Group Publishing VBS 2018: SHiPWRECKED

Group Publishing VBS 2018: SHiPWRECKED

Am I the only person who's been waiting on the edge of my seat for the 2018 Group VBS theme reveal?  I mean sure, my "waiting on the edge of my seat" is more of an exhausted slump since our Maker Fun Factory VBS just finished... but still... I'm excited! The "Easy" VBS theme {emphasis on the quotes there - Group calls it easy, not me - haha!} is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. The "Holy Land" VBS theme is Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity. The "Weekend" VBS theme has not been announced yet.…Read more …
Wooden Cross Craft – Vacation Bible School Ideas

Wooden Cross Craft – Vacation Bible School Ideas

Our church typically uses the vacation bible school curriculum created by Group Publishing.  Every Group curriculum, regardless of theme, uses night 4 (Thursday night for us) to tell the story of Jesus' life and death (and offers kids the chance to accept Jesus).  I like doing a cross craft at Imagination Station for the Jesus story.  My goal is always to keep crafts under $1 per child per night, but if I'm going to splurge on a craft I want it to be a keepsake... so I will occasionally spend over $1 if…Read more …
Name Tag Templates – Maker Fun Factory VBS

Name Tag Templates – Maker Fun Factory VBS

For the last few years, we've printed our own name tags and put them in ID sleeves attached to lanyards.  These are affordable and have lasted really well!  We've had to throw away a few lanyards, but most of them can be re-used multiple years. This post may contain affiliate links.  I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase through these links but you don’t pay anything extra.  Thanks for helping to support Borrowed Blessings!  The prices referenced here are current as of publishing, but retailers change pricing often. Materials Cardstock Paper…Read more …
Pregnancy Announcement to our Families

Pregnancy Announcement to our Families

As you may know, we were married and trying to get pregnant for close to two years before we finally got that big fat positive test.  Our families have been anxiously {and not-so-patiently... ahem, mom} waiting to celebrate our pregnancy.  You can tell how excited they were with our announcement in the pregnancy announcement video below!  We found out we were pregnant right before Easter, so we used Easter eggs to announce that we were "EGGspecting". We are so blessed to be welcoming this baby into our family!  Our due date is Thanksgiving…Read more …
Pregnancy Journal Update: 7 Weeks

Pregnancy Journal Update: 7 Weeks

Date: 4/12/16 *1st trimester* 7 weeks This week kicked my baby-loving butt!  With every week that passes, I feel more/new/different symptoms and get on a different food kick. It’s still very surreal that we’re actually, finally having a baby {in November, which feels like years away at this point}. I did find a new pair of nice winter boots on clearance and bought them… because next winter, I’ll be carrying a baby either inside me or in a car seat… so we don’t want mama slipping and falling! Hence, new boots. They’re for…Read more …
Why We Decided To Announce Our Pregnancy Early

Why We Decided To Announce Our Pregnancy Early

This was written just after we found out we’re pregnant… but we saved it to post online after we told close friends & family. I found out I was pregnant at 3 weeks, 6 days {the day my period was expected to arrive}.  I took a strip test Tuesday evening.  It was positive, but I was in complete shock because we’ve tried for a while now {more on that shortly}.  I didn’t say a word to my husband, then took a digital test the next morning.  It was positive!  I still didn’t tell…Read more …
I am {finally} PREGNANT!

I am {finally} PREGNANT!

We are pregnant {or I am pregnant... I never really know what to say}! This was written just after we found out we’re pregnant… but we saved it to post online after we told close friends & family. Last fall, I shared that I had some BIG NEWS with y’all and many of you said you thought we were pregnant before you read the article. {Spoiler alert: We weren’t. We bought a house.} We actually, really, for-real are now pregnant and are so excited to share the exciting news with you all! No,…Read more …
Cave Quest VBS Frugal Crafts: Custom Tote Bags

Cave Quest VBS Frugal Crafts: Custom Tote Bags

Welcome back to another of my Frugal Cave Quest VBS Craft Ideas!  Make sure to check out the other ideas here.  Before purchasing any of the craft supplies for VBS, I like to check the supply closet and see what we have.  Sometimes we have lots of glue, while other times we may only have a few bottles.  This helps me gauge how much I need to purchase.  We also have some SUPER SWEET and crafty ladies who will sometimes purchase Kids Ministry/VBS supplies for us. When I went to check out our…Read more …
Cave Quest VBS Frugal Crafts: Stained Glass Art

Cave Quest VBS Frugal Crafts: Stained Glass Art

Welcome back to another of my Frugal Cave Quest VBS Craft Ideas!  Make sure to check out the other ideas here.  The super official name of this is the stained glass art thingy.  I found a photo for inspiration on Pinterest, but it was a discontinued item at Concordia.  This craft will be fun and easy for Cave Quest VBS, so I've come up with instructions. Supplies: -Black construction paper circles -Silver permanent markers -Contact paper -Tissue paper {cut into small squares} – we may have some of this in the supply closet…Read more …
Cave Quest VBS – Frugal Craft Ideas

Cave Quest VBS – Frugal Craft Ideas

  In the past few years, Group Publishing has transitioned from crafts over to “science-y gizmos”.  According to a blurb in this year’s curriculum, it was a move to cut down on the little junk that kids took home and eventually trashed.  My issues with this are that (a) their science-y gizmos are just junk that kids take home and trash…. and (b) we like crafts, doggonit!  The suggestions from group are pricey and not impressive {in my opinion}.  I recently shared the things I love & don’t love about Group’s curriculum and…Read more …