Monday, 19 March 2012

Mothering Sunday

I decided to make the most of my day of rest, so my blog is late this week.  However, both boys made me lovely Mothering Sunday cards and bought me flowers and chocolates.  I even had some help with the Sunday lunch!!

Cards made by the boys
We have had a busy weekend with friends over for dinner on Friday night (Nigella's chilli recipe was a great meal and as it feeds 20 we have some leftovers for another evening) and then two different trips for the family on Saturday.

Josh went to London with his Explorer Scout Unit to take part in the Monopoly Run.  As a team, they had to visit as many of the places on the Monopoly Board as they could and get their photo taken with a playing piece they were carrying round with them.  Having spent weeks working out his best route, Josh was not happy to find that some of the crucial tube lines were closed this weekend!  It's all good preparation for life!!  They had a great day and saw lots of London, even if they were just flying visits.

Andy, Jacob and myself went to The Big Bang Science fair in Birmingham.  It was a chance to have a hands on go at lots of science experiments and find out from different businesses how science is used in the real world, once they leave school.  Josh had sent us with lots of questions to ask about A levels and degrees and we came home armed with information and freebies to share with him.  One of the exhibits was a mock TV programme about how the body reacts to exercise and so Andy & Jacob took part, which means we have not heard the end of the fact that Andy beat Jacob in the jumping and cycling event; Jacob does however have a much better reaction time than his Dad!!

After church on Sunday we visited both our Mothers and dropped off cards and presents.  I made the cards myself using the same theme but each card was different.  In fact the same papers have inspired all my cards for March events.  As the end of the month approaches I must make time to make all my April cards as this has saved me lots of last minute rushing around this month.

We are starting to see the first shoots appear from the seeds we planted last week.  The sunflowers are peeping through the compost in their little boxes of elephant poo and I am not sure we are going to be able to eat all of the brocolli that has started growing together, but our God-daughter and her sister had such fun planting the seeds, Andy didn't want to stop them and explain that we need to plant a few each week.  Never mind we will just have to invite them round to help us eat them.  We have some more seeds coming at the start of April together with some seedlings to plant out, so soon the vegetable patch should start to show signs of life (keep an eye here for vegetable patch helpers!).

Sunflowers (and brocolli under the cover)
Last week's bible verse has inspired me to make a poster art and I am trying to decide how to display this.  I may add it to the display of the word of the month which is now at home in one of the new cupboards.  This week's bible verse is Galatians 5:22-23 The Fruit of the Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is
 love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,
 goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.

I have made a craft of this bible verse of a couple of times before, so I will share this with you next week.

Our prayer as a family this week is rooted in football, not for a result next week at Wembley but instead for a player and his family.  We know first hand the shock of a young family member being struck down by a heart attack and so our prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family at this distressing time and we pray that God will heal him.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that others players' first reactions on Twitter were to turn to prayer, so many of their messages stated they were praying for Fabrice and one message urged everyone, whoever they support, whether they follow football or were religious or not, to pray.  What a refreshing sign of God's power at work in the world today.

With God's blessing from my family to yours, Jo x

1 comment:

Nashes of Chennai said...

Lovely cards from The Boys! x