Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Awesome August" Challenge!!

I will turn 40 on August 27.  I prayed a lot about it and felt God leading me to invite others to join me in a challenge or two to commemorate this milestone.  I would love it if you would join me!

Here's the challenge.  You can choose to do one component or all.. it's up to you!


1. Commit to a mileage goal for the month of August in multiples of 40.  For instance 40 miles in August, 80 miles in August, or 120 miles in August.  Again, this is up to you!

2. Commit to 40 acts of kindness/generosity during the month of August.  Notice I did not include the word "random." I envision all of us collectively praying for guidance and wisdom when it comes to blessing others during our daily lives this month.  

3.  ALL IN! You are committed to doing BOTH of the above challenges! Let's make August AWESOME!

So, you've decided.. now what? Here's how to participate.

-Post a comment in response to this post.  Let us know which challenge you are committing to this month.

-Join our Awesome August Facebook event .  If you like, post pics/updates to chronicle your adventures in our Awesome August Challenge.

-Share/invite your friends to join us on facebook and here on the blog.  

I am so excited and cannot wait to hear about your acts of kindness and how you are blessed! Let's make August a month of amazing adventures! 

From your Sole Searching Sister,
Julie



Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun with "FROZEN"

Ok, this particular post has absolutely nothing to do with fitness.  But I promised a few folks I would post this, so here goes.

Our daughter recently turned 11 and had a couple of friends over for a FROZEN themed sleepover.  We scoured the internet for cute practical ideas.  One thing we really wanted to do with the girls was have some simple interactive activities they could do as they viewed the movie FROZEN.

We didn't find a whole lot on the web so my daughter and I sat down one Sunday afternoon, pen and paper in hand, and watched the movie (for the millionth time) for inspiration.  Below are the instructions we read to the girls right before they watched the movie together.  After that, I will give you a supply list of what we provided and how we packaged it for them.

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Frozen Fun

-Using the white paper and scissors provided, fold and cut your own unique snowflake during the opening credit/song "Vuelie."

-When Anna starts to sing, "Do you want to build a Snowman?" make your own snowman using the tools provided

-After Elsa first creates Olaf,  she (he) says, "Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs." Turn to a neighbor and give them a hug.

-Kristoff feeds Sven a carrot on Coronation Day.  You get a carrot too! Check inside your bag!

-Eat your mini chocolate candy bar, when Anna sings "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face" during "For the First Time in Forever."

-When Hans and Anna dance the robot during "Love is Open Door," stand up and do the "robot."

-Draw a nose on your Olaf coloring sheet when Anna gives Olaf his carrot nose in the winter woods scene.

-Wear your sunglasses while Olaf sings "In Summer."

-When Anna throws a snowball at Elsa's snowman, Marshmallow, throw the cotton balls at your neighbor.

Supplies needed per child:

-Small gift bag to hold all supplies
-Plastic snack size baggies (can be purchased at Dollar store)
-Mini Hershey bars or the like
-One baby carrot in snack baggie
-Olaf coloring page
-One white sheet of paper
-Child sized scissors
-Orange crayon for Olaf's nose
-Three white paper circles and glue stick to build snowman
-Sunglasses (can be purchased at Dollar store)

Below is a photo of the group as I read the directions for the movie viewing activities.  You can see the little gift bags that we gave them that housed all the supplies listed above.



Here are some photos of some other things we did to create a FROZEN theme!
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This sign was kind of last minute, but we hung it on the outside of our front door for our guests to read upon entering.

The girls were invited to a "create your own Olaf" station as they entered.  Lots of cute edible little snowman!
 

Some of the snacks we had available throughout the night.







It was a great party! 




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who's Leading Who?

Have you ever heard the expression, "let go, and let God?" It's a great expression in my opinion, easy to say, easy to remember.. however, difficult to sometimes do.

I struggle with letting go of situations in my daily life.  It doesn't come naturally, and I suspect I am not alone.  It takes great concentration and discipline to do it, and I suppose that is the whole point of surrender.  God is there to fill in the gaps of weakness with His unending strength.  He provides the motivation for us to surrender each situation to His capable hands.

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved working with children.  In fact, very early on I knew I wanted to teach in some way, shape, or form.  I started taking online courses about two years ago, and just finished my Associates degree this past Spring.  Now, this fall I begin the Bachelor's program.

God has provided me with a vision for my future.  Is an easy one? No.  But God never promised an easy path.  He does promise that He will be there to hold my hand and supply strength where I lack.

This transition means leaving my position in Children's Ministry at my church.  As hopeful as I am for the future, there is a big part of me that is melancholy at leaving my post.  The past 6 years have been wonderful.  I love these kids so much, and feel so very grateful for the time I have had with them.  I am so excited to see them prosper and grow in their faith... there is truly nothing better!

Today, I want to encourage those reading this that are going through or are in need of a change.  Don't fear it.  You are just giving your power away.  Being fearful is a waste of your time and your energy.  Instead, intentionally invite God to come and take over.  He's right there, waiting.  He's got this.  Just remind yourself that you were never really in control to begin with.  There is a freedom that comes with acknowledging that.  Shake it off, and realize that you really really need Him.  Surrender. Trust.  Allow Him to show you the next steps you should take.  Then, leap... knowing He will catch you.

Your Sole Searching Sister,
Julie