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1. Clothespin Flower Pipe-cleaner Tutorial

Philippians 4:13 
I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me.

I have a decorated can in my Sunday School class (that we call our "I Can") to encourage my girls that with Christ, we can do all things. It's been a great way to encourage positive attitudes with my girls as well as myself (I mean, if I'm teaching this lesson, I need to be working on it myself too in my daily life!).

I currently use our "I Can" for our SS offering so that it has a purpose to sit out on the table every week. However, when I first introduced this lesson to the girls, we made clothespin flower clips to put on the can. Now I use their flowers clips as a way to hang up their artwork on the wall.

So, I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make flower clothespin clips. They are really simple and my own daughter has already made tons of them....so fun!

You will need:
Clothespins
Beads (must have a wide hole)
Hot Glue gun/glue
Felt
Pinking Scissors
Purple and Green Pipe Cleaners 

 Step One: Line up 3 purple and 1 green pipe cleaner. Slip 1-2 beads on and push them to the middle

Step Two: spread out the purple pipe cleaners and pull the green pipe cleaners down

Step Three: Start rolling the end of a purple pipe cleaner towards the middle until you reach the bead

Step Four: Roll up all the rest of the purple pipe cleaners the same way that you did on step three

Step Five: Curl the green pipe cleaners around a pencil

Step Six: Measure a clothespin on a piece of felt and cut the shape out with pinking scissors (make it a little bigger than the clothespin)

Step Seven: Hot glue the felt to the clothespin

Step Eight: Hot glue the pipe cleaner flower on to the clothespin. Make sure and glue it to the non-pinching end.

To encourage creativity: set out a variety of colored felt, pipe cleaners and beads and let your kids have fun making their own unique flowers!

Let me know if you give this a try :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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2. A Recommended Book for Girls


If you have a daughter, I have a fun book to recommend to you today. It's called Brave Girls Bible Stories (I bought it HERE on Amazon). I originally heard about it from my blog friend Christina over at the Olive Tree.

I am going to use this book for my Sunday School class of girls but also at home as well. It's awesome! The illustrations are very beautiful and I really like how it has modern day characters who introduce each Bible story and how it relates to modern day girls and tweens today.  It reads like a devotional so it's something that you could read every night. Very awesome. I'm guessing that I'll be talking about it on my blog when I find ways to incorporate the stories into my SS Lessons.

My daughter has been reading this a lot on her own lately. Also I read it to my daughter for 30 minutes the other day, she begged me to read more. I told ya, it's really good!

Blessings,
Jenni

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3. New Tutorial: King Crown Art Pancake

 Exodus 20:3
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted a tutorial for art pancakes, but I've still been making them for my kids behind the scenes.  If you've checked out my YouTube channel recently, you may have noticed that I re-uploaded quite a few of my videos.  I wanted to re-translate the Bible scriptures that I was using in Arabic and in Thai (2 of my top countries that watch my channel are Saudi Arabia and Thailand). In the past, I've used Google translate but recently I've found actual Bibles in Arabic and Thai to use so this was an answer to prayer for me! Anyhow, that took awhile to fix and re-upload my videos.

Another thing that I've been doing since Spring, but haven't mentioned yet on this blog is that I've been enjoying teaching a children's all-girl Sunday School class at our church. I use art projects and art pancakes to teach the Bible. I just love teaching this class so much!  I would like to start sharing some of the fun things we've been doing in my class with you. I also use the same lessons from my Sunday school and teach them to my children at home and also the kids on YouTube. It's been a blessing to be able to share my love of God and use my gifts for him in these areas. 

Anyhow, I have been praying about what to teach next to my own kids, my Sunday school class, and the kids on YouTube and I really feel led to teach the 10 Commandments. If you've been on this blog for a few years, you'll know that I taught my own kids the 10 Commandments 2 years ago (and it took a year to complete) using art pancakes but I know that this is something that God wants us to talk about continually with our children and I'm looking forward to tackling this again! This time, I'm going to try to come up with new ideas for teaching this in art pancakes and this might be a challenge but I'll pray my way through........

Here is the link to my new video on YouTube or you can watch it here on my blog:



Ok, about the pancake tutorial...this King Crown is actually a sandwich that I made for my own kids' lunchboxes. I also let my Sunday school class make their own crowns in pancake art so that is definitely something you can do if you don't want to make the pancakes yourself. I can almost guarantee that your kids (boys too) will love pancake art.  It amazes me how much kids universally love pancake art because I've tried it with such a variety of children in school classrooms, playdates, and church. I shouldn't be so amazed though, since I love pancake art also!

