Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Activities!

Saturday we had an Easter Egg Hunt and party at Malvern Hill.  The girls (especially Anna Kate) were so excited about it!  It is a big outreach that our church does every year.  Anna Kate was very enthusiastic last week about stuffing eggs with invitations and taking them everywhere we went - the library, the park, etc!  It was such a fun and easy way to involve her in outreach and evangelism.  She absolutely loves to tell people about Jesus and invite them to church.

Saturday arrived and it was pouring down rain.  And cold.  Very cold.  But we didn't let it put a damper on things!  The hunt and all the other activities were moved inside (including a huge bouncy house!) and the morning was a great success!  We were able to meet a number of families from our community who don't have a church home and we are hoping that they will join us this weekend for our Easter services. 

And of course, the kids had a wonderful time!  The four and under group had their hunt first.  I wasn't sure if Caroline would get the hang of it, but oh she did!

Anna Kate was a pretty good egg-hunter herself!

She even found the golden egg!  The finder of the golden egg got to pick a special prize.  She picked a bubble-blowing lawn mower and has been waiting patiently for the sun to come out so that she can mow the lawn with her Daddy!

And as usual, it was a little difficult to get a picture of the two of them together.  Such is life with a 3 year old and an 18-month old, I guess!

They also had a great time doing crafts...

And decorating cupcakes!

And then it was time to don our rain jackets once again and head home!

Oh, and speaking of Easter eggs, we have been doing a family devotional called the 12 days of Easter that goes along with the Resurrection Eggs that you've probably seen.  I found it on the blog "2 Teaching Mommies" and it has been great.  We did it last year too, but obviously the girls seem to understand it a little better this year.  I know we're already half way through, but here is the link:  12 days of Easter.

We have really enjoyed it so far.  It is accessible enough for even little ones to understand, but it doesn't gloss over the sadness of what Jesus went through for us.  It has been really neat to see how God has been using it to prick Anna Kate's heart and to hopefully begin drawing her to himself.  We can't wait to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection together on Sunday!

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