Move Over Yellow Pages…this Book Has Everything from A-Z!

I recall spending the majority of my childhood summers in primarily two places.  Visiting my Grandma’s house in Edinburg, TX, and in the upstairs (children’s section) of the Bryan Public Library.  The two had one thing in common: both housed a copy of the greatest picture book of all time.  (Incidentally, it just happens to have had it’s 20th anniversary this year, and I maintain that it still holds this title…at least as far as I am concerned)

sweetI first discovered Animalia in the summer of 1989.  It was an uncharacteristically (for mid-summer in south Texas) rainy  afternoon.  My Grandmother had company over, and my siblings were sleeping off the adventures we’d had earlier that day, which left me tasked with entertaining myself.  My Grandparents’ home was NEVER lacking for literature, but for whatever reason,the shelves of classic novels and worn volumes of World Book Encyclopedia didn’t excite me on this particular day.  Instead, what piqued my interest was the glimmer of the ONE “modern” children’s picture book in the house!  I couldn’t believe I had never seen it before. (Maybe Gramps had purchased it for just such an emergency?)  The children’s library was my second home, and though I was an avid reader of chapter books, I still had a deep love for children’s books–especially those with really good illustrations…but this one was completely foreign to me.  At the time, I was OBSESSED with Chris Van Allsburg (I loved searching for his trademark hidden dog tucked within the pages of all of his books!), but this book blew all of his out of the water!

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At first glance, I was immediately taken in by the intricate detail of of the cover.  Every square inch was covered.  And the illustrator had an uncanny ability to draw realistic animals, that had a fun, expressive, caricature-like quality, without making them feel kiddish or tacky.poem

Nestled into the title page I discovered an intriguing poem, which promised the pages to come would be spellbinding. There was also a dare of sorts, to discover what only the “keenest eyes” would find.  And, a challenge to find a boy in a striped shirt hidden amongst the pages! (Note: Although the boy’s attire bears a striking resemblance to another hidden book character’s, Animalia was actually published at least a year before the first “Where’s Waldo”, so it’s merely coincidental) I was hooked already.

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I turned to the first page, eager to get started.  I was instantly captivated. I had never seen anything like it.  EVER.  Each and every page was completely saturated with vibrant color and whimsical scenes.  There was little text, but the depth of the illustrations more than made up for it.  I almost overlooked the text completely because I was staring so intently at the pictures…the detail was phenomenal, but the picture made no sense, so I looked to the words on the page to explain the scene before me, and that was when I discovered the best surprise of all.  It appeared to be an alliterative tongue twister, each word beginning with the letter “A”, at which point I realized that hidden throughout the illustrations on the page were GOBS of hidden depictions of animals and objects beginning with the letter A.  Some of these objects/animals even contained additional hidden pictures within THEIR details (like a picture within a picture, within a picture!  It was like standing in an elevator with glass walls where the reflection seems to just go on forever!)  I was mesmerized!  (If you don’t believe me, enlarge the picture and be amazed…see how many things you can find…atoms, antenna, autograph , accordion, and abacus only scratch the surface! Each page held a letter-specific tongue twister and corresponding illustrations, and they were so cleverly hidden and disguised (it also helped that he was English/Australian, so some of the pictures were of things that didn’t appear to begin with the letter until I considered alternate terms for words–such as the baby carriage on the “P” page, which I finally remembered was also known as a “pram”!).  I lost myself in first two pages for what had to have been close to half an hour.  And then I closed the book.  I felt as though a sugary-sweet, delicious, chocolate cake had been laid before me, but instead of gorging myself, I wanted to cut it into tiny slivers and savor every morsel, which meant rationing myself to only a page or two per sitting–so I could make it last.

readingI was so excited to share it with my siblings when they woke up from their naps.  And now, nearly 20 years later, I am equally (if not more) thrilled to share it with my kids.  (Honestly, Animalia was my go-to, favorite birthday gift for friends’ kids long before Norah and Eli were born!)

In addition to being an awesome gift idea, I’ve also used it to trick my kids into writing exercises.  First, I give each of us a piece of paper (yes, I play too because it is still so fun for me, PLUS, the prospect of the kids “taking down mom” together is always a good motivator in our house!). Next, I set a timer on my phone for 2 minutes, and we each list as many hidden objects beginning with the letters on a selected page.  (My son who hates to write LOVES this activity, and I’ve been surprised to see how many words with tricky spellings he is aware of–such as gnome and pheasant!)  At the end of 2 minutes, we go through our lists, Scattergories-style, crossing off duplicated answers, and see which of us came up with the most.  We have so much fun pointing out our finds to one another, and then usually spend another 5-10 minutes per page searching together for others we’ve missed (there are always tons more than we can get in 2 min) and, of course marveling aloud at what an incredible genius Graeme Base is.

