Rubber Balls and Letting Go

I was going to post yesterday about how crazy the weather was, but I decided to post today!  It was crazy yesterday.  Sunny and HOT then sunny and breezy then breezy and cloudy, then it started raining!  Today there have been a few sun showers but mainly really pretty breezy weather.

Ok, so a few days ago (Friday, to be exact) I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment with Eli, John and Cael…so here’s how it went.

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We found a recipe online for how to make rubber bouncy balls (The 36th Avenue).  The ingredients were cornstarch, Elmer’s glue, Borax, warm water and food coloring.  Sounds easy, right?

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Everything started out fine.  We actually didn’t have any Borax so I THOUGHT I could substitute something for it, but apparently, as you will soon find out, it wasn’t a Borax substitute.

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With that said, we mixed our cornstarch and glue together and got out the food coloring and were having a great time!

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All the boys were so excited about it!

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Who wouldn’t be excited to make your very own bouncy ball?!

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Well, once all of our colors were mixed in it was time to pour it into the warm water and “Borax”.

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I went first.  Here I go pouring it in to the water and everything is fine.  I let it sit for 10 seconds and then take it out of the water and start forming it into a ball…

Oh…my…gosh!

All of a sudden it was like my hands had turned purple and my skin was melting off!  It was SO sticky!!!  So sticky in fact that it just kept smearing all over my hands and dripping down my arms and I couldn’t even wash it off (hints why I don’t have a picture of it)!  It was crazy!

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Turns out you were suppose to keep it in for more then 10 seconds and you really should use the right ingredients!  Oh well!  The boys made a mess and John almost got his to stay in the shape of a ball, but once it dried it fell apart.  So much for bouncy balls!

Still it was fun, but next time I will be sure to have everything we need for our crafts and experiments.

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Lately I have noticed that I have accumulated a lot, a mean a lot, of stuff!  My closet seems to be bulging with boxes and clothes and my desk has a never ending supply of already-written-on paper and I just can’t seem to keep it all under control!  I used to be (and still am) very sentimental with certain things and sometimes I wish I wasn’t, but I have found that recently it has been easier for me to let go of certain objects and items that I really just don’t need to keep.  It is hard but also so necessary!  You can’t be relaxed or happy with your living environment when things are all cluttered and piled up!

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It has been four years, which is hard to believe, that I haven’t been a dancer.  But, I have ALL of my dance stuff still!  Leotards, tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, costumes, etc etc etc!  And all I’m doing is attaching myself to it for all of the memories I have made from that time in my life, and in reality it’s just taking up a lot of space in my little square room and collecting a ton of dust!  I have had at least 9 pairs of pointe shoes and I wanted to keep them all and make some sort of collage out of them, but I haven’t and most likely won’t, so I have decided to keep my very first pair and maybe my very last pair and then get rid of the others.  Phew!  What a relief!  It feels so good, even though it’s hard, to let go of them!

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I went through a box of childhood items that I used to play with every day.  The star above was given to me by one of my Mom’s friends who came to visit once.  I believe I was six or seven years old when she came.  Well I still have this star and found that it started leaking the liquid that’s inside it and I had put it in a plastic bag because I wanted to keep it, but really I’ve had so many years with it and for a lot of them it has been in a box where no one can see it, and now that it’s broken, it is time for me to say goodbye!  That was hard because I always loved that star (see!  I’m sentimental about plastic stars!).

One of the main reasons I think I am so sentimental and hang on to items and letters, pictures and clothes, etc, is 1.) Because I’m human!  and 2.) Because I fear that I won’t remember those times when I had those things.  I think to myself “if I don’t have that star, even though it’s leaking, I won’t remember when I was a little girl!” or “what if I get rid of all of my ballet stuff and forget the whole five years I was a dancer!” it’s a little bit ridiculous but true!

If I really want to remember these things and if they are really important to me then I need to give them to God and store up my riches in Heaven!

 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21 (John 16:33 also)

I’m not sure what kind of riches exactly will be in heaven, besides being with Jesus and living eternity with Him, and I don’t really know if God will give us new pointe shoes or non-leaking plastic stars when we get there, but I do know that we are not to trouble about the things of this world.  We are not to idol over the latest fashions or trends or focus entirely on the things we can get more of and that we want.  We should be content with the necessities and thank God for the extra stuff that He has blessed us with and give it to Him!  That’s what I believe Matthew 6:19-21 means; to give thanks to God for all of the things we have and while we have them we should love and take care of them but not make strong emotional attachments to everything and try not to be greedy about having more.

We live in a world that is constantly updating so it is beyond easy to “want” or “have to have” the latest whatever and not even realize our actions as ungrateful or a bit greedy.  As an example, my family, all twelve of us put together, amounts to a LOT of stuff in one house!  Even though we have a decent sized house and very decent space, it still looks and feels as if stuff just pours out of the walls!  Granted, it is troublesome with little boys who don’t instinctively think about putting their toys away after every time they play with them, and having older kids who are starting to keep bigger items and stuff for when they move out or get married, but it all comes down to being sentimental about things that are simply unnecessary to hold onto or wanting and having to have things.  But we will all learn the importance of being responsible for our things, and my family and I are so grateful and thankful for the many things we have!  I’m just stating that it easy to keep stuff and get bonded to it in one way or another and then all of a sudden you can’t put anything away!

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Don’t worry about letting go.  Especially of material items!  First aim for the things you truly need and then try and be good about going through things and really making decisions about holding onto every little thing you come by!  If it’s something you really don’t need or even don’t want but still have a hard time getting rid of it, just pray and ask the Lord to allow you to trust Him and know that we can store our riches and desires of our hearts in Heaven and give your bond to Him and thank Him for your blessings.  We live in cluttered lives, but I assure you it is good to declutter.

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Well, I was not planning on writing all of that!  It just came to me while I was sitting here watching, yet again, the sun come out and the clouds go away!  I guess it’s not going to rain this evening?  Well good, we need the sunshine.

I hope in some way what I had to share was inspiring or helpful to someone.  It’s just something in my life right now that I am learning and have found it to be beneficial for taking a load off and being able to relax and live in a nice organized room.  I have not even gone through my whole closet or the boxes next to my bed full of papers and random things, and the thought of it is a little intimidating, but I know that it will be a really good thing to do to go through and weed out the stuff I’ve been keeping month after month and year after year.  You just got to let go!

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Cute little mushrooms!

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful evening!  Again, don’t be afraid to let go and if you are inspired or motivated to go through stuff and weed out then good luck to you and have fun!  Keep the things dearest to your heart and praise the Lord for the many blessings in your life and provisions He has given you.

God bless,

Jenny~

P.S. Jana Alayra is one of my FAVORITE Christian kids artists.  Her songs are energetic, really good and all in all awesome. 🙂  The song below I wanted to share.  Kind of goes with my post!  Please enjoy!

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