I hope this Easter finds you all blessed. We have been busy with Easter activities all week. We've enjoyed several Easter videos, explored our Resurrection eggs, taken an Easter egg basket to a friend in the hospital, and spent a joyful weekend together. Since we are currently between churches, we are holding our own celebration of Jesus' life today (isn't everyday a celebration?). Long story short ~ our church is not a good fit for us at this time, and we are looking for a new place of worship. Anyway, this is the first time missing church on Easter Sunday in a very long time, and it feels a bit strange.
I would have to say the kids' favorite part of the past week has been multiple Easter egg hunts. They are obsessed with egg hunts. Little Red Riding Hood, in particular, plays with Easter eggs year round. She has been setting up her own Easter egg hunts since Valentines day! We did Easter egg hunts with our spelling words almost daily over the last 2 weeks. We will be having a big at home hunt later today. The eggs will be filled with dimes and nickels (since most candy cannot be eaten by Tom Sawyer).
Since we have not been attending our church for awhile now, it felt wrong to attend their Easter egg hunt, which has been a family tradition for years. So I started looking for a local hunt and found that there were many. I also discovered to my surprise that some of our children had aged out of the hunts already. Since Little Red Riding Hood talks about the big Easter egg hunt year round (really, she does), we decided to go to as many as we could this year. The first one was at a historic home and had no age limit. All of the kids were able to participate, and they gave out lots of stickers and other prizes for our non-candy eating son. They also had tons of historic games, including a parachute. What fun that was for everyone. Goldilocks found the golden egg, which won her a stuffed bunny.
Another day I took only Little Red Riding Hood to a hunt at a local statue garden. She found many eggs -- what with all the practice she gets holding her own egg hunts. I pointed out that one little girl was crying, because she had found none. Little Red Riding Hood gave her four eggs. Then she started noticing other children who had no eggs. Without prompting, she gave away at least half of her eggs to other children. She brought a great deal of joy to others. It brought tears to my eyes to see how she shared. She felt great too. I love seeing her develop the knowledge that it is better to give than receive.