I love the sweet artwork that my 5 year old brings home from preschool. It’s such a joy to see the individuality he adds to each project. As much as I enjoy each and every piece, I don’t enjoy the clutter it can create.

Last year I started taking pictures of each art project my son brought home and at the end of the year I made a digital photo book of each month’s pieces. We now have preserved every art project he has ever done, without all the clutter! With online coupon codes and discounts, you can often find these books at a great price, sometimes even free!

How do you organize your kids’ artwork?

Post by Brittany Turco, Director of Infant/Toddler Community

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Above All Else

 Have you ever had moments when you felt inadequate as a mother, and with that felt tremendous guilt?

I was praying with a friend the other night and expressing how inadequate I feel as a mom. I think the enemy’s number one goal in us as moms is to get us to think we have failed our children. That with each mistake and lack of patience we demonstrate to our children that we have somehow ruined there chances of becoming stable adults. The Lord really taught me a lesson that night and showed me how much he not only loved me with all my false beliefs, but how much more he loved my children. He told me that night that He has my children; he created them and has a purpose for them. I can strive to be the best mom for them, but in the end they are my heavenly Father’s children. I needed to let the Lord have my children.

God showed me that sometimes the things I have done that I think are detrimental to my children the Lord is using to shape them into who he wants them to be. I think it all boils down to the simple release of my attempts to control my children, and having the faith to trust the Lord in his direction for them. I had to ask myself, “Do I think you are trustworthy, Lord”? This of course does not negate the calling I have as a mother to train my children in the way of the Lord. Trusting the Lord with my parenting doesn’t mean I neglect my mistakes, but it means that I need to depend on Him to make me adequate where I am inadequate. This is the greatest responsibility as a mom. It means that the Lord doesn’t want me to live in guilt about what I should have or should not have done. He told me that night that I was a good mom; the perfect and only mom for my kids.

My deepest desire for you is that you can see yourself how God sees you, as the perfect mom for your kids. I came across a poem today that puts everything I have been learning into perfect words. This puts into perspective how important it is that I show my children who their Heavenly Father is to them personally. That when I fail he will not!

Above All Else: Stormie Omartian

So much to say
And just a lifetime left to say it
How quickly time passes
If I had my way
I’d keep you safe within my arms
While the storm of life crashes
I won’t always be with you, my child
But words I can give
When the winds of hope are dying down
These words will live

Above all else
Know God’s the One
Who’ll never leave you
Look to Him
Above all else

He is love you can depend upon
A heart set to care
If in the darkest night
You should be lost
He will be there
I won’t always be with you, my child
But words I can give
And when the winds of hope are dying down
These words will live

Above all else
Know God is good
And you can trust Him
Look to Him
Above all else

He’s the Everlasting Father
In His hands you’ll never fall
He’s the One who holds it all
Above all else

He’s the Author of your laughter
He’s the keeper of your tears
He’s the one who you must fear
Above all else

So much to say
And not enough time left to say it
Just love the Lord
Above all else

Post by Bernadette Tatlock, Children’s Community Director

Updates and Changes

We are currently in the process of updating and changing this site to be the official Grace Chapel Kidventure website. We want this to be a place where you can find all the information you need about all ages in Kidventure.  Over the next few weeks we will be continuing to add more information.

The blog portion of this site will be directed toward resources for the parents of our children in Kidventure. We (the Children’s Community Team) will be posting at least once a week with posts including practical everyday helpful hints,  stories of our own kids,  parenting articles, spiritual resources and more. We want this blog to be a place that we support and encourage the parents of Kidventure, so please leave feedback and comments about anything specific you’d like to hear about! Also, to make sure you don’t miss out on even one post, subscribe through email using the button on the right!

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Art & Action -The Finale!

What a week!!! Here’s the final installment of Art & Action 2010 pictures. We hope you had a blast & that you’ll join the fun next year!

Only good can come of this many water balloons...

Watch out!

Which team can fill the bucket the fastest?!?!

That umbrella won't save you, Chris!

It's a good thing Chris & Kyle filled so many... those balloons come in handy :)

Our volunteers are the best! Thanks, Vanessa & Katie!

Hmm.... we don't think that shirt is yours, Jordan! ;-)

A great week of making new friends :)

It's important to have a good snack to recharge!

