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Surprise VIP Guests, Legacy, & Family Bonding, Blog & Podcast #79

CLICK HERE to listen to EPISODE 79 - It begins with two VIP surprise guests! Meet my VIP's & hear about LEGACY including a tribute to my grandfather who passed this week. Family Easter Bonding is the focus of the remainder of the episode. Even if you're not in the mood to hear Easter ideas, don't miss meeting my VIPs!!

Below you will find links to the Easter ideas that were in Episode 79, "Surprise Guests, Legacy, and Family Bonding."

Beyond the Easter Egg Hunt - Making Easter Meaningful for You Family...

Getting together is always a treasured time for me since some of our grown children live in other states. I am grateful for every moment. Here's a few pics from our family Easter Egg Hunt for my grandsons in 2019. Egg Hunts are great. However, there are some important moments that matter so much more than the egg hunt.

You see, for all the things that fill my life with busyness, excitement, worry, pressure, and happy moments too, none of it matters to me in comparison to doing all I can to help my children and grandchildren walk in personal relationship with Our Savior, Jesus. He is my heartbeat and my meaning in life. In my early years, Christ may have seemed more of an obligation than a friend. But throughout the years, He has been my guide, provider, comforter, healer (both the healer of my body and my heart) and mender of relationships too. He has been the master artist of my family, designing a masterpiece that far exceeds what I could have asked or imagined.

Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, as many Christian’s have begun calling it, is one of the greatest opportunities of the year to refocus, as a family, on the One who deserves all of our attention year round. And so I find myself full of regret that I missed this milestone opportunity that comes only once a year.

Honestly, He deserves my family’s attention this Easter season, and every day of the year. That’s what I try to do. Of course, we mamas are going to have many failed moments, for none of us are perfect. There’s always going to be the “wish I had”s and the “why didn’t I”s. That is just part of the parenting package. We don’t need to beat ourselves up about every missed opportunity. In fact, I”m totally against heaping guilt on ourselves about our mistakes, but I highly value regret.

I happen to believe that regret is one of the most valuable life tools that God has given us as humans. That is, if we utilize it constructively. Regret is something to embrace for a time, until it has done its job. I appreciate the reflection that it offers and the sting of it also is important for motivating change in myself. So the sting of this particular regret motivates me to be more intentional in the future with the gift of holiday moments with the family to impact their eternity.

Here’s some ideas for you that we’ve enjoyed along the way:

Easter Basket Porch Drop

Last year we added a new Easter tradition. We needed some fun during the pandemic lockdown, so we dropped off family Easter baskets on the porches of several of our friends. We included fruit, carrots with the stems still on (that added some fun greenery to the basket), and a card. We also put a little Easter goodie bag for each family member, containing life savers and we wrote on the bag, "Jesus is our life savior." At Dollar Tree I found tiny bottles of grape juice so we also including grape juice and crackers for them to use for communion if they wanted to do communion. We made this event our #SpontaneousFriday event for the week. If you'd like to learn more about #FamilySpontaneousFriday or #FamilySketchySaturday Click Here to listen to episode 20 Family Spontaneous Friday & Sketchy Saturday. Plus Teaching Your Kids How to Goal Map

LAMBS MORE THAN BUNNIES – It’s no coincident that Christ’s resurrection happened in the Spring. His resurrection is all about NEW LIFE! So, while some Christians may think that eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with celebrating Christ’s birth, I haven’t shared that perspective. I have never made Easter about THE Easter Bunny, but I have certainly incorporated a celebration of spring time and the new life that is all around us – new life that are symbols of the new life we have in Christ. Now that I’m a Grandma, I’ve been keeping my eye out for spring decor that is LAMBS not bunnies. I want to emphasize with my grandchildren the important symbolism in little lambs and what they mean about who we are and who Christ is. (Genesis 22:7, Ezra 6:20, John 21:15, I Peter 1:18-19, Acts 8:32, Revelation 5:12, Psalm 23)

RESURRECTION EGGS – Each plastic egg in an egg carton represents a different aspect of Christ’s last week on earth, from the Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21: 1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19) to the Resurrection (Matthew 28:5-6, John 20:27-29, Revelation 1:17-18, I Corinthians 15:12-20, John 3:16-17). Now you can buy a dozen eggs already put together with special little surprises in each egg such as cloth to represent the cloth they wrapped Jesus body in or a tiny little cup to represent the last supper. We have used an official set of Resurrection Eggs for about 20 years until last year when they were all so broken I just decided to throw them away. Before next Easter, I’m going to make my own set. Here’s a link to a DIY version: