Monday, September 26, 2011

AWANA

Wednesday evenings, I (Kristin) volunteer at my church. Our curriculum is AWANA [you can clink on the link for the webpage] - Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. We have kids 3 years through middle school. I choose to work with the 3,4 and pre-kindergarden five-year-olds. We are called Cubbies, and we form great friendships with the kids! Last week, we passed out to our first year Cubbies their vests and bags and books - they were super excited to show their parents.

Our goal is to help children memorize bible verses, and to learn about God and The Bible. We sing songs, have a puppet (my portion!!!!), read stories, memorize bible verses, craft, and snack time. Lots of fun!

This week's memory verse is "God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We love to read

At the beginning of Labor Day Weekend, I went to the library to check out a few books. Well, me and the library get along very well. Because instead of finding just a couple of books, I came away with 8. EIGHT!!!And now, a week and a half later, they are all finished, and enjoyed.

Four of the books were by Janette Oke, A Prairie Legacy. These are Christian Fiction, set around 100 years ago. I love this time period, where there was not a dependence on technology and life was part of nature, not separated.

Two books were on foster care children. I work with a lot of foster kids in my job, so I purposely looked for books to broaden my understanding of their circumstances.  Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge is a non-fiction book. So very powerful and an intimate true story. I didn't want the story to end. The next book was Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury. This is a fiction book; however the emotions that course the book are real.

Now on to Autism, and the struggles families go through. Not My Boy! by Rodney Peete is another non-fiction book. This was an interesting, and unique perspective of raising a child on the Autism Spectrum. Rodney Peete was an NFL member. Reading how he tried to balance his job with his child was helpful. A Child's Journey Out Of Autism by Leeann Whiffen, a non-fiction book, described the lengths parents will travel in order to help their children. There was a large emphasis on ABA therapy, and the possible link between vaccines and Autism. However, research has shown there is no causal link. Still a good book written from a parent's perspective, along with the stress a diagnosis places on a family.

What's next, you ask? Wait and see :)

Dried Strawberries

So I absolutely love my food dehydrator. Every few days, I have used it again, since I eat the fruit so fast. Here is how I made dried strawberries. Almost like eating candy!

I started with 2 pounds of fresh strawberries. Clean the strawberries.














 Cut off the green tops, and slice very thin. Lay the strawberries in a single layer on each tray.


Cook at 135-140 degrees F, for 6-8 hours. The time probably depends on how hot and humid it is outside. The strawberries are done when you break a piece and it is dry throughout. The 2 pounds of fresh fruit turned into 3.5 ounces of dried fruit. It looks like a lot of work, but the deliciousness is worth it.