Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Making Easter Meaningful

This year we really delved into the real meaning of Easter with the girls, more than we have in past years. I think because Peanut really gets it alot more and has made a personal decision to believe in God. We read from our Jesus Storybook Bible each night the stories that led up to the Easter story. (If you are looking for a great childrens' Bible, this is the one.)

Pumpkin and I went to a Seder playdate with some friends. It was a touching time to watch a table full of children take in the symbols of the Seder together even at such young ages. Our hostess read the book The Miracles of the Passover to help explain what Passover is and how it correlates to Easter.
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I was so moved by this time together that I got all of the elements and we had our own family Seder that same night. We were going to do it with some special friends on the weekend but they went and had a baby. ;)
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I borrowed the book that was read at our play date so Daddy could read it to the girls while we took in the meal. HERE is where you can find what is served at a Seder meal. We had a few things different but close enough.
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The girls and I also made an Easter garden from a picture that I had seen on Facebook.
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You can pretty much tell how to make one from the picture. I did have the girls color pieces of white cloth with red marker to put inside the tomb to represent the blood that Christ shed for us and put a rock in front of the tomb.
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We also put a black cloth on the middle cross to represent Christ's death.
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On Easter morning when the girls found the garden the stone was rolled away. The cloths with red that were inside were gone and the cross had a purple cloth to represent that Christ is indeed the King of Kings. (We did plant grass but it has not grown yet.)
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On Easter morning we made Resurrection rolls to celebrate! I got the recipe and idea how to explain what we were doing from HERE. The girls were amazed that the marshmallow that we had put inside was gone just like Christ was gone from the tomb.
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The other big thing we did was Resurrection Eggs. I made my own set after having used a set for years as a preschool teacher. The girls loved this. It really makes the story come to life for them to have little objects in each egg that represent a part of the big story of Easter.
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We attended our church's Good Friday service. It was a powerful thing for all of us to watch the cross brought in draped in black and to sing the songs that are so powerful about the death of our Savior.

We of course did the other normal Easter things like coloring eggs, Easter baskets filled with goodies, getting all dressed up for Easter morning, and an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon.
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The other night the girls were playing and Peanut told Pumpkin that something (I can't remember what now) wasn't real. Pumpkin looked up and said, "But Tesus (Jesus) is real!" All of the work, all of it was worth it! They both learned and they both grasped a bit of what Easter is all about. That is the most important thing.
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Thursday, April 05, 2012

A New Baby

Our close friends who moved to our town last fall HAD THEIR BABY! At midnight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Mr. Friend called. When I saw his name on my phone, my heart leaped! They needed one of us to come stay with their kids because it was time. Daddy who was still dressed threw on his shoes and I threw some clothes in a bag for him and he ran to their apartment which is near ours.

Talk about an adrenaline rush! I could not fall asleep to save my life. I was so anxious to hear how things were going so I prayed for my dear friend.

The whole next day was torturous. Ok, so probably not as torturous for her as for me but I was ready to hear that this baby had arrived safely and healthy. At 2:04 p.m. she did just that! I got to talk to my friend later in the evening and made plans to see them today. Getting through today was hard because I just wanted to go hold that little girl in my arms!

We got to see her this afternoon and she is beautiful and my sweet friend looks great! God was with them and they have a healthy daughter, their third child.
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Peanut was OVER THE MOON! She had to be content with looking at the baby through a window and she was. She adores babies and can't wait to be a nurse who helps Mommies have babies when she grows up.
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Pumpkin was so excited too. She prayed for this sweet baby by name last night and talked about her all day today!

I do have to share the best baby gift for those who appreciate classic fiction. I found these board books online and knew they were perfect for my friend as we share a love for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. This little bundle of joy came earlier than expected so I didn't get them ordered online. Thankfully Barnes and Nobles had just got a shipment of them so I was able to get them for this sweet baby. What better than Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre board books that are counting primers???
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Baby-itis is going to be setting in, I am sure of it with this new bundle just down the street! YIKES!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pumpkin's Birthday

Pumpkin had a fun birthday at least from all of her smiles and joy, I am assuming she felt that way. She woke up on her birthday to homemade blueberry pancakes and a birthday crown. She was grinning from ear to ear.
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Upon leaving our apartment in her birthday crown and shirt, she found a very long Rapunzel braid hanging on our door announcing her birthday. She loves Rapunzel or "Punzel" as she calls her.
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For lunch we met with just a few friends at a park for a picnic playdate and birthday cookies. Again the smile was wide and constant.
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Gigi got to our place in the afternoon to spend the weekend and help us celebrate. We headed out to a local restaurant that I knew would sing to her and she would get a special treat. After dinner a group of waiters and waitresses came over and sang "Happy Birthday" to her and she was grinning a mile wide. Daddy asked her how that made her feel and she said, "HAPPY!" Worth it! She got a free sundae out of it too.
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On Saturday we celebrated with Gigi, Dobbie and Papa. I made a special birthday lunch for everyone and then Gigi made homemade ice cream. The girls got to help.
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And for my little Rapunzel, I made her Rapunzel's tower for her birthday cake. I was not overly happy with how it turned out as I finished it up very late friday night but her reaction on Saturday morning took that all away. She just stood in the kitchen and stared at it, then yelled, "There's Punzel's braid!" Peanut on the other hand wanted to know where Rapunzel was and where was Flynn Rider? Haha!
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Next up was gifts. The girls were very blessed by lots of thoughtfulness. We appreciated all of the love poured out on them and they enjoyed their new things with very grateful hearts.
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Her big gift from us was an art easel. She loves it and uses her dry erase markers on it to draw everyday. Lots of great masterpieces will be created on this easel, I am sure.
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We had alot of fun celebrating Little Miss Pumpkin. What a girl she is!!!!!
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