Weekly Wrap Up & Five Facts for Friday

It’s been a joy to “meet” so many new readers this week. Thank you so much for stopping by…I have loved reading your thoughts on parenting. I am inspired and encouraged …and very grateful for you!

For those of you who are new to Diving for Pearls, we usually summarize the week and then have a little fun. It’s FINALLY snowing in Northeast Ohio, so I’m thrilled. (It’s my favorite kind of weather!) And…tomorrow, the Key Team and I are headed to Lake County for a day-long training. We have some really fun things planned…I’ll take lots of pictures!

And now, for some fun…

Five Facts for Friday
1. Took my daughter to a plastic surgeon for a mole removal; the pictures in the lobby are quite different than the ones in the pediatrician’s office.
2. My proposed rules for campaigns: No bullying. Tell the truth. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
3. Pancakes for dinner=YUMMY
4. Homemade kindergarten valentines are the most sticky, glitter-dripping beautiful cards in the world.
5. Favorite TV show from childhood: HR Pufnstuf. Yours?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My bags are packed…

This week is devoted to preparing for our JAM* Session in Lake County, OH.(*Jumpstarting an All-inclusive Ministry) I’ve been busy preparing kits for the make-it-and-take-it portion of the day. Pastor Carrie Garland, who is hosting the event at her church told me that we have 44 people registered thus far. We’re so excited to see what God has planned for all of the children and families these folks will reach!

There is still room in this class if you’d like to join us~ Email me for more information! Remember, the class is FREE (The church is providing lunch and breakfast for a small fee, or you may brown-bag it.)

As you can see, my dining room is pretty cluttered with the makings of the JAM Session.Things are better in the kitchen, where I baked a little treat on this chilly afternoon…

Want to try these with your family? Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt (plus a pinch more)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (I use a rounded 1/4 tsp for a little extra spice!)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup ground pumpkin (canned)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used waaaaay more. Because that is who I am. Also, I used the mini-chocolate chips, because they were left over from Christmas baking.)

Mix together. Fill muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
-Recipe from beckyhiggins.com, but slightly modified.


~Muffins with JAM!

We’re spreading JAM~ come join us!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Have a look at these people:

They’re having good fun, because they recently participated in a Key Ministry JAM Session.

Don’t feel left out…YOU can have this much fun, too…

In case you didn’t know, a JAM Session helps you to Jumpstart an All-inclusive Ministry.

Our team is really excited about our next JAM Session, and we hope you’ll join us…

Saturday, February 11
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Painesville Assembly of God
Painesville, OH


8:30 am     Continental breakfast

8:45 am     Welcome & Introductions

9:00 am     Overview of the day, goals and objectives

9:15 am     Disabilities 101

10:00 am     Logistics: Program Options, Volunteer Recruitment and Safety

11:00 am     Break

11:15 am     Modifying Curriculum and Managing Behavior

12:15 pm     Lunch

1:30 pm     Communicating with—and Equipping—Parents

2:30 pm     Make-it-and-Take-It

3:30 pm     Q & A

4:00 pm     Closing prayer

Please join us! Contact me if you’d like to register!

As with all of our Key Ministry services, the JAM Session training is free. The church is providing lunch for a small fee, or you are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch with you.

See you at JAM!