Anyhow, this King Crown represents God because he is the King of Kings and with the 1st Commandment, we are to worship and serve him only and put him first in our lives. I had my SS class tell me a list of their favorite people and things and then I told them that they are to put God above all those things. 

If you're curious, Here is the link to all of my past art pancakes for the 10 Commandments.

Let me know if you give this tutorial a try!

Blessings,
Jenni

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4. Claiming Healing in Jesus

I set up this little sick dog scene (in surprise) in my son's room while he was at school to go along with a Bible lesson that I'm teaching my kids. I can't wait to hear what he says about it! 

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

We have been dealing with a serious surgery in our family and I realized that I was holding on to fear, not claiming victory in faith like God would want me to.  The Bible says that faith can move mountains and we need to claim the promises of scripture as truth for our lives. So, I'm claiming this verse, "with his stripes we are healed," and teaching my kids today to do the same. 

 If you need healing for anything, let's bring it to the Lord in prayer together:


Lord, 
 We need your healing touch and we believe  
that you can and will heal in this situation.
Help us to keep on believing and having unshakeable faith.
We claim today that by your stripes, our situation will be healed.
We claim victory in Jesus!

In Jesus name,
Amen 

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5. Welcome October!

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Welcome little tiny acorns, cooler weather, golden leaves, white swans swimming in the pond against a colorful autumn landscape at the park.....

Welcome October! I love you so much.

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6. A few Favorites from September

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Where we live, September brings several unique changes that I look forward to seeing again:

* Golden light on the rolled hay bails in both the front and back yard

*Cheerful sunflowers that pop up all over the surrounding areas as one last "hurrah" before the cold season hits

*Plants that look like wheat (not sure what they are actually called??) that seem to glow in the light

*Cicada insects that are super noisy (I won't miss these actually but they signal the end of summer)

*My neighbor's tree that's already changing red for fall! Yeah!

........Coming soon will be the black fuzzy caterpillars that cross the road in the early morning. They always signal the start of cool mornings. I've never gotten a photo of one. Maybe this year!

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7. I Can

Mums in our backyard
  I Can 
 do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Philippians 4:13

"Lord, help us to be all you intended us to be and not to miss out on the ability to bless others, or be blessed ourselves because we have an I can't attitude. We can face what we need to face, conquer what we need to conquer, and trust in you while we do it."

-I CAN find the energy to cook my family dinner after a long day.

-I CAN keep working on housework even though I'm worn out already.

-I CAN be brave and try that new thing.

-I CAN go to that social event and meet new people.


"Lord be our strength and help us to have an I CAN attitude in you and you alone."
-Amen

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8. More on Katie's Inspiring Life


I have a follow-up reccomendation for you today. Do you remember when I wrote about Katie Davis's interview last May (Here)? Well, Dr. Dobson has 2 new interviews (Here & Here) and they are awesome! 

Katie's devotion to God and her life inspires me so much. She was only 18 years old when she gave up everything to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Uganda and eventually ended up adopting 13 little girls and starting Amazima ministries. Wow. Wow. 

I have learned so much from reading her book, "Kisses for Katie" and this is one of my favorite quotes of hers:

"I do not know my five-year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and I am terrified, in a good way. Some call it courage; some call it foolish; I call it faith. I choose to get out of the boat. Sometimes I walk straight into his arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, He never lets go of my hand."-Katie

Blessings,
Jenni

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9. Pancake Art Tips: Cleaning Squirt Bottles


 Condiment squirt bottles are super important tools for creating art pancakes but they can be challenging to clean! So I thought I would share with you today my cleaning process for them. 

I used to put the bottles in the dishwasher but I noticed that they would end up discolored (not the lids for some reason, just the squirt bottles). This could just be my dishwasher but anyhow, now I always clean the bottles by hand.

Here's my process:

Step One: Discard the leftover batter in the trash

Step Two: Soak the bottles in water for a few minutes. 

Step Three: Put the palm of your hand over the squirt bottle and shake the water around a few times.

Step Four: Use a baby bottle brush to clean your squirt bottle. Let them dry upside down on a towel.

Step Five: Put the lids in the dishwasher in a basket on the top rack

All done!

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10. More Summer Highlights



September is almost here and summer is ending soon so I thought I'd share with you a few more highlights from it. We were able to vacation in the desert again (see last year's photos HERE).  It's just sooooo different than our life here at home and I just enjoy it so much! The desert is a dream with all the golden light and colorful sunsets and endless plants to photograph!


This cactus blooms in the morning and then by afternoon, it's gone. I snapped this photo while it was on it's way out.


This jackrabbit visited us a few times in the afternoon.

