If you would like to hear the recording of the funeral/celebration service of Dustin Salter, click here.
Our church egg hunt was today. Our cousins, Emma and Ella, came for the fun, too. We just had to get a picture of all four grandchildren on Mitch’s side. They had a great time hunting for the eggs, playing the relay races, eating snacks, and jumping on the moonwalk. They seem to really be enjoying their candy in this picture.
Soon after naptime, we took the boys to the park. What a joy it is to see your children having so much fun, especially in the great outdoors. God is good!
I’ve had this recipe/story in my file for years but have never done it. I think I’m gonna make an effort this year.
Easter Story Cookies
To be made the evening before Easter
•1 cup whole pecans
•1 tsp vinegar
•3 egg whites
•1 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don’t wait till you’re half done with the recipe!)
2. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was Beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19: 1-3.
3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10: 1 0-11.
5. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.
6. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
7. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1: 18 and John 3: 1-3.
8. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
9. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
10. GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.0n Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
I’ve spent all morning at home with my husband and two little boys. Andrew and I have talked to both of his aunts on the phone, taken showers, played on the floor with toys, eaten a mid morning snack, and made a craft. Luke has played with us for a little bit but he was more interested in taking a morning nap. We’re on our way to run a few errands and eat a sack lunch with Dad. Mitch and I have a date tonight so we’re looking forward to eating a meal without crumbs left all over our shirts.
Tomorrow is the big church egg hunt so I’ll be posting lots of pictures from that event.
I’m in the blogging mode tonight….already posted three in the past two hours. My eyes are droopy.
Found some actual answering machine greetings online today. These cracked me up:
1. Hi. Now you say something.
2. You have reached________. We picked this machine up at a garage sale in “as-is” condition. You can try to leave a message on it, but we are not sure it will be recorded. If we don’t return your call, it means the machine did not work.
3. Hi! John’s answering machine is broken. This is his refrigerator. Please speak very slowly, and I’ll stick your message to myself with one of these magnets.
4. (said very fast:) Hi, this is_________. If you want to leave a message, please wait for the tone. If you want to leave your name and number, please press pound, press 3, then dial your name, then press 6 and dial your number. If you want to leave your name and just a message, press star, press 6, ask for extension 4443, then leave your name and message. If you want to leave your number and the time you called, please press star twice, spin in a circle, press 1 twice, talk loud and …..BEEP
5. Hello. I’m home right now but cannot find the phone. Please leave a message and I will call you up as soon as I find it.
6. Hi there. This is Joe speaking. I’m home right now and in a moment, I’ll have a decision to make. Leave your name and number and I’ll be thinking about it…
7. We’re sorry. You have reached an imaginary number. Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again.
8. (in a Darth Vader voice:) Speak, worm!
9. This is you-know who. We are you-know-where. Leave your you-know-what you-know-when.
10. You have reached the number you have dialed. Please leave a message after the beep.
11. Hi. Do you ever feel, like, your head is full of sand, not your regular loose sand, mind you, but compacted sand, and there were like, I dunno, bugs or something jumping up and down on the compacted sand? Well, sometimes I do. Bye.
12. This is _______, and no, it’s not Domino’s Pizza. It’s not the Credit Union either, and no one named Pam lives here. You can leave a message, though.
Ok, I have a new favorite show. Don’t get me wrong….I’m a huge 24 fan, BUT I have now decided that the show LOST is far more interesting with all the plot twists, strange happenings, relationship issues, and flashbacks from earlier months/weeks before the plane crash (I’m sure my brother, Stuart, is giggling right now because he’s been telling me for the past two years that 24 had nothing on LOST). I know, I know…..it’s just like a soap opera at night, except this one is on a deserted island in the South Pacific instead of in wealthy circles located in some unknown suburb. We didn’t start watching LOST until the middle of season 2 last year so we have, on loan from the Scharff family, the box set for season 1. Watch out….if you start watching it now, you’re sure to become an addict.
Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
Luke “surprised” me twice today…..
1. After breakfast, I took off his PJs and diaper. I needed to check on something in the kitchen (I think…or was I going to the bathroom really quick?) so I left him naked – ONLY FOR 30 SECONDS. When I turned around to finish dressing him, I noticed a smell. I followed the stinch and found the trail….of poop. All over our living room carpet.
2. Luke is our independent “leave me alone” child. He likes to play by himself and loves to explore – sometimes a little more adventurous than I’d like. Just before nap time, I was filling up Andrew’s juice cup and noticed that I no longer heard Luke babbling or felt him nibbling at my feet. I called his name several times in that sing song sortof way and then it got much more serious when I realized he was no where to be found. After (seriously) three minutes of searching, I began screaming his name. That’s when I heard him cry. Again, I followed the trail and found him. He had apparently closed himself up in one of the bedroom closets. Now I’ll know where to look next time he wants to play hide-n-seek.