Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter 2015

My shoe-less Easter bunnies
Happy Easter!  We had a wonderful first Easter in California, but it really started much earlier in the week...

Palm Sunday was spent at church and hanging our as a family in the afternoon.  We went on a 5 mile bike ride in the beautiful weather and the kids did great.

On Tuesday Zac's parents came into town with their camper to stay for the week - it's been a great time!  Tuesday evening Zac and I (mostly I) hosted a Seder dinner at our church.  We had people from our small group sign up to bring the traditional items, and then everyone who came brought a potluck item to share.  There ended up being about 50 people and it went great!! It was so fun to share this tradition with our California church family and learn about the Passover together - it all points to Jesus.

On Friday Zac's parents, the kids, and I went to the Good Friday service at our church which was at 11am and designed for the kids of Sunnyvale Christian School (which is at our church).  It was really good, especially for the kids.  We also had fun dying Easter eggs with Nana and Grandpa.
Our beautiful eggs
Saturday was The Hunt - a giant community Easter egg hunt put on by our church.  John, Pam, and I went early to help set up and hide eggs - and there were TONS of eggs!!!  Zac and the kids came later to participate in the hunt.  There were hundreds of kids and everyone had a great time.
Can you see the 1,00's of eggs??
Easter Sunday started with church, lunch with resurrection rolls, a mini egg hunt with our resurrection eggs and then telling the Easter story, dinner of Lamb chops, asparagus, sunchokes (so good!), and mini pineapple upside down cakes!  A wonderful day celebrating our risen Lord and the new life we have in Him!
Yummy desserts!
All through this week we have been focusing on the true meaning of Easter with our Holy Week journey.  Every day we have been walking with Jesus through his week leading up to the cross by reading scripture and placing a picture card up on the wall.  The most powerful day is Friday when we read through the 14 scriptural stations of the cross.  Here is our completed journey:

I've created all the cards and scripture references in a document to share if you would like to journey through Holy Week with your family next year.  You can find it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jsBA8SsNOXFlwffqgZs1FXEbopYqd4xIMNNm_WaKh10/edit?usp=sharing It's been very powerful for us and I highly recommend it.

Hope your Easter was a blessed time!

We are back to school this week, which means the start of 2nd grade for Keanan!

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