Is Spring Ever Coming?…

Yes, that is a question a lot of people in Europe are asking at the moment. It is already the end of the 1st week of April and still we are below 10 degrees C for temps… and people over in England have reported snowfall!

But a late Spring isn’t stopping the boys from playing outside a whole lot. Tobias and his friends have been venturing outside with the football and bikes and scooters for more than 2 weeks now.

Here’s a shot (a rather poor one i’m afraid) of them playing football just in front of our apartment block:

i like that they have one actual goalpost and the other one is made of a bicycle and a coat ;)
i like that they have one actual goal post and the other one is made of a bicycle and a coat 😉

And in an effort to hurry Spring on, i’ve decided to hang a very cute bird house, complete with 3 little birds, handmade by Tobias on our front door (yes i know a cute paper bird house with a springy chimney and paper birds isn’t going to make Spring arrive any quicker but you can’t blame a gal for trying… Winter has been long) :

Are the little feathered creatures so very adorable?! PS: this is a mummy boast in case you missed it ;)
Aren’t the little feathered creatures so very adorable?! PS: this is a mummy’s pride in her son’s handiwork speaking, in case you missed it 😉

So Spring! Get a move on and get here already!

Happy Weekend to one and all 😀

syc

PS: i haven’t done a fun post for a while so i thought i do one today 😉 enjoy your weekend and Spring break (if you have kids on school holidays).

24 Hours…

… without child and without husband… so what did i do?

Wait, before i get to that, i didn’t dump them somewhere and go off gallivanting by myself. Husband was away on work trip and son had been invited to a sleepover at his best friend’s. So there i was… all alone for a full 24 hours over Friday evening till Saturday evening!

At first i couldn’t decide what to do; should i go watch a movie? Should i do some shopping? Should i work on the computer? Maybe blog a little? Catch up on emails?

Loving my newly organised craft boxes!
Loving my newly organised craft boxes!

Well, i decided in the end that it would be a good opportunity to catch up on emails (which i had left pretty much unread since November 2012) and i also worked on my craft stuff. After all, if i’m to start a new venture with this craft thing, i had better start making stuff so i have something to showcase and sell, right?

And that’s what i did and it was strangely satisfying to see no new emails in my inbox (at least in two of three inboxes) and it felt wonderful to finish 3 pieces of craft.

Boring! Some might say. i should have gone out and had a ball. But i have mellowed over the years (yes, admitting age here) and i’m starting to realise mellow isn’t half bad…

And who says trying to launch something new isn’t exciting! So stay tuned for news of the craft store! (Fingers crossed and working hard, it may be only a couple of months till launch!)

syc

PS: i did have some crazy fun… stayed up till 4am in the morning watching movies and slept in till almost 11am… omg, unheard of since i can’t even remember when! 😉

God Is Good! Target Met…

That’s right – our target was met – prayers answered!

What prayers? What target?

11 year old Heath, is a cutie who needs his family asap.
10 year old Heather, is a sweetie who needs a family asap.

Well, our church (International Church of Luzern) Youth’s fundraising project called Angels for Orphans had a target of CHF700. And it was met!

i proposed this project to our church Youth Leaders a couple of months back, when i felt led to do something more than pray for my little Heath and my lovely Heather. i had initially decided to do the fundraising by myself, but God prompted me to ask if this would be a project for the Youths. They said yes! So planning started; ideas and materials were gathered and tested. i settled on making a few simple crafts and baking cookies.

i had also wanted the Youths to come to know the power of prayer, the joy and the blessings of praying for others (even for people we didn’t know personally) and that our Lord God is mighty in answering prayers. This was something i wished i had as a youth and i wish for them to have it in their lives now – knowing this, truly, deeply knowing this would just make their uncharted journey through life a little easier.

So with that in mind, the Youth Coordinator and myself planned for the Angels for Orphans project to be introduced during a session where the Youths were studying about prayer. i was really nervous but survived (Thank God!) the rather time-constrained presentation (i could only present the project after they finished their session, which took most of the time). After which, i followed it up with 3 weeks of handouts, about Heath and Heather, about Reece’s Rainbow, about why God would want us to help the orphans, including also prayer pointers and websites of other teens who are doing their bit for these precious ones.

Then we had a Sunday morning of making the crafts. It went slower than expected but the teachers were supportive and the youths were happy to do the work. Some took home materials to work on as we didn’t get enough done that day. The following Sunday morning was focused on putting finishing touches and baking cookies. A couple of hours after that, it was Sale Time!

The cookies went the fastest! In the picture you only see one type of cookie, the other chocolate one was gone before i could even pull out the camera. The Angel Cards were also very popular. The Finger Puppet Angels were mainly bought by mothers or grandmothers for the kids. The Bell Angels (the little cardboard angels with bells in them) were harder to sell as people didn’t think them too practical (something to consider for the next project).

We are not a huge church, we are but a small family church; still, we managed to raise CHF415 🙂 Then we had a very generous offer – a couple said they would buy up all the remaining items and give a little above that, which allowed us to hit our target of CHF700! Praise the Lord!

Below are pictures of the table display and close-ups of all the items made and sold:

Table laden with goodies to sell…
All the items we sold…

We (myself and the Youths) would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this fundraising project, whether in buying something or in helping to make the crafts/cookies. We will carry on praying for little Heath and lovely Heather, praying that this small amount we raised will help the family who finds them to reach them faster.

syc