Why have I dedicated an entire blog post to this one picture book?

  1. I think that EVERYONE should own a copy.  (Especially “grown-ups”…you never know when you’ll have a desperately bored child in your home on a rainy day, not to mention, you’d be surprised at how intriguing/what a great conversation piece this “children’s book” is for adults!)
  2. As amazing as this book is, I have heard VERY little buzz about it and have always been amazed that so few people are familiar with it, so I felt the need to spread some love.
  3. Christmas is coming, and Animalia would make a unique gift (read: unlikely to be duplicated by someone else)
  4. This blog is a space where I share some of my favorite things, and this book most certainly falls into that category. In addition my having some great childhood memories attached to it, I am now quite confident my children will have similar fond memories of the hours we’ve crowded around and poured over this book together.

Disclaimer: This is a completely unsolicited review.  I was not asked, nor am I being paid to share my opinions.  I only write about products that chose, truly love, and whole-heartedly recommend because I think they make the world a better place.  I am, however, an affiliate partner with Amazon.com, so if you’re interested in purchasing a copy of this book, I’d love it if you would do so through any of the links on this page, which will give me credit for recommending it! (Not to mention, Amazon usually beats most everyone’s prices, so it may be the cheapest way to buy–especially if you have free shipping/Prime!)

 

 

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken & Green Beans Over Couscous

 

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Fall is coming and I can smell it in the air!  This is hands-down my favorite season.  The drop in temperature, the changing of the leaves (Yes, even we Texans have a few select trees whose colors change with the seasons), Aggie Football, Thanksgiving, and the anticipation of Christmas (oh, how I LOVE the hunt for the perfect gift for each of my family members!).  In the Robinson house, Fall also signifies the un-official start of Crock-pot cooking season!

I use my Crock-Pot year-round, but our love affair really heats up from about September-February when the temperature is cooler and the days are shorter.  (There is something about making dinner after dark that just seems a little wrong…even when it’s only 5:30pm.)  So, in case there are others out there, just like me who love their Crock-pots and are always on the look out for a good slow cooker recipe, I thought I’d post a few of mine over the next few weeks/months as I make them.

ingredients

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken & Green Beans (with Couscous)

Ingredients:

Fresh or Frozen Chicken Breasts (enough to feed your family)

4.5 oz jar or Pesto (I like HEB Specialty Series Basil Pesto)

1-2 lbs. French Cut Fresh or Frozen Green Beans (HEB has a great pre-packed bag of fresh french green beans in their refrigerated produce section)

1 box of Couscous (I like HEB Herb Chicken)

 

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Rinse and drain green beans.  Place several spoonfuls of pesto into a 2 gallon ziplock bag.  Add green beans and top with a couple more spoonfuls of pesto.  Seal bag and toss until beans are thoroughly coated.  (I find that about 1lb. of green beans mixes well in a 2 gallon bag at a time…so if you are doing 2 lbs.–which I highly recommend because the green beans are my favorite part of this dish, you may want to break it up or use a bigger bag)

 

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Place pesto-coated green beans into the slow cooker.pesto-chicken

Top green beans with fresh or frozen chicken pieces (I usually use frozen).  Then spoon remaining pesto over chicken.  Unless you are a huge pesto fan, this won’t exactly look appetizing, but trust me, it will taste great.  Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. (I usually cook on low–I love that I can start the crock-pot in the morning, leave the house for the day, and come home to a delicious meal!)

Note: If you’d prefer to just make Pesto Green Beans, follow the same directions, omitting the chicken and add 1 chicken bouillon cube and 1 cup of water)

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When ready to serve, shred chicken into smaller pieces with a fork and stir around to evenly distribute peso.

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Boil water, add couscous, remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes.  Toss with fork.  In case you’ve never tried couscous, don’t be scared.  It’s just TINY bits of pasta and tastes great!

