Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pumpkin Prayer~Choosing a Pumpkin

Although our family does not get into the spooky Halloween stuff, we do enjoy the blessings of the harvest season. Personally, I like my pumpkins un-carved (they last much longer), but I know alot of people have fun carving their pumpkins. Here is a little devotion/poem to do with your little ones if you carve.

Pumpkin Prayer

Cut Off the Top
Lord open my mind and fill me with your wisdom and guidance.

Scoop Out the Yukies:
Lord, take out all my fussies and frownies and fill me with Your love.

Carve Out the Eyes:
Lord, open my eyes to see all of the beautiful things You have made.

Carve Out the Nose:
Lord, help me to be a sweet fragrance for You.

Carve Out the Mouth:
Lord, help me to always speak Your words of love and kindness.

Place in a Candle:
Lord, let me be a light to others for You have filled me with Your light.



Choosing a Pumpkin

Pumpkins are gourds and are in the family that also includes squash and cucumbers.

Choose pumpkins that are firm and have a rich color.

Pumpkins should resist scratching,
test this with your scraping your fingernail on it.

Be sure they have no cracks or soft spots.

Small pumpkins are for pies and other dishes.

An un-carved pumpkin will last about two months.

Rub clove oil on your pumpkins to keep the gnats and bees away from them.

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Here is another
Pumpkin Quiz!

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HERE is one the kids will have fun with!

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6 comments:

Daisy said...

We don't like the scary stuff here either. My daughter, Sunshine, is 11 and we've yet to carve a pumpkin. Maybe this will be the year! :o)

Kelly said...

Kathy,

What a wonderful pumpkin carving poem - I love that!! We'll definitely be doing that this year in our family. :0) Have a blessed Wednesday! (I linked over from The Sparrow's Nest!)

Courtney said...

Hi! I love the pumpkin theme week! Very fun. My favortie pumpkin idea is to hollow out a baby pumpkin - rim the hole with cranberries attached with toothpicks and insert a fall colored taper candle. Beautiful!

Blessings -
Courtney

PS I blogged about the contest with a link at www.homeschoolblogger.com/heartforhome

Red Geraniums said...

Hi Kathy! I live in New York and I agree that it's very pretty here in the autumn. I am enjoying your pumpkin week! My tip would be: if you run out of pumpkin, any winter squash will do when prepared and milled. It's hard to tell the difference once it's baked! Keep some in the freezer just in case and defrost it if you need it!

I posted a link to your pumpkin fun today at Red Geraniums. Blessings! x0 (www.homesweetthings.blogspot.com)!

Daisy said...

Mentioned The Pumpkin Prayer in my blog post today! I loved it so mu ch I just had to share! :o)

Tammy said...

I'm visiting from Daisy's...
I just loved this. I was telling Daisy that I struggle with the whole idea of Halloween traditions, and prefer my pumpkins "carveless" too, but hubby insists on carving with the kids and trick or treating with them...we usually have unity in most things, but we just differ in this, since he thinks they are harmless and doesn't want to deny the kids these traditions. But I do love this poem...I think when we carve this year, I'll incorporate this. Thank you so much!

And I loved visiting...come by and visit me anytime!
Blessings!
~Tammy