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Chapter 43 – Around the World in Seven Days – page 232

There is no way I can blog about this chapter without giving you a link to the COOLEST video about the countries of the world. I warn you… you may end up watching this a whole bunch of times, trying to sing along with it. (It’s impossible… I think!) 😀

Ready??? (Just don’t forget to come back here.) 😉 Here’s the link:

Now, keep in mind that this video is probably older than I am, so the geography might be a little off but what a fun way to be reminded of what a HUGE world there is out there. Those of us who live in North America can easily forget that there are hundreds of other countries and BILLIONS of other people. We’re just a small part of an amazing and colourful world that God created.

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes has some fun activities about language and culture, as well as daily Bible readings that remind us to love and respect people who are different from us. Don’t forget, tween girls in Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Zambia, Peru, Russia and everywhere else have designer genes, too! 😀

Here’s something else that’s really fun… Remember our chapter on manners and etiquette (page 212)? So, you probably learned a few tips and have better manners now. But do you know about the different etiquette rules around the world? Try this cool quiz, which has some VERY surprising answers!

Now you’re ready to travel the world! 😀

Well, girls… that’s it for my blog updates, because we started going through the book on November 1, 2007, beginning with the next chapter (Love Your Neighbor):

If you started reading this blog sometime after that, you can continue to check in each week as you go through the rest of the chapters in your book… there’s an entry here for each one! 😀

Just look at the menu on the left side where it says “Read Them All…” and click on the month you’re in. You’ll have to read from the bottom up (sorry… I don’t know how to have them show up from top to bottom!) but I’m sure you’ll find the chapter you’ll looking for. Let me know if you have any difficulties! You can write to me at

This doesn’t mean I’m disappearing! Stay tuned for updates on what’s happening with Designer Genes… and other book projects that I’m working on! 😀

God bless you, my little sisters in Christ!


P.S. I just thought of a better idea! I’ll come back every week and give you the link to that chapter’s original entry. How’s that? 😀


Chapter 42 – Send Me! – page 227

Today was the last day of reading for this chapter in Designer Genes Devo. So… what do you think? Do you feel like you want to get out there and volunteer and use your talents to bless other people?

It’s pretty amazing how many things a tween can do to bring joy and beauty into the life of someone who’s sick or lonely or poor. YOU can be like a window that God’s love shines through. Actually… I just had a thought. More than just a window, which is a flat piece of glass, you can be like a prism! Have you ever seen one of those glass shapes (usually a triangle) that create a rainbow when light shines through them? Kind of like this…

The piece of glass by itself isn’t too interesting to look at, but when it faces the sun or another source of light at just the right angle, it creates a beautiful display of colours.

Just like the prism, if we’re looking at Jesus, His love can shine through us and touch the lives of people around us in a special way! I pray that you will find ways to share God’s love with others.

Remember Jonah? Don’t run away from the opportunities God gives you to carry out the special plans He has for you. Jonah ended up being swallowed by a big fish!

Speaking of Jonah, here’s a fun puzzle page you can print out:

I’ll try to check in again tomorrow or Thursday for chapter 43. After that, if you’re new to this blog, you’ll be able to go back to the November 2007 entries to continue with the rest of the chapters. (We started going through the book last November, so it’s almost been a year already!)

Don’t forget that you can always write to me at

Have a great week!


Chapter 41 – What’s Going On? – page 223

Welcome to Section 6 of Designer Genes, where we’ll be looking at the world around us.

This post is late because I was sick with the flu all of last week. In fact, a few people in my family have been sick… and I’m sure you know people who are sick, too! It seems like a lot of people catch colds at this time of year.

Today is also Thanksgiving in Canada, and I have to say that, even though I’ve been sick, I’m really thankful! I’m thankful because I know that once my nose isn’t so stuffed-up and I get some energy back, I’ll feel fine again. Sadly, there are many people in the world — even young kids — who are really sick with no hope of getting better.

There are also people who are suffering because of natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods, or because of terrible wars.

Do you ever think about all the bad things happening in the world and feel discouraged or upset? That’s what this chapter is all about, and my hope is that the Bible verses you’re reading will encourage you.

I also want to share a fun and uplifting song by Francesca Battistelli, a new Christian pop singer. It’s called “Blue Sky” and it’s like a message from God reminding us that, no matter what’s going on, His love is always there for us! You can hear the whole song for free on her Web site: Scroll down a little until you see the orange-y music player on the right side. “Blue Sky” is song number 6. Just double-click on it and it will start playing.

Are you worried about something happening in the world today? You can talk to God about it!

By the way, here’s my favourite Precious Moments figurine, which is titled “Jesus Is the Answer” (because He really is!) 😀

Have a great week,


Designer Genes Devo – Page 247 – “Furry, Feathery Friends”

Who doesn’t like animals? I can’t imagine anyone not liking at least some kind of animal!

