Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peace talks

 

I talked with the kids about peace this week.



"Peace is when your heart isn't troubled. It's also -"

Their dad chimed in,
"-tiny! I have peace.
A tiny piece
of rice."

The evening erupted into wild fits of hilarity.
"I have piece! of pizza! ...piece of paper, piece of pie.... "

Peace talks all done. Try again next year.



A little more sacred dirt to remind me that both life and children do not fit into boxes.

Would you like to know what my children squabble over the most?



The singing manger scene.
"Give me the baby Jesus, stink-head!"

That's right. Maybe next week we can talk about love. We'll see how that goes...



The sketches are part of my homemade Advent calendar,
done old-school style in
India ink and Prisma colors on Canson paper,
cut out like paper dolls, glued onto envelopes and attached to mat board.



13 comments:

Jan Morrison said...

oh I like this. don't worry, just the tiniest piece of peace will be like a seed in their hearts...

Faith E. Hough said...

I love the advent calendar! And I definitely get the squabbling over Jesus thing. :) It's amazing how when you try to sit down for a PEACEful activity, suddenly the badness comes out--it's nighttime prayer for my girls.

Jessica Nelson said...

That's hilarious. :)

M. Bloom said...

that was very funny! for such serious topics, sometimes you just can't take things too seriously!
xo

Vijaya said...

Love your Advent calendar. And I'm laughing over peace and joy (poison control center phone number right below). My kids are older and I'm still dreaming about peace. God bless, Faith.

brian said...

Yes, I like it that you have elevated Joy over the Poison Center Hotline.

joanne May said...

This is such a fun post which made me laugh. Kids can really bring us down to earth and don't mind saying how they really feel about things. We can learn so much from them! ;-)
Lovely to find your blog and have a peaceful week!

Jo.

debbie gish said...

This is really beautiful! Did you make copies of the nativity drawings before they were colored in? I would love, love, love to try to make this next years. It's amazing!!
debbie

Faith Pray said...

Jan, ha! A tiny piece of a seed. We can at least hope that peace grows in us, hey?

Faith, thank you. I guess parenting requires a good dose of humour if we are to keep afloat!

Faith Pray said...

Jessica, Brian and Margaret - yes, the hope is that laughter (and the poison control number) keep us alive!

Faith Pray said...

Vijaya, thank you! I hope you find sweet peace and joy this coming year.

Joanne May, thanks so much for stopping by!

Faith Pray said...

Debbie, the art is India Ink on Canson paper. I colored the original sketches with Prisma pencils, then cut them out and stuck them to envelopes, which were then attached to mat board with framing adhesive. It came loose in a couple spots, and I scotch-taped those bits.
I did make copies before adding color so my kids could have their own coloring pages, though. I hope you get to make one. It's quite fun. I've heard the chocolate ones are pretty nifty, too. I guess you could do this idea on tiny boxes to hold chocolates. Hmmm...

tiarastantrums said...

hi - Do you have your advent pieces available for download anywhere?

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