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Spoon a bed of couscous onto each bowl (I prefer bowls to plates for this meal because it helps wrangle renegade couscous and is better for holding in juices from the green beans). Top couscous with green bean and chicken mixture, being SURE to ladle some of the juices on top (they MAKE this dish!)

gbchickencouscousSalt and pepper to taste. (Note: I don’t always add salt and pepper to my food, but I do for this dish…it completely changes the flavor.  Eli went from not liking it at all, to loving it with just a little bit of S&P.)

I usually store leftovers all together (couscous on bottom, beans, chicken and juices on top) in a rubbermaid container.  This is one of my favorite meals to have as a leftover lunch!  Enjoy, and happy Crock-Potting!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what your family thought.  And please feel free to share your favorite crock-pot recipes in the comments below and if I try them and like them, I just might post about them too!

Your Wish is My Command (Center)

Several friends recently asked me for some tips on setting up an in-home “Command Center”, so since I already had the photos in my cameral roll, I thought I might as well blog about it in case anyone else was looking for inspiration/ideas.

I don’t mean to brag…but my chalkboard calendar may be my favorite thing in my entire house.  (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for $60–a hefty chunk of change for this bargain shopper, but it’s worth every penny.  You can get the magnetic chalkboard version from the Amazon link above for the same price.) The days of the week, calendar grid, and boxes for the individual dates are permanent, leaving me to fill in the month name, individual numbered dates, and of course our scheduled activities.  As you can tell from the month in the picture, it’s nearing the one-year mark since I set this little command center up in my kitchen, and I am pleased to report that (unlike some of my other organization undertakings), it has stood the test of time and is still used EVERY day.

Command Center

I won’t lie…I eagerly anticipate the changing of the month when I can wipe away everything from the last 30-ish days and start fresh.  I usually try to do this the day before the new month starts.  It’s a perfect chance for me to look ahead at all we have coming up. (I transfer the dates I have written down in my portable planner) I also try to be diligent about adding new commitments to the board as they come up (I try to remember to check my planner when I get home).

You might ask, “Why go to the trouble of writing things down twice?”  The short answer is: it works for my family.  But in case that’s not a good enough reason, here’s the rest of my argument.

  1.  Writing things down helps me remember (and not just me, it’s scientific).
  2. My family LOVES being able to see what we have coming up/going on.
  3. Even when I forget to tell my sweet husband I have plans, he usually already knows because he checks the calendar.
  4. We spend a LOT of time in the kitchen and it gives us something to read.
  5. I had a big space on my wall that “needed something” and this makes me happy.

Calendar Close

To the left of the calendar I have a dual wire basket system for my kids.  This I also purchased from Hobby Lobby (Sorry, don’t remember the exact price and I don’t think they have it anymore, but here is a link to a similar one).  The only change I made to it was to personalize each basket with a wooden letter so my kids could keep track of their basket. I bought .99 natural wood letters from Hobby Lobby (noticing a theme) then painted them, dry brushing over them with brown acrylic paint to give them a distressed look.

I use these baskets to hold the copious amounts of papers the kids bring home (because my mommy-brain isn’t always ready to cope with that paperwork the minute it walks through the door).  I also have been known to stash any library books I find lying around the house in them (because I have a major phobia about losing books/paying late fines)

Baskets

To the right of the calendar I have another little chalkboard with some tiny clothespins underneath.  I mainly hung this for symmetric purposes, but have used it for various things in the year that it’s been there, so it has come in handy.  Most recently I have been writing the kids’ and/or my daily chores on the left side (so they can come home from school and start on them without my having to ask, or to help me assess if I have some free time before my next activity what I can squeeze in chore-wise).  To the right, I keep a running list of household projects that we have.  (It’s fun crossing those off!)

The clothespins below the board have held everything from photos, to post-it reminders, to memory verses.

Chores & Honey Dos

It made sense to me to keep all info regarding food on the fridge, so that’s what I did.  First, I purchased a weekly menu planner vinyl sticker.  It was ok…but didn’t hold enough info and I didn’t like that it was a sticker (I was wanting more of a vinyl cling), so I kept looking and found a roll of chalkboard vinyl  for just $10.  (I say “just” $10 because it came with WAY more than I needed…I used all I wanted and I have shared excess with multiple friends!  Had I found this first, I probably would have used it for my menu as well)

I like to write a focus Bible verse on the big board for our family to see.  (Like I said, we spend a LOT of time in the kitchen, so I’m banking on them reading this MANY times and hopefully learning it in the process…plus, it gives me a creative outlet!)