My personal favourites are giraffes and bunnies. Okay, I admit that giraffes are not soft and cuddly like rabbits are but, come on… how can you resist this face? 😀


I have lots of giraffes in my office (not real ones!), including this adorable poster of a mom and baby giraffe:


(That’s a corner of my office where I do crafts and sewing.) 😀

Remember the horse and cat who became friends (go back to my post from two weeks ago)? Some animals are cute, some are strong, some are fast, some are huge, some are noisy, some are funny (have you ever watched penguins walking or dogs chasing their tails?)… but they were all designed and created by God! Why not take a moment to thank God for all the interesting animals He made?

Lana, a lovely 7-year-old in my Sunday School class, says she likes dogs most of all, especially the ones who look like toys. At the zoo, her favourite animal is the seal. She remembers when she used to live in Croatia and her grandfather took her to the zoo. One day, a boy was playing with a rubber yoyo when it broke. The clever seal they were watching at that moment threw the toy back to the boy!

I thought you might like to see some cute pictures of animals that Lana drew for me:



Don’t forget to read the devotions in this week’s Designer Genes chapter! You might be surprised to see how much you can learn about animals from the Bible.

Before I sign off, let’s see if you can name these “famous” animals. I’ll give you the answers next Monday!





and a few other well-known animals…


Have a great week! And remember, if you have pets, take good care of them!


Designer Genes Devo – Page 242 – “Only One Earth”

Welcome back, girls! This week’s topic is the earth and the environment we live in.

I think it’s really great that so many kids these days are concerned about the environment, pollution, recycling, and saving our natural resources… and you probably know more about this topic than I did at your age because it’s become such an important issue in our society today.

But did you know…

  • recycling aluminum cans saves 75% of the energy needed to make them? That makes a far bigger difference in protecting the environment than choosing paper over plastic bags at the grocery (which is obviously a good thing, too!) And aluminum cans can be recycled over and over and over and over again!
  • more than 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in the United States every minute?
  • in 1972 (the year I was born!) 53 millions pounds of aluminum cans were recycled? Sounds like a lot? Think again. These days, we recycle MORE than that amount… in one week!
  • about 40,000 trees are cut down every day to produce the newsprint that Canadian newspapers are printed on? (That’s just in Canada… that number would be MUCH higher in the United States!)
  • in Regina (the capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada), the “Big Blue Bin Paper Recycling Program” saves 5,000 trees every month?
  • plastic that ends up in a landfill can take up to 400 years to break down?
  • some types of plastic bottles can be recycled into carpets, stuffing for pillows and sleeping bags, car parts, floor tiles and even t-shirts?

Okay, now what is this?


Yup… it’s the symbol for recycling. Easy, right? But do you know what the technical term for it is? (I’m pretty sure most adults don’t know either… unless they’re really good in advanced math!) It’s called a Möbius Loop. (You can learn more about what a Möbius strip is and try a fun activity on the PBS Kids’ site here: Mobius Strip.)

Alright… enough about math! Let’s get down to business! winking.gif

Three verses in the Bible remind us that we don’t actually own the world — God does. (Exodus 9:29, Psalm 24:1, and 1 Corinthians 10:26 all say “the Earth is the Lord’s.”) What does that say to you? Do you think it’s okay for us to be careless about the environment? Or do you think we’re responsible for taking care of this beautiful planet that God has generously given to us to live on?

Read this week’s chapter in Designer Genes to get some ideas on how you can help protect our environment… not just because it’s a smart thing to do, but especially because it pleases God when we take care of the things He has entrusted to us.

I’d love to hear about environment-friendly things you do! Here are just a few ways I try to reuse, reduce, and recycle:

  • I almost always save the wrapping paper and ribbon from gifts and use them again to wrap other gifts, or for other craft projects.
  • I cut out pretty or cute images from birthday and Christmas cards and use them to make gift tags.
  • I save nice pages from magazines and catalogues and make envelopes out of them. This is easy to do. Just take a regular envelope, carefully open up all the sides and use it as a template to trace its shape onto your page. Cut out the pattern, fold it, glue or tape the edges and you’re done! Here’s a picture of some mini-envelopes I made from a clothing catalogue… 



  • When I buy something small from a store (such as gum, socks, or a CD) or when I rent a DVD, I tell the cashier that I don’t need a bag… and I just put the item in my purse or tote bag.

At some point today, take a minute to stand outside, take a look around you at the wonderful world God has created (believe me, you can do that even if you live in the big city like I do!) and thank Him for it. And then promise Him that you will be good to it!

One more fun link before we go: Trash to Treasure Crafts. Enjoy!


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