Monday, March 24, 2008

Hop-hop Hunting

We've been practicing finding eggs all week so it was a surprise this morning for the kids to hear the rattle of cheddar bunnies in the plastic eggs.

You wouldn't know it by the smile on Sam's face, but he didn't sleep well last night and ended up in bed with me at 10:30. Then morning came very early with our church's sunrise service starting at 6:45. We've made it a tradition to go to the sunrise service and attend the breakfast that follows. It's important to us to start this day off focused on Jesus and the sacrifice He made for all of us.

The following is the text from one of my favorite books to read this time of year and our take on the Easter bunny and the commercial side of this Holy Day:

"The little bunny hops, hops, hops. Is this what Easter means?
Is it about the Easter eggs
All filled with Jellybeans?
Is Easter about hunting eggs?
I do that every year.
Does it mean eating chocolate stuff?
I ate my bunny's ear.
Is it about the baby chicks?
They're fuzzy, and their fun!
I saw some Easter chicks for sale.
I really wanted one.
Is it about the Easter toys?
They're really fun, I think.
One time a bunny came to me.
His little nose was pink.
Is it about my brand-new dress?
And my new Easter hat?
Does it mean wearing shiny shoes?
I really do love that!
Is it about a big parade
With lots of pretty floats?
Is it about the Easter choir?
They sing the highest notes!
NO! That's not what Easter means.
Easter means much more than that.
It's all about God's son.
See, God sent Jesus down to earth
To die for everyone.
He had to die upon a tree to save us from our sin.
But he was only dead three days,
And then he rose again.

Now, that's what Easter really means!

It's quite a special day.

Jesus our Savior rose again.

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Today, he sits right next to God

In Heaven up above.

He wants to live inside you too

And fill you up with love!

Okay, now I get it.

The Easter Bunny is okay,
And Easter eggs are fun.

But Easter's not about that stuff...

It's all about God's son."

After snacking on a few crackers and reading their new books they found with their Easter baskets, we all took a nice long nap before spending the afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa's house.


Anonymous March 24, 2008 at 2:42 PM  

Ooh, did you add more photos since yesterday to this post, or perhaps I couldn't see them before? I see them now...SUCH cute green Easter outfits!! 4under3 wore green, too! Looks and sounds like everyone had a lotta fun!

Staci March 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

What great pics of the kids! Sounds like lots of fun with family. I love that Easter story. What is the title of it?
Also, congrats on the job and the house. God is faithful. let me know if I can help you out in any way. I'd love to come and watch kids while you unpack....let me know. Staci

Samantha @ Mama Notes April 2, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

aw that is wonderful! Cute pics too :)

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