Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaddling Clothes' New Space!

I honestly didn't think it would take this long to get into a bigger space.  When we started Swaddling Clothes in April 2013 we had already started the process to buy the building we are in now.  It took awhile, but it was worth it!

This was how we set up before...



We set up in the only space we had, our sanctuary.  That meant that once a month the members of River of Life would take down all the chairs, set up tables, and lug all the tubs of clothes out of storage.  Then after a few hours they would put everything back so we could have services in there the next day.  It was a labor of love.  A labor of love that went on for a year.

Then we moved into our new church building!

 The Swaddling Clothes room started out like this.

Then I managed to convince these three guys to take down the hooks and shelves.  This was a big job!
Then Glenn, the handsome fellow in the middle, helped me paint, and hung all of my clothing racks and shelves.  After Glenn put the clothing rods up several ladies from church came in and started hanging up and sorting clothes. 

Now it looks a little something like this...




I am very excited about the future.  Our first "shopping" weekend in the new building was a huge success.  

If your church in interested in starting a Swaddling Clothes project please let me know.  The goal is to package up what we've done to make it easier for other churches to start.  I already know of another Lutheran church in Iowa that is in the beginning stages.  

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Painting

My boys love to paint.  Really any artistic activity is a hit.
I do several programs at the library for kids my boys' ages.  I usually try out the activity on my boys first to decide if it is worth it and how long it might take.  After a year of this I have come to the conclusion that they don't give a good indication of how much time something will or won't take.  My boys will spend hours doing these type of activities.  My library kids will do it for 5 minutes and then say "what's next?"  That is very irritating.  But really a topic for another time.

The boys can't wait to go to Grandma's classroom this summer and do some more painting!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

How to Babysit a Grandpa

I found this book at the library one day and the boys loved reading it with Grandpa.

They took all the advice to heart and had fun keeping Grandpa from napping throughout the day.