When August hits every year I hear a few particular associations expressed by people who surround me from day to day. Most of them have to do with August being miserably hot but there are also quite a few about having so much to do in transition from vacation mode to school year mode. Smack in the middle of our agitating August on the 15th, our church has an important day of celebration which at first we think, "oh no I forgot that I need to squeeze church into the day too" but then for me personally as I get in the mindset of this beautiful day I realize that it is nice to take a break from any August frustrations being experienced and enjoy the beauty of our celebration.
On this day of August 15 we celebrate the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. We believe in our church that God made Mary sinless because she was going to hold his perfect son within her (as the new arc of the covenant) and therefore when she died as sinless she was assumed into heaven, body and soul. To me she is also a wonderful role model and example of a mother and women. I look up to her faith, strength through hard times, and overall beauty.
To give the kids a fun activity for this day I found this dessert on the blog Catholic Icing which is a fantastic blog with a wide variety of hands on activities to help kids learn about faith. It was quite easy and very tasty too!
Follow directions on a box of blue gellatin.
Allow it to harden halfway in the fridge.
Scoop cool whip into a glass to make a few clouds.
Add more jello.
Add more clouds.
Put back in the fridge.