Underneath the verse, we keep a running grocery list.  Everyone in the family has been trained to add items to it if they use up the last of something, notice we are running low, or would like something specific from the store (not all requests are granted…the kids have tried to sneak a few good ones in there!).  I love that I can take a quick picture of this list on my phone on my way out the door if the list is long and I don’t want to take the time to rewrite it on paper.

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To the right of the Bible verse, I keep a running list of all meals I have ingredients for on-hand.  (I usually shop 1-2 weeks at a time, and without this list I would probably forget what I had bought to cook) I cross off each meal as we eat it (or sometimes I will write-in the number of servings remaining if we have left-overs so we can keep track of that too, then cross it off when it is completely gone).

Meals On Hand

To the left of the big board is my small, weekly menu.  Each week I try to look at the big calendar and figure out which days/nights of the week are busiest and plan our menu accordingly.  If I know I’m going to be busy during the day or have to pick the kids up/get home late in the afternoon, I may choose a crockpot meal or something that can be prepped quickly.  On days when I have more time, I pick meals with longer prep-times.  I also try to be mindful of what we have planned after dinner…on Wednesday nights we have church at 7pm, so I always plan a meal that is quick to eat (because some things are quicker to scarf than others!), or one that I know the kids like (so we don’t waste any time fighting the “How many bites do I have to eat before I can be excused?” stand-off battle.)

Menu

In case you haven’t picked up on it, I dig the chalkboard look.  While I really do like working with actual chalk on chalkboards (the texture is amazing!), for my command center purposes, I use a Bistro Chalk Marker (I prefer the fine tip).  This pen works very similarly to a paint pen.  Initially you press the tip to get it inked up, then it’s ready to go.  It writes evenly and dries relatively quickly (be careful not to drag your hand through it while it’s wet or it will smear…but once it dries, it’s not going anywhere!).  When you are ready to erase, simply use a damp paper towel to wipe the surface clean!

Bistro Chalk Marker

There are also a wide variety of fun fluorescent-colored bistro pens available if black and white is too drab for your walls.  My good friend, Jenny (who recently converted to being a chalkboard wall calendar-lover) uses fluorescents and her calendar always looks great! (This could also be a great way to keep track of different family member’s commitments by assigning a different color to each person!)

Flourescent

And, because my family is bad about losing things, I always attach a command velcro strip to my marker so it can be returned to the spot that it belongs.   (I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE command wall hanging strips…I have only used ONE nail in my entire house so far…everything else is held on by command strips!)

Sideview Command

Don’t let this post overwhelm or discourage you.  Just because this works for me doesn’t mean it is the only way to do it.  Do what works for you (even if that involves the more primitive writing-on-the-back-of-your-hand method!).  If you have any questions, feel free to ask away or share your own hacks in the comments below!

The Best Laid Plans…

Farm Girl JournalsChristmas came early… I picked up a brand new planner for myself yesterday!  Those  who know me well can attest to the fact that I am a planner.  I like to have a plan, I like to know the plan, and if I have anything to say about it, I’d just as soon not deviate from the plan.  I obsessively carry a planner with me everywhere I go.  Sure, I know I can keep  track of appointments and important dates on my iPhone (and I do that too), but for me, there is something cathartic about physically writing my commitments down on paper and seeing them in my own handwriting as pending dates approach.

Who gets a new planner in the eighth month of the year?  This girl!  After a three-year love affair with the pricey, but visually stunning Erin Condren, I decided we needed a break.  For one thing, my entire calendar revolves around the school year, which means about this time every year, I start getting nervous because my standard January-December calendar is running out of pages and I’m already scheduling things into February.  I needed a new calendar, and I needed one pronto.  I was frustrated as I realized this happens to me every year.  I pay $75 for my flashy EC planner with all the bells and whistles, but by August, I’m already wanting a new one so I can keep planning into the next year.  Not to mention, this year, I was sorely disappointed to discover that Erin Condren had changed one of my FAVORITE  features… exchanging its smooth-turning, chrome binding for a wider, scratchy, dull-silver binding of sub-par quality.)

A close, local friend of mine has made quite a name for herself designing and manufacturing custom planners under the label Farm Girl Journals on etsy, so I gave her a shout and asked if I could place an order. I love the idea of supporting local small businesses (not to mention, I tend to run a little on the picky side, so having the opportunity to fully customize my planner was too lucrative for me to pass up!).

