I have been reading the book of Mark in my Bible this month. I have LOVED reading all of the red lettered words...these are the words that Jesus spoke in scripture...so to me- the most important words of all. I loved reading all about what he spent his last days teaching his disciples and complete strangers leading up until his death. All of the times he foreshadowed what was to come...no one got it. But we have the privilege of reading it all after it happened. We see the references. We see the big picture. We can take joy in the whole story because we know the ending. That is something to be happy about:)
This is kind of a picture blog for my own sake to remember what we did and what traditions we hope to carry on each Easter. It was so special and so neat to see Caroline soaking in all of the bible stories, apply them to our lives, and see her understanding the JOY of salvation. My heart was more than full. Sweet little Emily and Hannah didn't have much to say on the matter yet, but they sure had fun learning along side of us:)
Palm Sunday craft...footprints and hand prints. IT'S A DONKEY.With palm branches. Don't make fun. I thought they turned out cute!!
Dying eggs- we started with 12 and ended with 7. The cracked eggs lead to some fun exploration of the parts of an egg...everything is a learning experience:) They enjoyed it and had colored little fingers for a day or two. Hannah called them "balls" and wanted so badly to hold them. Maybe next year sis.
We had our own little Lord's supper...or acted out the last supper that Jesus had with his BFF's. We had breakfast for dinner that night. I let the girls set the table and prepare it all with care- just as I imagine Jesus did for his disciples. Jesus spent his final hours LOVING others. Serving others. We read some scripture and took our blueberry pancakes and apple juice and had our first ever family communion. It was a fun, meaningful, and spiritual moment. Afterwards we followed Jesus' example in the Bible and did some feet washing:) We washed the girls feet first, then Brad did mine and of course I followed by washing his. We explained to the girls how much we loved them and cared for them and wanted them to feel special. The did and so did I. Of course a conversation about dirty feet with a 3 and 4 year old is going to lead to some sort of reference to poo poo...as we explained that the disciples had been wearing sandals, walking in dirty streets...anyway, we got the point across:)
The weather was terrible all weekend. Rain. Rain. Rain. We didn't get to go on any of the big egg hunts that we normally do, but we did end up improvising and doing an indoor egg hunt with our friends. We went over to the Robertson's and the girls had a blast!!
Easter baskets set out the night before...
The girls were SO excited to finally get to wear their dresses. They were gorgeous.
We celebrated at church that morning despite the nasty rain and dreary weather. Thankfully by late afternoon the sun came out and gave us a BEAUTIFUL evening to enjoy.
The good 'ol Easter bunny... we ran into him as we went out for ice cream the week before Easter. Hannah wasn't so fond of him. Caroline loved the bunny. Emily loved the candy in the eggs he gave them. Fun times.
Hope you all had a special Easter! After thinking about how fast and furious holidays seem to be...there is no reason we cannot celebrate our risen Savior every day out of the year! :)