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Bible Origami

Bible Origami

Origami based on Biblical stories is such a great idea. When our son was four years old and waiting to have a broken arm set in the ER, a pediatric nurse calmed him by folding a paper crane, and presented him with it. We still have it to this day and it reminds us of the nurse’s kindness on an otherwise stressful day.

The author of Bible Origami, Todd Huisken, suggests that kids can do origami while sitting in church instead of fidgeting. To me though, folding paper is a form of fidgeting so I don’t necessarily agree with that, but I do like the concept of teaching the art while drawing on stories from scripture. He’s included designs from the Old Testament including Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, the Ark of the Covenant, and from the New including a fishing boat, a dove, and fishes and loaves.

Huisken has indicated the levels of difficulty from 1-3, and the drawings are good and relatively easy to follow, but after fooling around with a couple of levels, I think the activities are better suited for a group situation than expecting a child to be able to follow the directions on their own until they’re adept at the task.

“Did you know” trivia accompanies each design and I can imagine homeschoolers, Sunday school teachers, and grandparents would find origami a great way to teach and also spend some going over the Bible concepts in a visual way. If you’ve never folded before, I suggest practicing first before introducing the activity, but I think all ages will really enjoy the craft that’s also a beautiful art.

I really like the concept and recommend Bible Origami .

 

Come Fly with Us

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A couple years ago, Gary and I began tossing around the idea of getting an RV so we could go see Evan (and now his wife Kamie!) in Phoenix for longish weekends without wearing out our welcome, and to get used to that kind of travel in hopes that someday we might travel around the country visiting all the people and places where we used to live–except England which is harder to drive to. And because we’re all about discovering new places, making new friends.

So we rented a few RVs to test out their features…and eventually decided we were more the motorhome coach type…especially when he took up powered para-gliding, which made storage more of a necessity than ever so we can take his rig along, and which also literally grew the minimum requirements of our vehicle.

So without further rambling, here she is, our 2014 Newmar Ventana!

The day we arrived for our walk-thru we had so many questions, but I’ll never forget that new RV smell. Our welcome sign at Holland RV, who knows how to treat their customers!

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When the three slides are out, it’s quite roomy!

IMG_2426We’re calling her “Flight Risk” — “Fly” for short. Vanity plates are ordered, but we had to go with “FLYRSK.” Yeah. Not because of bugs, let’s hope.

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Our dinette…extends to seat six!

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The photo is one of our favorites from Plantation Cottages on Kauai. Ahhh….(can’t drive there either.)

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IMG_2457We took Fly out for our first overnighter recently. Lots to learn still, and plenty of shopping to outfit her, but it’s going to be a fun journey!

More later, right now, gotta fly! (See what I did there?)

Bev out.

 

 

 

Fresh Start Summer-now an Audiobook!

From the award winning novel, now in audio! Set in small town Cherryvale, where “neighbors care, gardeners share, and God allows do-overs,” you’ll fall in love with the folks who live around the CherryPath.

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From an Amazon review of the book, “Novel Rocket and I recommend it as a thoroughly good read.” Ane Mulligan

More about FRESH START SUMMER:

With a smattering of humor, a touch of mystery, and a summer filled with fun, FRESH START SUMMER is perfect for those road trips, walking the dogs, or working in the garden.

The entire family can listen in as Hollywood arrives in small town Cherryvale. After the two worlds collide, fires break out, and a townie most vocal about their intrusion goes missing. Are the new arrivals the culprits, or will they be the cure to helping mend a friendship in need of repair? With themes of prejudice, forgiveness, and fresh starts, the fun abounds with colorful characters, adorable pets, and a delightful small town setting where folks meet life head on, and rely on their faith to face life together.

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Selected as one of realsimple.com’s Great Summer Reads of 2011 and recipient of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild Excellence in Writing award, and narrated by the talented Hollywood actress, Connie Ventress, FRESH START SUMMER is now available for download on audible.com and Amazon.

