"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
II Corinthians 4:18

Friday, December 17, 2010

Blankets Delivered

The Faithgirls made fleece blankets as a mission project instead of a gift exchange this year.

Emilie, Olivia, Bella and I took the blankets to Ms. Eileen to personally deliver the blankets.

Ms Eileen has a heart for children, especially abused children. She volunteers at Helping Hands Home as a story reader and is a sort of "adopted grandmother" to all the children there. She gives each child Christmas presents picked out personally for them by herself. It was a joy to meet and visit with her. She recently had surgery and we are praying for her fast recovery.

~Letter From Ms. Eileen~

Dear Faithgirls of New Boston Faith Baptist Church,

Yesterday was a day that truly warmed my heart. Along with their Great Grandma Laurel Lea and their Grandma Carla Cay, Ms. Marni and Emilie, Olivia, and Izzie visited me at my home in Austin, Texas. As they walked thru my front door, they presented me with a “Huge Santa Bag” that was filled with the most loving, kind, heartfelt gifts.

When I peeked inside the huge bag, I found four beautiful, warm, cozy fleece blankets. As I touched the blankets, I could feel the love and kindness that went into each one. I immediately put my “imagination cap” on and could see each of you working so hard on creating these wonderful ‘gifts of love’. I could feel the love you felt in your hearts as your selected the fabrics and tied and tied and tied all the fringes till each blanket was perfectly completed.

As you know, these blankets will all be going to children who live in foster homes or residential treatment centers – another term for orphanage. The children who will be receiving them have been removed from their homes, their parents, their siblings, their pets, and the beds, pillows, and blankets that once belonged to them. There are no words that could possibly express the happiness these children will feel when they receive this precious gift. The warmth and love each child will feel as they snuggle into their new cozy blanket will bring the sweetest smiles and joy … this is something that they do not have too much of in their young lives.

I personally wish to thank each of you with all my heart for your hard work and your heartfelt kindness as you have reached out to touch the heart of another child – a child who has so little in his or her life. The sweet little tag that is attached to each blanket says it all: “This blanket was made especially for you with love.” Thank you so very very much.

All My Love,
Ms. Eileen

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Celebration!

Christmas Party Celebration
December 7, at 7:00
Our Hostess is Mrs. Danna

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Playing Catch Up

We had our award presentation at the annual Ladies Tea.

Over the summer we attempted to play volleyball, but we all were really bad. We did learn the basics of how to play, bumping and serving.We started a unit on Kindness also during the summer.

We had a slumber party at the beginning of September.

This fall we are continuing Kindness, by going through Mean Girls, by Hayley DiMarco

We started Personal Journal. We spent that meeting decorating our journals.
In October and November we made deviled eggs, and jello salads. The girls had to bring something to the church Thanksgiving Potluck.

Tonight we are going to make gifts in a jar. They can either make Bath Salts, Brownie mix, or both.

December we will meet just one time for our Christmas party. Instead of a gift exchange each girls is asked to bring 1 1/5 yards of fleece. We will be making fleece blankets as a mission project.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 11, 2010

We worked on putting our Missionaries to Know lapbook together.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Back to Bikes

For our first meeting on bikes we talked about bike safety, what to wear, hand signals & why it is important to use hand signals.We talked about rules of the road, and safety/traffic signs, what they mean, how to obey them, and what the colors mean. We went over the parts of a bike. We used this worksheet. I just found this worksheet which I like better. I gave the girls several handouts for their notebooks.

Then they had a quiz on the safety rules and road signs, and I'd call them up one by one asking them to point out a certain part on the bike. I can't find the quiz I used for safety rules, but there are a lot of them online. The quiz for the road signs was on the back of the poster.

Our next meeting my husband will teach the girls how to change a flat tire, how to put the chain back on, where to lube the bike, and other stuff like that.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 13, 2010

We started our unit on Bicycle unit.

We read and did our lapbook elements about George Muller. George Muller was a great man of simple childlike faith. He prayed about everything expecting God to answer with exactly what he needed. George Muller has been my personal favorite missionary during this study.

March 23, 2010

We decorated flip-flops and shared verses about feet and walking.

March 9 , 2010

We did decoupage. I forgot the camera, but lots of creativity was being used!
I read about Amy Carmichael.

Mother/Daughter Event

Several moms and daughters from church will be attending a mother/daughter conference.
You and Your Girl with Vicki Courtney

We all made tie-dye shirts to wear tomorrow. That was fun, we all enjoyed it and will probably make tie-dye again as a Faithgirls project.

I hope to update this blog soon!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

February 23

Pizza night!
My mother was sort of stuck here do to bad weather in Austin Texas, so she made 2 batches of pizza dough in my bread machine. The other girls brought favorite pizza toppings, I think nearly everyone brought pepperoni!

The girls were divided into 4 groups and they made their pizzas. My mom came along to see the Faith Girls program in action and was a big help showing the girls how to work the dough on the cookie sheets. (when I grow up I hope I'm like her ) While the pizza where in the oven, the girls and I started our lesson.

We studied about David Livingstone, Missionary/Explorer in Africa.

While telling the African people about the Gospel and establishing mission bases for other missionaries, Dr. Livingstone explored Africa and made maps of the unknown wilderness. He was also a medical doctor and an abolishonist, working to end the slave trade.

Dr. Livingstone faced many dangers, disease, cannibals, wild animal attacks just to name a few.
Statue of Livingstone being attacked by a lion. This attack left his arm nearly useless the rest of his life.
I of course knew the famous line "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" and that Dr Livingstone was an explorer of the continent of Africa, but what I was not taught in school was that the whole reason he was in Africa to begin with was to minister to the people of Africa and tell them about Jesus.

Dr Livingstone remained faithful to his calling to share the love of Jesus to all people and nations.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 9

We made brownies!
We used the recipe that I learned in 4H back in the 70's
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter/margerine
2 eggs
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup nuts, or chocolate chips or other candy ( we used M&Ms)

Mix sugar into melted margerine, add eggs, vanilla and then the dry ingredients. You can add the extra goodies in the batter or sprinkle on top. Bake for 25 minutes at 350.

We finished our study on Gladys Aylward. Gladys did many dangerous things in her life, but she always looked to the Lord for her guidance and protection. She is a very good role model for our girls.

We will finish our baking unit February 23. I've changed the lesson plans- we will finish with pizza!

January 26

We made yellow cake from scratch. Was tasty, but the church oven isn't all that great and the bottom burned.

We continued our study of Gladys Aylward. Gladys was determined to spread the good news of Jesus wherever she found herself.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Christmas Party!

We had our Faithgirls Christmas Party at our December 9th meeting.

The girls learned several new games.
We call this one the "Chair Game". The person in the center says a statment that is true about them, if it is true about you, you have to jump up and run to another seat. The person left without a chair is the center person. It is lots of fun.

We had a craft time where the girls made Christmas ornaments.

We played another game where the girls would draw a slip of paper that had an action on it, they would have to perform it. The next person would draw an action and perform the first persons action and their action. It goes on until the last person has to perform them all. I thought it sounded like fun, but it wasn't as much fun as the chair game.

I premade cut out sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies and the other moms brought frosting and sprinkles for decorating.
The girls decorated cookies for thier refreshments.

We played "Queenie Queenie who has the Ball"
We had a book exchange as the gift exchange.

What a lovely group of young ladies!