Our church is amazing. This last Sunday was palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is very important for us as Christians. It represents the start to the holy week before Easter Sunday. Jesus entered into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion knowing that he was going to be making a sacrifice. When he entered Jerusalem, the people waved their palm branches symbolizing goodness and victory while shouting Hosanna which means save, rescue, or savior. On this particular Sunday every year, the children in the nursery at our church wave their palm leaves around at the beginning of the big church service before the preaching starts. Of course the children don’t quite understand the meaning behind it, but it is still important for the adults. Drew carried Reagan while she waved her leaf (more like stared blankly at all of the people looking at her), and I carried Sadie. It is really great for all of the elderly members of our church to get to see the children. They really love it. After, the children waved their leaves they went back to the nursery until church was finished.
Now, every year the weekend before Easter, we have a huge Easter egg hunt for the kids. They create little areas for the different age groups that way it is pretty fair. Reagan and Sadie were both in the two and under section. I held Sadie while she hunted eggs. It was pretty windy so she pretty much just stayed bundled up in her blanket the whole time.
Drew watched Reagan run around. Last year, she only wanted specific colors, but this year she understood that eggs have candy in them. Needless to say, she was grabbing as many as she could.
She very quickly filled her basket, but when we went to give her sister’s basket to fill she was not very happy. She wanted her green basket.
We also had some very nice members bring a bunny rabbit for all the children to pet. Reagan kept going to touch it, and when she would finally make contact she would jump back and squeal. She melts my heart!
Her best friend came so of course we had to get a picture of them together! Myia is always very stylish. She is a little Diva. I love her. She even managed to get the special prize egg for the second year in a row! You see, Myia loves sparkly things, so if the prize egg is wrapped in foil she will definitely go for that first! She is so very special and precious to our family. Her and Reagan always have so much fun together. You may wonder what kind of fun and trouble can 2 two year olds get into, but let me just say they keep us on our toes constantly. We will sometimes hear them in the living room. You see, we have a few electronics. Reagan knows she is not supposed to touch them, however, when Myia comes over we will often hear Reagan telling Myia that she should touch the buttons and turn them on….Yeah, my kid is a handful. Anyways, I love that they are able to partake in this tradition every year with our church. It’s very special.
After the kids hunt all the eggs, our church has a huge lunch for all of the members. The church provides the fried chicken, rolls, drinks, and desserts while each family brings a side dish. It really is such a fun time of fellowship. We are blessed by having such a strong and generous church family.
I love that we do all of these fun things the weekend before Easter. This allows us to actually focus on the true meaning of Easter, which is celebrating the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. Hunting eggs is so much fun and we all love to see the joy on our children’s faces (or husband’s) when they get so much candy, but Easter is meant to celebrate so much more. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so that our sinful hearts could be saved by God’s grace. Hug your family members and share in God’s love this Easter, but don’t forget who we are really celebrating and why. Happy Easter!