Thursday, April 16, 2009

Garden of the Good Shepherd~Week 2

I am posting this now for all those mommies who use Friday/the weekend to look ahead to next week. Remember, these are just lists of things we would like to do. I don't expect to accomplish them all. I also wanted to point out that I updated the Week 1 post to include a picture of our Sheepfold Gates which turned out really lovely thanks to an idea from Marisa.

The theme for the second week is:
"Welcome to the Lord's Table"

8. The Table
: Read Genesis 43:26-34
  • set the table with fancy dishes and silverware, fun folded napkins and enjoy one of our favorite meals (homemade fried chicken!)

9. The Chairs: Read Genesis 18: 1-8
  • The purpose of this symbol is to recall the hospitality and good manners that Abraham and Sara offered the three strangers. We will talk about hospitality and make arrangements to offer our home and neighborliness to a friend later this week.
  • Read some books about manners from the library and God's Wisdom for Little Girls and Little Boys. The Dangerous Book for Boys has a section on manners too, I think.
  • We are also in desperate need of some outdoor furniture. We might spend some time today deciding what will serve us best and looking for a good deal.
10. The Bread : Read Ruth 2:8-14
~Bread Dough Recipe~
Aleene's Easy Flow Tacky Glue is perfect for creating a porcelain look from bread dough. To create modeling dough, mix with softened bread or cornstarch until you achieve the desired consistency. A basic bread dough formula is one slice of bread to one tablespoon of Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Remove all of the crusts from the number of slices you'll need for your project and tear into small pieces. Put the bread in a plastic bag and pour the appropriate number of tablespoons of glue into the bag (1 piece bread to 1 tablespoon glue). Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it becomes smooth and workable. At first it will be sticky, but keep kneading. Due to differences in climate and moisture in the area, you may need to adjust the ratio of bread to glue. If after 10 minutes the mixture is still too sticky, add more small pieces of bread. If it is too dry or stiff add a few more drops of glue. You can color the dough by adding a few drops of food coloring to the dough. Only add color to the amount of dough you'll need in that color. Roll the dough out on a smooth and clean surface as you would with cookie dough. Dust with flour if necessary. Use your fingers or cookies cutters to mold and cut shapes. Small projects will take hours to dry, while larger ones could take days. You can store the dough in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for several months. Health & Safety: Nontoxic
11. The Wine : Read Isaiah 55:1-2
12. The Milk : Read Deuteronomy 26:8-10
13. The Pot of Honey : Read Mark 1:4-6
14. The Fruit : Read Song of Songs: 4:16


  1. I tried to find this book on Amazon, but it is no longer in print. I would love to try your ideas, but without the book to follow along with I am unsure. Any suggestions??

  2. The Garden of the Good Shepherd is actually a sticker calendar illustrated by Tomie de Paola that celebrates the days from Easter until Pentecost. You can find it for sale at various Catholic online stores. Aquinas and More says that it is in stock and can ship in 1-2 business days. If you don't want to purchase the calendar, you could make your own symbols out of paper or felt.


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