I’m not a very artsy-craftsy person. In fact, once when I was a teenager, I was trying to make a basket that looked like a bunny rabbit. When I handed it to the recipient she exclaimed, “Oh what a cute kitten!” Whenever I attempt to make Snowman Pancakes, they look like blobs with a chocolate chip face. It was a miraculous feat when I pulled off making a piñata in the shape of a Lego with a shoe box, eight bottle lids, and sheets of tissue paper.
This is why, when I got a fun idea to make gift sacks with owls on them, I was not very confident. My boys didn’t help matters. “Nice turkey, Mom,” said one. When I asked another what he thought it was, he said, “I can definitely tell it’s a bird. If it was black, I’d say penguin. I’ll just stick with bird.” But then, when one of my friends walked into my house while I was putting the finishing touches on my gift sacks, she exclaimed, “Oh look at your owls! You are so clever!”
YESSSSSSSS! My owls look like owls! (and turkeys and penguins)
While I’m a far better cook that I am a craft creator, I do really enjoy putting together simple projects – especially if it means I can bless someone. This project happens to involve food too, so yay for me! I’ll fill the gift sacks with homemade goodies and deliver them to our “adopted college students.” Even if they can’t tell it’s an owl, I’m pretty sure they’ll recognize the Chocolate Chip Brownies inside, right?
So here’s what I’m thinking: Crafty or not, you should join me by blessing someone during the next two weeks! We have some fun (and easy!) free printables for you, as well as plenty of recipes to choose from. Pick a project or three, get your whole family involved, and love up on the people around you. The best way for your kids to learn to serve others is by serving right along side you! Let’s all do this together. It’ll be fun!
“Share Your Story” Service Challenge
1. Pray with your family about who you would like to bless.
2. Pick your project. Make a craft and/or choose a recipe from our site to make and take to someone.
3. Work on the project together, taking pictures to share with us.
4. Deliver your goodies, taking more pictures if you like.
5. Send me your pictures and tell me your story. What’d you make? Who’d you bless? What did your kids think?
This isn’t so any of us can say, “I’m awesome. I blessed someone.” But when we let the light of Jesus shine through us, it encourages others. We want to read your story for inspiration and so that we can gain more fun ideas!
You’ve already got oodles of ideas for ways to serve people with your kids if you have our Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve curriculum. Keep at it! Your kids are learning so much about how to bless people! Need more ideas? Well, here’s what we’ve worked up for you:
Download the cut-outs for the Owl Gift Sacks here. Grab some lunch sacks, scissors, and a glue stick and have fun making your sacks. Fill them with goodies and go bless someone!
Download your Build-an-Owl Be Thankful Craft. Make it into a card for someone, an ornament for someone, or a treat topper. Bake up some goodies, attach your owl, and make your delivery.
Here are some fun sticker labels for delicious fall treats to go with recipes you’ll find here at Heavenly Homemakers. Get the download links and details about these stickers here. Below, you’ll find the links to each Fall Recipe.
- Applesauce Bread
- Apple Butter
- Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
- Warm Pumpkin Custard
More treat ideas you’ll find here to help you bless someone:
- Blueberry Streusel Muffins
- Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Homemade Caramel Sauce (you can download free printable gift tags to go with this!)
- Caramel Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Brownies
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with a basket of apples
- Hot Chocolate Mix
- Lemon Pound Cake
- Peanut Butter Apple Cookie Bars
- Pumpkin Pecan Pie Squares
- Zucchini Carrot Bread