Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!!

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter!! We took a holiday break during Easter and enjoyed learning all about the true meaning of the holiday... Jesus! 

1 Peter 1:3 (kjv) - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.." 

We used several books to learn more about Jesus Resurrection, including the KJV Bible which is always our best resource. Aidan and Noah like visuals when learning more about history (the Bible) so I purchased The Easter Story teacher companion from Oriental Trading. It teaches children of all ages about the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus with eight full color posters. Each day we learned a new part of the Easter story and added a poster to our wall. 

We also used The Golden Children's Bible, History Stories For Children and The Victor Journey Through The Bible (three wonderful resources when learning more about The Lord). 

~ As I taught the boys each part of the Easter lesson we tried to work activities into what we were learning. When we learned about the Passover, Aidan and Noah prayed for each other and enjoyed feet washing. We talked about how we are to live our lives serving The Lord and one another. It's such a blessing to hear your children pray and express their hearts! We also had a feet washing and communion at our church a few days before. It was nice to share this joy with our church family and our children. 

~ You've Been Egged: To show our love for those around us, the boys and I filled many Easter Eggs for their cousins. The eggs were hidden without the children knowing (with one egg left empty to represent Jesus resurrection).. it was a fun day of hunting eggs and sharing the joy of the season! 

John 11:25-26 (kjv) - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

~ We also had a few eggs leftover, while Momaw and Popaw were at work, the boys and I hide eggs in their house for them to enjoy hunting!!! Aidan and Noah thought their Grandparents needed some fun too!! 

~ Jesus & His twelve Disciples - The boys loved learning all the names of the disciples. We even had a little song we learned to help us memorize the names (I found these cute printables and the song HERE)::

Jesus called them one by one,
Peter, Andrew, James and John,
Next, came Philip, Thomas too,
Matthew and Bartholomew.

Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
He called them one by one.

James the one they call the less,
Simon, also Thaddeus,
Twelfth apostle Judas made,
Jesus was by him betrayed.

Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them,
He called them one by one.

Below is a video of Noah singing "Yes, Jesus Called Them" and Aidan saying the names of the 12 disciples! 

Romans 10:8-9 (kjv) - "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

~ Resurrection Eggs - This is something we have enjoyed making for a few years now. I'm sure many of you have helped your children make these at Easter. I believe it is one of the best ways to teach about Jesus Resurrection. Below I have listed the verses we used along with each object we placed in our cartons. I don't have pictures of our resurrection eggs from this year (because we will actually be filling them tomorrow, lol!).. but here is a example of the ones we did last year!  

 1 - Matthew 26:26, bread 
 2 - Matthew 26:14-15 & Zechariah 11:12-14, three dimes
 3 - Matthew 27:1-2, small rope or twine
 4 - Matthew 27:24-26, soap chip
 5 - Matthew 27:28-30, red cloth, thorns
 6 - Matthew 27:31-32 (He was crucified and nailed to the cross.), cross and a small nail
 7 - Matthew 27:35-36, dice
 8 - Matthew 27:46, 48, sponge, stick
 9 - Matthew 27:50-51, 54, rocks
10 - Matthew 27:57-60, white cloth, round stone
11 - Matthew 28:1-2, 5, spices (bay leaf and clove)
12 - Matthew 28:6, leave empty  "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

~ Easter Egg Hunt - Each year we always enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt at the church I grew up in. The boys love seeing their friends and hunting eggs! 

~ Jelly Bean Bracelets - I found the directions to make these bracelets at oriental trading, the directions also come with a free printable. I love what the printable says:: A handful of jelly beans.. simple, colorful and sweet reminds us of the reasons He makes our life complete! Red is for the blood He gave. Green is for the grass He made. Yellow is for the sun so bright. Orange is for the edge of night. Black if for the sins we made. White is for the grace He gave. Purple is for His hour of sorrow. Pink if for our new tomorrow. This was a great craft and the boys asked to make extra to share with their friends! 

~ Coloring Easter Eggs - A family tradition in our home! We have colored Easter eggs since our daughter was young. This is something we all look forward to every Easter holiday!  

~ My husband and I like to give our children a small gift on Easter! Thanks to my nephew Austin, the boys are really into wrestling right now, lol!! 

~ A few more books we enjoyed reading this Easter!!! 

~ Easter Sunday will be here soon! - This is the time during the holiday season where we celebrate Jesus' Resurrection with our church family in Sunday School... and our family at my Grandmothers with dinner, laughter and love!! Such a special day with a special family to share it with! 

Happy Easter Everyone!!! John 3:16 (kjv) - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


Oh, The Places You'll Go...

The time has come that our daughter Aleah Megan will be graduating from high school. I search my mind trying to recall how quickly the years have passed. Our sweet little baby girl is growing up... our little "Eah" is starting a new chapter in her life.. and we are so very proud of the beautiful young lady she has become and the path the Lord is leading her on. 

My dear Aleah... Everyday I thank the Lord for the opportunity He has given me to be your mother! I couldn't have asked for a more sweet, loving daughter then you have been. Being able to love you and watch you grow has been such a blessing. I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for your life. Please know that I am always here for you. My love for you.. my sweet child.. will never pass away. As you journey though your life I pray that God will show you His way and as you follow Him blessings will guide your every step. I love you my Eah! 

For you Miss Aleah... pictures of your journey to graduation.. I thought you might enjoy this! :-) 

Psalm 46:10 (kjv) 
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."