Friday, April 2, 2010

Eggs 'R Us

It's the Easter season around our house! Lots of things to think about and lots of things to do! Last weekend found me participating in a community Easter performance. In the past they have put together a performance that tells of the Easter story with narration and choir songs. This year the director of that performance has been occupied with her husband who is undergoing cancer treatments. A few other women stepped up, along with the ministerial alliance and concocted an entire program with wonderful narration and various songs that portrayed each section of the Easter miracle (Palm Sunday through the Resurrection). No group music was done, just individual songs. My part was singing "Ten thousand Angels cried" (originally sang by Leann Rhimes), which fit into the narrative on Good Friday. The words to that song are SOOO powerful--I hope you all have taken the chance to listen to them. When I practice that song each season, I usually can't get through the song without completely choking up--what an amazing thing our Lord did for us!!! If you have never before visualized in your mind what it must have been like for Jesus to hang on that cross--bleeding and suffering--knowing he was completely sinless--DYING FOR OUR BENEFIT--crying out to His Father---You must! It sure seems to put some perspective into it! Anyway, the 90 minute performance was just incredibly humbling and was a great way to kick off this very important week for Christians. A good reminder of that gift of life that seems easy to take for granted.

Today found us tackling one of our favorite Easter traditions--the egg coloring!

Look at that concentration. Cami was a lot more into the eggs this year than last. Our coloring kit came with these cool little plastic collapsible cups to hold the colors. C would pick up her egg and drop it into the water, each time making a nice big splash before I could stop her. She oohed and aahed over the pretty colors!

I am just still amazed (and glad) that the big boys still want to decorate eggs. Of course, after the decorating, then comes the hiding!! We usually just hide them around in the house. Everyone takes their turn hiding and seeking them. C figured out that the shells come off, and squeezed several of them hard enough to squish them into pieces. . . which was ok with the boys, because they like eating hard boiled eggs! Next week I will share with you a recipe we like to make with our leftover eggs (if they have been refrigerated of course!)

Tomorrow we are all geared up to go to the annual Easter egg hunt in town. This will be my 14th year to attend (minus the one year we were in Topeka). The first 8 years we went I was helping to stuff eggs and set up the egg hunt as part of the sorority group that puts it on each year! Fun times. That is absolutely one event that you DON'T go late to. It starts at 10:00, and everyone is GONE by 10:15--literally!

The rest of this warmish afternoon was spent outside swinging, jumping on the trampolene, and flying kites (though it was a little windy for the kites!)

We'll hope to make and decorate some Easter sugar cookies tomorrow afternoon and then set out our basket for that "waskally wabbit" to fill up. My favorite part of Easter is ALWAYS the sunrise service out on the front steps of the church. Always wondering "was it a morning like this" that Mary looked for her Lord in the tomb, crushed when she couldn't find him, and ecstatic when she turned and saw Him as he told her not to cling to Him but that he had asended into heaven with his father! WOW!

John 20:26-29
Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." 28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (that's US!)
Happy Easter!


  1. Thanks for an enjoyable AND thoughtful post. :) That sounded really interesting about how you all did the program this year - wish I could've been there! :) God bless you all as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!

  2. Inspirational. You should do a devotional next year. I enjoyed the traditional sunrise service and breakfast too. A great time by all.

  3. My egg dying pictures look very similar.... boys with no shirts on. D sure looked like he was concentrating hard on his egg.