On Earth Day a couple of weeks ago, we had a family night focused on God’s amazing creation.
LuLu was here and she saw first hand the good, the bad, and ugly parts of family night.
In planning our family night, I found a lot of resources to use for a craft, but recipes were a little harder, so I decided to center
them around 4 areas of Creation: the Land, the Sea, the Sky and Fire.
For decor, I filled some contaners with marshmellows and blue construction paper for sky, blue dyed water for sea, grass for land and candles for fire….fancy, huh?
First up, the kids collected trash from our yard, or sticks or what not…talked about keeping creation tidy and clean
Ms. Emery getting it done..
Parker filling up her bag….
Bradley’s bag was full of sticks..which is helpful for when Jason mows!
The Clean Up Crew
For our menu, I chose things from the land, the sea, the sky. I made Spicy BBQ Shrimp, broccoli, salad, baked potatoes and Sky rolls, aka wheat rolls.
Bradley is allergic to shrimp and yellow dye, so the kids ate natural fish sticks….and yes, Parker ate two of them!
For dessert, we had Springy Flower Pots…
They were yummy, but a lot o dessert, so the kids ate very little of it..
this is mid family night, do you see the joy i am experiencing? There is always a moment when I question my sanity during a themed family night…always.
This is the kids watching the LIFE series on Discovery. It is fascinating. They were cutting out tiny triangles to make magazine bead bracelets…..this never happened.
We ran out of time, I didn’t give them enough supervision and it was just a bad moment. Seee, sanity questioned.
We did manage to get my pots for the front porch planted or transplanted from the hanging baskets. Emery was the trooper and helped out her Daddy.
Jason led our devotional out of Psalm 104. We talked about how the Earth declares the Glory of God and how in
His wisdom He created EVERYTHING. We had a great discussion of how God provides for us through the things of this Earth and reveals
His creativity. We also touched on how in all the beauty of His Creation, we are His crowing jewel. We talked about the love God has for us and how our purpose is to reflect Him to all those around us.
We ended on a great note. So, I will too
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
4 He makes winds his messengers, [a]
flames of fire his servants.
5 He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
8 they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.
9 You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth.
10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the air nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for man to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine,
and bread that sustains his heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the pine trees.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the coneys. [b]
19 The moon marks off the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then man goes out to his work,
to his labor until evening.
24 How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
27 These all look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works-
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the LORD.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
Praise the LORD. [c]