We’ve been busy in the Schott home preparing for Easter and doing some fun activities! This year our main focus has been on Holy Week and the spiritual reasons for the holiday. Sure, we’ve done some Springy things and there has been talk of dyeing eggs this weekend and the Easter Bunny possibly making an appearance and dropping off some Easter Baskets, but our main focus has been Jesus.
It’s not that we’re holier than thou or think it’s wrong for others to do differently. It’s just what we feel lead to make it clear to our children, specifically Tommy, that God sent his son Jesus to earth to die for our sins and rose again that we might enter Heaven with Him. Tommy just turned 5, and we feel it’s time that he learn to grasp this a bit more.
A little back story to lead up to where we are at this year. Last year I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs and a copy of Benjamin’s Box. I thought then that Tommy would be all over it. I had these visions of rays of light coming in through the shutters, the light bulb turning on in Tommy’s head, and him suddenly understanding the concept of everything involving the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
I quickly gave up on it, put it away until this year, and pulled it all out a few days ago. NOW we’re getting somewhere…
Tommy has not only caught on to the story and what all Christ has done for us, but has actually showed such empathy that I did not expect. We’ve had to stop the telling of the story a few times so he could pull himself together and stop crying. Which made me cry. Which meant we sat there holding each other crying, praying, and having a “moment” that I will cherish forever. I can’t imagine how much it will affect him when he’s older and understands more as I kept it all very basic. Thankfully, we have gotten to the point in the eggs that now we will start focusing on the Resurrection more and more the next few days which will make him VERY happy.
As for Molly and Johnny Ben, well… They liked the eggs and listened along, but they had their own agenda. And that was okay…
I’ve listed below some other activities we are doing this week. The printables are all ones we did last year. YAY for laminating! I’ve only had to print a few sheets this year as I saved everything in a file folder and ziploc bag. (Sometimes it pays to be a pack rat…)
Interested in the Ressurection Eggs, Benjamin’s Box book, and other items we’ve used? Below are links to the items we are using on Amazon.
What are you doing this week? Any crafts? Recipes? Stories you’d like to share? Link up anything that is family friendly and Easter related up in the Eggstra Special Easter Blog Hop below!
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Parents have a tendency to push their children in after school activities, sports, or try to live their lives through their children. I know parents who make their children play sports when they hate the sport that they play.
Recently, my oldest daughter was made fun of at school for being in band. She plays basketball for our middle school because she wants to, but she loves playing the flute and hopes eventually to start the piccolo. She loves band. My oldest son loves music and is now pursuing the bass guitar and the tuba.
I have found that it is the other sports children, who tend to make fun of the “band geeks”. But think about it. How likely is it that these kids will go on to a college sport? There is even LESS likely of a chance that any of them will play anything on a professional level. Even the small percentage that ever make it pro, usually have to retire at a young age due to their body being wore out.
Now, think about musical abilities. When you learn to play a musical instrument, it goes with you for the rest of your life and can bring your heart joy when you play. Most people never make it big in the music industry, but you can carry it with you forever.
So, if your child is doing an extra curricular activity, please make sure that it’s something that they enjoy doing and teach them not to put down others for their choice of activities. Your child will be better all the way around if they have the opportunity to cooperate instead of being forced.