 
 The paddle cacti were just brimming full of fruit. I kind of wish that I would have bought some cactus jelly. Oh well.




I really miss the Mexican food! We ate it every chance we got!

Blessings,
Jenni

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11. In my Window Sill


I walked by the kitchen window and saw that my son had placed this leaf in the sill. I think it looks a lot like a fall leaf don't you? I'm claiming it as our first fall leaf (maybe a far stretch!). As anxious as I was for spring to come, well, I'm now that anxious to get rid of the heat. I love how with seasons, you can look forward to a change just when your tired of the season your in. What a blessing seasons are!

And speaking of seasons, my life is in a new season now that my kids are back in school (as I'm sure many of you can relate). I can actually hear myself think. Kinda weird. I've been blasting music in the house to create some "noise." I'm currently loving this CD of Francesca Battistelli.

Blessings,
Jenni

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12. The End of Summer

Hey Friends,

Just in case you're wondering, I'm still here but I had a nice blog break while my kids were home for the summer. And speaking of summer, it just keeps getting shorter and shorter. I remember a time when I was a kid that summer lasted 3 months. Not anymore. I will say though that while I love sleeping in and not packing lunches, it's nice to get back on a school schedule after awhile of lazy daisy-ness, you know? Anyhow, here's a few photos from our summer.


My daughter made these butterfly cupcakes. They are just cupcakes cut in half and turned around.

Blessings,
Jenni

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13. Lazy Daisy Summer


Daisies from our back yard field

How is your summer starting off? Are you able to relax and unwind yet?

We aren't really relaxing yet, well not exactly. My mom came and we worked on decorating (mainly sewing curtains). I'm not too good at sewing. I guess I didn't get that talent. Anyhow, the curtain I pinned was a little bit lopsided and my Mom ended up having to re-sew it. Oh well. So, I ended up painting an illustration for decoration instead. That's more of my comfort zone!

We got a new blow up pool out last week for the kids. Wow, what a chore that was to put up! *Note to self, just buy hard plastic pools in the future! Our air pump didn't seem to work much so we ended up having to blow up most of that pool by ourselves. So exhausting!

Also, I've made THIS  homemade 5 minute ice cream recipe tons of times over the past 2 weeks. I LOVE it! You've got to try it. It's so simple! I suggest you freeze a package of fresh strawberries for it. That is the best! YUMMMMM!

Blessings,
Jenni

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14. Summer Turtle


While working in the yard this past week, the kids and I found a summer turtle! We kept him as a temporary pet for the day. This little guy seemed to really enjoy eating the mini ornamental strawberries that my kids picked for him to eat.

Happy Summer!

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15. a Crabby Pirate in pancake art


"Watch out for that hook!"

Whew......Ok, it's made out of pancakes so don't worry! Heehee!

I've got a Crabby pirate pancake tutorial all ready for you today complete with a hook arm-Arrrg!

Before I get into more talk about this grumpy crab, I wanted to chat a little bit about teaching and being a parent.  If you've been around on my blog for a little while, you'll notice that I do a lot of teaching but I was thinking that I should share with you that I'm not a professional teacher. You know that right??? Sure, I have in my past and continue to work and teach in children's ministries at church but honestly, I totally rely on God for help in this area of teaching! I feel very inadequate.

I'm an illustrator and years ago, that's why I started this blog, for my artwork. However, I discovered pancake art and realized how much I enjoyed "illustrating with pancakes." Then, somehow, one day I decided to use pancakes as an object lesson to teach the Bible to my kids.  I wish that I could remember what in the world I was thinking that made me decide to do that but I just don't know.

Anyhow, I'm off on a tangent, sorry.  I meant to say that, I'm not a professional teacher.  I'm just a Mom giving her best effort......I hope to encourage you that no matter where you are in your life, that you make time to teach your kids about the Lord.

Please know that I'm not perfect and that I struggle myself.  Sometimes I get lazy or sometimes life just seems too busy to schedule time in but then I remember how important it is to train them and not rely on outside sources only (church or Christian programs) to do it. Not that those aren't important. They are, but we need to be their primary teachers....even if we aren't "professional teachers" we serve an awesome God who can help us do our best! He's called us to be parents, so he will equip us.

Lord, 
help us to do our Best because, well, it's not always easy to do so......help us to put training our children to know you, to love and serve you as a top priority, even when were tired, or busy and just don't feel like it. You are worthy Lord of our best effort.  Please help us to reflect that in our lives.

In Jesus name,
Amen

My Crabby pirate sketches.
Luke 6:37
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven

Forgiving others is the theme that I'm teaching my kids this month and I'm using a grumpy, silly, Crabby pirate to do it.

