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He Is Risen…Let’s Celebrate

And celebrate we did as the girls woke up to an empty tomb this morning!

Our celebration consisted of dying Easter eggs last night to prepare for Easter morning After we talked about the tomb being empty and that Jesus is alive, we told them the rest of the day was a party to celebrate that Jesus is stronger than death. The first fun thing was their Easter baskets and an Easter egg hunt around the house.Our celebration then moved to an incredible time of worship at Northwood Church  followed by an afternoon with some family friends and their families.

At the afternoon party, the kids got another Easter Egg HuntHours filled with playing with friends and some play time with some ducks and a chicken (notice the little man’s arm stuck through the fence trying to reach the animals) The kids are now exhausted, but I think they have decided they like these kinds of celebrations where they get lots of candy

Overall, I think our week of intentionally drawing our family into thinking through what the cross means has been good.  The oldest finally understood that she is sinful which was my biggest prayer through this whole thing.    Through all the talking this week, she has heard the gospel quite a few times and one day in the car she said, “mommy, I know I’m a sinner and my only hope is Jesus.  He alone can forgive me.”   We praise Christ that he is softening her heart but we also know she is a bit young to truly understand salvation.  The foundation is being laid though, and I pray Christ continues to work in all my kids’ hearts and minds as they grow older.

Day Five and Six

Jesus Praying in the Garden and telling God “not my will but Yours be done”.

Day Six: Two part series =)

Part One:  Jesus died on the cross

We then left and went to Good Friday Service.  The youngest and the oldest have croup so we spent the majority of the service in the cry room (sigh).  It was still an amazing service though…even if it was observed from the cry room.

Part Two:  Putting Jesus in the tomb.

We came home, discussed how Jesus would now be dead, put him in the tomb and blew out the last candle.

The oldest is already itching to get Jesus out of the tomb.  I know tomorrow is going to feel like an eternity to her!

Day Three and Four

Truth by told, Day Three got a little rushed.  All day long, I thought it was Wednesday so planned the wrong story.  Then I realized my mistake right before we were starting our devotions so we scrambled to remember what Tuesday’s lesson was supposed to be.  Then Brent and I had plans so the babysitter showed up as we were about to start.  All that to say, Day Three was a bit rushed.  I redid it again this morning after breakfast =)

Day Three:  Judas betrays Jesus for money

Day Four:  The Last Supper.

As we talked through the last supper and had the little people act it out, I told the girls they could not participate in communion at church on Friday night until they were ready to make a decision about Christ.  The 2 year old is still a bit young to truly get it.  She responded, “okay. I’ll do that and then I get crackers at church?” Understanding dawned in the 4 year old’s eyes though.  She asked “I have to believe that I can’t be good on my own and its only through Jesus? “ She then thought for a minute and said, “maybe I’ll sit and talk to daddy about it tomorrow.” My heart is bursting with prayers for her tonight as she thinks through my words while laying in her bed.

We blew out one more candle tonight as well.  Two more and then we’ll be sitting in darkness to symbolize Jesus was in the tomb.

Day Two

If you missed Day One, click here

Jesus washing the disciple’s feet.

“Jesus” would be the blue pipe cleaner and is washing “Peter”, the yellow pipe cleaner man’s, feet just in case you were wondering =)

Day One

Its Palm Sunday today.  In an effort to teach our kids that Easter is a BIG deal, we began our week leading up to Easter like this:

Before church we made play dough and formed it into Golgotha, poked some holes into it for the cross, found sticks outside to make a cross, and baked the play dough in order to harden it while we were at service.

Spent some time after church coloring our mountain and talking about Easter

Tonight family worship was spent discussing and acting out the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

We blew out one of the six candles we have lit to symbolize that the time for Jesus to die was approaching.  (By Saturday night, we’ll be sitting in the dark to represent that Jesus is dead)

Our oldest is quickly approaching the age where both Brent and I accepted Christ.  Our hope and prayer this Easter is that she begins the process of thinking about Christ and his sacrifice for her.  She has yet to truly understand she has a sin nature and needs a Savior.  Although she wholeheartedly loves Jesus, we pray this Easter she begins to see the reality of the cross and the destruction that sin causes.

(sidenote: I completely stole this idea from Noel Piper’s book Treasuring God in our Traditions. )

Family Fun Day

Maybe more of a Family Fun Evening this week.  The little guy had his 12 month well visit, Brent needed to do our taxes, and the girls needed some down time this morning, so we put off our family fun until after naps today.

Then it was photo shoot time!  One of our good friends is a photographer so we spent the evening with her and her family, and she took the oldest one’s 4 yr old pics and the little guys 1 yr old pics.  I can’t wait to get them and post some of them.  They looked amazing!

While the photo shoot was happening, the rest of the kiddos had a blast playing in the sand/mud. I think one of the reasons our families hang out so much is that our kids are pretty much all the same age.  They all have a blast together which makes the adults able to have a blast together. The other reason we hang out together all the time is because this family is just fun.    We love the Borns! =)

And just a couple pics from today because I liked them

After the picture taking was over, I made lasagna for dinner, and we ate, talked, played, and stayed out until 8:30!!   I read someone’s tweet on the way home that said they were just waking their hubby up from a nap ,and I thought to myself, “A nap?  Isn’t it bedtime now?” Then it hit me.  I really am old.   Maybe when my kids stop going to bed at 7pm, I’ll stop thinking 8:30pm is late…  Maybe…

Happy Friday to you all!!

Family Fun Day

Tunnels, reading books, and a big pancake and egg breakfast. A great way to start off the morning.

A surprise trip to go get the first born a new car seat.

J outgrew his car seat a LONG time ago, so we finally made the trip to get the oldest a booster seat, moved E up to her sister’s old seat, and put the boy in E’s old seat. Here he is getting a taste of what life will be like for him in a MONTH when he turns 1 and can face forward in the car. I can’t believe he’s almost 1!!!

We then stopped at the mall to eat, play, and shop a bit with our gift cards from Christmas. Then home for naps while Brent went to work for a bit. We finished off the night with some pizza and movies.   Avery picked out the movie Balto which ended up actually being a fun movie for Brent and I to watch as well.  There’s only so much Dora we can sit through =)   We were kind of grateful though that the movie was a bit scratched (it was a free movie from Family Video) so it skipped some of the movie and turned a 1.5 hour movie into a 45 min movie.  I’m not sure how much longer we have until the kids start noticing things like that!  I’m grateful for their naivety right now =)

Avery even led us in family worship for the night =)  Well sort of.  She started us off, Brent finished us.

I’m so thankful for our family day.  We ran into friends who have older kids.  As we listened to them talk about taking their kids to various practices and games throughout the weekend, it made me so grateful for the stage of life we are in.  I won’t lie.  There are definitely moments when I can’t wait for the days when all kids can dress and feed themselves, but I am grateful for this stage of life and the amount of time we just get to be together.

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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