Saturday, November 12, 2011

Creative People

We've been studying atoms, elements, and compounds in fifth grade (that's where I'm doing another long-term substitution), and it all points to one Intellligent Designer, Creator God.  I find it fascinating and exhilarating that the inside of every single atom (be it elephant, person, or oxygen) has the same basic design.  When those atoms are arranged in different combinations, you get all sorts of different substances (molecules, elements, compounds, etc.)...but you can tell that one Creator made it all.  Just like you can usually tell an artists' work no matter what their creation (different paintings or different media), you can also look at the substances of this planet and tell that one God made it all.  Isn't that awesome??  Isn't GOD awesome??

Since the Bible tells us that God made man "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27), it's no wonder that we as people like to create--to make things--as well! 

Paige didn't create her whole scarecrow costume, but she did make up her own face.  Do you see the stitches on her nose and mouth? 
Wynne's class was assigned to hide the turkey for Thanksgiving.  This was a family project, so Paige and I helped her glue fabric and beads onto her turkey to turn it into -- guess what -- a princess!  Complete with a plume on her head and high-heeled pumps on her feet!
Ally's most recent project for life science class was to construct a 3-D model of the human cell.  She looked on Etsy for inspiration and added her own twist.  The back (cilia) is made from a car wash mitt found at the dollar store.  Ally was able to take my box of scrap felt and create something that will help her remember the parts of the cell for a long time...maybe even on her college dorm bed in the future! (?)
Shae entered a local coloring contest with her drawing of Christmas.  The left-hand side shows a cutaway view of a house's interior, as the family gets ready for the holidays. 
Of course, I am especially fond of the nativity set sitting on top of the brown dresser;)

And then guess who created this Chieftain stadium (complete with arrow in the center of the field) out of Legos?
Cy makes up uniforms for the players, but my favorite characters are the SPECTATORS.  Can you find Superman and Batman in the stands?  And check out the big red scoreboard.
Cy made a special seating area for our family in the center of the bleachers, below the pressbox (complete with speakers).  He even put his real MP3 player on top of the bleachers later to play Dad's pre-game music.  It was pretty cool!  And looky there--Yoda, Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, and Spongebob came to the game!!!
I didn't mean to give Cy more "press time" than the other kids, but there are so many details to appreciate, and this stadium is a constant work in progress.  I really get a kick out of it (no pun intended), even if it seems to have become a permanent fixture on our living room coffee table.

No wonder we all are invigorated by creating.  Last week I woke up extra-early because I was on a writing kick, finally getting a break-through moment to complete the Sunday School Christmas play.  I hadn't felt that "writer's high" for a long time........and boy, was it fun.  I miss it and hope to reclaim it again very soon! 

Thank you, God, for creating us to be creative! Each in our own way.

 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.
--Exodus 31:3


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