Monday, October 18, 2010

In Which Mommy Drinks Wine Every Day

This weekend was my weekend to work at the Jewelry Store.  I really like it there, but I make absolutely no money.

You should see my pretty new baubles, though :)

Saturday, Austin took the kiddos to a Halloween Party (first of several!) at our friends' house in Alexandria.  The kids had a fantastic time roasting marshmallows and bobbing for apples. Their costumes aren't completely done (although they keep changing their minds) so they wore ones from past years.  Riley was a Transformer and Logan was a Ninja and Savannah wore a Disney princess dress.  Austin also burned his hand on Justin's outdoor grill. (Side note: Metal with fire below it gets hot!)

Sunday I was also supposed to work, but it ended up that the office manager was sick and I got to have the day off! That meant that I could join the family for a trip to West Virginia to see my Godmother, Beth, and her family. The drive it always gorgeous this time of year with lots of farms, vineyards, and trees along the way! Aunt Beth fed us some tasty food and helped the kids carve pumpkins and make tie pillows.  It was awesome!

Logan, however, decided to engage in this little gem:

"Aunt Beth, my Mommy drinks wine"
"Oh really?"
"Yep. She drinks it every day"

This is false.  In fact, it's very false.  Austin enjoyed laughing at me get embarassed, though- he seemed to think it was pretty funny.

I'm leading a small group for children at church on Sunday and I'm excited.  I think I'm going to use the pumpkin lesson- it's one of my favorites! If you've never done it, you basically start with a pumpkin and talk about how the pumpkin is a lot like a person.  Open the pumpkin up by carving off the top and talk about how when we do bad things like lie or disobey our parents, it's like having yucky stuff inside of us.  Jesus, though, can take those yucky things away. (Empty the seeds and goop- they make a tasty snack if you roast them!) But, that's not enough, because just taking out the yucky stuff leaves the pumpkin empty inside.  Jesus wants to fill us with his love (put in a candle).  But he also wants us to share that love with others, so he wants to transform us to share his light! (I usually put the lid on and we sing the this little light of mine song)

The face I carve goes with this poem:
I am a Jack O’ Lantern

My lights will shine so bright

For I’m a Christian pumpkin

My symbols tell what’s right

My nose is like the cross

On which our Savior died

To set us free from sin

We need no longer hide

My mouth is like a fish

The whole wide world to show

That Christians live in this house

And love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas

My eyes are like the star

That shone on Baby Jesus

And wise men saw from far

My color, it is orange

Just like the big bright sun

That rose on Easter Day

Along with God’s own Son

And so on Halloween

Let’s set our pumpkins out

And tell the trick or treaters

What God’s love is all about!
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