A Few Changes 

Sorry for the silence—– This year has had a busy start + I now have TWO girls who believe nap time is no longer a necessity but an option ( and one unworthy of picking most days…).  My writing time has become much harder to find most weeks!  Hoping I can be more consistent in the coming weeks and months.  

I wanted to do a brief recap on what the girls have been up to.  It’s amazing to think what our days were like a year ago, and how much has changed! 

Then 

 and Now 

 

Our days fly by!  Especially now that the weather has turned for the better and parks are becoming routine once again🙌 

Aside from the girls growing by leaps and bounds,  we have had some big changes over here in 2015! 

  

  

  

First up,  Emaline was moved into the sister room.  A change the girls have been begging for since we brought Em home from the hospital!  It’s nice having all three together, and we love having our guest room up and running (visitors welcome!!😃). 

As previously stated, we now have two-non napping girls most days.  This is probably my least favorite change so far in 2015.  I had such a great routine with Liesels quiet time.  Two has been challenging.  I still have yet to find our groove, and I mourn the loss of my easy mommy centered afternoons.  *tips for how you manage more than one quiet timer appreciated.  Especially ideas that do not involve TV or iPads.  

The older girls continue to play really well together and their pretend play is a joy to see and hear!  On our drive up to Michigan for Easter the two of them played princesses with their barbies for over an hour!  🙌🙌.  But with this good there is some bad, the bickering stage  has entered our household. That’s mine, I had it first, she’s not sharing… And on and on and on.  This is precisely why quiet time with two is not as easy as with one!  Sometimes my  time is spent more as a referee than checking off any of my to do list.  But I do believe they are learning, growing and being molded into the strong Christian girls Eric and I pray they will be!  

 

Now that Emaline is mobile and talking, there has definitely been the beginning shift in play from 2 to 3 sisters.  We are excited to see this shift take shape and deepen over the next year or so!  The other day I went out to run a few errands with only Em (something I never do).  I was shocked that my easy baby cried almost the whole way to and from the store.  At the end of the drive I peeked behind and saw her hand stretched towards Liesels seat. And then it clicked.  She Hated to be alone in the back of the car.  She probably didn’t know what to do with the silence.  And sure enough, once her sisters returned all was well and Emmy was smiley once again!  

 

I know more changes are heading our way this summer.  And of course the biggest change of all will hit us come August, kindergarten. Get ready for some blubbering mommy posts come fall!😉.   But we take all these in stride. Blessed to have the best partner to face life with and girls that, although sometimes challenging, fill me with more love and joy than I ever thought imaginable! 

          
 

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Holy Week Activities

Our Lenten season is almost over.  Hosanna has been ringing from our lips, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  HOSANNA in the highest!” Matthew 21:96

This year I was challenged by a dear friend to give up sleep for lent.  *chuckle* can a mom of three-under 5 have sleep to give up?😉. Yes, yes she does.  It has truly been one of the most challenging, strengthening and rewarding Lenten seasons for me.  My morning alarm goes off at 6am and I slither out of bed trying desperately to make it downstairs without the pitter patter of little feet behind me.  Once down I have about an hour to myself.  To complete my bible study, pray and spend alone with my Lord.  There are days the girls wake before I am finished, but they have gotten in the routine of either snuggling close to me as I finish or begin looking at books alone.  It has been a great way to begin our days.  One I hope to continue after our Lenten season. 

The girls and I have been busy with activities and crafts focusing on Easter and Holy Week. We have enjoyed some new ones, like these tissue paper stained glass crosses 

   

 

But the majority of our crafts and activities have been repeats of last year.  Starting with Palm Sunday,  

     

Each year the girls understanding of Holy Week and Easter deepens. I pray our Lord reveals himself more with each passing year to my girls and myself.  

Here is my post from last year with all the activities we have been enjoying.  I hope they will be enjoyed in your home!

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Give Me Jesus 

The Easter holiday is tricky, especially when you have kids. Everywhere you look there are bunnies and eggs and spring fluff! Don’t get me wrong I love a good Reese’s peanut butter egg and egg hunt, I just want more Jesus. It’s so important to Eric and I that our girls have a firm grasp on what this holiday is all about. Last year we talked some with Liesel but this year I wanted to go deeper. For the past two weeks the girls and I have focused on the true story. We have spent everyday reading through the Easter story in their Beginner’ s Bible beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with the resurrection. They have been loving our devotional time each day, asking such great questions, that I’ve decided to start setting aside this time every day. We have always read a story from the bible to the girls each night before bed. But why do I have my devotional time while they are asleep? Don’t I want my girls to learn how important bible reading is? Don’t I want them to learn from my example? I’m excited to implement this time each morning. A time where they can get out their bibles with me and spend time alone with our Lord! 

Here are a few of our activities from the past two weeks. 

Palm Branches after reading about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey in their Beginners Bible (pgs 427-432), we made our own handprint branches. We then had fun role playing, taking turns being Jesus on the donkey while the other two yelled, hosanna hosanna in the highest!


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20140416-204919.jpg  The Washing of Feet after reading pgs 437-439 in the Beginners Bible the girls took turns washing each others ( and my feet). We talked about serving each other, loving each other and how dirty the disciples feet must have been 😉

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20140416-220803.jpg  Tomb Rolls death, sin, persecution, resurrection. These are all extremely hard terms for a 3 year old and 2 year old to grasp. Last year a friend of mine wrote about these rolls she made with her boys to explain the death and resurrection. I loved the idea and immediately tucked it away for this year! After reading pgs 446-458 in Beginners bible we made these to help the girls understand. ingredients 1 pkg jumbo crescent rolls 1 bag lg marshmallows 1/4 c melted butter 1/2 c sugar 1 TB cinnamon Cover Jesus ( marshmallow) in blankets ( butter and sugar/cinnamon). 

20140416-224334.jpg Next, place the crucified Jesus in the tomb ( crescent roll). Cover marshmallow completely with crescent pinching all sides. Then place tombs 

20140416-224705.jpg in a 375 degree oven for 13 minutes. Once rolls are cool, enjoy an empty tomb roll. Jesus is ALIVE

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20140416-224851.jpg  Tissue Paper Crosses 

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20140416-230057.jpg  Watercolor Crosses have kids paint over masking tape crosses. Once dry, carefully take the tape off. I loved how they turned out. 

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20140417-142751.jpg  Pretzel Crosses Ingredients Pretzel rods White chocolate melted Sprinkles Break pretzel rod so that you have one part shorted then the other. Dip long end it chocolate then dip shorter end. Place on top of one another and add sprinkles. Let sit until chocolate is hardened and enjoy!

20140417-143442.jpg  I hope you all have a blessed Easter! He is Risen, Indeed!! 

In the morning when I rise Give me Jesus You can have all this world But give me Jesus! – Fernando Ortega