!
We started by reading the bible story about Joseph’s Colorful coat from one of our favorite bible story books. Well, I read while they did everything but listen, but that’s ok. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes. I was still reading to them which is the important thing.
If I’m being honest, there wasn’t much of a discussion after story time today. Look at previous paragraphs and you can imagine why, however, this would be a great story to talk about jealousy and forgiveness with your child. In toddler terms, it would be great to talk to them about not wanting a toy their sibling or friend has and taking it from them. Also I know that when James makes bad choices we make him apologize, and I always make sure to tell him “it’s ok” or “I forgive you”, and I encourage him to say, “it’s ok” when I apologize to him. Yes, I apologize to my two year old on a regular basis. They learn from what they see!
After we read the story, project time began. Again, if I’m being honest, I pretty much did this craft by myself because James wanted to paint his hands and the table, and my chunky monkey Weston was only concerned about his cheetos. With that being said, it can easily be completed be a toddler.
I have seen in the past where people will use marker on a coffee filter and then drip water on it to make the colors run together. Since I refuse to let my kids use markers at this point (we’re in a rental house, and I don’t trust them), I thought maybe, just maybe the DO-A-DOT Paint Markers we have would have the same effect as the markers, and they did! These are a staple in our house! James loves them and thinks he’s painting every time he uses them. They are much less messy than regular paint, and not as easy to draw all over the place with like markers.
I used all different colors and made sure there was not much white left on the coffee filter. You want it covered in color, aka, you’re making Joseph’s colorful coat. I then took a medicine syringe, as that’s what we have plenty of around here, and filled a small cup with a little bit of water. You could also use a toothbrush or a medicine dropper to sprinkle the water. It does not take much water at all. You don’t it soaked, you just want enough water for the colors to start to bleed together, so just start putting little drops of water all over the coffee filter. Fill in those small white spots! Be sure to put something under your filter while you’re doing this. I put it on a piece of construction paper and then put a cookie sheet under the paper.
Now, it’s time to sit back and let it dry! It really doesn’t take too long, but I’m sure you could set it outside to dry quicker or use a hair dryer. Since my kids were so uninterested, I just let it dry on the counter. Once it was dry, I cut the coffee filter into the shape of a coat. It really looks more like a dress, but some of you more artistic people could probably make it look more like a coat. Plus, it was in biblical time, so I feel like I get a pass on that one.
Last, I used tape to put it on a black piece of construction paper to really make it pop. I haven’t tried glue, but I wouldn’t use it. I would imagine with the coffee filter being so thin, you’d be able to see the glue lines through the coat. Then, I took a white crayon and wrote, “Joseph’s Colorful Coat” so that my husband would know what it was when he saw it on the fridge after work.
Really though, don’t make fun of my coat. It should be a little more boxy, but it’s the idea that matters! Also, the great thing about this craft is that you could use the same concept for so many different things – you could make a cross, an Easter egg, etc. I may just have to try those myself!
Cheers to hoping your morning is going a little more smoothly than mine, and prayers for a more relaxed afternoon!