Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Random pictures from the latest happenings!

Okay, I'm trying to make up for lost time here so I've posted some VERY random pictures since Easter to today! So, I hope you enjoy!!

Palm Sunday 2007


Finding our Passover Lamb!

The fun of this is - you never know if you got Noah's decorated cupcakes...AAAHHH!

2nd Annual Cupcakes & Egg-Decorating with Sally, Ronnie, and Wayne!!

This is my FAVORITE picture of the BOYS!! So handsome in their matching ties!!

EASTER 2007 - FREEZING!!____________________________________

My Pink Sheep CBS Class 2007!
It was our last day with them!!

Notice: Anna NOT SINGING & Jacey Grace doing her nails...Cooperation/Participation is NOT in their vocabulary!
And then Anna takes a bow...For what? Standing there? I guess it was for being so darn cute!!

So that's what we've been doing lately...

Next up BEACH!!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

What Else

Well, the week is almost over and I've left you hanging since we purchased our Passover Lamb.

Thursday night at the dinner table we talked about Jesus washing his disciples feet. And even though he was God he came as a servant. So, you guessed it...After dinner we washed the kids feet. They had the same reaction as Peter, except they didn't try to refuse us at first. They wanted to put their hands, feet, as much of them that could fit in that little bowl. Anna just would scream and giggle. We actually did it twice because they wanted to do it again.

Friday - we "killed" our lamb (with a butter knife). We pretended of course, and pretended to put his blood on our door. And then we hid the lamb and no one has seen it. Then Jason went to Gyros Cafe and brought lamb home for dinner. We had lamb and Welchs grape juice. The kids ate it and liked it. They thought it was so funny to eat lamb. It was good!

Tonight we are making Easter cookies that tell the Easter story and tomorrow when we wake up the cookies will be hollow. I've had this recipe for 3 years and finally this year I remembered to pull it out and do it!

Tomorrow is Resurrection day and we had a GREAT week of preparing our kids for Easter. Jason and I wanted to take this opportunity at a holiday to "teach our children" when they ask - "why are we doing this?" Anna is young, but Noah is really catching on to these concepts of salvation and Jesus work on the cross. So, that makes it worth it!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Finding our Passover Lamb...

This Easter is all Trial and Errror...The ONE idea I had for the week was to go to Build a Bear and "build" our passover lamb! We learned a lesson today, have a back up plan! We went to build a bear tonight around 5 and they had sold out of all the lambs...not yesterday, not this morning, ONE HOUR before we got there!!! I was so sad. It's not like we could make a dog, rabbit, cat, frog, ect...It HAD to be a lamb. The kids weren't as upset as I was - So, we ended up going to Parisian and buying a lamb from there. But it made us think. What about the Jews who really went to find their "Passover Lamb." Their qualifications were much more complicated than ours! I thought I was frustrated. We got the same response out of the kids as we would have a build a bear. Anna loves the Lamb and Noah went along for the ride I think!

Our verse for our lamb was Genesis 22:8: Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son."

So, God has provided a lamb for our family this year. God has provided a lamb for us in Jesus - who takes away the sin of the world!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Preparing for Easter

Zechariah 9:9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. "

Matthew 21:1-11: Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' " So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."

Today is Palm Sunday - the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with a multitude waving palm branches and praising him as "King". Jason and I have slowly started developing family "traditions" at first they seemed so weird but they are now becoming fun and second nature. We started years ago (before Noah - my son Noah that is - not the other one!) having the Lord's Supper together - which was so awkward at first but now we look forward to it. This year, now that the kids are older, we wanted to make the week a "week of remembrance." So today we experienced a meal of a king. We went to Steak and Ale and it was our Palace, we had servants/waiter, and we ate the finest food Roebuck has to offer. The kids "kingly" meal consisted of corn dogs and maccaroni - they went all out didn't they!?! Jason and I went further. We had Steak, Baked Potato, Salad, DESSERT, coffee, tea! It was a lot of fun and the kids loved considering themselves as "royalty."

Thank you Jesus, for bringing Salvation to us! Making us your heirs - prince and princesses! You alone have made us royalty. We wait in anticipation for the day we will eat in your palace and eat at your table! Hosanna to the King! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!!

We have some other things for the kids this week so stay tuned...