Easter 2017

This was the year of Egg Hunts.

Some friends hosted an egg hunt. My kids no longer nap in the afternoon so I couldn’t use that as an excuse to miss the one hosted by our church. And then my kids remembered the EPIC hunt hosted by my sister’s church last year–so we went to all three.

This was also the first year that Grant had to work for most of Easter Break. We have been so blessed to share a teacher’s schedule with each other; while I’m excited to see where God leads Grant in his career, I am also mourning the (potential) loss of all that shared time.

So, we’ve been busy. We are coming out of recovery mode in our home and homeschool, but things are still a little funky. I’m a load behind on dishes and laundry, I can’t see the bottom of the van (though maybe that’s less unusual that I’d like to admit…), the kids are hyped up on sugar. We are rebuilding good habits, but growth is happening slowly.

I really wanted to make Easter special, the way we do with Christmas.  After all, it’s the other half of the puzzle–one of the two Big Days in the church calendar. But, in survival mode, I wasn’t finding the energy to prepare in advance or consider all my options.

A few years back, I purchased (affiliate link) A Sense of the Resurrection. This year, I leaned on Amanda’s prep work. I cut corners, I abridged, I skipped whole days–but I introduced my kids to the Easter story in a way that was very tangible to them.

We talked about Mary, covering Jesus in perfume. We colored our flag with scented paint (I used some TrueLemon packets to scent our water color paints). The kids put some kid-safe essential oils on cotton balls; the cotton went into silicone muffin cups around the house.

We marched around the house shouting “Hosanna!” and banging on pots. OhAmanda recommends making noise makers–but I didn’t plan in advance. The kids “got” that it was loud and people were excited to see Jesus!

 

We hung flags representing each activity over our fireplace.

Since Grant was home part of the week, one day he washed the feet of both of the kids and talked to them about how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Bubba and Sissy thought this was equal parts hilarious and relaxing–they asked if they could do it again soon.

 

We didn’t finish the week–I just didn’t make it to the last few days’ worth of activities. But, the kids were able to experience parts of the week in a more tangible way. The most memorable for them was tasting vinegar–the funny thing is, they both said “We’ve never done this before!” And, of course, we *did* it exactly the same way last year!

We are so, so thankful that Jesus humbled himself; that he died, that he was buried, that he rose again. This historical event is so central to our faith that it was such a joy to share it with my kids.

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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