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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I Love You, Mom ... Fill in the Blank Book

This is a little late for Mother's Day, but still a perfect gift to give to mom any time of year. A long time ago I bought my mother a fill in the blank keepsake book to pass down to me. It's full of things that happened during life and prompts to share stories. This book is a similar idea, however it's a gift for YOU to GIVE to Mom.

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

I partnered with my daughter, and we came up with a sweet printable together. This was no easy feat. I had to do a lot of brainstorming, and I even cheated a little and Googled a few lines to finish for the book. I had so much fun with this project that I decided I'm going to make one for fathers, daughters, sons, husband, wife, grandparents, etc. You can check back here later for more fill in the blank books!

You can download the full Mom Fill in the Blank PDF file here or you can scroll down and pick and choose which pages you want to print. I tried to make a lot! I'll come up with some more for the new books, and probably repeat some of these for the new books.

I printed the pages on the BACK side of letter size scrapbook paper. You could print it on solid colored paper, but I wanted some fun prints for the extra pages to scrapbook photos of me and mom through the years. You could also print these pages double sided so your book is a smaller thickness.

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

My daughter drew several corner designs for these pages. We've already been brainstorming and starting on the corners for the other books. For boys we have some outer space corners, and a cute train to go along the top and bottom.

After you print the pages out, you will want to cut each page in half on the horizontal line and assemble in whatever order you would like.

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

To bind the book, you could staple in the middle. Or you could cut the book again down the vertical line and pile the pages on top of each other. I opted for something a little different. Whenever I bind pages together, I like to use my sewing machine. My sewing machine can handle quite a few papers, and it seems a little more professional to me than staples. You could use colored thread. I just went for white this time. If I make another I might use a color thread, or I might print the cover on some colored card stock.

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

You can print wallet size photos to add on the scrapbook paper!

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

You can feel free to use the pages for your own PERSONAL use.  But please be kind and do not claim these pictures as your own or offer them for downloads.  Please instead post a link to right back here. Feel free to mix and match between books. Use whatever you like, throw away what you don't like.

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

I made a blank page, so you can personalize it however you see fit. Or leave it out if you don't have any ideas you want to put down. 

free keepsake gift book to print for Mom

I'm sure Mom will love the book! It might even bring a few happy tears!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mother's Day Coloring Pages

Mother's Day is fast approaching! Less than a week away now. Today I spent a little bit of my free time making some fun coloring sheets to share with you.

You can feel free to use the coloring pages for your own PERSONAL use.  But please be kind and do not claim these pictures as your own or offer them for downloads.  Please feel free instead to post a link to right back here.

When my kids were young, I got a worksheet filled out by them. It was good for some laughs and made a special keepsake. It's always interesting to hear how your children think about you, and what things they notice. I know when my son was in elementary school he listed that my hobby was vacuuming the house! Haha... if only I enjoyed this task as much as he thought!

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

I know not every mother looks the same, so I've also included a worksheet that your child can draw a picture of mom!

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

Another opportunity for your child to draw a picture of mom!

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

Awhile back I posted several of these I love you pictures that my daughter drew. I thought it would be pretty to add mom to a couple of them for Mother's day. They are also quite pretty all on their own too.

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids


For the mom who is like royalty, you can add her name to the banner on the castle...

free mother's day coloring pages and worksheets for kids

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Beatitudes Cootie Catcher

Most of us are familiar with the beatitudes that Jesus shared with his disciples. The term beatitude simply means supreme blessedness. In Matthew, Jesus speaks of nine blessings, and in Luke he only speaks of four. In Luke, Jesus also goes on to tell the disciples about what sorrows awaits those who are rich, well fed, well liked, and who are laughing.

In Luke 6:20-26, it says, 
"God blesses you who are poor,
    for the Kingdom of God is yours.
21 God blesses you who are hungry now,
    for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
    for in due time you will laugh.

22 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. 23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

Sorrows Foretold
24 “What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
    for you have your only happiness now.
25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
    for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,
    for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
26 What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
    for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

The Bible can be hard to understand, and put into words for children, especially when we as adults often struggle to grasp its full meaning.

When Jesus speaks of these sorrows or curses, I don't believe he is meaning these things are completely bad. There isn't a problem with having money, food, popularity, and happiness. There is a problem if these things are the most important thing in your life, and you strive to have them with everything in you. You are going to end up unhappy. The day will come when your money doesn't bring you pleasure but pain. The food will only satisfy for a short time, and popularity fades.

I believe Jesus was giving his disciples hope for the future and a little truth about the reality of what serving Him would cost them. God often asks us to give until it hurts. Sometimes we go without, so other can have more. Times can get really rough when friends disagree with our life or choices. We can be made fun of for our beliefs. But Jesus gives us hope. God sees our hearts and knows the pain we experience. He has great rewards and blessing for us. I can testify that those blessing don't have to wait until we get to heaven to receive them. I live an incredibly blessed life now. Each day I am in awe of all the good things God has given me.

