Family Christmas Crafting: Craft #2 Ornaments


Beaded Candy Canes



ChrI remember when I was young, my mom put candy canes on the Christmas Tree.  It was beautiful however the ants thought they were delicious and they were all in our tree.  So here is an ant free alternative to adding candy canes to the tree.

What you would need:

*White, red, or green pipe cleaner

*Red & White Beads

Step 1: Cut the pipe cleaner in half or measure how big you want your candy cane to be.

Step 2: Place the first bead on the pipe cleaner almost to the very end. Leaving about 1/4 of an inch.

Step 3: Fold the 1/4 of an inch of pipe cleaner that is left at the bottom around the bead.  This will help secure it and the rest of the beads you put on.

Step 4: Place the rest of the beads on the pipe cleaner leaving about a 1/4 of pipe cleaner on the opposite end.

Step 5: Fold the pipe cleaner around the last bead.

Step 6: Bend the pipe cleaner to look like a candy cane.


Are you qualified



For as long as I can remember I have worked with children.  When I was in daycare myself I would assist with the smaller children.  My first job at 15 years old was being and assistant teacher in daycare.  When I was 17 I became a mentor and youth leader.  And every since then children have been in my world.  I did not know that they were the purpose of my very being.  I did not know that I would be teaching parents how to love and teach their children more effectively.

But now I know.  I have known for about 4 years now.  I have wanted to be a family coach for about 4 years but talked myself out of it.  Because I was thinking about how people would embrace me and what I would teach them.  I have never birthed a child.  I have never adopted a child yet I have been a mother.  It’s weird I know.  Sometimes it is not the experiences we have that qualify us it is simply who we are.  I was created to teach, care for, love on, and empower families.  I have a gifting for nurturing, teaching, and understanding children.  I have been graced to do what I do.  And I do it very well.  Not bragging, I’m just saying.

I said all this to say just because you are parenting for the first time, just because you are single but want to be a foster parent, just because you do not have a Master’s degree hanging on your wall, you can still pursue the dreams and calling that is on your life.  You will not rest well until you do.  Validation from others does not qualify you.  The passion and the drive you have qualifies you.  The gifts that you were created with qualifies you.  God’s calling on your life qualifies you.  You were born for this. (what ever your “this” maybe).  So go and do that thing that you have been wanting to do but talked yourself out of because you felt as though you aren’t qualified.  Take a step towards that today!