I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Nov 30, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 4

This is the summary of what we did today :)  The kids' drawings are on the topmost left picture; the 2 boys decided to draw the ark with the rainbow and Rain opted for the rainbow only.

Nov 29, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 3

Rain is assigned to read the scripture today which is about the 'First Sin' (Genesis 2:4 - 3:24).  Today the kids created different symbols taken from the story with River drawing the 'tree of life', Rain drawing Adam & Eve covered in leaves (with apples) and Ash drawing an apple with a serpent.

Reading during the lighting of Advent wreath's candle is from Luke 2:1-5. It was followed by a hearty pasta dinner that i prepared. 

Nov 28, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 2

Scripture of the day:

Above is the scroll with the bible verse of the day.  Scripture about the annunciation was read during the Advent wreath's lighting of candle.  We discussed Mary's immaculate conception and how the angel Gabriel delivered the message to her and Joseph and how Joseph accepted and followed God's plan.

For the Jesse tree, River read a verse in Genesis about the creation.  The kids have drawn a dove as a symbol of creation and they put it in the tree.


The Jesse tree represents the genealogy of Jesus Christ. It tells the story of God's salvation plan beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament to the coming of the Messiah.

This Advent, our family started our own Jesse tree. The kids got the following scroll (direction) in their Advent calendar.

Although late by one day, we followed the first two activities shown in the table to make sure that the succeeding days will be as scheduled.

Because of the delay, Jun made the tree while I made circular shapes from a 'cartolina' that will be used as templates for the symbols to be drawn by the kids after reading and discussing each scripture/bible story. 

It looks as though too much work went on but actually it wasn't that much :) We all had fun doing this activity and we are very proud of our Jesse tree. Well done, Dad!

Nov 27, 2011

Never Too Late

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  For the first time, our family started practicing the Advent tradition of using the Advent Wreath and the Advent Calendar to prepare for the "arrival".  While at it, our family also decided to create our own "Jesse Tree".

The preparation and activities are very good opportunities for family bonding while learning the story of Christ through scriptures and stories.  It is a fun and creative way to understand the meaning of Advent.

We are only on our first day but this early,  I could already feel its importance.  I would like to encourage others to try it too.  There are many activities that both adults and kids would appreciate.  I don't know why we have started the tradition only now but I am so thankful that my family is doing it this year.
It's never too late for anyone to try 

Advent 2011, Day 1

Our family set up the Christmas tree and other Christmas decors today.  I'm proud that we were able to keep the decors so most of it are on its 3rd year.  This year, we just bought snowman, reindeers and wreath.  It is our first time to set up an advent wreath and our first time to celebrate the Advent in this way.

Advent is the 4 week period before Christmas when the Church celebrates the first coming of Christ and anticipates His second coming.  As a tradition, Christians, including Catholics use circular wreath as the circular shape symbolizes eternity of God's love (no beginning and no end).  The candles symbolize the light of Christ coming into the world.  Catholics use purple, rose and white candles.

Week 1 Candle - Hope (purple)
Week 2 Candle - Peace (purple)
Week 3 Candle - Joy (rose)
Week 4 Candle - Love (purple)
Christmas Eve Candle - Christ (white)

At home, the candle representing Hope is lighted on the first Sunday of Advent while prayers and scriptures are read before dinner.  Same candle must be lighted on Week 1 while reciting different scriptures.  

For Day 1, our kids were given the following activities in addition to lighting the candle of hope and studying the scriptures for the first Sunday of Advent.

We definitely enjoyed our first Sunday of Advent and we are looking forward to the other activities and biblical lessons that our family will learn together leading up to Christmas.I hope yours was as memorable too!