Sunday, December 25, 2011

advent reading day 25...He's here! Merry Christmas!

advent reading day 25

scripture reading: the birth of Jesus, from luke 2, JSBB pgs 182-191, 198*

symbol: baby Jesus!

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings
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merry christmas from our home to yours!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

advent reading day 24

advent reading day 24

scripture reading: the King of all kings: the story of the three wise men, from matthew 2, JSBB pgs 192-197*

symbol: the three wise men and the star

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Friday, December 23, 2011

advent reading day 23

advent reading day 23

scripture reading: the journey to bethlehem, from luke 1 and 2, JSBB pgs 180-181*

symbol: a scroll, representing the census that was taken

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Thursday, December 22, 2011

advent reading day 22

advent reading day 22

scripture reading: mary and the angel, from luke 1-2. JSBB pgs 176-179*

symbol: an angel

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

advent reading day 21

advent reading day 21

scripture reading: the story of john the baptist, from matthew 3, luke 1 and john 1, JSBB pgs 200-203*

symbol: a shell, a traditional symbol for baptism

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

advent reading day 20

advent reading day 20

scripture reading: get ready! God's people return from being slaves, from nehemiah 8-10, malachi 1, 3, and 4, ezra 7, JSBB pgs 170-175*

symbol: a party hat, to celebrate all the Lord had done

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Monday, December 19, 2011

advent reading day 19

advent reading day 19

scripture reading: God's messenger: jonah and the big fish, from jonah 1-4; hebrews 1:1-2, JSBB pgs 160-169*

symbol: the big fish

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Sunday, December 18, 2011

advent reading day 18

advent reading day 18

scripture reading: daniel and the scary sleepover: daniel and the lion's den, from daniel 6, JSBB pgs 152-159*

symbol: daniel and the lions

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Saturday, December 17, 2011

advent reading day 17

advent reading day 17

scripture reading: operation "no more tears!": the rescuer will come, prophecies from isaiah, JSBB pgs 144-151*

symbol: a crown, representing the king to come

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid friendly readings

Friday, December 16, 2011

advent reading day 16

advent reading day 16

scripture reading: a little servant girl and the proud general: the little slave girl and Naaman, from 2 Kings 5, JSBB pgs 136-143*

symbol: a beautiful heart, cured from the leprosy of sin

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Thursday, December 15, 2011

advent reading day 15

advent reading day 15

scripture reading: the good shepherd: david the shepherd king, from psalm 51, 2 samuel 7, JSBB pgs 130-135*

symbol: the lyre, representing the psalms written by david

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

advent reading day 14

advent reading day 14

scripture reading: the young hero and the horrible giant: david and goliath, from 1 Samuel 17, JSBB pgs 122-129*

symbol: the slingshot

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid friendly readings

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

advent reading day 13

advent reading day 13

scripture reading: the teeny, weenie...true king: samuel anoints david, from 1 Samuel 16, JSBB pgs 116-121*

symbol: david the shepherd boy

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly readings

Monday, December 12, 2011

advent reading day 12

advent reading day 12

scripture reading: the warrior leader: joshua and the battle of jericho, from joshua 3 and 6, JSBB pgs 108-115*

symbol: the trumpet

*we are using the jesus storybook bible for our kid friendly readings

Sunday, December 11, 2011

advent reading day 11

advent reading day 11

scripture reading: ten ways to be perfect: moses and the ten commandments, from exodus 16-17, 19-40, JSBB pgs 100-107*

symbol: the stone tablets

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones for our kid-friendly reading

Saturday, December 10, 2011

advent reading day 10

advent reading day 10

scripture reading: God makes a way: moses and the red sea, from exodus 14-15, JSBB pgs 92-99*

symbol: the parting of the sea (don't you love my artistic interpretation in this one! ha!)

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Friday, December 9, 2011

advent reading day 9

advent reading day 9

scripture reading: God to the rescue: moses and the great escape from egypt, from exodus 3-13, JSBB pgs 84-91*

symbol: the burning bush

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

advent reading day 8

advent reading day 8

scripture reading: the forgiving prince: joseph and his brothers, from genesis 37-46, JSBB pgs 76-83*

symbol: joseph's beautiful multi-colored coat

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

advent reading day 7

advent reading day 7

scripture reading: the girl no one wanted: the story of jacob, rachel and leah, from genesis 29-30, JSBB pgs 70-75*

symbol: stalks of grain, representing the years of work jacob did in order to marry rachel

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

advent reading day 6

advent reading day 6

scripture reading: the present, the story of abraham and isaac, from genesis 22, JSBB pgs 62-69*

symbol: the ram

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Monday, December 5, 2011

advent reading day 5

advent reading day 5

scripture reading: son of laughter: God's special promise to abraham, from genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6, JSBB pgs 56-61*

symbol: stars in the sky, representing God's promise to abraham to give him as many ancestors as there are stars in the sky

