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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Coloring Pages for Valentine's Day

free Valentine Day coloring pages

I'm so excited to be able to share LOTS more BRAND NEW coloring pages with you. With time off of school, we had quite a bit of down time. And lately, I've been obsessed with making coloring sheets. I had no idea it was so easy, and so much fun to do. It relaxes me to edit, and smooth the lines that have been drawn. We had another coloring session as a family, and came up with some sweet, fun pages. Each time we do this, I'm blown away with the talent that lies inside my husband and children.

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

I couldn't make up my mind which spot I liked the words better. So I decided, why not just share them both!

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

I made this moon coloring page for a very sweet young lady that I like to call daughter. She lives far away on the other side of the world, BUT we both see the same moon in the sky. When I look to the moon, I often think of her, and hold her very close in my heart.
free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

My son made this very special flower. His picture is not so much of a Valentine coloring page, as it is a joke. He thinks he's quite humorous!

free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

My husband drew this rose and candy box for me! So sweet!
free Valentine Day coloring pages

free Valentine Day coloring pages

This heart was not drawn during our Valentine's Day drawing session. My daughter doodled this heart several months ago. She's had it taped to her closet door. It was drawn on a torn out piece of paper from a journal. I've always thought it was rather interesting to look at, and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to share it!

A little encouragement from the Bible ..... "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Friday, January 12, 2018

American Girl Coloring Pages: Felicity

For the past week, I have poured my heart into making these coloring pages of Felicity, my favorite American Girl. By the time I was 11, I had finally saved up enough money to buy the doll and books. I read each book from cover to cover, over and over again. I loved the stories, and I loved my Felicity. 


I have been pouring over the books for hours, trying to make them into coloring sheets. I even used a flashlight to try to see every tiny little detail. Each page has taken me an entire day to perfect and prepare. This was not an easy job, but I really had a blast working on them. It brought back so many good memories! And I'm kind of sad to see the project over.

If you haven't read any of these books, check them out! I'm certain your local library has some copies of them. Before I had money to purchase my doll and books, I repeatedly checked them out from our library, along with many of the other American Girl books. 

I wanted to give you a look into each book. I encourage you to read them if you haven't already. They are very simple for a new reader to enjoy too! All of the descriptions I have given under the pictures are taken from Amazon. They are not my own words.

In Meet Felicity, Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that the owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save Penny.

In Felicity Learns a Lesson, Felicity's mother decides that it is time to send Felicity for lessons in being a gentlewoman. At first, she does not wish to learn such things, but as her lessons progress she comes to enjoy all of the little things that she is being taught. However, as the colonist begin to chafe under British rule, Felicity finds her ability maintain politeness tested.

In Felicity's Surprise, Felicity is invited to a dancing lesson at the governor's palace, the most wonderful honor she can imagine. Mother promises to make a beautiful new gown for her. As the splendid event draws near, Mother becomes dreadfully ill. Felicity spends all her days caring for her, sadly accepting that there will be no new gown and no chance to go to the palace. No chance, that is, until a glorious surprise reminds her that Christmastime is a time when hopes and dreams do come true.

In Happy Birthday, Felicity, spring brings Felicity's tenth birthday and a visit from Grandfather. He gives Felicity a precious gift--a guitar that had belonged to her grandmother. Felicity is so enchanted with the guitar that she disobeys her mother and takes it out of the house to show her friend Elizabeth. Her parents are angry when they learn what she's done. They refuse to believe a message Felicity has overheard that means danger for the colonists. Felicity risks her parents' anger again when she decides to alert the colonists herself!

In Felicity Saves the Day, Felicity loves summertime on Grandfather's plantation. She can be outside all day--riding horses, playing with Nan and William, and exploring the woods. One day Felicity finds a secret note. It is from Ben, her father's apprentice, and it asks for her help. Ben has broken his apprenticeship agreement and is running away to join George Washington's army. Felicity begins a dangerous adventure when she goes to help Ben. She must use all her strength, courage, and wisdom to try to save the day.

In Changes for Felicity, 1776 starts off with good news. Her beloved horse, Penny, is going to have a foal! Felicity has one worry--Jiggy Nye. He has been cruel to Penny in the past. Will he be cruel to her again? Soon Felicity has more worries. Her family believes in independence for the colonies. But the family of Elizabeth, Felicity's best friend, believes in loyalty to the king. Suddenly, Elizabeth's father is jailed for being a Loyalist. Will Felicity and Elizabeth's friendship survive the many changes that both girls face?


The American Girl books are some of my favorite memories from my childhood.
Open up a book, and try one! You won't be sorry!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

With some significant winter weather, we are enjoying a snow day off of school! The kids love it when they get to stay home and be lazy for a day. We drink hot chocolate, light a fire, roast a few marshmallows, watch movies, and play some video games. If we are feeling particularly educational, we might open a book or two!

Today as my boys were spending an eternity playing the new Zelda video game, I thought it was time we turned the TV off. I quickly threw together this coloring sheet of the Zelda logo. It was a welcome change from video games! It's always fun to get the creative juices flowing again. 

Legend of the Zelda Breath of the Wild coloring page

Enjoy!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Animals for God


Remember the growth capsules you used to get as a little kid? They looked like colored medicine, and when you put them in warm water, they grew into a sponge. You never knew exactly what you were getting. It was so fun to be surprised with a different shape. I don't remember doing anything with the sponges after they had grown; the whole point was watching them change.


Each year I look forward to the first week I get to teach in the new year. We get to be animals for God. The kids love it, and I love making it happen. I bring several of the growth capsules with me to my class. The kids choose a color, and the animal is a complete surprise. We soak them in warm water at the beginning of class, and by the end they have an animal that only they get to be. 

Each animal has a theme Bible verse for the year, and a couple characteristics that describe the animal. Every year the list of animals grows. The first year I did this, we started out with only 6 animals. Now we are up to 18 different animals to choose from. I love the excitement the kids get as they discover which animal they are, and what special things God has planned for them this upcoming year. 

Enjoy!

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

animal for God free printable coloring page

"Be alert. be present. I'm about to do something band new!" Isaiah 43:19

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Year 2018

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 
2 Corinthians 5:17
Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages

Ready for the new year? It's coming whether you are or not. I love a fresh start, and that's exactly what the new year is good for. It's a chance to leave mistakes in the past, and begin again.

Here's a few fun New Year's coloring pages that I worked on today with my son. We had a good time drawing together!

Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages

Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages

Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages
Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages

Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages

The best new year's resolution you could ever make: This year commit to ALWAYS tell yourself the truth. The biggest lie we tell ourselves is that, "It's not that bad." We dismiss things we should be looking at. You can't hope to change what you don't take responsibility for. Be honest with yourself. Once we admit to ourselves the truth, we can start to grow and move forward. 

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