Archive for November, 2014

Book Review: Watch for the Light

Watch For The Light

Watch For The Light

I was asked to review a devotional book, and was intrigued even before it came in the mail.  Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas is a collection of various authors, beginning on November 24th and continuing until January 7th.  While I enjoy devotional books, what caught my eye was the wide range of authors – selections included works from Aquinas, Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther…all the way to Sylvia Plath and Madeleine L’Engle.

When the book arrived, I dove right in – reading a few of the 3-5 page devotionals at a time.  With such a wide range of contributing styles of writing (including poetry), there is something for everyone in this book.

I especially enjoyed the December 14th Devotion (“The God We Hardly Knew” by William Willimon) that struck a deep chord within me about how easy it is to give gifts, but how difficult we find to receive gifts.  How, upon receiving an unexpected gift, instead of gratitude, we immediately as humans tend to try to begin to think “How can I give a gift in return that is suitable?”  How, we want to never be indebted to anyone, and how that meant that our Mighty God did the unthinkable and “gifted” Himself as a baby in a manager, quietly and without any fanfare.  How often do we still reject His gift, because we want to “do it ourselves” and not be in debt to anyone (even Christ)?

Overall, I enjoyed the book, however, it is very much a book for a reader or intellectual.  I could see this as a perfect gift for a minister or someone who enjoys history and literature.  It is not a “light and fluffy” Advent book, but challenges the reader to constantly be thinking and evaluating his or her own life and thoughts.  I would recommend it as an early Christmas gift (perhaps the perfect Thanksgiving treat), for someone in your life who enjoys that type of book.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

One of the cool things is that while the younger kids have Thanksgiving Feasts in their classroom, the Kindergarten meets together and has a huge family Thanksgiving Feast in one of the larger church rooms.  I really enjoyed seeing GO’s class and hear all the things they are thankful for.  Listening to five and six year olds share the thoughts in their heads was pretty awesome and my favorite part of the system.

SisterSheep in the Thanksgiving Program

SisterSheep in the Thanksgiving Program

Singing in the Thanksgiving Program

Singing in the Thanksgiving Program

GO was thankful of her "mum"  :)  I'm quite thankful for this little girl, too!

GO was thankful of her “mum” 🙂 I’m quite thankful for this little girl, too!

Sitting in her assigned seat.

Sitting in her assigned seat.

Went was there, too.  For the first few minutes.  Then his favorite person in the world (Mrs. M) showed up and they disappeared off to eat candy, clean rooms, put away teepees, and raid other classroom parties...  Yes, none of that is made-up.

Went was there, too. For the first few minutes. Then his favorite person in the world (Mrs. M) showed up and they disappeared off to eat candy, clean rooms, put away teepees, and raid other classroom parties… Yes, none of that is made-up.

HA!  BrotherSheep came to see SisterSheep and GO - we had fun sitting and eating together.

HA! BrotherSheep came to see SisterSheep and GO – we had fun sitting and eating together.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Trip to the INK Museum

The Kindergarteners at GO’s school visit the INK Children’s Museum every year.  I was excited to get to go along and take Went with me.  He had a blast, as did GO, SisterSheep, and BrotherSheep.  In fact, it was so much fun, I’ve seriously considered purchasing a membership as a joint Christmas present for GO and Went.

Basically, the Children’s Museum is a “Neighborhood” and the kids can go in and out of various stores and offices.  There is a music shop, dentist office, diner, school, courtroom, hairstylist, grocery store, travel agency (complete with actual plane inside the building), Red Cross building, doctor’s office, playground, bank, and plenty more I can’t remember.  Plus a special area for those age 3 and under.

INK Museum (9)

The girls!

The girls!

"I found the Train Table, Mum!"

“I found the Train Table, Mum!”

"Ready to get my teeth cleaned, Mum!"

“Ready to get my teeth cleaned, Mum!”

INK Museum (2)

Climbing into the Dentist Chair

Climbing into the Dentist Chair

INK Museum (10)

It is a creative idea for a Children’s Museum, and I loved the little details I saw.  The Caterpillars just loved having plenty of room to explore!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(