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Jumping for Joy

“…we are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:11

Jumping, joy, and Jesus have been the themes of our “J” week.  What better things to concentrate on, right?

The jumping part was a hard one for us at times.  Specifically, at the beginning of the week, EJ could not jump due to his foot injury.  And as it got better, I had to keep him from jumping.  Thankfully, we had another doctor’s appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday – what a fabulous doctor!  He had EJ jogging up and down a hallway after a prized basketball so he could watch EJ limping – of course, the limp was nearly gone by that time!  With the x-ray, the doctor saw an infantile fracture in EJ’s heel, but he assured us it was nothing to be worried about – it was more like a painful bone bruise to EJ than what we consider a fracture.  After that visit, EJ had full physical freedom again.  And the limp is gone!

So when he said to me that he could jump again, out came the camera!

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Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy

I was jumping for joy inside.  No mama likes to see their little ones hurting.

This was a great week for singing, as well.  “Jesus loves me,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” “Sing to Jesus,” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” all made appearances this week.  EJ’s favorite Jesus song is one that I made up a while ago – this is the one he always asks for… “I love Jesus,” sung to the tune of Frere Jacques

I love Jesus, I love Jesus,
EJ does, too! EJ does, too!
Jesus is our Lord, and he reigns forever,
Yay, Jesus! Go, Jesus!

 

(I started making up words to this tune when EJ wanted a song about a bulldozer.  Since I didn’t know one, I made one up.  Now, whenever he asks for a song about something that I don’t know a song about, I sing this tune with interchangeable words.  The first two lines and the last line are pretty much the same each time, with the difference subject subbed in each time.  The third line is the only one I have to really make up words for.)

I also pulled up a song from deep in my memory bank:

I’ve Got the Joy In My Heart
 
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Where?
Down in my heart!
Where?
Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay
 
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
Down in my heart
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

 

My childhood church didn’t have Vacation Bible School (that I can remember), so I learned this one year going to VBS with a friend.  EJ has been having a fun time with this one, too (more words can be found here – did you ever learn that last verse?  I had never seen that one before!).

What a week full of joy!

My Jesus, My Saviour,
Lord, there is no one like you!


leighsig

 

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Fall Impressions: Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of Fall Impressions!

This idea has been all around the web lately, and in fact, last week Karla shared with us her beautiful Thanksgiving Tree.  I don’t remember doing anything like this as a child, so this idea fascinates me – having the chance to physically be able to write down and see everything you are thankful for – everything that the Lord has done for you.

We are working with the letter J this week, and “jar” begins with J… so we made our very own “Joy Jar.”

Creating it was very simple – I didn’t think things would stick very well to a glass jar, so I printed the words “Joy Jar” onto vellum and made a little slipcover for the jar for us to glue things onto.  I had found some fall confetti that I thought would be so pretty on the jar, so we got started with our gluesticks… 

Joy Jar

As we were gluing shiny turkeys, leaves, and acorns to the jar, I started asking EJ what he was thankful for. He’s been telling us for the past week that he is thankful for his Uncle Drew, so he’s been on the right track… we talked about other family members and his friends. Daddy added that he was thankful for the food God gives us, and the warm house we have… it was a really nice time of sharing that I hope carries on through the years. 

 Joy Jar

We added the confetti to the strips of paper, too, and I plan on asking anyone who comes over this season to write down some things they are thankful for and add them to our jar.

 

Joy Jar

I will add that this is not how I wanted the jar to look.  I had confetti all over the top of the jar, too, and it looked like a crown of leaves!  There was a lot more confetti all over it, too… all of this I added after EJ lost interest and wandered off.  When he came back, he did not like the way I decorated the jar.  He removed all the confetti from the top and a lot from the sides.  And truth be told, this even happened one more time – I decorated it the way I wanted it again, and then I put it up on the counter so EJ couldn’t reach it.  But when he saw it, he started crying and wanted to “fix” the jar again.  As I was ready to stand my ground, my husband asked me if I did this with EJ just for this blog, or if I did it for him.  Thank you, my love, for reminding me why I really did this activity with EJ, and for helping return the joy to our family.

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To participate in Fall Impressions, write a post on your own blog about a great fall/autumn/thanksgiving activity.  Make sure this idea is kid-friendly and ideally shows your kids the truth about the season or impresses God’s Word on their hearts. This activity can be a craft, a tradition, an activity or whatever else pops into your mind! Be creative!

After posting, just click the Mr. Linky below to add the link to your post. (Not the link to your blog, but to your actual post.) And just to be nice, link back to this post, so others can participate, too!

Then come back and look at the other posts and find some fun stuff to do with your kids!

 

leighsig

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