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Thursday, March 29, 2012

easter links

Sorry about not posting the winners for the sarah + abraham giveaway yet. I am having a little problem with seeing all the comments but hopefully will get that fixed soon. I didn't forget!

We have had quite the weekend and week around here. I will spare you the details...because I know you all have had "one of those weeks" too. I think I am finally getting back on my feet and now I need to get my mind in gear to focus on Easter. My initial goal was to set aside these two weeks before to talk about, read about, craft about...Easter. I want to help my family get their minds and hearts focused on what God has done for us through Jesus' death and resurrection.

Here are a few of the activities we will be doing to help us think about why we celebrate Easter...

Resurrection Eggs

We are counting down the days to Easter by reading part of the Easter story and opening a symbol that goes with the passage each day. We are already a little behind! You can read more about the Resurrection Eggs on my post from last year.

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Easter Mountain

I first read about this idea in Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper (awesome book!), but Ashley has a great tutorial on her blog with step-by-step pictures.

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Resurrection Rolls

It is always fun to have a teaching aid that involves eating something yummy. I think Levi will love these.

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And there are a few things I want to do just for fun...

Easter Egg Lunch

How fun to go on a hunt for your lunch!

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Easter S'mores

Source: via Jess on Pinterest

Yum. In high school I loved PEEPS. I ate them by the package full. It kind of makes me sick thinking about it now. I still like them, but a few each year is plenty for me. Anyway...back when I was a senior in high school and Joel was away at college in Florida I received a big box in the mail one day. It was from him. I opened it up and it was stuffed full of every different color. It was such a fun, thoughtful gift. He knew I loved them. And I am pretty sure they didn't go to waste. We may have to make some Easter S'mores for old times sake. :)

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A few other Easter related links:

Holy Week Resources - This church has a family devotional guide that I thought looked really good

He Is Risen Printables - If I were hosting Easter I would definitely want to buy these He Is Risen printables from Jones Design Company for my table. So pretty. If you need some inspiration for your Easter table check out this post.

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Okay, now if you have any great ideas I need to know about as I teach my kids about Jesus' death and resurrection...please share! I'll store them away for next year. :)


Blogger Creole Wisdom said...

Love all your creative, fun ideas Jess. I don't have any to add, but had to comment anyway :) I love this time of year, it's such a great reminder of what Jesus Christ has done for the world.

March 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM  
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March 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Easter Smore!? Why have I never thought of that before! Great idea

March 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Altax said...

Lovely cute kids and awesome stuffs. Keep going!!!

Easter Activities

March 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really cute. I love the Easter Smores.

March 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Love your ideas! And I got a huge smile on my face remembering a certain senior trip with PEEPS involved! ;o) I was planning on doing the resurrection bread with Riley too!

March 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

Here is a cute free printable for you - found via pinterest. I have the green one framed in our kitchen window! :)

March 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

oved all those ideas...thanks for sharing. We had our kids make Resurrection Gardens. It turned out to be a super fun craft and a great reminder of what Easter is really about. You can see it here:

I would definitely recommend doing it with kids. They loved it.

March 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

we are so doing the smore thing! we also like to make Resurrection cookies the details are in this post: I think it is a fun way to incorporate the story into food as well. :)

March 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When our kids hunt for their Easter Eggs we hide at least one empty egg for each child. When they find the empty egg they have to come to us and tell us why empty is the best thing. We talk about the empty tomb and what that means for us and then they trade the empty egg for their "big" surprise. It is usually something special. That is what we do instead of easter baskets. Now that we have been doing it for a couple of years they really look forward to that empty egg. At first it threw them a bit until they realized why we celebrate something being empty!
Katie T.

March 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Mory said...

The Easter Mountain link did not work.....Love the other ideas!

March 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

Hi Jess!! I haven't "checked in" in so long! Life has been so busy lately! I just wanted to see how your boys were growing. They are just precious. Griffin looks so much like his big sis to me - love that :).

March 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous km said...

What a NEAT and MEANINGFUL list of EASTER FUN!!! Thanks especially for the BOOK recommendation... it sounds fantastic and I'm putting it on my to read list.

March 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger onlymehere said...

You have some wonderful ideas here. I'm definitely going to use the reserrection eggs and maybe even make a few peep smores! Thanks for the fun ideas.

March 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Melissa Davis said...

Great ideas...our kids did the resurrection eggs at school and I think it is a great way for them to focus on the real meaning of Easter. Love your blog!

April 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

We made the Peep s'mores for our cousin Easter party and they were a huge hit! I stocked my cart with a rainbow of colorful Peeps today since they were on sale. We did all the sweet resurrection activities as well, and the resurrection cookie making activity really made an impact on my girls. Though the cookies weren't their favorites, so I think I'll try the rolls you posted next year. Now following you on Pinterest, too!

Blessings on your day!

April 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

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