Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Traditions: Dyeing Eggs

I've told the same story quite a few times this year.  My grandparents--my dad's parents would dye a dozen eggs for EACH grandchild (they had 18--probably not all there each year, but most were).  We would have Easter egg hunts in their backyard and have a huge Easter dinner together.  I remember those times fondly.  

I can't keep up with the same volume of eggs my grandparents did, but we still have a wonderful time on the day before Easter dyeing eggs and watching The Story of Jesus for Children. 

Tera and I were present, but I didn't realize until it was too late that we didn't make it into any photos. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

When my oldest hinted they were too old for Easter egg hunts, I took that as a challenge to find an idea that my 9 year old would love and my teens would think was TOTALLY AWESOME!!! 

Challenge accepted!

Glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt.  

JP and I stuffed eggs, he hid and then went up to get the kids with glow-in-the-dark necklaces, way after Michael's bedtime.  (Michael was actually asleep due to his cough/cold thing, poor little guy.)  As soon as they came downstairs, they were  blown away!  I don't know who had more fun--the kids or JP and I! 

Early Easter baskets...

It was a glowing success....

  • Buy big eggs!  (Ours were too small for the sticks and they were a booger to get in there!)
  • Get your bracelet sized glow sticks from the Dollar Tree--20 sticks for a $1.  The Walmart ones didn't even work and I paid over twice as much for only 12 sticks.  
  • Wearable glow sticks are so much fun.
  • Christian rave music really does set the mood!

Hope you have as much fun as we did!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Crazy week

What a crazy feeling week!  It felt like we were trudging through mud uphill all week long.  Maybe it always feels that way the week after spring break.  Extra meetings and rehearsals, chiropractor appointments for my sore neck, no motivation to do school.  Oh yeah, it's been a week. 

We celebrated Tera's 13th "spiritual birthday":

"13 years ago, my little blond hair beauty was watching the "Jesus Film for Children" and decided to ask Jesus to come into her heart. It was my joy and privilege to pray that prayer with her. We've prayed many prayers together since then, and I'm amazed at how God has and is working in her life. She's been gifted with a heart of service and a spirit of discernment. "  (from Facebook, my other blog)

We've been doing our "Resurrection Eggs" devotions, in addition to Michael and I reading "Amon's Adventure".

Although school has been a struggle for Michael, making new Lego creations has not been a problem.

We ended the week with a no-school day and a Good Friday hike.  

Michael's allergies are bothering him, but he was a trooper!

Tree faces 

And literal mud...

Hot Cross Buns--a Good Friday tradition

It's Friday, but Sunday's coming...the best ending to a crazy week! 

52 Hike Challenge: Hike #15

Hike #15:  Good Friday Hike on Mizell Bluff Trailhead
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance:  over 2 miles
Temperature: 50's and windy

" 'He himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have been healed.' "  
1 Peter 2:24 

New life-reminders that death is not the end!

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Romans 6:4

"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." 
Isaiah 53:3-9 


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