I’ve found a couple cute take home gifts for our Young Women in Excellence night.
I first saw these great globe ornaments at World Market. They are 2 for $5.00, and would look great with a tag attached to the string reading, “Stand Ye in Holy Places”. You can’t order these online, unfortunately.
I also just came across these Globe Charm Necklaces
They are only $1.20 each (free shipping!) from Amazon. It may take a month for them to get to you, so time could be an issue with getting these. But I do love them! They could also make great Christmas gifts for the girls.
One other thought I had was to make these darling ornaments using old maps.
These are the invites we are using for our upcoming Young Women in Excellence. The “Stand ye in Holy Places” text was found here On the back of the globe are the details for the evening. You can download the invites here.
Yesterday my girls and I sanded, painted, hot glued and hand tied 25 ornaments. I love getting this kind of stuff done early in the year, so that when Christmas is here, all I have to do is pull it off the shelf. Kati Oliver, creator of The 25 Days of Christ ornament tradition, gifted us this set of wooden (and felt) DIY ornaments. I have to admit, I was a little surprised at the amount of work that needed to go into finishing these, but with my helpers it was pretty fun. And now that they are done, there are sweet memories associated with each ornament that we crafted together.
I loved that the wooden pieces were large and simple enough for my youngest to paint. She thought it was the greatest thing ever, and had lots of questions about what each ornament signified. I’m looking forward to bringing them all out again, one at a time, and discussing in detail what they refer to. The booklet that comes in the box has scripture references, quotes, and links to pictures and videos on lds.org that go along with each ornament, each day.
And voila! Our finished ornaments. My 11-year old did the bulk of the painting, and also cut out all the felt pieces. My job was to hot glue things together and tie all the strings. Although it was great to get it all done in one day (and conference weekend was the perfect time to do it!), it could also be nice (and less stressful) to have all the supplies in a box, and do one ornament each night, as you actually go through the 25 days of Christ. Regardless of how it is done, I think it’s a great idea, and will bring the focus of Christmas back onto Christ.
You can see more about the 25 Days of Christ here.
We are looking ahead to our Young Women in Excellence program – and have chosen the theme: “Stand in Holy Places: Personal Progress Can Change Me and the World”. (I first saw this theme on a cute owl handout here.) We will pass the above handout to the young women this week, reminding them of the purpose of the evening, and getting them started on thinking of what they want to share. We will decorate with globes and maps, and have refreshments that must include cake balls that look like little planet earths! I’m collecting ideas on my pinterest board here, if you want to check it out.
You can download the handout here.
I made this Sabbath Day printable to go with YW lesson I’m teaching this week. Sometimes we need a little reminder of all the good things we could be doing on the Sabbath – so I made this poster which could be printed on a letter-size paper and put in a binder, or trimmed to 8×10″ and framed for the wall. I like the blue version too:
You can download them below:
Sabbath Day – black background
Sabbath Day – blue background
I wanted to share this fun Ball Jar Party we recently had with our young women and their secret grandmothers. These invites were sent out to everyone a few weeks in advance.
The jar invite was placed on top of a questionnaire, the answers to which would be read the evening of the activity. Prizes were given to girls and grandmothers that could identify whose answers were being read.
As guests arrived we placed stickers on their backs, and everyone had to ask yes and no questions to determine what famous “ball” they were.
Ball jars were filled with lace, marbles, popcorn and circles. We wrote down ”How Many, and How Much” were in the jars, then had prizes at the end of the evening for those with the closest guesses.
Tables were decorated with Ball jars filled with flowers, and place cards with jars printed on them.
We drank lemonade from jars, and had fruit purees available to mix in – strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. So yummy!
We also brought desserts in jars – Key Lime Pie, and Layered Red Velvet Cakes. I will share recipes soon, because they were fantastic.
Here is a closeup of my red velvets. They are layered with raspberry whipped cream and cream cheese frosting. I loved this party so much. It was as fun to put together as it was to participate in! Here is a link to some of the printables we used.
Click below to see other fun things we’ve done with our secret grandmothers:
Hi everyone. This is just a quick note to let you know everything is fine with me and my family. I’ve received some kind notes wondering if we are okay – since after 4 years of regularly posting visiting teaching ideas I suddenly dropped off my little blog, here! I needed to take a break, and am unsure at this point how long that break will be. I may be inspired to post something here and there, but for now I plan to step away for a few beats. Thanks for the love – I’ve enjoyed sharing with you!!
Our young women loved filling out these getting-to-know-you pages for their secret sisters last week. The illustration was created by the talented AmberLee Fawson of giverslog.com, and is being shared here with her permission. You can download this version of her printable here.
Girls Camp is approaching, and we have once again pulled names for a secret sister exchange while at camp. I’ve revamped the gift giving suggestions I made last year, which you can download here. I’ve also added some fun ideas to my secret sister Pinterest board here.
The Visiting Teaching message for June is, Joy in Family History. I haven’t made a teaching aid this time around, but instead have a few links to share that might be helpful to you as you prepare a lesson.
This bookmark highlights a quote from the message and has a good list of family history responsibilities on the back.
I love these free printable journaling pages, and could be a fun way to jumpstart starting one’s personal history.
Another good site for thoughtful journaling prompts is found at the This is Me Challenge.
I love this talk from Elder John H. Groberg about Writing Your Personal and Family History.