Tuesday of the Passion Week

No special foods today.  Jesus teaches a lot today and there are so many bits that could be focused on as the kids get older, especially in the Olivet Discourse.  But today the story of the Widow’s Mite is played out in our minds.  My daughter is confident she knows how it goes and promptly […]

Monday of the Passion Week

After an emotional entrance to Jerusalem yesterday, Jesus stayed at his friends house in Bethany.  Remember Mary, Martha and Lazarus?  Yes, the Lazarus who was raised from the dead possibly even days ago! This is who Jesus stayed with.  And now it’s the morning – Monday.  Jesus and the disciples head out back towards Jerusalem […]

Palm Sunday

Remember those date balls that mom used to make…and rave over?  They weren’t my favorite.  But it turns out that dates were a favorite sugary treat in the lands Jesus walked.  The palms that they grew on were plentiful in that area but the dates themselves took a long time to ripen.  This made dates […]

Can a house tell stories about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus?

Oh, yes!  Pictures and objects come alive in the mind of a child.  The colors wave as we tie them to the doorposts.  The objects on the shelves and walls and windows have meaning. See, touch, hear what God has said. This year, although I put a lot of thought into what I put up, […]

5th Sunday of Lent

Last week, 4 candles were lit and one was snuffed out.  This week 3 candles were lit and now there are only 2.  “It’s getting darker,” we say, and truly I do feel the darkness crowding in sometimes.  Daily we hear stories of the crushed and broken.  I can’t go through a day without feeling […]

Lent hunger

I started reading a book called Hungry a few weeks ago, found and bought during one of my husband’s endless research sessions.  It’s very good (as are most of my husband’s finds).  But I did not realize how perfect this book would be for my own heart as I am personally preparing for Jesus’ death […]

4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday’s are a keeper! Building anticipation for Sunday has been one of my favorite parts of this season of Lent.  Using objects, smells, tastes, and sights makes a child’s senses come alive with excitement!  Whether you use sugar and candles, like our family is doing this year, or something else, our senses are a crucial […]

Another Friday of Lent…and I’m not sure I’m going to continue.

I remember this happening when we first were deciding how our family would celebrate the season of Christmas.  It took years of trial and error…several ideas sounded neat but when we actually tried them, they did not fit with the rhythm or personality of our family.  They weren’t failures necessarily but did not work well […]

3rd Sunday of Lent

It sounded something like this when my kids sleepily realized what day it was… “I love Sunday’s!” The sugar we ate today isn’t the only thing they were looking forward to, but it’s builds anticipation and it’s a sweet reminder to our senses that God is good. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is […]