Archive | April 2011

Happy Easter

Our family had a very eventful Easter weekend.  It began with Good Friday Service at North Hills Community Church.  Miranda and I spent the day sleeping in and watching movies together.  (Thankfully, neither of us had school!)  After running some errands, we rushed to the church, only to arrive a few minutes late.  I was feeling frustrated with traffic and other piddly things, but was immediately convicted the second we sat down.  It hit me like a ton of bricks…none of it was important.  This was Good Friday, the day we celebrate the death of Christ.  The day we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice of the Messiah.  The day we celebrate the love of God.

Saturday was a busy day, starting bright and early at 10:00 am with an Easter Egg Hunt.  Miranda did great!

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Then she spent what seemed like hours in the jumpy house.

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We then raced off to have lunch with my mom and sisters, which was delicious!  Afterwards, Miranda partied all afternoon at a friends birthday party…with another jumpy house!  She was ecstatic!

While she and John had a quiet dinner at home, I was able to spend some “girl-time” with my Women’s Group.  Our last get-together of the Spring Semester consisted of pot luck and movie night.  We watched “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  I had never seen it before, but I think I liked it, for the most part.  It was a little too long overall, but had an interesting take on the life of Jesus.

The Easter bunny visited late Saturday evening and left a small basket of goodies for Miranda.

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Easter Sunday was just as busy as Saturday.  We were all up by 8:00, getting ready for church.  The Easter Service was even more convicting than the Good Friday Service.  I was reminded that our lives here are but a moment in God’s timeline. Yes, trials and pain will come, but it’s only for a moment.  If we can focus on Him, then we will reap the rewards of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Jesus died and rose from the grave in order to allow us to spend eternity with Him.  All we have to do is accept the gift and build a relationship with Him.

The best part of the Easter Service was having my husband there with me.  I didn’t even have to persuade him!  Really!  I don’t think he’ll ever know how wonderful it was for me that he came.  He finally stepped into “my” world.  Yes, it was only for an hour, but it meant the so much to me.  It’s lonely attending church without your partner.  John didn’t say much about the service, but I like to think he enjoyed it!

After church, we ate lunch and then spent some time with my mom and sisters.  Then, off again, to my dad’s for another egg hunt.

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Miranda dyed some Easter Eggs before we had dinner.

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Overall, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking, weekend.  My only regret – not taking pictures of the family!!

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Resurrection Rolls

A friend gave me this fun recipe for Resurrection Rolls and I thought it would be a great activity for Miranda and I.  I knew she would enjoy making (and eating) the rolls, plus give us an opportunity to talk more about the resurrection of Jesus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of crescent rolls
  • 8 marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then melt the butter.  In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Unwrap the triangle crescent rolls.  The rolls represent the burial cloth of Jesus and the marshmallow represents Jesus after his death on the cross.

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Dip the marshmallow first in the melted butter, which represents the oils of embalming, followed by the mixture of cinnamon and sugar representing the spices used for burial.  Place the covered marshmallows on the roll.

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Next, gently wrap the rolls around the covered marshmallows.

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Make sure you seal the roll tightly, pinching the edges so the marshmallow doesn’t escape.  Bake 11-13 minutes.  (I like to think the oven is representing the 3 days in Hell Jesus endured, although the recipe didn’t state that specifically.)

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After cooling, the roll will be empty, representing the resurrection.

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As you can see, I didn’t seal the “burial cloth” appropriately and some of the marshmallow oozed out.

That didn’t stop Miranda from enjoying her dessert though!

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I really enjoyed this activity on so many levels.  First, Miranda and I spent quality time together.  She was able to actively participate, which she absolutely loved.  Miranda is at the age where she wants to help me do all sorts of things.  I would often get frustrated because it was taking too long or it wasn’t done right.  Recently, I learned in a podcast, that children enjoy the process of “helping”, whereas parents are looking at the end result.  I tried to let her do it her way, but I have to admit, I did go back and “fix” the rolls.

Anyway, I think the best part of the night was simply sharing time, smiles, and the story of our Risen Lord.

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