Friday, October 4, 2013

You Need Some Turkey Glasses!



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.   

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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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15 comments:

  1. You little cheater, you! Well, I suppose anything goes and besides I like to say SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING! And otherwise how would I get to find out all these cool things since I can't come knock on your door for a chat and coffee. You remain one of the most inspiring women around, my friend. Love and hugs...and what are you up to next? So intriguing...can't wait to here. I forgot my news I wanted to share...some plan I had...it will come to me. And when it does you will be the first , no make that second, to know! lol~

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    1. ooooooooooooooooh, can't wait to hear not here. Oh I need to get to bed! Pray for me and the Girl- going to a Connect Fest (!) Christian Festival tomorrow- long story - it was a gift...PRAYERS welcome. Esp., for my Girl. Turning 13 this week!

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  2. I have two, big plastic bins, one for each kid filled with their school crafts and papers. I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but they hide nicely under the bed, collecting dust bunnies. I can't quite bring myself to throw them out!

    I too have a box of children's church books and ideas. I still hang on to them (I keep thinking I'll have grandbabies SOMEDAY!).

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    1. Don't throw them out until you have to. Sweet memories live in that stuff you know. I hope to have grandbabies some day too, but realized that those books are full of ideas that can be found on the Internet now, so why use up space?

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    2. What I meant was to keep the sentimental stuff but dump the church books.

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  3. Susie: I thank you for showing us the cloth covered boxes. They are cute. I need to find time to go through and pitch what is no longer necessary for us. I have things from my dad's house, from my sister-in-law's belongings, a few things of our sons and a lot of old clothes I need to find new homes for.. If I worked it right, it would free up the need of having an chiffarobe in my writing room and I could have a bit more space. One day I hope to accomplish this task.

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    1. Having so many things can become overwhelming, but not so bad if you keep chipping away at it little by little. We are trying to get of at least one thing or category of things every day, so we have less stuff surrounding us.

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  4. Susie- So fun to see some of your 3D journal keepsakes here today! I too have kept many things from the younger days (I totally get the sentiment and see these as altars to God's faithfulness in our lives...giving us great ideas and memories of His work in our lives and those we love) and I love your creativity and the simple message of pure joy that comes through your life and stories.

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    1. Hi Kel, thanks for coming by and commenting! I like that view, as altars to God's faithfulness. Beautiful.

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  5. Oh I forgot about RJD since I am traveling. I will have to catch up when I get home. I loved this...but now you got me wondering what is going on that you are cleaning house....I hope something good is in the works for you guys. Praying for you! Can't wait to hear!!! Loved the turkey glasses and the hair hat. Great ideas. Those were the days!!!

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    1. Hehe, mysteries abound don't they? It's a good thing. And I have to say that the way you said that..."wondering what is going on that you are cleaning house." makes it sound like I never clean!! Ha!

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  6. Ohhhh. . . I think I know what our kids are going to make in children's church one Sunday this November. . . :)

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    1. OH I am so happy to hear this. Was hoping someone would do that! Ha! have fun!
      Susie

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