Eyelids grew heavy, but bodies continued to wiggle and turn. One arm flopped over toward another body, and Big Sister instinctively stretched out and covered the tiny hand with her own. Almost instantly, both girls settled – at peace, holding hands, knowing that this reach out into darkness returned with the reassurance that they were not alone. This simple act, shared between sisters, melted my mama heart. But in the throes of Holy Week, it also brought forth remembrance of […]
For our little family of three, Wednesday began the “week of lasts.” Our last Wednesday as a family of three. Our last date night as parents of one precious girl. Our daughter’s last Thursday at school as an only child. Our last Mommy-Daughter Starbucks date before a little sister arrives. . . And I catch myself staring at my daughter in wonderment as she tells me tall tales or eats her dinner or sleeps so peacefully. I relish every giggle, […]
After my Valentine’s Day experience, I wanted to be more on the ball for my daughter’s Easter Egg Hunt at school. We were asked to bring 14 filled eggs, and I just couldn’t bring myself to fill them with candy or trinkets. We wandered around Hobby Lobby for far too long, feeling quite uninspired. I had just about resigned myself to chocolate (both for the eggs and myself), when I realized the answer was already in my basket! A friend […]
Easter Sunday morning included great music and some powerful testimonies. But the most beautiful part of the day occurred that afternoon. What started out as inviting a couple friends who had no Easter plans to join our family for Easter lunch, turned into a full-blown “party” of 15 guests. We continued to add people as the week progressed, and even one more that Sunday morning. After eating, we all sat around our living room and chatted – about our lives, […]
I hope to write some reflections on Good Friday later today, but here are some initial “thoughts.” Part of the beauty in the hideous image of the cross comes from the promise of rebirth and redemption. Although a somber day, these flowers remind me of the hope the cross provides.
I’m curious to know, what are your Easter traditions? As we’re approaching the first Easter that my daughter really can understand much, I’m trying to find meaningful ways to incorporate the real story of Easter into our week. I found a Patricia A. Pingry book on the Story of Easter that we’ve been reading. I’m planning to make Resurrection Cookies with her on Saturday evening, along with some decorated sugar cookies that we’ll deliver to neighbors and family. For us, […]