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day twenty-eight

“Lord, Thou wilt ordain peace for us:  for Thou also hast wrought all our works in us.”

-Isaiah 26:12

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Coo Coo the Rocking Clown is recommended for children ages three and up due to the size of the pieces, but my 16 month old loves it.  He loves the balancing act and the skill required to place two ‘balls’ in the clown’s hands.  He loves to see how many balls he can place on the clown, before it spills.  This is what the game was meant for.  I love a game that inspires children to play with it, as it was intended!

While my baby is capable of enjoying this little clown, I still can find a challenge in it.  To get all 24 balls stacked on is a feat!  Caleb is the only one of us who has succeeded at this more than once.

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There are many games that build skill.  Some require logic, some balance, and some academics.  Most required more than one type of skill.

Yesterday I played Scrabble with Adam and Benjamin during school.  They practiced their reading, spelling, adding and multiplying.  They also were challenged to focus on more than one thing at a time, as they had to keep track of the letters on their pews racks and the available letters on the board. 

Games also teach patients and sportsmanship.  It seems the more determined one of my children is to win, the more challenging they find the game.  If they are inclined to cheat, it seems ‘bad luck’ comes their way. 

Learning to play fairly and having respect for one’s fellow players, is by far, one of the most valuable skills learned.  If you haven’t enjoyed a board game in some time, why don’t you pop some popcorn, brew some cider and have fun with your children?  You never know what skills may be developed.

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day twenty-seven

“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and fortress.”

-Psalm 71:1-3

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felting a hat

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Okay, so I have not figured out the art of taking pictures of myself in a mirror (the museum setting is the only one that would take a picture without the flash)!  But, you can see how the hat changed after being felted. 

It began twice as long and sloppy fitting.  After a few minutes in a hot wash, it was ready to be rinsed and worn dry.  I am going to work on the brim some more, as I would like it to stand straight out.  I think that can be accomplished with a steaming tea kettle; but, if not, I will take it to a hat store with a professional steamer.

Right now it is still drying on my head, for a perfect fit.  It still needs a band.  Any suggestions?

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day twenty-six

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

-John 8:32

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day twenty-five

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

-Isaiah 1:18

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I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this, and thank those who took the time to share the pattern.  Happy knitting!

For more information, see here.

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