Thursday, April 14, 2011

Homestead Holiday Help-Our Easter Countdown

Baby B opening the first egg of the year.

Okay, so I am waaay late in posting this one. I had hoped to post it much earlier given that we started our countdown yesterday! Yikes! But between chicken coop construction, the 4th quarter of homeschooling, and getting the garden underway, I'm falling a bit behind. Not to mention that we're all running a bit slower these days as we battle our allergies. Good grief! (Lord, did you really need to make pollen for flowers to reproduce? Really? )

Anyway, back to the purpose of this blog entry: Easter!! I was floored this weekend when I realized that Resurrection Sunday was only two weeks away! Wow, I had to snap into gear. I went to the garage and dug out my few Easter decorations, our Resurrection Eggs, and the book we use with them.  Those last two things are the basis for our Easter Countdown. 

I have previously shared this in my Centsible Holidays Class, but for those of you who missed out on that, here's another chance to glean from our family's grand tradition. lol 
Here are the three steps:

1) Get (or make) a set of Resurrection Eggs.  We use this set that is made by Family Life Today.  

2) Get your hands on a copy of the book Benjamin's Box by Melody Carlson. Here's an ebook download for purchase from CBD.

3) The first few pages of the book are an introduction to the story about a fictional character named Benjamin. Each of the following pages have a colored egg at the top and talks about one event that Benjamin witnesses in Jesus' last days leading up to his crucifixion.  It just so happens that those colored eggs correspond perfectly to the Resurrection Eggs! (They're just so clever!)  So, starting 12 days out from Easter, we read one page of the story, and one child opens the corresponding egg. We pass around the tangible symbol as we talk about the event. 
Daddy reading the story for our after-dinner devotion.

I told you it was simplistic, but my kids love it. They got so excited when they saw the orange carton of eggs appear during our dinnertime devotion last night ! It's a wonderful way to countdown the last 12 days of the Lenten season.

I wish you and your family many blessings during one of the most holy times of year. I pray that Easter is more to you than a day for chocolate and fun, but a time of celebration, gratititude, and love to our victorious Savior, Jesus.

Blessings to you and your homestead,
Hillary At Home

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