The Tomb is Empty and Where is Jesus?

I saw a post about this project on Facebook about a month before Easter. I shared the photo, and lots of other people “liked” it. I decided I would make this for our Easter centerpiece. It looked easy and very eye-catching. So I got some soil at Walmart and grass seed and the clay pot and saucer.

Then I put them all together, building a mound of dirt over the clay pot and planting grass seed on it. Then I asked Fiona to find some sticks and build some crosses for it. She did a good job with her assignment. She also found lots of little rocks, much to my surprise, since everything is paved around here. I walked by our flower bed and happened to find a big rock just the right size for covering the entrance to our “tomb”.

It was fun watching our grass grow. Pretty soon it grew so tall we had to cut it!

I let Garrett have the privilege of mowing Golgotha.

Fiona had been telling me her idea of putting Jesus in the tomb and then taking him out on Easter morning. I looked for a Jesus figure as I did our Easter shopping, but sadly, I couldn’t find anything about Jesus among all of the Easter decorations and candy. So I asked her to make a paper doll of Jesus for our activity. She struggled with it for several hours. I kept asking how she was doing, and she said she couldn’t do it. She makes lots of things out of paper and she’s very artistic and creative, so I was surprised that she was having a hard time with this. When I went to bed, she still hadn’t made a figure of Jesus to put in the tomb.

I woke up early Easter morning and looked for a picture of Jesus on the computer that I could print out. I finally found one I liked and printed it out and took it downstairs. I thought I would surprise the kids when they got up. When I rolled away the stone to put my picture of Jesus in the tomb, this is what I found!

She surprised me instead! She had figured out how to make Him and she put Him in the tomb. I stood Him up in the entrance of the tomb to show that He had risen.

Then I put my picture of the triumphant Jesus standing over the top of the tomb.

The tomb is empty, praise be to God!

I hid the figure of Jesus in the living room, planning to have the kids go on a big hunt for Jesus. I thought I would have to give them lots of hints and tell them when they were hot and cold. Hiding Jesus was Fiona’s idea, too. I thought that was neat to go along with the disciples not knowing Him when they first saw Him after the Resurrection. I told them that a figure of Jesus was hidden somewhere in the living room, and I described how Fiona had drawn him. Kelsey walked straight over to the bookcase and lifted Him out of the Bible I had placed Him in with part of Him sticking out. So much for the BIG hunt! But they had fun, and I think they got a lot out of the activity.

Fiona really thought a lot about the story of the Resurrection and came up with a neat activity for us to do to commemorate the event. Garrett also enjoyed it a lot and acted out the whole story several times using our centerpiece. He did it for my parents while they were here. They were very impressed. It was a great activity to help them learn more about the Resurrection of Jesus.

Kelsey Makes Dinner – Yum!

I’ve been extra busy and extra tired lately.

It has been hard to get everything done that I need to do. When you wake up tired, it makes for a long day. I’m taking several supplements to try to get my thyroid working better, along with my Juice Plus that I always take.

Some nights it’s very difficult for me to fix dinner. We go to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. I have to do all of the driving and grocery shopping and errands since Gary is not here right now. It seems to be catching up with me. The vertigo is much better, especially the last couple of days. Praise the Lord! But I have been falling asleep in the middle of the day and not having enough energy to do what needs to be done.

One day, Kelsey said that she wanted to try to make a pot pie or shepherd’s pie and asked if we had a recipe for it. She looked in my cookbook and found a recipe for it. She also had a recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli (which she renamed Pumpkin Delight) that she wanted to try. So she made our dinner and dessert that night, and they were delicious! She did it all by herself, and I was so grateful! We all were.

I’m so thankful for the help that my children are giving me as I strive to come back to full health and energy. I’m still believing that God will heal me completely. Right now, the dizziness is much less. The biggest problem I have is balance. I still feel off-balance on my left side. But God is leading me into my healing.

I have to make sure I get plenty of sleep. Which means I need to say good night right now and go to bed.

Good night!

Grandparents’ Visit and Anna’s Birthday Party

Garrett got to light the candles for the first time.

Anna’s cake reflects her personality and likes. It’s an ice cream cake, colored blue and green with musical notes all over it. All it needs is a pair of running shoes. Oh yeah, and an iPod.

Fiona loved hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa. My mom and dad still have it!

I bought candles that have a flame that looks the same color as the candle. The only problem was that you can’t see the flame unless it’s dark. We had her party in the middle of the day, which was very unusual for us, and you couldn’t even tell that the candles were lit. Kind of defeats the purpose!

Anna still managed to blow them all out.

Got a good, candid shot when she wasn’t looking, so she wasn’t able to make a goofy or disapproving face at me.

Dad likes to wear shirts that have funny sayings on them. He doesn’t talk much. He lets his shirts do the talking for him.

Mom always wears shirts that tell about how wonderful it is to be a Grandma.

Abby goes until she can go no more.

Emma Clowning Around

I was a clown once. They called me Cabeza de Lapiz (Pencil Head). I was a clown during my summer mission trip to Mexico City. I was not a funny clown. I was more of a loving clown. I hugged the children in the streets, and they kissed my makeup off.

Emma found my clown suit. She looked so cute and funny. She would make a much funnier, better clown than I did. Her pictures here are funnier than any I ever took in that suit. Maybe she will get a chance to entertain and love on the children of some poor country some day. Until then, I will teach her about Jesus and about the children in other countries who don’t know Him or His power. I’ll let God lead her in the way that she should go. And water her future with my prayers.

Getting Ready for Easter

I ordered this set just last week, and they made sure I got it in time. This is from the same company that I got “The Advent Book” from for Christmas, and the children just loved it.

Included in this kit is a set of Resurrection Eggs, the book called Benjamin’s Box, illustrated by Jack Stockman and autographed by him, a little box, and a nice gift bag to put it all in. I am planning to put it on the table on Easter morning with the Easter baskets, and designate it as a gift for the whole family. You can find this at the Celebrations and Traditions website.

I also ordered some really nice things for their Easter baskets this year from, and they came the other day. I want to surprise the kids, but I’m going to share some of the things here. Let’s see if any of the kids are reading my blog!

I got some DVD’s of Tim Hawkins. We love his clean, Christian comedy. I got a Veggie Tale video for one of them. I got a devotional book for Young Women for one of my young women. I got a devotional for girls for Fiona and one for boys for Garrett. All of the devotional books are by Elizabeth George. There’s a book for Morgan called “The Boy Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews. I found a book for kids about the five love languages. I’ll put it in Garrett’s basket but read it to all of them. I asked Kelsey to pick out a cross necklace from the Christianbook catalog. She picked the one that changes colors like a mood ring. And I got Jelly Bean Prayer coloring and activity books for Emma and Abby.

We have a centerpiece on our table that portrays the crosses and the empty tomb. Fiona has some ideas about putting a figure of Jesus in the tomb and then taking it out and hiding it somewhere and having the little ones hunt for it. That will be better than an Easter egg hunt! But I’m planning on doing an egg hunt, too. The kids love hunting for eggs.

And of course, I’ll put candy in their baskets.

And I’m planning to get pretty dresses for Emma and Abby. I already got one for Fiona. I don’t think I’ll try so hard to get a cute picture of Emma and Abby like I did last Easter. That was a catastrophe.

This is Good Friday, so we had prayer time and Communion all together. Gary led us over the phone from South Carolina.

Now I’m going to let them make Easter shape cookies yet tonight.

And the plan to make Easter even better than Christmas? I think it’s succeeding. The kids are VERY excited about Easter coming.

So what are your plans for Easter or Passover?