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Family Pumpkin Carving Activity

I love meeting LMM readers and fellow bloggers! And meeting Alissa (standing next to me above) was a special treat! She is the sweetest gal ever and she’s the designer of my super fab Snuggie.  Alissa will be hanging with us today. Here she is:

Hi, my name is Alissa, aka “The Snuggie Girl.” I blog over at Rags to Stitches and I have a little shop filled with Snuggie cases for your iPads, Laptops and e-Readers.  I’m a lover of my Heavenly Father, a wife to an amazing hubby, and momma to two little ones who are 17 months apart. When I’m not busy running around with them, you can find me sewing in what the hubby calls my “sweat shop” {literally because it is a sunroom} or at my computer blogging my heart out.

I’m SO excited to be guest posting here today. When Ashley asked me if I wanted to guest post for her I literally spent 10 minutes jumping up and down with excitement. Then I started panicking about what I would share with all of you; her amazing readers! Once I stopped panicking I decided to share with you a little tutorial I used recently to share the Jesus story with my little ones.

As I mentioned, I have two little ones and I love to use every opportunity possible to share with them about Jesus. Since I love the fall and all things pumpkin, I thought it would be fun to turn our pumpkin carving fun into a reminder of the reason for every season. This is a really fun, and quick way to talk to your little ones about Jesus while carving your pumpkins.

{One}  As I cut open the top of our pumpkin I talked to my kids about how God created each one of us in a special way and God makes no mistakes. He knows our insides and our outsides.

“I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
– Psalm 139:14

{Two}  As we cleaned out the pumpkin of all it’s “yucky” pulp, I reminded them how this is a picture of how God takes us and cleanses us of all our sin – casting it as far as the east is from the west.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.”
– Psalm 103:12

I took this picture of my kids as we talked to remind them of the joy that comes from allowing God to clean all our sin and make us new.

{Three}  I began carving a SMILING face into our pumpkin and as I was carving I told my kids that the smiling face represents how God makes us into a new creation.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17

{Four}  After we carved our smiling face into our pumpkin we put a candle inside and lit it. I explained to my kids that Christ comes into our lives as a light to guide us and we need to let this light shine through us so others can see Jesus in us too.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6

When we were all done talking about letting Jesus’ light shine in us we put our pumpkin on our dinning room table as a constant reminder of Christ’s story. My kids loved it and even talked about the pumpkin while we ate dinner. They told their daddy all about letting the light shine in us. It melted my heart to hear them retell the story.

Thanks Ashley for letting me stop by and share with your amazing readers today. I love meeting new people and I hope you’ll pop by my blog and say “Hello.”

xoxo, Alissa Circle
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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Alissa Circle
    October 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks for letting me stop by and visit with your readers today friend. Love you!! xoxo, Alissa

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    Meagan
    October 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Seriously, Alissa- could you be any cuter?! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. 😉

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    Kate
    October 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    What a cute, cute, cute, CUTE way to share Christ with a young one. We haven’t carved our pumpkins yet – might be using that idea!!

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    Babblin' Brooke
    October 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Hmmm, I never knew you could liken all that to carving pumpkins. LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    October 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love Alissa!!! 🙂 This is a great idea for turning a fun activity also into a learning activity.

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    Simplegirl
    October 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Love this post, wonderful a sweet. I love that idea too! Great guests today!

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    Ashley
    October 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    aww what a cool idea. I can’t wait till my little guy is big enough for these type things! I carved our pumpkin yesterday and let him sit on my lap, ha.

    I also just noticed I am a top commenter! Yeah, that is awesome!

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    Lucky
    October 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Wow! What a awesome way to help little ones understand about their relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! I hope someday I will be able to share it with my future kiddies.

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    Girlie Blogger
    October 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    How fun. We just went pumpkin picking on Sunday and still need to carve.

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    Elise
    October 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, I love this idea! Cute and uplifting.

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    Ali Grace
    October 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!! What A beautiful portrayal of Jesus love for us and how he makes us new!!!! Wonderful way to make even a questionable holiday beautiful! Thank you!!!! I am totally doing this with my babies!!

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    Mallory
    October 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I was just reading a recipe that had “Why we carve Pumpkins” thought it was interesting as you talk of god during your pumpkin carving time:
    The story of the Jack o’Lantern comes from Irish folklore. Jack was a crafty farmer who tricked the Devil into climbing a tall tree. When the Devil reached the highest branch, Jack carved a large cross in the trunk, making it impossible for the Devil to climb down.

    In exchange for help getting out of the tree, the Devil promised never to tempt Jack with evil again. When Jack died, he was turned away from Heaven for his sins and turned away from Hell because of his trickery. Condemned to wander the earth without rest, Jack carved out one of his turnips, took an ember from the devil, and used it for a lantern to light his way. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern.”

    Not sure if it’s true or not, just thought it was funny that I read that tale immediately after reading the blog!

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    Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs.
    October 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This is a great way to share his love for us. xoxo

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    Lacy
    October 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    this is such an amazing way to share with your kids! i love it!

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    Brittan
    October 19, 2011 at 1:00 am

    This is SUCH a good idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Lindsey
    October 19, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Such an amazing idea!!!!

    I am stopping by from Gussy Sews!

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    Megan
    October 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

    That was so awesome!! Thanks for the being a guest host! So beautiful!!!

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    amy
    October 19, 2011 at 4:30 am

    What a great idea! LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

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    BZeedik
    October 19, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Great idea!

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    Alyson @EisleyRae
    October 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Such a cute idea. You’re adorable Alissa. Definitely going to share this with my kiddos too.

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    Ashley
    October 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Ii love the idea of doing this. My little one is only 6 months old but I will have to keep this in mind!

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    Jacqui
    October 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I love Alissa and I LOVE this idea. What a cute and beautiful way to detail Christ and all his greatness while having some holiday fun.

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    misty
    October 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    So precious, I loved this post!! xoxo

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    Amber
    October 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Very, very cool idea. One I will pin and tweet, so I will remember when my son is old enough to follow along.

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    Melanie Cantelmo
    October 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I have a little book that says the same story. Love it!

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