Last Week’s Celebrations

We had a great week last week, I just feel impressed that the Lord was working in my heart to put more of an emphasis on His resurrection than we have in the past. We made crafts, had special meals, and crafted some more. Then, on Thursday, we celebrated our oldest daughter’s 3rd birthday. Her nickname is “Tres” for the blog, so you’ll know who I am talking about. I made a new flower arrangements for the church on Friday. Saturday we had our monthly visitation breakfast at church and left flyers for our Resurrection Sunday campaign out on the doors in the nice warm weather. Then, in the afternoon went to a picnic at the park where my forehead was sunburned just in time to look like the Easter sunrise.

This year I did not have to run around for outfits because we already had been given matching dresses for the girls and the boys had little sweater vest suits to wear that matched. Yes, my boys, 7 & almost 6 still like to match and I hope that lasts for a long time! Hah, I’m a bit of the corny matching mom here.

Sunday was busy for everyone as usual, and we were able to share our afternoon at our pastor’s house with his daughter and granddaughter. By the time we got home that afternoon we crashed and burned and then had to peel the kids off their beds so we could plop them in the car and drive back to church. Then I was in the nursery that night so it really did not feel like Resurrection Sunday at all.

I was glad that I was able to talk about it with the kids in doing the crafts with them and really make the week special because Sunday did not feel like it. If I had tried to cram all of my good intentions in on everyone on Sunday then it would not have worked out to be as meaningful.

When I moved away from my family my grandmother told me that I would have to create new traditions for my family since we would not be living around family during the holidays. I have tried out different things each year for different holidays and want to continue making this week fun and exciting, just as exciting as Christmas, if not more so. We may actually make this week our Spring Break next year.

So, now for a cute picture of my little birthday girl. Tres is in the question phase of life and learning so much. She is learning to phrase her personal pronouns correctly and becoming the boss. She is a wonderful helper and blessing to me already. Since our baby was born over a year ago she has been one step ahead of me, sometimes to her own fault, being a help to me by getting diapers, clothes, and anything her sister needs. She has been singing “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” for a few weeks now, only repeating that same phrase over and over. She is an exciting person to be around when she is not whining, but aren’t we all!? This photo is a little dark but it captures her happy day. She is truly a gift sent from the Lord!

Aurora's 3rd birthday

Resurrection Activities 2013

We have been at work on some fun projects this week. We are taking time out of our schedule to focus on Christ’s death and resurrection. My husband and I have really been thinking about the focus put on Christmas, Christ’s birth being a month long shin dig and then Christ’s Resurrection is crammed into one day. We are renewing our focus and purposing to do more for Easter than we have in the past from now on because His death and resurrection are the icing on the cake for the Christian life.

Now, on to our projects!

The first project was to make a Palm Leaf out of green construction paper, a straw, and some tape. We waved them around after telling the story of Jesus and the people shouting “Hosanna!”

Palm Branch with Straw and Construction Paper

Palm Branch with Straw and Construction Paper

Play-doh Storytelling

Play-doh Storytelling

The second activity we did was I told the kids that if they wanted to play Play-doh they had to make what I made first before they had free play. I created Jesus riding on the donkey and put clothes underneath them as they walked by. I demonstrated how to make the donkey and the Jesus figure and then the other kids were able to see how to make them for themselves. As we molded then we talked about the story and my oldest son, Uno, mentioned that it was only a few days later that they yelled “Crucify Him!” This idea could easily be used as you teach a Sunday School lesson. I explain this here at my sister site.

Paid In Full Handprints

Paid In Full Handprints

The next project was a project I found on Pinterest that was uploaded by one of the users. We altered it a little bit. We made white handprints on black construction paper and waited a long while for them to dry completely. Then, as we were adding the red dot on the center we talked about how Jesus was nailed to the cross. My second son, Dos, said “Awwww” as he painted, and was sad. I told him that Jesus died for us because He loved us, and then it gave me the idea to make the center nail print into a heart.

Sealed Tomb Lacing Activity

Sealed Tomb Lacing Activity

Finally I created a sort of diorama of the tomb of Jesus that is a teaching illustration for my 2 and 3’s Sunday School class that I am helping in. It illustrates how Jesus was sealed in the tomb and I created a pocket on the inside so that you can switch the body of Jesus with an angel and a folded up napkin. I like to create new ways for children to understand and see with their eyes the Bible stories come to life in an interesting way.

I hope to add more of our activities in the coming days when I find my charger for my camera and can plug it in to take more photos… I think I left it at the church! Go figure! I hope you are able to fill your days with Christ-centered and Bible-filled activities, because without Christ’s victory over death and the grave, we could not have the gift of love and eternal life.