"Motherhood is not a burden to be borne, it is a privilege to be enjoyed. It is not a trial of endurance, it is a time of celebration." Winnie Dalley


Easter Week : Thursday- Monday

I am so excited about the Bible Videos that the church has made and started releasing.  There is a beautiful video for each of the remaining days of Easter week that would be wonderful to watch and ponder as a family.  Here's the link.

Tonight Jesus ate the passover meal with his apostles.  He also instituted the first sacrament and taught the apostles many beautiful truths.  He also washed their feet, always the perfect example of service. 
Then He went to Gethsemane where He faced alone the embodiment of all of our sins and weaknesses and pains. 

"Nothing in the entire plan of salvation compares in any way in importance with the most transcendent of all events, the atoning sacrifice of our Lord, It is the most important single thing that has ever occurred in the entire history of created things; it is the rock foundation upon which the gospel and all other things rest. "
Bruce R. McConkie

It seems so...not enough....to just say how grateful I am for the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I can't even comprehend all that He suffered for me, but at the times in my life when I have felt the deepest pain or sorrow, I have felt the reality that He has already felt all of it.  And He has been with me and delivered me from every trial of my life thus far, and I know He will be with me through whatever is to come in my life as long as I turn to Him.

We made these today to show that we want to give Jesus our hearts and always remember Him and what He did for us.

Tonight we are going to celebrate passover with our extended family.  We eat all of the traditional foods and discuss how the law of Moses was fulfilled through Jesus Christ.  It is a really neat thing to do.

Disclaimer: I had plans of making all my art projects in advance so I could post pictures and more details, but I think I temporarily forgot about my most favorite job of being mommy to 3 young children and how it takes up a lot more time than I ever anticipate.  So...here is a brief rundown of what we do and some ideas I wanted to try.  I'm sure you all are more creative than me, and I would love to hear of any ideas that you think might work better!

Tomorrow is the day Jesus was crucified.  We celebrate that greatest act of love of all time by doing random acts of kindness for other people. 
For our art project tomorrow, I was going to have the kids make an earth and put a sad face on it because the earth was so sad when Jesus died that there were earthquakes and storms all over the earth. 

Saturday we celebrate with the theme "We Are Free!"  We know from the Doctrine and Covenants that Jesus ministered in the spirit world during this time.  We usually like to go to the temple on this day and discuss how we can help people in the spirit world to be free by participating in temple work.  I was going to have the kids make a butterfly as our art project on this day.

Sunday we celebrate the we can all be resurrected because Jesus broke the bands of death!
I was going to make a ressurection puppet for each of the kids.  (Print out or draw a picture of each child, one on plain white paper as the spirit and one in color for the body.  Then put them on popscicle sticks and use them to show how our spirit and our body are separated by death and reunited by resurrection.) 

On Monday we celebrate Easter in America.  We have a mexican night!  Everyone tells their favorite story from 3 Nephi and we watch the last part of The Testaments when Jesus comes. 
For the art project on this day I was going to have the kids draw a picture of little children around Jesus and then have them make a 'ring of fire' with pipe cleaners to illustrate the story from 3 Nephi.

I hope everyone has a glorious week and feels the great love and power that come from the greatest miracle that is Easter!


Easter Week: Wednesday

There is no scriptural record of what the Savior did today.  I wonder if He might have gone somewhere to be alone and talk with His Father to gain strength and prepare as much as He could for the experiences of Gethsemane and Calvary coming tomorrow and the next day.  We are not sure what He did, but in our family we call today our wilderness day.  We spend time as a family strengthening eachother through our love for one another.  If we can, we go somewhere out in nature and feel the love of our Heavenly Father through His creations.
This morning the kids made a collage of pictures in nature that reminded them of Jesus' love.

Growing up, we always did a family talent show today.  I think it is kind of neat that we have a sort of "ponder day" right in the middle of the week.  There is so much to think about and be grateful for remembering all that the Savior was about to do for us.  I am so grateful that because of what He did this week, I can be with my family forever in His presence. 


Easter Week Ideas: Sunday-Tuesday

Happy Easter Week!  I know we're already 3 days in, but I just decided this morning to post about some of the things we do in our family to make this week the most celebrated holiday of the year!
When I was growing up, my mom and dad decided they wanted Easter to be the biggest and most important holiday in our house.  Every day, starting on Palm Sunday, we do something special to remember what Jesus did during this last week of His life on earth.  I won't go into detail about everything we do (because there's a whole book that my mom made for this special week), but I thought I would share some of our traditions and ideas that I have adapted a bit for our young children.

Since it's Tuesday, I'll have to catch up a bit for Sunday and Monday. :)

Palm Sunday

We talk about Jesus riding into Jerusalem and how the people shouted "Hosanna!" and laid down their clothes and palm branches in the way.  We make palm branches out of construction paper and put them by our front door. We talk to the kids about how Jesus is coming again to the earth and what we can do to be ready to meet Him.

Every day we eat special and yummy food that is symbolic of something to remind us of the Savior as well. 


Today Jesus cursed the barren fig tree, cleansed the temple and healed in the temple.  Each day we read from the scriptures about what Jesus did on that day.  My husband and I read together, and we use pictures to teach what happened to our children, as well as reading as much as their little attention spans can handle.

For an art project today, you could make a fig tree out of construction paper, (or any fruit tree) and discuss with your kids what it means to have "fruit" and not just "leaves". 
For Family Home Evening last night, we talked about Jesus cleansing the temple because people were not doing good things in the temple.  Then we discussed how we want our home to be like the temple and what we should be doing and not doing in our home to make that happen.

We ate fig cookies to remind us to be fruitful.  For dinner we ate french toast to remember that Jesus is the bread of life.


Today Jesus taught many parables.  He also lamented over Jerusalem and how often he tried to gather them as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings and they would not.
So today we talk about the parables that Jesus taught.  A lot of the parables have a picture to go with it from the gospel art kit.
This morning we made chicks to remind us that we want to be gathered and follow Jesus. (Thanks to my sister-in-law for the cute idea:)

I also have been trying to display a visual of what happened on each day on our counter so the kids can see it in the morning.
Tonight we will eat chicken for dinner to further remind us to be gathered. :)
My mom makes these absolutely adorable chick sugar cookies as well, but as I said earlier, I'm just giving a few ideas right now. 

I hope everyone celebrates this most special week and remembers how much our Savior loves us all.
Happy Easter Week!