This is Freedom

  It was 20 years ago that our country made the transition from apartheid to democracy. I was 12 years old, in standard five, and the most momentous thing in my life was playing one of the witches in our school production of The Wizard of Oz. It was only a couple of years later …

Introducing Earth Girl

  My daughters had so much fun doing all the Easter crafts, that on Monday my eldest asked, “Is it really the last day of Easter today?” At bedtime that night, she asked, “What craft are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?”     My plan was to get back into the Fruit of the Spirit devotionals …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Ten

I wanted today’s focus to be all about joy, specifically joyful praise for the message of Easter. And what better way to express joy than by singing and dancing and making music? The girls covered empty 500ml bottles with pretty paper then filled the bottles with uncooked rice to make shakers. While they were working, …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Nine

  Every year the Church at Edenvale has a multi-denominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Everyone brings picnic blankets, chairs, flasks of coffee/hot chocolate, hot cross buns, and gathers at Horwood’s Farm to celebrate the Resurrection. It’s a bit chaotic with two small children, but it is an important Easter tradition for our family. Later, …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Eight

  I found this lovely Christian Easter bunny and thought it was such a clever way to tie the bunny to the Bible. As I mentioned in a previous post, we’ve allowed the girls to believe that there is an Easter Bunny. This activity uses Scripture to give biblical attributes to the Easter Bunny. I …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Seven

On Good Friday, we remember the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. (Luke 23:1-50) It has become our family tradition to go to the Good Friday service at church, then spend the day with my in-laws. My eldest has been talking all week about “going to the service” and is quite taken with the idea of having …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Six

I started off with the story of the First Passover (Exodus 12:1-30), then explained that Jesus is the Lamb of God, which is why He was the sacrifice for our sins. Again, I reminded them that He died on the cross, then rose again so we could one day live in heaven with Him. Then …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Five

  I saw several versions of the Jelly Bean Prayer while I was browsing for ideas on Pinterest, but I really liked this one that comes from the Happy Home Fairy. Black is for our sin – the wrong things we have done. Red is for Jesus’ blood – He shed for everyone. White is …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Four

  My eldest daughter is very aware that eggs and bunnies are part of Easter, so we’ve allowed her to believe that the Easter Bunny exists. After watching Rise of the Guardians, he is entrenched in her imagination along with Tinker Bell, the Disney Princesses and Mickey and company. I don’t think the eventual discovery …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Three

  “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.’” – Luke 19:46 I began with the story of Jesus clearing the temple, again from The Children’s Bible Storybook. Before we started the activity, I asked my eldest daughter why we go to …