I chose from Farm Girl’s wide variety of cover options (Love me some Roy G. Biv!), requested specific scriptures for the inside and back covers, and of course, asked for extra pages for taking notes (Erin never did have paper enough to contain all of my thoughts) Just one week later, it was ready and I can’t adequately express how much I love it!

Inside Cover

The first thing I noticed was how closely the cover resembled my EC planner.  (Which is good, because the ultra-sturdy, gorgeous covers were what drew me to Erin in the first place) The crystal-clear lamination will insure my cover will still maintain it’s pristine appearance even after all the lunches and coffees (and accidental spills) I subject it to over the course of the next year.  Plus, the spiral binding allowed for delightfully smooth page turns, so I was already a very happy girl!

I was equally impressed by the quality of  its paper (in fact, I liked it better than EC!).  I am a self-proclaimed pen snob.  Translation: I carry a black Pilot G-2 with me EVERYWHERE I go, and use it exclusively.  (Especially in my planner, where I absolutely can not tolerate the sight of mismatched ink) The fatal flaw of the G-2 is that it doesn’t work well on all paper types.  It’s terrible on slick-finished greeting cards, for example.  So, when I noticed how silky-smooth my new planner’s paper was, I was a little nervous they they may not play together nicely.  However, to my elation, the paper’s smooth surface felt amazing to write on and was equally porous enough to allow my G-2 ink to soak in. (No smearing and no bleed-through!) It was a match made in heaven!

TabsThe sturdy but adorable, color-coordinated , patterned tabs were the icing on the cake!  They make me happy just looking at them!

Month at a Glance  I was happy to find that the monthly calendar was spacious (individual squares were slightly larger than EC, which I liked), simplistic,  and pleasing the eye. I immediately went to work transferring over the remaining dates from my previous planner.  (It may or may not have been the highlight of my day) And I loved that there was a place in the right margin for notes/reminders to myself.  Oh!! And I did I mention that I was able to customize my calendar, so that it starts and finishes in August?  LOVE it!!

GoalsbyrolesPerhaps the most unexpected feature I fell in love with was the weekly calendar.  My Erin Condren planner had a weekly calendar section, but I seldom used it. (That is until I had used up the scant number of notes pages provided in back, at which point I resorted to using the weekly calendar for scratch paper).

What I love about my Farm Girl Planner’s weekly calendar is that it allows me to organize my weekly goals by role.  This was a total game-changer for me.  This is exactly how my brain works!  I need to keep my responsibilities/commitments for all of my different roles organized separately.  On the left-hand margin, I was able to list out the different hats I wear/things I keep track of on a weekly basis.  I wrote out some of the chores I’d like to tackle around the house, the deadlines I have coming up for my CBS role, upcoming social engagements, and even my menu plan for this week.  This will allow me to keep track of all the “little things” that I might not want to write on my monthly calendar, but that still help me stay organized.  I love to keep To Do lists and this format provides a great way for me to do just that, while seeing it all in the context of the whole week’s big picture.

Closeup Goals

(Close-up of Goals by Roles)

NotesPer my request, I received a generous section of lined pages for note-taking (you can request un-lined pages if you’re more the free-spirited doodling type).  She even included additional blank tabs for me to label sections within the notes pages in case I want to keep my notes for PTO separate from my sermon notes!

RearViewBottom line: I have found my new planner, and I’m not looking back.  Not to mention, in addition to feeling great for supporting a local small business owner and friend, I paid a FRACTION of what I usually do for a planner!  I strongly suggest you check out the Farm Girl Journals Shop on etsy.  You can also find her on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram.

PS–If planners aren’t your “thing”, she also has a gorgeous line of Bible Tabs, Bible and prayer journals, and even customized journaling Bibles!  (I know where I’ll be doing a lot of my Christmas shopping this year!)

Washi Tape Bible Books Tutorial

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Along with the recent insurgence of adult coloring books, Bible Journaling is quickly gaining worldwide popularity.   There are literally hundreds of pins available for Bible customization! Although my Pinterest Bible Journaling board is overflowing with dazzling water color interpretations of scripture, let’s be honest– I could never replicate them.  Unfortunately, knowing this doesn’t surpress my Bible-envy in the slightest.  So, in an effort to avoid having my newly acquired journaling Bible looking like an epic Pinterest fail, I decided to try a customization technique (that even the artistically deficient can pull off) using one of the most forgiving mediums I know…washi tape!

