Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jesse Tree Readings Advent 2015


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 29
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 30
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

December 1
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

December 2
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 3
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 4
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 5
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 6
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 7
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 9
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea

December 10
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 11
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 12
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 13
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages

December 14
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 15
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 16
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 17
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 18
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jesse Tree Readings 2014


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 30
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth

December 1
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

December 2
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

December 3
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 4
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 5
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 6
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 7
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 8
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes

Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 9
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea

December 10
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 11
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 12
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 13
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages

December 14
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 15
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 16
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 17
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 18
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

Saturday, January 4, 2014

our little noelle

Introducing...


"Noelle"

born on Christmas Day 2013

at 8:59 pm

7 pounds, 15 ounces


She is our little noelle and brings a new joy to Christmas for our family.


last belly picture, 40 weeks to the day


proud big brother


a very excited big sister


this big sister is just giddy


we loved this little knit hat my sister loaned us, perfect for a Christmas baby




Thank you for all your prayers during this pregnancy. We have been so blessed. We are at home now just soaking in these sweet newborn days with our little noelle. 

I am sure there will be a ridiculous number of pictures of her to come on this blog. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christ is Coming...Hallelujah

Soak up the fruits of the Holy Spirit evident here,
Hallelujah & Merry Christmas!!


also a good version with video clips of the biblical scenes

 

Christmas Baking Day 2013

So grateful the wee one is waiting still to arrive so I could have this baking day with my family before Christmas...


















(no raisins and we added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds)



(also known as muddy buddies, but we double the chocolate peanut butter part)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

From the Archives: Fun Ideas for Siblings Waiting for a New Baby

Re-posting this from the archives...



I planned a fun morning of activities for my children as we get closer (7 days away) to my due date. It was a wonderful way to spend time together before the baby. 

Reading

We read books all about a baby growing in a mommy's belly or a new baby in the house and adjusting to being a big brother and sister.  

Everywhere Babies                     Hi New Baby!  
by Susan Meyers                   by Robia H. Harris
                                There's a House Inside My Mommy                         Peter's Chair 
                                                        by Giles Andreae                                      by Ezra Jack Keats

Angel in the Waters                               Big Like Me
            by Regina Doman                   by Anna Grossnickle Hines

by Gillian Shields                           by Julie Markes

by Russell Hoban                   by John Burningham
Yummy Treats 

We made baby feet rolled sugar cookies and decorated them with butter cream frosting and both blue and pink sprinkles since we don't know yet if this baby is a boy or a girl.





Crafts

The children each made a simple card welcoming the new baby and telling them how much they love the baby. The standards of love are loving you "as much as a racecar" (Pumpkin) and "as much as a flower" (Peaches). There was lots of sticker decorations.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Feast of Saint Lucy 2013



On this Feast of Saint Lucy...

the girls woke up early and were so excited to wear their white gowns, red ribbon sashes and St. Lucy crowns (I really need to make them pretty felt ones like all my blogging friends). 



They delivered traditional Lussekatter rolls to the boys and their daddy. 



The Lussekatter rolls came from Ikea, and it was so nice to just defrost them in the fridge the day before then warm them in the oven. I think next year I will plan a whole swedish feast for dinner with easy food from Ikea.


We and a lovely breakfast of a Saint Lucy braided cinnamon roll bread lit with candles, with hot chocolate and coffee.  



We prayed this prayer to Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- 
every corner of our day. 
Amen.

We read the book Lucia, Saint of Light
and Peaches told us all about the book Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story that she is reading.

We listened to the song Santa Lucia sung by Andrea Bocelli here
and sung by a choir with a procession of St. Lucy girls here


It is a tradition for us now to celebrate the Feast of St. Lucy whose name means light by driving around that evening looking at local Christmas lights. 


We are lucky to have some Clark Griswold worthy homes nearby, including this one with a sleigh you can climb into in the middle of their lit up yard.


Saint Lucy, pray for us. 

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