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

advent reading day 4

advent reading day 4

scripture reading: a giant staircase to heaven: the tower of babel, from genesis 11, JSBB pgs 48-55*

symbol: a tower

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

use your imagination when looking at our tower ornament, ha!  that's a tough one to make! :)
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so the other day, i mentioned that we had a surprise adventure to kick off our advent season with the boys this year.  a local church does this thing called "journey to bethlehem," where you join a "pretend" jewish family and go on a journey to bethlehem to be counted in the census.  it was quite a production.  we were in a group of about 40-50 people led by a jewish man, his wife and two children.  along our journey we encountered roman soldiers on horseback, three wise men, an angel proclaiming the birth of a savior, terrible robbers and thieves, a few beggars, more mean roman soldiers and finally the town of bethlehem.  we also saw camels (yes, real camels, 4 of them!), horses, sheep, goats, an alpaca, chickens, and a rabbit.  the city of bethlehem itself was quite impressive.  it was a walled fortress complete with an entire market inside.  the journey concluded with being turned away from the inn because there was no room for us to stay and then seeing joseph and mary in the stable with the baby Jesus.

despite the hour long wait for the journey to begin, it was a really fun family adventure that i am hoping will leave a lasting mark on burrito and noodle.  i wanted them to have a tangible picture of the sights and sounds that joseph and mary may have encountered on their journey.

it concluded with hot chocolate which may have been burrito's highlight of the night.

we are enjoying reading together this season.  it is so sweet for me to hear burrito do the reading each night.  so much has changed in the four years we've been doing this.

and i am so encouraged by all the friends that i have heard from who have chosen to join us this year.  i pray that this tradition becomes a sweet family memory for you too!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

advent reading day 3

advent reading day 3

scripture reading: a new beginning, genesis 6-9, JSBB pgs 38-47*

symbol: an ark or rainbow, a sign of God's promise that He will not destroy the earth with water again

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.

Friday, December 2, 2011

advent reading day 2

advent reading day 2

scripture reading: the terrible lie, genesis 3, JSBB pgs 28-37*

symbol: a fruit tree, representing adam's and eve's choice not to trust God and to eat from the forbidden tree

*we are using the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd jones for our kid-friendly readings.
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so how do we do our advent readings?  well, we adjust it a bit each year as the boys get older, but we always do our reading following dinner.  we all pile on the couch under a comfy blanket and soak in the words of the reading for that night.  this year, we will have burrito read the story aloud and then have each boy take turns hanging an ornament on our advent tree.

this year we have a pair of trees we are designating for our advent ornaments.
we started off our advent readings yesterday with a little surprise christmas adventure that we've never done before.  i'll report on that soon!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

advent reading day 1

and so begins our advent reading and advent tree decorating for 2011. advent means "coming" and reminds us to reflect and think upon Christ's coming to earth for us. please join with us in reading God's Word as we look expectantly towards Christ's birth.

advent reading day 1

scripture reading: the story of creation, genesis 1 and 2, JSBB pages 18-27*

symbol: a dove, representing God hovering over the deep, silent darkness as he was making life happen

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

me and my burrito

Saturday, November 26, 2011

preparing for advent...get your ornaments ready!

advent is just around the corner and the anticipation is building in our home.

what is advent?  advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return. (from Wikipedia)

we celebrate advent by doing an advent tree.  what is an advent tree? the idea of an advent tree comes from Isaiah 11:1-9, where God promises a discouraged nation that the glory they remember from david's time will come to them again. they will have another king from jesse's family, in whose reign the whole earth will know God. christians see that promise fulfilled in Jesus, and so we put up an advent tree and decorate it with reminders of how God prepared the world for that Kingdom. (taken from Darcy James' book Let's Make a Jesse Tree!)

each day, starting on december 1 and ending on december 25, i will share the scripture that we read as a family and the ornament that is hung on the tree with you in hopes that family and friends would join with us.

we crafted our advent reading plan to perfectly coincide with our favorite children's bible, the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
if you have young kids and don't have this bible, you must walk out of your house, get in your car, and drive to your nearest bookstore to buy it. right now. seriously. and no, i am not being paid to say this. this bible is the sweetest one i've read. each story points towards Christ and is so good!

so here is our reading plan for this advent, along with the coordinating ornament.  some of the ornaments are simple, crafted from felt, that noodle and i made together a couple of years ago while burrito was at school.  others are hallmark ornaments or other ornaments that we've picked up over time.  if you need a sneak peek at our ornaments, look on the right sidebar of my blog under "canned" and click on advent...this will pull up all our previous advent posts and you can see our humble ornaments!

