This was probably my most favorite Easter (and maybe even holiday?) in a long time! MG was so cute to watch as her excitement level gradually grew as the day neared.
We spent a lot of time this year talking about Easter, watching toddler-geared Easter videos, and opening Resurrection eggs. There is still so much she doesn’t understand but it is amazing what the Gospel story lends itself to just a tiny three year old. For example, we had our first real bona fide sinful moment pop up this week. Something that had happened previously, that we’d thoroughly discussed and asked her not to do again. She definitely understood the error the first time and felt bad about it and promised not to do it again. And she did it again….deliberately, intentionally, in a somewhat shameful way. Great interlude into an explanation of sin.
Secondly, she has been somewhat riveted by the cross, death, and the tomb. We have never explained death to her and didn’t gloss over the cross but tried to explain it in age-appropriate terms. Two separate times she said to us, “But I don’t want to die on a cross”. Terribly heart-wrenching to hear as a parent but thankfully we had the “perfect” answer. Jesus did so you don’t have to.
I can’t tell you how my heart has longed for this Easter. I always appreciate it more when it is a bit later in the year, allowing the earth to warm a bit. I ordered the girls’ dresses a few months prior, daydreaming of the warm weather when my family would all be together to celebrate the meaning of this day.
I knew this would be our first holiday in our school house and wondered what that would feel like. Together, N and I observed Lent and followed an excellent devotional that fostered a lot of good conversation in the six weeks prior. This Lenten season started shortly after my birthday….What feels like a lifetime ago. It has been a long time coming.
We began our festivities yesterday with a family dinner, hosted at our new place. We finally used the fine china passed down from Nate’s Great Grandma that we never had room to store in our last house. I hope it makes many appearances here. Served on it was probably one of the best meals our combined efforts have made…ever. So much so I am going to share the recipes with you. So easy and soooo good.
2014 Easter Menu
-Deviled eggs/salad by the Gma’s
(all of these recipes can also be found on my Pinterest page)
Here are a few more pics from our day:
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for our sins so my babies and I don’t have to!