Red Team's leaders rock!

The kids aren't the only ones having fun this week :)

Tag! You're it!

Pick me! Pick me!

We're super excited to check out today's art!

Amazing!

These drums rock :)

With boomerangs the fun never ends... but, sadly, Art & Action does! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!

Our Action volunteers don't monkey around! ...oh wait, maybe they do :)

Having a ball on the obstacle course!

The fun keeps rolling right along! Or in this case, waddling....

Watch out for the mine field!

Nothing like running the course with new friends!

Hurry, girls! She's going to catch you!

Our buddies "Art" & "Action" taught us about choosing our words wisely and listening well :)

Meredith came by today to read us a story! :)

Time to paint our African drums!

Can't wait to see what these look like when they're done!

Ann & Bern taught us how to make African masks, too :)

It's amazing what you can do with team work & toilet paper!

Looks like we're all wrapped up for today! One more morning of Art & Action to go... :)

As promised, here’s look at what we did today!

Art & Action 2010

We’re 2 days in & are really enjoying our partnership with the City of Wilsonville for Art & Action! If you’ve been able to join us, we hope you’ve been having fun, too! If you weren’t able to register this year, we hope that these pictures will inspire you to join in the fun next year -or even give you ideas for things you can do with friends at home!

Check out what we’ve been up to so far & stay tuned this week for more pictures!

Here's our buddy Lance (better known as "Action" from our daily skits!). He's combined the stylishness of a headband with the refreshing hydration of a juice box -perfect for a day full of ACTION!!!

Bern explains how to cut, staple, and decorate today's craft.

Brain had a blast helping kids draw fire breathing dragons & rows of flowers on paper bags before making them into windsock kites.

Getting ready for flight!

Almost done... :)

...and the final product emerges! Pretty soon the entire field was filled with kids running with their kites flying behind them!

What more fun could we fit into our time?...

TIE DYE & PARACHUTE GAMES!!!

Well, not tie-dye and parachute at the same time of course. Hmmm... maybe next year!

Stay tuned to see what else we're up to this week! Sorry if you want to know right now... our lips are sealed :)

Guest Blogger: Bernadette

Hello Kidventure blog readers! We are excited to introduce you to our guest blogger for the week, Bernadette Tatlock, not only the wife of Pastor Mike, but also a parent in the Kidventure ministry. Thanks Bern for sharing your heart, we are blessed!

-Jessica

How does my child LEARN?

My daughter, Mikiah, loves to watch the cooking channel. Our favorite shows are “The Next Food Network Star”, “Food Network Challenge” and “Chopped”. I love that we enjoy something together. The other day Mikiah got some play dough out and decided that if she rolled it out she could make it appear like “fondant”. Now really how many 6th grade girls know what fondant is? She made square cakes and then rolled on her smooth fondant. The other night she asked if she could make dinner for all of us. I, of course, go into my “show” mode and begin to show her how to do everything. I wanted to get it done quickly, so I had my hands in each step not really allowing her to fully make anything. She got bored and pretty quickly I lost my little helper. I learned a lesson that day…let Mikiah succeed or fail on her own. I was reading a parenting devotional the other day and it gave a great quote on how kids learn:

“Tell me and I will forget

Show me and I will remember

Involve me and I will understand”

I learned that the only way Mikiah would be able to fully learn and experience the joy of cooking is to not only show her how to do it, but then let her do it all by herself. Guess what Mikiah made the whole meal for us the following week without any help.

I can tell my children about Christ, and I can illustrate with Bible stories, but more importantly if I involve them in my journey with Christ they will understand. I am sure that the desire of each of you as a parent is to see your child experience an incredibly rich relationship with Christ; to be able to have their own growing journey with their Lord. I can’t think of any better way of doing this than to invite them into the ways the Lord meets you. When I am royally failing as a parent and my kids say something like: “Mom needs to go back to bed”, and yes they have said that. I can take this opportunity before my kids get hurt to show them my heart. I have sat down many times and apologized to both my kids. On the other side when the Lord shows me something in my walk or in my quiet time I love sharing it with my kids. I am inviting them into the ups and downs of my life to help them understand where Christ can meet them in their own lives as they grow and mature.