Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Easter Plan

I might just have to give up on the idea of real time blogging. I just can't keep up with it.  I love, love, love blogging as a way to document our family memories. I love looking back and seeing how far the Lord has brought us. I love all of you and how you bring encouragement to me through your comments and prayers and just the fact that you silently check-in with us. If you're reading this....I love you and I mean it.

But back to the point...real time blogging is just going to have to take a back seat for awhile. I think you're just going to have to hear about our lives "after the fact" since I still have a bunch of stuff from February that I haven't blogged about. But that's okay, I'll get to it one of these days.

Today I just need to share my heart.'s been a crazy couple of days. Heavy, heavy stuff on my heart that I just can NOT let go and I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I can't let it go because the Lord doesn't want me to. This is when an audible voice from God would be helpful. But it's times like these that bring about such growth in my life. It's helped me to refocus my attention on the eternal and worth while things that I need to be accomplishing in my own life. And I feel reinvigorated to be more intentional in my parenting.

Easter is right around the corner, so I wanted to share a few things that we're going to be doing around here to prepare our hearts. I find that I'm a lot more likely to actually do something if I come up with a specific plan.  I just wanted to share in case you need a few ideas yourself.

#1. Memorize Romans 10: 9
 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
At first this seems like a long verse for kids to memorize, but it's really not that hard for them. You'd be surprised. If you're a follower of Jesus it is a KEY passage to have memorized and it's perfect for Easter!!!  We're actually going to start working on this one next week (we are still working on Eph. 6:1 and James 1:19). Each of my kids have their own recipe card box that we keep on the kitchen table with their scripture cards in them. Every time we eat a meal, we pull out a card and say a verse. If it's a new verse, I say it and then they repeat after me. We work on the same verse over and over for weeks and weeks. Even if they really, really know it...we continue to practice it so that it really gets "hidden in their hearts."

#2. Resurrection Eggs

Click here to see the link to this product. You can find them in your local Christian book store or even at Walmart in the Easter section. We're going to do these at dinner time each night, instead of at bedtime. We're just going to try something different to see if it works better with our little one year old (he was a bit of a distraction when we did the Jesse Tree at Christmas time).  

 #3. Resurrection Rolls

I am sooooo excited to try these this year. Click the link here to see exactly how to make them and what passages of scripture to read as you're making them with your kids. I seriously can't wait to make these the Saturday before Easter morning!! Do you see how the roll is "empty" just like the empty tomb. What a great visual for kids.

#4 Some fun crafts with McKenna:


#5 A Fun Family Treat:
Such a cute idea!!! I love it.  (Source)

#6: Classroom Snack:
Making these for Christian's kindergarten class next week!!

So that's my Easter plan!!! What are you doing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus???


Katy said...

You are precious - such a great intentional mommy.and I love hearing your plan!! I was so behind on blogging too . Sometimes parenting doesn't allow for much computer time :). Hang in there - having these crazy days .preserved on paper with .pics is priceless!!!

We have done resurrection eggs for years too, but have started doing it.more compactly to allow more kids to participate. We will do 2-3 eggs a night the week before Easter. Keeping their hands busy helps.keep them all engaged. Haven't tried the rolls but have done merongue cookies before - same concept. Love the rolls and will have to try them this year :)

Holly said...

Thanks for the awesome ideas! I've been in my own little world, worried about my issues and have kind of slacked on parenting/teaching/modeling Jesus to my girls. Your post was the little kick in the behind that I needed. We did the resurrection rolls last year (my girls call them the Jesus rolls) and they are already asking to do them again. It was a big hit! Happy Easter to your family!