I've been deep into some serious closet and cupboard cleaning recently. It feels so good to throw stuff out and decide what to keep and what to junk. (The reason behind my need to weed will be coming soon!) :) These fabric covered boxes were made for us years ago by my mom. They have held Writer Son and Rocker Son's childhood medical records, school work, school pictures and other family paperwork.
One of the boxes held some of the resources from my years of children's ministry. Yesterday I threw away magazines, crumbling glitter covered mysteries and lesson plans. But 2 items could not be thrown away. Have you ever felt a sentimental connection to something as silly as paper creations? They just made me go "Oh!" as I pulled them out of the box.
It's our traditional Turkey Glasses! Every kid's group I worked with over the years got to (or had to) make and wear these hilarious glasses. They loved them and I loved watching the parent's reactions when the kids walked out of class wearing these!
This ridiculous looking "hat" was an original idea of mine that I was very proud of. Matthew 10:30 says that God has the hairs on our heads numbered. I taught a lesson on how much we are loved by God and how well He knows everything about each one of us. So the kids cut the middles out of a paper plate, punched holes around the edges and added yarn hair as a reminder of the verse that was written around the plate.
While I discovered these artifacts, it occurred to me that the message of God's amazing and individual love for everyone has been a recurring theme all my life. (Read about the Ministry School Love Lesson here.) Someone once told me that we each have a particular "Life Message", and it is our reason for being. We can discover that one main message and use it to help us make choices in jobs, hobbies, writing and outreach activities. I have argued with God about the simple message He's given me, but we do need to hear it again and again. And our "arguments" tend to be pretty one-sided anyway.
So now the fabric boxes are going to be used for my freelance writing jobs. It will be good to have a special place for all my clips, books, writing magazines and discs.
|Rocker Son's silly side and dark side in evidence here. :)|
Oh yes, along with years of christmas wish lists, greeting cards and school report cards, I came across a serious looking manila envelope with an unfamiliar handwriting ... "Mrs. K"... on the outside. Could not remember what was in it. A school report on Metal Music by Rocker Son slipped out. When I showed it to him, he reminded me that he got in a lot of trouble for that report. Can't imagine why he had so much trouble at the conservative christian school.
This weekend is RANDOM JOURNAL DAY!
Though this post is not taken from a journal, it IS
taken from memories of the past so I'm going to cheat
and call it a Random Journal Day post.
Click on over to Dawn's place and read some other
random journal posts!
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