Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Empty Tomb – an Easter Garden Craft

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20:1

By: Sarah Smith

(No one seems to know where this craft originated but you will find it on-line in various places.  So, shout out to the crafty Mom who came up with this idea!!)

Supplies:  (Keep in mind you can make this as big as you’d like….the ones the kids made at church were the sizes shown below.)

  • One 6-8 inch terra-cotta base
  • One 2 inch terra-cotta pot
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Potting soil
  • A package of seeds – quick grow grass or sprouts
  • Small twigs and twine – form into 3 crosses
  • A small to medium size rock (approximately as large as the opening of the pot)

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Officially Introducing Jennifer Clark

image_1364080630938650Jennifer Clark is a wife, mother and elementary school teacher. Three years ago, she and her husband adopted an amazing baby boy, and she made the difficult decision to resign after twelve years in the classroom to become a stay at home mom. Six months ago, she returned to the classroom, and once again, her world was turned upside down.

She doesn’t consider herself a role model, example or uber mom. She’s just a regular mother trying to navigate the chaos of life with love, laughter and the grace of God.

Jennifer Clark has been a guest writer for us for quite some time now that we consider her one of our own.  We decided to make her an official member of our writing team.  In the past, she has opened her heart to us and shared with us her struggles with infertility,  her process of adoption, and the loss of her Grandfather who was her spiritual mentor.   Expect to see more from this gifted writer and wonderful woman.  To read all of her posts click here.

Signing Out For a Few Months

“Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7

by: Kerri Young

As I have alluded to in my last post, we are in the process of moving. (You can also read about our fun preparations in a blog I wrote awhile back here.) Since we are moving to the other side of the world and everything about life is going to be new and challenging for a bit, I am taking a rest from blogging on Mosaic of Moms for a few months.

The plan right now is to take April, May and June off, and return in July with lots of stories to share. We are excited to watch God’s faithfulness and provision continue to unveil before our eyes and would be grateful for your prayers as we march forward in obedience into the unknown. If you feel so inclined, here are some specific prayer requests:

1. Please pray we would find our strength and identity in El Shaddai as we walk through the changes of the next few weeks.

2. Please pray we will trust Jehovah-Jireh to provide all our needs in the next two months as we prepare to leave, Lord willing, on May 25 (including the sale of our house and the completion of the rest of our financial needs).

3. Please pray we will parent our children well through the midst of extreme life change and that our children will find perfect peace in Jehovah Shalom when things are new, scary and uncertain.

Thank you!

I will not be posting, but I will be checking email. If there is ever a way I can pray for you, friends, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Until July, I will be praying we can rest in Jehovah Raah together….

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Focusing on Who He Is Rather Than What I Am

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
 he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3

By: Kerri Young

This is a big month, and particularly an eventful week, for my family. My husband finished his job March 1, so we are now without significant income until we depart for our new home, Lord willing, in May. I am in the process of wrapping up my coaching job and passing on the mantle to my assistant coach. We are down to our last few days in our house and preparing for a big moving sale Wednesday through Friday to—hopefully—get rid of most of our belongings. We are moving across the world and cannot take it all with us. We are also gearing up for our going away party that will take place on Saturday. And, on top of all that, we are trying our best to give our children some sense of normality in the midst of our lives getting turned upside down.

I’m going to be honest with you….

I am overwhelmed…because there is so much that needs to get done in the next two weeks before we roll out of town that I’m just not confident we’ll get it all done.

I am exhausted…because for the few short hours I am able to lie in bed at night I find myself unable to sleep because my brain is constantly thinking of all the things that need to get done.

I am sad…because we have to say goodbye to the bed my daughter sleeps in that belonged to my granny, the dishes we’ve had since we got married and the Kitchenkitchen shades I so painstakingly worked to find on ebay after they were discontinued at Pottery Barn…not to mention all my cheer peeps, our friends, and the church family we have grown to love here in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading

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Chore Charts/Menu Planning Take Two

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Gretchen's Menu Planning

Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (GW)

By: Gretchen Speer

Is it just me or is time FLYING by these days!  We moved into a new house last fall.  (For a funny little story about settling in click here🙂 )  While I have had time to get us unpacked and somewhat settled, we are still a little out of whack where our routines are concerned.  After months of chasing my tail trying to keep our house clean it finally dawned on me that I had not done new chore charts for the kids since the summer.  I knew I wanted to try something a little different that I had done before, and after looking through my office this is what I came up with:

182Frames I found on clearance at hobby lobby for $2.99 a piece, card stock, stickers from the dollar isle at target, dry erase markers, and of course, a sharpie.

These came together in just a few minutes since I knew what chores I wanted each kid to have.  For some ideas on what chores work best for what aged, and how to implement them here is my chore charts post from last year.

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Since I had four of these frames I decided to make a menu board too.(Eventually my littlest will need one, but not yet!)  My kids, and my husband,  are always asking me what’s for supper.  It drives me a little bit crazy, so I was hoping this would remedy that.  For the most part they refer to the menu board now, and if they ask me I just point to it:)  I still like to plan my menus two weeks to a month at a time, but I do like having this weekly one up to remind me daily what I’m fixing.

180For some more detailed help on menu planning and grocery shopping, click here.  For a more in-depth menu planner click here.

If you are wanting a quick easy chore chart and menu board these are definitely worth a try.  My kids have done really well with them.  Actually, they have done better with these than they did with the ones I was making before.  I think simple is better for now. 🙂