Washi taped Bible page edges are a fun alternative to traditional book tabs, adding a splash of color to your Bible while still making you rely on your memory to locate each book. (Prefer a new take on traditional Bible tabs with an adorable pop of color?  Check out these beauties! )   Like the look, but a little nervous about how to go about achieving it?  Check out the step-by-step tutorial (with photos) below!  

Side note: Be aware that applying a double-layer of washi tape to over 60 pages of your Bible will cause the pages to expand slightly due to the extra bulk that that the tape adds.

 

Gather SupplieSTEP ONE: 

Begin by gathering your supplies. You’ll need a Bible (be sure the side margins are at least a half inch to avoid covering up the text with your tape),  a small pair of scissors, and assorted rolls of washi tape (or a single roll if you prefer to only use one design).

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STEP TWO:

Open your Bible to the first page of any book.  (I prefer to start in Genesis and work my way through all 66 books in order, to be sure I don’t miss any).


Unroll some washi tape and carefully position it along the outer edge of the book’s title page.  Aim to adhere approximately 1/2 of the tape’s width to this page, leaving the other half overhanging the free edge and allowing the tape to extend just past the corners of the page. (We’ll round them up later)


One of the great things about working with washi tape is that it is reposition-able (but be careful with those thin Bible pages because they can still tear!) Once you are satisfied with the positioning of your tape, run your index finger along the strip to press out any wrinkles/remove air bubbles.  Either tear or cut the strip of tape away from the roll and put the roll aside.

Fold EdgeSTEP THREE: 

Gently(so as not to wrinkle the exposed tape), turn the page so that the back side of the book’s title page is facing up.  Carefully, fold the overhanging adhesive side of the exposed tape upward (toward the paper), but do not press it down yet.

Center out.jpgSTEP FOUR:

Press one index finger down on the folded tape at about the halfway point of the strip (adhering it to the page).  Then, slide both index fingers from the center of the strip out, smoothly adhering tape.  Be careful to keep the fold aligned with the page’s edge.  (Again, the tape is reposition-able, but work carefully to avoid tearing the Bible’s fragile pages.)

Round edges

STEP FIVE:

You’re almost there!  Using a small pair of scissors, round off the overhanging edges of the tape at both corners.  (This doesn’t have to be precise, just try your best and it will look fine)

Repeat

Repeat these five steps for the first page of each book of the Bible.  One word of caution: this is a time-consuming process that is best not to rush.  (We’ve taped three Bibles so far, and average about 2.5 hours to do each one)  Recruit additional hands to help, if needed. In fact, the job is actually easier with two pairs of hands, so it’s also a great opportunity to spend some time with someone, bonding over God’s Word (literally)! No extra hands on deck to help with your project?  Spread the project out over time.  It’s extremely easy to walk away from and return to later.  You could even tape books one by one, to mark them as you study them, over time.

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 This project is a great way to review the books of the Bible with your older kids. When working with my daughter, as we would finish one page, I’d ask, “What book are we looking for next?”  And she would tell me before going on. Naming the upcoming book also helped us to be sure we weren’t accidentally skipping over any books along the way!

Finished Washi

 It may be a tedious project…but the end result is pretty fabulous!  I’ve had my Bible taped for over six months, and it still makes me a little giddy each time I pull it out! 

 

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As an added bonus, working through this project with my daughter has helped to spark an interest in her own daily, personal study time.  After taping her pages, she felt empowered to continue making her Bible “her own” with margin notes, color-coding, and art.  I love watching her fall in love with God’s Word, and making it more personal to her through her unique approach to study.


I’d love to see photos of your projects in the comments below! 

Blog Launch

cropped-dvwordpresstitle.jpgIt’s been five years since I’ve blogged regularly at robinsoncountypost.blogspot.com and so much has changed in that time.  The kids are in school and I’ve kept busy with various ministries and commitments.  In the back of my mind, I’ve always had an itch to open an etsy shop with random, unique, hand-crafted treasures…I hope to make that a reality some day.  In the mean time, this new blog will be a place to share a variety of “domestic” (of or relating to the running of a home or to family relations)”virtuosities”  (skillfulness in artistic pursuits).

I hope it will be a space to share everything from family memories, to crafting exploits, to devotional thoughts, and hopefully much more.  I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure, and feel free to ask questions/comment on any of my posts…it’s always encouraging to know there’s someone out there!