 

About the Author:

 

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Beverly Nault lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart, Gary, where they take turns spoiling their two granddogs for practice. Besides writing The Seasons of Cherryvale series, she’s the co-author of the best selling LESSONS FROM THE MOUNTAIN, WHAT I LEARNED FROM ERIN WALTON, with Mary McDonough, about the actress’s life growing up on the classic television series. Find her at www.beverlynault.com, on Facebook, twitter @BevNault and Pinterest. 

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Our family: standing – Gary, Me with Gracie, Lindsay and Chloe, Josh Valerio, sitting Kamie Tierce, and Evan

 

Peace out. See you in 2013!

 

 

21 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude – And a fun craft idea

Let’s welcome this week’s guest poster, Shelley Hitz! Here’s Shelley!

Thanksgiving season is soon approaching and this year, I encourage you to take the opportunity to celebrate gratitude.  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, take a moment (or two) to celebrate gratitude.

Don’t forget to check out the free book giveaway below.

Click the clapper to watch Shelley’s fun video:

Write down one thing you admire in those coming to your Thanksgiving dinner on a placemat and decorate it.  You can use vinyl placemats or make your own with construction paper.  One idea is to put the paper between two pieces of wax paper and iron it to give it a nice finish.

See all 21 ways to celebrate gratitude this Thanksgiving at Shelley’s website.

Free Gratitude Resource:

On November 14, 15 and 16th, 2012 you can download a FREE Kindle copy of the book, “21 Stories of Gratitude:  The Power of Living Life With a Grateful Heart.”

Get your copy here:  

About the book:

Are you living life to the fullest? Or are you merely surviving from day to day?

One way to live life to the fullest is to live each day with a grateful heart. In this book, we share 21 stories of gratitude to give you encouragement and hope in your own journey. Gratitude is possible! Even though many times we cannot change our circumstances, we can change the way we see them. We can ask God to empower us to change our thoughts.

Our prayer for you is that you find encouragement within these pages. And we pray that you will ask God for His strength to renew your mind with His truth and the hope He offers each one of us every day. It is only through Christ renewing our minds that we can truly live each day with a grateful heart.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Other Gratitude Resources:

  • 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge:   Take the 21 days of gratitude challenge to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  You can do this by yourself or as a family.
  • 21 Prayers of Gratitude:  Read a prayer of gratitude for 21 days to focus your heart on God and all He has given us.

About the Author:

Shelley Hitz has been writing and publishing books since 2008. She is also the author of the website, FindYourTrueBeauty.com, that reaches thousands of girls each month around the world. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been ministering to teens since 1998 alongside her husband, CJ. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.

You can find more about Shelley at www.ShelleyHitz.com or invite her to speak at your event here: www.ChristianSpeakers.tv

Thanks for visiting, Shelley, and sharing your book, and encouragement to stay grateful! 

Thanks, Bev! Happy Thanksgiving! 

Beautiful friends, wonderful family, and exciting news

(Originally posted November, 2011)

Recently my sister, Brenda, honored me with an afternoon coffee, complete with Grace’s favorite muffins, at her gorgeous home. My mother, Barbara, joined us. Despite a downpour, many of Brenda’s friends whom she’d told about my writing, braved the storm to drop in to meet me and encourage my writing. I was also tickled to see several high school girlfriends (see below) who drove through the Texas-sized gulley-washer, to cheer me on.

I read a few pages from my novella, Grace & Maggie Across the Pond,

the short story sequel to Fresh Start Summer.

The hours of writing, rewriting, anguish over just the right phrase, what’s believable about a character, how to turn a scene, is all worth it when a writer gets to meet the people on the other side of the process. 

L-R Joanne, Kay, Luann, me, Karen and Susie

 

 

 

And while we’re on the subject, let me direct you to my good friend, Lu’s blog where she often posts yummy recipes, and always serves up a good laugh.Follow this link for Luanne’s Just Right Pumpkin Muffins

Comment: Wednesday November 9, 2011

That is so wonderful, and fulfilling, I can imagine Bev. You look beautiful. Give me the jacket and no one gets hurt! 🙂

I love this, LOVED your book, love you and can’t wait for the sequel.

Janis Pollard

REPLY:November 9, 2011

Thanks, Jan, love you more!

Bev