Looking to Easter

 

I grew up in a family that attended a church that observed Lent.  I now attend a church that does not really as a whole observe Lent or Advent, I know there are other individuals that do, but as a body of believers we certainly do not have Ash Wednesday or anything quite like that.  Yet it is still something that in our family in our way we observe.  I like to take the 40 days to prepare us, to get us looking ahead.  I just don’t want to arrive at Good Friday or Easter Morning out of breath from the busyness of life.  I want us as a family to really stop, slow down and consider the magnitude of what God did for us.

I am a rather visual person so I like to do something very tangible.  This year I put sand, (okay I did not have any sand so working with what I had on hand I took some Epsom Salt and mixed some Cocoa in to give it a sand-like look) and then placed a candle in the middle.  We often talk about how Jesus is the light of the world and He wants us to shine as lights for Him too, so the candle represents Jesus but it also reminds us to be a light to others through out our day.  The sand represents the desert, I talked about how Jesus was tempted in the desert and how we as followers of Him we have access to His strength to resist temptation too.  Last I have a jar of pebbles, the pebbles represent the things we struggle with.  I put the first one in. (This pregnancy I have been so tired, which leaves me irritable.)  I told the kids that lately I have been struggling with being cranky, and I want to let go of that and give it to God.  So slowly pebbles have been added, I said it is fine with me if come Easter morning we can no longer see the sand for all the pebbles.  We also talked about how we might need to hand over the same struggle to God more than once and that is okay too.

Lent Candle

Books! We are a family that loves books for the younger kids we read a few picture books over and over during this time.Books 2 Books This one is really more about Spring, but does talk about Easter morning.  It is beautifully illustrated and I use it to talk about God,  how the seasons change, and that Easter is coming which leads to faith talks too!Book 4We do not do the Easter Bunny in our house, early on I wasn’t even sure what I thought about Easter eggs but we had a set of Grandparents that always gave the children chocolate eggs and then I came across this sweet story.  I have used it to keep the focus off of the ‘commercial egg’ and on Christ, while still enjoying some chocolate too.Book 6These are two books that I highly recommend for kid’s that are a bit older.  Great stories that hold their interest but point to Jesus, both are excellent!

Books 3Lastly I keep a binder with articles and activities that I find online I have found a few devotionals for Lent in my travels too, some things may have a Catholic bent to them (which we are not) but I take what works for my family and leave the rest.Books 5I also wanted to share a link to a blog post I read earlier that has a great idea of an activity to do with children who are reading on their own.  I think you could easily pick it up now and add it in with what you are doing or Pin or bookmark it for future use. I have been using it and have really enjoyed it, Creating a Lenten Prayer Station for kids

These are just a few ways we try to take some time out of the busyness to stop and reflect on Jesus in these few short weeks before Easter.

Blessings!

 

An Announcement

I rather dislike that almost every post in the last year has begun with words similar to this, “I am so sorry I have not written anything in so long…”  I really can not say why I have been aloof because I do enjoy writing, but when I finally make a decision to write again, I am lost with where to begin.

Perhaps I will post some catch up stories, but for now I just felt like starting fresh and writing about today.Just One

By about 2:30 in the afternoon I knew that the news I carried would momentarily disappoint 5 of my 6 children.  They were all hoping, dreaming, and praying for a different outcome and I anticipated some disappointment. Yet it is still happy news.

Dave and I showed up to the hospital about 5 minutes before my appointment.  We waited outside the exam room when the door opened I asked where I needed to register.  Apparently, we were in the wrong spot, so we moved through the corridors and came to the correct desk.  I presented my health card and she went over my information and said she could not find me in her computer.  After much waiting while they made a few phone calls it appears that I was a, ‘NO SHOW’ two days ago.  I had the right time of day but the wrong day.  I really do not understand how it happened.

They said they would call over to the other department to see if she could fit me in.  Well, if I could stand the wait I was welcome to stay as she had a lady ahead of me.  We decided to wait. My appointment was for 1:15 (or so I thought) and by 2:20 it was finally my turn.  The technician was very quiet and not very forthcoming with information, but pleasant.  She quickly finished up the exam and Dave and I bundled up to face the cold.  We ran 2 errands while we were in town and headed home.

As I opened the door I heard squeals of, “She’s back!”  With anxious faces they all looked at me.  “Just one,” I said.  Their faces fell but then quickly smiled, “Well, we still get one baby.”  Hannah was the most disappointed, she immediately reminded everyone to pray all the harder that it would be a girl!  They had all been praying for twin red-headed girls. (Well with one exception, Joel who believes it is better for babies to come one at a time was quite content with the news.)  However, they are all united in their belief that this time it just has to be a girl.

Expected arrival, September 7th 2015, just one.

Good Night 2014, Good Morning 2015!

Merry Christmas

I am so sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything.  I don’t think there has ever been such a large gap.  I hope this year is full of much writing.  I always have the best intentions and as some of you know all to well I can lack the follow through. […]

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Rosh Hashanah and looking to Yom Kippur…

Apples and honey

Perhaps not the title you would expect to find on an ‘On the Old Path’ post, but stay with me. This school year may be categorized as the year we find ourselves.  I have not written a ton about Homeschooling for many reasons.  Frankly, there are some parts of our lives I seem to leave […]

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Back in the Swing of Things

first day

Ah September, oh how I love you and the new beginnings you bring.  I am rather shocked that I have blogged so few times this year.  It also makes it hard to know where to begin again.  There are so many things I want to share here.  The kids are all growing and changing.  The garden […]

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Joel

chicken wrangler

To those of you who have been waiting on a Joel update it is finally here and there is much to rejoice over. I am still torn up inside over whether or not we made the right choice to put Joel on growth hormone.  Over a year ago Joel failed his test to see if […]

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Happy Canada Day!!

Observing Nature

I know I have been neglecting this poor old blog terribly.  If I have said it once I know I have said it many times, “I do want to write more regularly!”  I love to write and it acts as a lovely journal for us to look back on as a family.  Sadly the past year […]

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The Church Being the Church…

Our fam and new car

I often think if you look for it you can see God’s fingerprints everywhere, today was a day where it was almost hard to pick them out, not for a lack of them, but because there were just so many of them, layer upon layer. It is hard to know where to begin… Dave and […]

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Glimpse of the Past in the Present

Hannah old fashion

I just recently realized that I did not post this.  While there is snow in the first picture it really wasn’t that long ago that we were still bundling up to head outside.   Do you ever wish you were born in another time? As a girl I wished I was going off to school […]

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Embracing Joy…

Embracing Joy

I have had some thoughts milling around in my mind.  I wanted to share it here.  Some folks might find it odd that I would put it out there to the world but quite frankly as I have so neglected this poor blog I am not sure that there are that many people who will […]

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