so the reading plan is this:

dec 1 creation genesis 1-2 pgs 18-27 dove
dec 2 the fall genesis 3 pgs 28-37 fruit tree
dec 3 the flood genesis 6-9 pgs 38-47 rainbow
dec 4 tower of babel genesis 11 pgs 48-55 tower
dec 5 the promise to abraham genesis 12-21 pgs 56-61 stars in the sky
dec 6 abraham and isaac genesis 22 pgs 62-69 ram
dec 7 jacob, rachel and leah genesis 29-30 pgs 70-75 stalks of grain
dec 8 joseph genesis 37-46 pgs 76-83 a rainbow coat
dec 9 moses and the burning bush exodus 3-13 pgs 84-91 a burning bush
dec 10 moses and the red sea exodus 14-15 pgs 92-99 the split waters
dec 11 the law exodus 16 ff pgs 100-107 stone tablets
dec 12 joshua and jericho josh 3-6 pgs 108-115 trumpet
dec 13 david's anointing 1 sam 16 pgs 116-121 david the shepherd boy
dec 14 david and goliath 1 sam 17 pgs 122-129 slingshot
dec 15 david the shepherd psalm 23, 51 pgs 130-135 lyre
dec 16 naaman 2 kings 5 pgs 136-143 a heart
dec 17 isaiah isaiah 9 ff pgs 144-151 crown
dec 18 daniel in the lion's den daniel 6 pgs 152-159 daniel and a lion
dec 19 jonah jonah 1-4 pgs 160-169 fish
dec 20 the prophets neh 8-10 pgs 170-175 party hat
dec 21 john the baptist matt 3 pgs 200-203 a shell
dec 22 mary and the angel luke 1-2 pgs 176-179 an angel
dec 23 journey to bethlehem luke 1-2 pgs 180-181 a scroll
dec 24 the shepherds and wise men luke 2, matt 2 pgs 184-188 the three wise men
dec 25 jesus is born! luke 2 pgs 182, 190, 192-198 baby jesus

i would love for you to join us in doing this. this is our fourth year to do an advent tree and it makes this season so, so sweet!  it takes a commitment of time, which just means less opportunity to be assaulted by consumerism in the malls. it takes a little bit of effort in making or securing the ornaments. however, it is so worth it and so rewarding! the boys loved taking turns hanging the ornaments on the tree, and the excitement and expectation builds as more and more ornaments fill the tree, until christ is born and christmas is here!

happy advent!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving


thanksgiving blessings from our family to yours!

Friday, November 4, 2011

halloween 2011

halloween 2011 brought a new tradition to the rutherford household:  carving pumpkins.  neither john nor i could recall ever having done this as a kid and so we felt pretty uneducated and inexperienced.  however, with a little online research, we had a great time!

we bought two really great, big pumpkins.  they were so cute i hated to cut them up!  noodle's class had carved a pumpkin a few days earlier so he was our go-to expert!  after sawing off the tops, the boys were so excited to reach in and remove the guts!  noodle was totally obsessed with removing all the seeds so that we could roast them later.
love these two!
the perfect pumpkins
john and noodle
burrito
the finished products
this is their scary pumpkin faces!
aren't they cute?
and here's their spooky side!


the trick-or-treating crew
 and we had a blast on october 31 with our friends from church.  we made an interesting group:  a knight, a snow princess, a football player and a parrot!  nonetheless, we all had a blast and have 10 pounds of candy to prove it!

thanks friends for hosting us that night and letting us raid your neighborhood!

and for some regular traditions, the boys participated in a reformation day party at school.  they are asked to come dressed as either an animal from God's creation or a bible character.  we've been a frog and a lion, a penguin, and as abraham and titus from the bible.

noodle as a parrot
this is what he looked like when he actually wore the bird head part!
 
burrito as a roman soldier.  i know it looks more like a knight but use your imagination! :)
all in all, we had a great time dressing up and being with friends and having lots of fun!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

noodle's 6th birthday

as it seems to be standard practice now, we had a several-day celebration of noodle's birthday this year.  on friday, we celebrated with friends at school.  noodle sat at the front of the classroom while his friends sang "happy birthday" to him.  it was very sweet.  he then helped me pass out juice boxes and m&m cookies that he picked out from the store.




it also happened to be "texas rangers spirit day" so that it why all the kids have on rangers shirts instead of uniforms.  a fun day all around!

then the party continued the next morning at the soccer game.  after the game we shared gatorade and more cookies and the team all sang happy birthday to noodle.
i love his little smile here!
then the real party moved to skatetown that afternoon where the boys from noodle's class plus a couple of our dear friends from church joined us to skate it up.  even john and i strapped some skates on and relived our glory days from middle school!
this is a little game they have the kids play...balancing the ice cream on your head.
noodle doesn't like cake (or ice cream) so we went with the big cookie for the cake!
noodle's actual birthday was on sunday so we celebrated the real thing with a family party at our house.  this is one spoiled little guy!  his ultimate present was the nintendo dsi and a multitude of new games for it.
happy 6th birthday noodle!  we love you so much and thank God for you each day!