I think that "forgiving others" is one of those lessons that needs to be taught over and over a million-billion times because it's something that just doesn't come naturally (to kids or adults!). However, it's really, truly important to teach this because the Bible says that we won't be forgiven if we don't forgive others and since salvation comes through forgiveness, we totally need to be forgiven ourselves. Wow, this is important!

Here is the video I put together on how to make a Crabby pirate:



Let's work to give God our BEST!

Blessings,
Jenni

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16. An Inspiring Life Story


<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->All day long, over and over I have been thinking about this inspiring life story that I watched on youtube the other day of this young woman (Katie Davis) who followed God’s purpose for her life.  I think I’ve seen Katie’s interview like 3 or 4 times now and I’ll probably watch it again. You have to see it!!!!


Katie was the prom queen, the head of her class, and had her pick of any colleges, but she gave up everything after high school to answer God’s call and move to Uganda to minister to children there.  She is now just 23 years old, has adopted 14 little girls and heads up Amazima Ministires.


Ask God to open your heart if you do watch her testimony because I feel like even though she is really young (23 years old), she has so much wisdom to share, specifically about finding God’s purpose for her life (which we can all apply to our own lives), obedience, and about trusting in God for your needs.


This interview is on the first half of this video from the 700 club. Click the link below to watch it.



 Katie also has a blog and a book

Blessings,
Jenni  

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17. Be Still..Trust in His Love


<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->I saw a beetle in the house today and I don't really mind them as long as they live outside and not in my house. Spiders on the other hand, well, I just smash them. But beetles, are kind of cute (sort of).

Anyhow, I decided to save this little beetle's life by picking him up with a Kleenex and tossing him outside but that little thing just kept on wiggling and wiggling and wouldn't be still and let me pick him up.

I kept thinking that if this beetle wouldn't be still, he would end up getting accidentally squished.  This made me think about how when we worry and worry and don't really stay still and let God move in our lives, we might make choices that aren't best for us based off of fear.

As this school year is coming to an end and the future is a HUGE unknown, I'm realizing that God really wants us to just be still and trust him. It's hard to do, and I've been struggling so far (like the beetle) but I decided today that I'm going to start trusting in his love...

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him



 My prayer today (and maybe yours too):

Lord we praise you,
 Thank you for our tomorrows Lord…that even though there’s a big blank question mark for our lives next year as this school year comes to an end, and the future is scary and unknown, I’m so glad that you’re the one in charge. 


Thank you for loving my children even more than I do and that you know the path that they need to be on to lead a righteous life in your eyes and to make a difference in this world.  


Lord, please help us to be still, wait patiently, not worry and know that you will take care of us…


We love you,
 In Jesus name, 
 Amen.

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18. Spring Color Theme


Every season around here seems to naturally have a color scheme. I've been noticing that all year long when I put together collages of photos that I take around town (like the one below). This month should definitely be called Yellow and Green.



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19. Pancake Art: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

New pancake art video up today on how to make a PBJ sandwich! I love PBJs.  I kind of wonder if I'm like the only adult who actually really loves them?? I know they're considered a food for kids but I could eat them every day...

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->The purpose of this video:  Peanut butter and jelly will stain the bread and there's nothing you can really do to get it off.  This represents sin in our life and how there's nothing we can do on our own to wash ourselves clean. We need the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins. It’s a gift from God waiting for you to receive! I think it's important to add on a last note here, that while doing good works won't save you, they are a reflection of your faith and the love you have for God.



 After school, my daughter made this mini PBJ with real peanut butter and jelly from the leftover batter. So cute!

Mini PBJs are simple really.  All you have to do is the same basic steps but on a smaller scale. 
 Have fun :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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Just a few photos from my life recently :)

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21. Little Signs of Spring

I love my daughter's stuffed bunny. It's so cute!
One of the first robins I saw in our back yard
Little signs of spring are starting to pop up.....the bunnies and robins are coming back and one of the local farmer's field's is starting to look green.....I can't wait for spring!

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22. Coming up in Art pancakes....




This is a *hint* of the new theme I'll be working on in art pancakes for awhile.

Can you tell what the balloon is??? My daughter made it :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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23. Little by little

Spring is coming...inch by inch...

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24. Pirate Art Pancake Tutorial


 
New art pancake video up about loving you enemies :)


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25. Bunny Pancakes Video

II Cor. 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 Several years ago, I created a bunny pancakes tutorial and I thought it would be fun to do a video to go with it.  Here is also the original post with step by step instructions and the video is below.

We're having a bunny tea party at our house today....should be fun! 




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