Friday, June 29, 2012

Bible Verse of the Day :)

"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits" Psalm 103:1-2 (NASB)
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Psalm 103:1-5 are the verses that God put in my heart today. "Bless the LORD, O my soul"... Is my understanding that one of the meanings of "to bless" is "to be thankful, to be greatful" so, to me Psalm 103:1 tells me to be thankful and greatful to my LORD with all of me for everything He has done in my life and specially for sending Jesus to die in the cross for me :)  but, don't forget Psalm 103:2-5..."And forget none of His benefits"...and what are those benefits you may ask? Read verses below.
"Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle"  Psalm 103:3-5 (NASB)
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I am thankful for all those benefits: Forgiveness, Healing, Redemtion, Love, Kindness and Compassion. Because I am a daughter of GOD, I get to thank Him for all He has done in me, but I also receive all those benefits. That is awesome, isn't? :)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Cooking - Rotini Tuna Pasta Salad


     I have been making this recipe for a very long time. In fact it was one of the very first recipes I made by myself growing up and made very often at home when I first got married :) I have decided to share it with you, because I believe that it can become a fun recipe for your kids to help in the kitchen. Alright, here we go!

Rotini Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) bag of rotini pasta
2 (12 oz.) cans of tuna (drained)
1 (15.25 oz.) can of corn (drained)
1 green bell pepper (chopped) 10-12 oz. of mayonnaise
Black pepper to taste
Bread or crackers

Instructions:

Cook rotini pasta according to its package instructions. Once is out of the boiling water, rinse it with cold water until pasta feels cool. Place pasta in a big mixing bowl and mix in 3/4 of the mayonnaise. Add tuna, corn, bell pepper, and some black pepper. Mix thoroughly. If you think is too dry, add the rest of the mayonnaise. You can always add, than subtract :) Serve it as a tuna salad sandwich or eat it with crackers (either saltine or ritz)

*This recipe is about 6 good size servings. I like to make this much, because there is always plenty for dinner one night and lunch the next day :)

You can easily have your kids make it for lunch or dinner. You can assist them with the chopping and can opening, and have them mix the ingredients. It is simple, fun and inexpensive :)

Let me know how it turns out!

Leave a comment if you used this recipe, if you make something similar or if you just want to say HI!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

What should we do with all those random small toys?

Have you ever cleaned the living room, kids room or any room in the house and found a ton of small toys or small items that who knows what board game they belong to or what toy they belong to???
I HAVE! ...Your first instinct may be to get rid of them, but WAIT! You should do what I do :)

Get a basket and collect them to be used in school activities. I have collected many small toys in my "trinkets basket" with the purpose of using them to teach my kids the Alphabet sounds, to create our own Alphabet train like in the Blue's Clues Alphabet Power DVD , sotring, and more.

Recently, my kids and I read a kids book called Sort it Out! by Barbara Mariconda.  It talks about sorting things out and grouping them based on their attributes such as: green, shell, rough, etc... This book made me think of a few activities we could do to learn to sort things out :) I also like the fact that at the end it has some activities for the kids to do and practice sorting items.

How does my "trinkets basket" come into play?... After we read the book and explained what Packy "The Packrat" was doing, we talked about the meaning of the words grouping and attribute. Then, we got a few blank pieces of paper and labeled them with out own attributes: square, blue, round, etc...we even made a "make your own group" label. I gave my 6 year-old 10 minutes to sort items from the basket into the different groups we had created. When the 10 minutes were up, we went over why each item belonged to each group. Also, we discussed the attribute he chose for his "make your own group." (He chose "red")
Then, as a writing activity, he made a list of the attributes that Packy used in the book and wrote down the name of small items that we had in the basket that share the attibutes from the story.

Leave a comment if you used this book and idea at home, if you have done something similar or if you just want to say HI!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Bible Verse of the Day :)

"Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalms 37:4 (NASB)
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What does it mean to "Delight"? Let's see...To Delight means to have great pleasure or to take pleasure. In this case, to "delight yourself in the LORD;" means to have great pleasure in the LORD, to enjoy Him and all His promises. How would you enjoy Him? by knowing Him. How would you know Him? by listening to him. How do you listen to Him? by reading His word. Where can you find His word? in the Bible. Studying the Bible enables you to know God and know his chracter. The more you know Him, the more you will want to be like Him. Therefore the desires of your heart will be HIS! Notice that it says "Delight," not "To Delight" which means is a command not a statement. Delight! in the Lord starting NOW and He will give you the desires of your (HIS) heart :)

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