Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter 2011

Once again, I find that this year's Easter post looks a lot like last year's.  But that is fine with me.  I love this stage of life and our family's traditions. We did our Lenten Lights every day leading up to Easter.  We did them at breakfast this year because PD's schedule for dinner is so wacky. Then Easter day we celebrated with Gram and Papa and Papa's brother and cousin.  The girls each received THREE Easter baskets again.

Gram got them these darling buckets filled with great snacks and a monogrammed stationary set:

Cousin K found these darling egg shaped baskets.  They are so cute and will now become a permanent part of my easter decorations.

K also got them a glow in the dark Etch a Sketch.  Those were a huge hit.

Since the girls receive so many goodies from relatives, we don't do an Easter basket at home. But this year I got them these dolls made in Uganda by Ugandan women.  I hope the dolls will remind them of our time with the kids choir and of the little girl we support in Uganda.

College Sister sent them an Easter package in the mail.  It was full of cool stuff, but the best thing was these glowing gummy worms.  I am going to start getting those for birthday gifts.  They were awesome.

One new thing this year was roller skating with the Easter bunny.  Not your most holy of Easter week activities, but it was fun.

Our church hosted a Seder dinner that was just fantastic. The Rabbi was so good at teaching us what it all means in an understandable and entertaining way.

The girls and I study the passover every year during holy week and have found these two books very helpful.

Every year we talk about Passover and add layers of understanding.  I didn't even know what Seder meant until this year.  It just means "order."  In other words it walks you through the story of Passover telling you the order of things using foods and symbols and rituals to help you remember.  That really resonates with me.  I do think that is how we learn best and remember and incorporate ideas and rituals into our lives.


chicago_mom said...

Thanks for the book tips! We attempted a little introduction to the Seder this year but I didn't have time to get together many books. One book we like that I got from Matt's mom is "Walk with Y'Shua through the Jewish Year" by Kathy Shapiro. It explains all the Jewish festivals from the persepective of a Messianic Jewish lady.

ohio12 said...

suz, I also should have mentioned "All of a Kind Family". Claire has that doesn't she? I am going to put your suggestion on my Amazon Wish list. Not a Passover book, but we also love Paul Maier's, "The Very First Easter."