Monday, December 1, 2008

Soaring Spirit (Kite FHE)

We actually had family home evening (family night)
I used to be so good about this, but I have starting slacking.
(tonight we deck out the tree:)
I found this poem in the New Era (church mag for teens)

Erin Camp Worland,
“My Kite,”
NewEra, Oct 2008, 49
I went outside to fly my kite
One breezy day in spring.
I wondered just how high it would go,
So let out all the string.
With the end held firmly in my grasp,
My thoughts began to flow:
Oh, how much higher could it fly
If I’d just let it go?
With that, my hand released the string,
And much to my surprise,
It fell straight down
Instead of soaring through the skies.
What went wrong, I asked myself,
This made no sense at all.
I tried and tried again, but each time
All it did was fall.
So, one last time I ran
To let the breeze lift up the kite.
I let the string out to the end
But this time held on tight.
I smiled as I gazed upon
Those colors way up high.
I realized that, like my kite,
We too need string to fly.
Our string is called the gospel,
And its purpose now is sure.
Temptation’s wind may tug and pull,
But our string can help us soar.
I’ll hold on tight to what I know,
And like my kite I’ll be.
The gospel doesn’t hold us back,
Instead it makes us free!
(Photo by Jacey Erickson)
I decided we would make kites to hang up.
My boys (20 & 18) are awesome craft-ers.
I just gave them some card stock, and they came up with the rest.

The question was, if I am the one holding the string, and the string is the gospel, what are the kite and the tail?

They decided the kite is our spirit, and it soars when you hang on to the gospel, and the tail is obedience.
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Cool huh?
I'm happy when I'm obedient.
I'm happy when I don't have to 'regret'.
AND I love to see my children walk in the light:)
I'm blue today, so I'll just hang on to what I know, and be obedient, and let the tangles unravel themselves:)
Happy Monday to you!
This is for:
11th Heavens Homemaking Haven for Home Maker Monday

Everyday Elegance for My Favorite Things Monday
As for Me and My House for Making A Happy Home Monday


Samantha said...

Like the kite poem. How neat that you got your sons to participate!

~LL~ said...

WOW! That is very thought-provoking....I love that you made some to hand...what great visual reminders.

Thanks for stopping by on Making a Happy Home Monday :D

On the subject of kites (not quite so deep LOL) when I taught 5th grade, I had students pair up and make kites. I didn't help at all, just provided the directions and the materials. They got an A if the kite flew. It was a nice thing for them to see that some of the things that look UNimportant are really vital for flight :D

Kathryn said...

This is a great FHE idea. I will save it for when my son is a little older!

Julie said...

I love that object lesson. We have told that one to our kids, but it's just as good a reminder for me, too. Have a great day. Julie

Grammy said...

Great poem and the kit was amazing. You are so creative and so is your family. You have done good to pass on this gift.
Be blessed my friend.

Rhonda said...

Im sorry you were feeling blue yesterday. :(

But in spite of that you still pulled off a neat FHE! what a great lesson, I loved it!

TJ said...

Great idea! Looks like everyone enjoyed it.

Zaroga said...

That was a super idea and your sons did a great job.