Is my life perfect? .... No way!
Is there things I wish I could change? ..... Absolutely!
Do I have hard times? ..... Unfortunately, a lot of them!
But am I living a blessed life? .... Words cannot even begin to describe how truly grateful I am to God for all that I have. 


Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

To help the kids in my class understand these scriptures a little more, I put together a game for them to make. Have you ever heard of the cootie catcher? Or the fortune teller? This thing goes by lots of different names.  I put one together to help remind the kids of the blessings and curses Jesus talked about.
Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

If the kids want to color in the words, have them do this before they cut and fold their game. Once it has been colored, cut around the large square. You won't be cutting on all the small lines, those are going to be folds.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

 Fold the square in half on both diagonal lines.


With the plain side of the paper facing up, fold each corner into the center. Do this for all four corners.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

Turn the paper over, and again fold each of the corners into the center. Do this for all four corners.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

When you turn your paper over, it should look like this.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

The last thing you need to do, is fold your paper in half each way. This will give some nice creases, so you can fit your fingers inside the squares.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

You should be able to slide your fingers under the words woe, reward, blessing, curse. This is the final step in making your Blessings and Curses cootie catcher.

Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

Now you are ready to play!

You hold the game with both of your hands. You would place your left index finger in the blessing spot, and your left thumb in the curse spot. With your right hand you place your index finger in the woe, and your thumb in the reward. 

You alternate between a pinching and pulling motion. Pinching would open the mouth of the game up and down, pulling would open the mouth left and right.

In the traditional game, you would spell out the words on the front, or pick a number to choose how many times you open and close the game. For this game, we will spell out each of the words. 

For instance, if you want to read a blessing, you would start by opening the mouth up and down, then pulling it left to right, then up and down, and so forth. 

You spell the word Blessing as you do this:  
B (open it top to bottom) 
L (open it left to right) 
E (open it top to bottom) 
S (open it left to right) 
S (open it top to bottom) 
I (open it left to right)
N open it top to bottom) 
G (open it left to right)


Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

You should end up with 4 choices:
People hate you
Sad
Poor
Hungry

Whichever choice you pick, you will open the flap and it will reveal the rest of the verse...


Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

People hate you .... You are committed to the Son of Man
Sad... You will laugh
Poor... The kingdom of God is theirs,
Hungry... They will be satisfied.

Both Blessing and Reward will open to the correct place if you start spelling them by opening it top to bottom.

Both Curse and Woe will open to the other choices if you also start spelling them by opening it top to bottom first.

These were a bit hit with the kids in my class. Cootie catchers are a lot of fun to make, and you can use them for endless amounts of lessons and games! I think they would make great joke tellers too! I bet in the future you might see one or two from me. 

This one is extra special since it helps us remember our Bible story! To get a little more in depth into the lesson, if you have time, you could have the kids make a special personalized one for themselves. Have the kids think about when they obey God what happens. Also, they can think about what happens when they disobey God. 

Some examples of this: 
When I give to others .... God gives back to me. 
When I share with my friends ... it makes me feel good. 
When my feelings get hurt ... I know Jesus loves me to matter what.
When I'm mean to my brother ... it makes Jesus sad.
When I lie to my parents ... it hurts them.

You can see from my Blessings and Curses cootie catcher at the beginning of the post, where you need to write in your personalized things. The Blessings are all in the same font. And the Curses are in a different font. The little triangles are where you would put the second step. And the middle, larger triangles are the last step. 
Beatitudes cootie catcher or fortune teller

If you want to completely make up your own:
You need an even number of letters in your first word to end up on the top to bottom spot.
You need an odd number of letters in your first word to end up on the left to right spot.


make your own cootie catcher or fortune teller

Monday, April 30, 2018

American Girl Coloring Pages

Just for fun, I put together some more American Girl coloring pages. These are pretty simple. They remind me of my childhood, which is always a happy thing. 

free American Girl coloring pages

I love the historical girls. 

free American Girl coloring pages
I spent hours of my childhood reading book after book. I often did read along with my doll in hand. I love the original Pleasant Company logo that you see here.

I thought I would post a blank of the logo, so you can add in your own specialization or personalization.  These would make fun name tags, or I could even see them work as a birthday invitation!
free American Girl coloring pages
These next coloring pages are super simple, and not meticulously done like usual. I think they are fun, and work just as they are. I LOVE American Girl. I am a child at heart I guess.

free American Girl coloring pages

free American Girl coloring pages

free American Girl coloring pages

free American Girl coloring pages

free American Girl coloring pages

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