Our Easter Family Traditions

I LOVE celebrating Easter – the Resurrection of Jesus my Savior and Lord!   Here are some of our spiritual – and not so spiritual traditions!

First, the not so spiritual…matching clothes. I have no idea why I ever started this tradition but I started it and I guess I’ll do it until the kids complain. Lol!

Easter 2004 – just the boys were matching

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Easter 2006 – the entire family now matching!

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Easter 2007

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Easter 2008

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Easter 2009

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Easter 2010

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 Easter 2011

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 Easter 2012 -

the year Alexis got a big boo boo on her face while knocking out her two front teeth

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 Easter 2013

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So you may wonder what the clothing plan is for this year…I’m still working on it – maybe I’ll post it after Easter. ;)

Now for what REALLY matters!  

Our Spiritual traditions.

Last year I posted our 3 favorite Meaningful Easter Activities.  Just click the links below to get the recipes and details of the traditions.

3 meaningful easter activities

Our Easter Traditions include:

Easter Breakfast – Resurrection Rolls

 

This is the simplest of the 3 traditions.  We LOVE this!

Break open the tomb (the roll) and the body of Christ is no longer there!!

Celebrate!

 

Another tradition is:

Easter Story Cookies

You will find a host of verses and the symbolism of each ingredient for this cookie by clicking here.

 And Finally:

Resurrection Eggs

This one takes a bit more preparation – but it is so worth it and so neat to do together as a family.
Find the list of items needed, verses and script for these eggs by clicking here.

These are all great tools for sharing the gospel with your own children, the children in the neighborhood or the children in Sunday School class.

One other tradition I typically face is stress. :(  Booooo – right?
Stress and holidays seem to go hand in hand for us mamas.  We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do it all perfectly. There’s a laundry list of things we have to do to pull off great memories and a meaningful day for our kids and the pressure can warp mommies mood!

Let me forewarn you – Satan HATES Easter and us celebrating Jesus Christ rising from the dead! He would LOVE to ruin your holiday. There are many spiritual battles that we may face during this holiday and we need to be aware and stand firm (Ephesians 6)!

So here’s a few practical things to remember:

1. It’s the tradition of being together year after year that builds security and love within the family. NOT how big the basket is or how perfectly the eggs are dyed.

2. Be on guard against marital strife. Inevitably your husband is not going to help enough or is going to do it his way not yours. Bite your tongue (till it bleeds mamas!)- be gentle with your words toward your husband – avoid having an Easter blow up – that ruins it for everyone. If there’s something that is just way out of line – pull him aside privately or save it until bedtime to discuss (unless of course someone is in danger!).

3. Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure everyone’s clothes and shoes and bows and accessories are out and ready to go in the morning. Put out the breakfast plates and cups so breakfast is efficient – you’ll be in a hurry to church and might want a picture before you leave (be sure your camera batteries are charged). These extra few minutes can make the difference between being frazzled and pleasant.

4. Get enough sleep Saturday night - do not stay up late watching television or browsing blogs and facebook. Be disciplined about your bedtime.

5. Wake up before everyone else and get your quiet time in and shower. I know that might mean waking at 5am but trust me – if you are a step ahead of your family the day will go much more smoothly than if you are a step behind.

6. Pray and ask God to give your family peace and joy. Someone could wake up sick, get chocolate down the front of their pretty dress, the Ham might not turn out right or your mother-in-law might just say something annoying…again.

Remember – there is a spiritual battle we are in – pray continually that God will help you to respond lovingly and patiently and peacefully!

I am saying a prayer for all who read this post – that God would bless your Easter! Stand firm mamas!!!
Ps. 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

**Chime In: Do you have a fun Easter tradition?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section too!

Walk with the King,

Easter Dinner Menu

Easter Dinner Menu

Is Easter at your house this year?

Then Janelle from ComfyInTheKitchen.com and I have the perfect Easter Dinner Menu for you!

Simply click on the links to get our recipes below.

First, this is what I take every year to my mom’s house for Easter

Deviled Eggs
(that I prefer to rename – Angelic Eggs!)

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Classic Green Beans

green beans

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

bacon wrapped asparagus

 Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

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 Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese - while your oven is filled with the main dish and sides – make this side in your crock pot! It’s a family favorite here in our house!

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Easter Ham

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Easy Cheesy Beautiful Bread

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel salad

Mmmmmm…looking at this feast makes me hungry!

What’s on your Easter Dinner Menu?

 

Walk with the King,

Courtney

 

Thank you to Janelle for sharing her recipes with us!

speakerJanelle Nehrenz

Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com Follower her on facebook at Comfy In The Kitchen Follow her on Twitter at ComfynKitchen

Easter Pictures &…I Stumble A Lot

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We hope you had a wonderful Easter remembering and celebrating our Risen Savior. Here’s a few pictures from our day. In the pictures below, Alexis had made a surprise video for her brother {expressing her love} and we were playing it for him on the television. Then we made our traditional Resurrection Rolls for breakfast.

Easter Morning Collage 

In the directions for the Resurrection Rolls, I mention that it’s very important that you get the seams closed…here’s what happens if you don’t! lol! #FAIL But they tasted good!

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Then off to church we went.

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After church we went to my parent’s house for Easter Dinner.  Below are my grandmother, my parents, my sisters and their families.

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 We always take a “sisters” picture on Easter together…there was a lot of laughter trying to get this picture this year…

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Got it!

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I’m over at The Better Mom today.  The topic –>> I Stumble A Lot…with my words.

 

I am a woman of many words lol! and Proverbs 10:19 says “When words are many, sin is not absent. But he who holds his tongue is wise.”

I long to be a woman who is filled with life giving words. Who is filled with grace and mercy. But the reality is – I stumble in many ways (James 3:2). And when I stumble, it brings pain to others and to my own soul. I long to be free of this problem in my life – to be so full of wisdom and self-control that I never ever stumble again!

But let me be honest, I stumble! I stumble all of the time in my marriage, in my parenting, and sadly with my friendships!

To read the rest of this article – visit me over at The Better Mom today!

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The Precious Blood of Jesus

The Precious Blood of Jesus 

 
Today we remember. (Taken from Matthew 27)

 
We remember…

 
the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver


the flogging


the crown of thorns


the purple robe


the sign “Hail, King of the Jews!”


the strike on Jesus’ face


the crowd shouting “Crucify Him!”



the long walk to Golgotha carrying the cross



the nails in his hands



the nails in his feet



DARKNESS



the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”



the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom



the earth trembling



the guards exclaiming “Surely he was the Son of God!”

  

 Life is in the blood –the precious blood of Jesus. 

{If you cannot see my video click here to view it.}

On the cross, Jesus said “It is Finished.” (John 19:30)

FINISHED – PAID IN FULL. All the bad things you have ever done are paid for in full by the blood of the lamb who gave his life for you on the cross. Do you wonder if you are lovable? Do you wonder if he really can forgive you of your sins? Does your guilt lie to you?

Psalm 103:10-12 answer these very questions: He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
 
It’s in Christ’s mercy that I have found rest in this difficult world. The blog Women Living Well would not exist if it were not for the truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I have found rest in Jesus Christ my Savior.
 
 
Have you found this rest? If you have placed your faith in Christ and believe that he indeed lived, died and rose again and have repented of your sins – your sins have been cast as far as the east is from the west. But, If you have not done this, I John 5:12 says you do not have eternal life. If you have never accepted the free gift that God has offered you of eternal life which only comes through faith in his Son Jesus – I beg you – do it today!
 
 
Have a fabulous weekend with your family and Happy Easter! 
 

He is Risen!

 
Walk with the King!