March 30, 2010
Easter Story Cookies
To be made the evening before Easter.
1cup whole pecans
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)
Place pecans in ziplock bag 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.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 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.
March 29, 2010
Symmetrical Purple, Bundt Muffins, Colored Eggs
I published a blog post here every single day from January 24th until March 4th (that's exactly 40 days in a row, hmmm).
Then it petered out. Now I haven't posted in 11 days. And the first thing I have to present is yet another lovely crocus photo from our garden, so prepare yourself:
I love the symmetry of this one, and the shadows.
In the past 11 days:
• Jason came in 2nd place in his high school lunchtimes-all-week chess tournament (out of about 18) - I like that position, because it means you're doing really well, but you still have things to shoot for! Go, Jason!
• Jason also performed as "Garvin" in his high school musical, Footloose. A very fun show to watch, with lots of dancing, singing, and good acting. A local reporter even attended the dress rehearsal and published an article about it. We think Jason's hand made it into the photo, but one can't be sure... :-)
• I made fun shapes of muffins in my new silicone muffin moulds
• We colored Easter eggs with a new type of dye we will not use again - it involved using thin gloves, pouring a few drops of dye onto the gloves, and rolling the eggs around in our hands. Gooey, messy, strange. Next year we'll go back to the regular dye-in-the-bowl-and-dip-with-spoons stuff.
We're getting ready to go on a college tour trip for Jason over Spring break. Hard to believe he'll be applying in the autumn. It's going to be a short, packed and focused trip, sadly without time to visit people along the way. Hopefully Jason will get some insight into what sort of place he'll like to spend four years of his life.
March 18, 2010
March 17, 2010
It's getting away from me
Happy St. Patrick's Day. The whole family managed to remember to wear green shirts. We have Irish in us from both sides of the family.
Despite the ease of posting via email (via posterous.com), and despite the nice comments from my few, but important, dedicated readers, it feels like the blogging rhythm is gradually slipping away from me again.
This morning, my hot chocolate overflowed in the microwave. Jason pulled no punches in telling me that the chocolate glob hanging over the edge of the mug looked like a dead rat.
And now, off to the post office, the recycling center, school to pick up Emily, and Claire's (girly jewellery/accessories store) to let Emily use some gift certificates she received for her birthday...
Emily's 12th birthday party
March 14, 2010
Cub, the Neighhourhood Cat, Likes Being Petted
Outside in our winter garden. Naturally never allowed in the house, what with two allergic people in the family. She's a real gift, in that we get to stroke her every day but never have to do anything else. We do give her a water bowl, but are forbidden to feed her by her owners, so she doesn't get confused about who she belongs to. :-) We honor that and are glad we get to share in just loving her. She's so soft and cuddly.
March 13, 2010
"DO NOT employ automated search tools to find a path for you.
DO NOT edit the start page to insert a link to the home page."
"'5-Clicks-to-Jesus': A form of Wikiracing that mimics golf, the challenge in this version is to get from a Random Article to the Jesus entry in as few clicks as possible. Reaching the article in 5 clicks is considered 'par', with clicks over or under five being referred to as 'bogeys' and 'birdies' respectively."
March 11, 2010
Multinational Baby Showers
- 3 Americans
- 2 Swiss
- 1 German
- 1 British
- 1 Canadian To complicate matters a bit more: - two of the Americans are married to Swiss men
- one of the Swiss ladies is married to a South African man
- two of the South Africans have dual nationality, one with Germany, and the other Switzerland Quite an interesting group! We chatted, ate dessert, played a few games, and prayed over the expectant mother (my favorite part, since it will make a lasting difference in her life beyond this one evening). I was looking around the room, and noticed that there were three pregnant ladies there, and five ladies who have had a baby in the past year or so...we are a fertile church!
Allison hosted a shower for Jami
Another Allison hosted a shower for Tanya
Tanya hosted a shower for Katja
Katja hosted a shower for Tiffany
Michelle hosted a shower for Diane
Diane hosted a shower for Kristin
Kristin helped Annabel host a shower for Hanni I have been able to attend five of these seven showers held since we moved here in 2008. What a lovely circle of caring (and productive!) ladies. Thanks for all these friends, Creator of mothers and babies!
March 10, 2010
Fly, by Sara Groves
Musings on Marriage, for my children to think about for their future...
A large part of marriage is focusing on the positives. Looking for the good things about your spouse (it's all you see at the beginning, of course, but I'm talking about LATER), and majoring in those. Counting the blessings that come wrapped up in your spouse-package. Encouraging and praising for the things they're doing right. However, one of those things HAS to be faithfulness. Without that, it's not marriage. Marriage is a one-on-one thang. So another really big part of marriage is trying REALLY hard before you get engaged, to gauge the prospective person's character: Faithful? Trustworthy? Able to commit and stick with it? That's hard to figure out. But essential. Along with perseverance, responsibility, integrity, honesty, industriousness, devotion, and hey, hopefully a good sense of humor and fun.
And after the wedding, what about those other little things that could potentially annoy you? Laugh good-naturedly about them. Don't spend too much time on them. Cover them over with love and patience; pray about them if you like, but with a good measure of acceptance for any outcome of your prayers. Move right along to counting your blessings again.
Another thing: keep filling up your spouse's love bank. It's being drawn down constantly by life happening, and needs generous daily deposits to keep it nice and full of savings for when you're sick or away or in a bad mood or slip into temporary selfish insanity. As soon as possible after you've been the one drawing it down, get back to topping it up: do loving things, take care of a need or expressed desire, speak encouragingly, give tender touches, leave notes, share a chore that's not even yours, or whatever else works to communicate to your spouse how important they are to you, and how cherished, in the midst of the mundane and routine. It goes such a long way. You may not "want" to do something in particular at the moment, but you "want" to have a joyful, lifelong marriage, right? So actually, long-term, you "want" to do the loving thing NOW. It's good planning for your own happiness, not to mention your spouse and your children.
The end of the song "Fly" by Sara Groves, speaking of the loving things done for her by her husband:
Oh how the little things
Strengthen my tiny wings
Help me to take on the world
When you love me there's nothing I wouldn't try
I might even fly
It was funny to find these two favorites together!
Another interesting related thing - someone put the same song to their wedding video here.
The amazing thing about this video, as I realized watching it, is that the groom has no arms. The bride puts his wedding ring on a chain around his neck, the minister removes her veil, and they dance with only the bride's arms holding the groom! Wow. At first look I had just found it weird that he didn't dance with his arms around her! Teaches me a lesson!!! How quick we are to judge before we look for a good reason people are doing things! We need to remember we don't know the whole story.
My husband's calling, got to go! :-)
P.S. Commenter Martin's post he wanted to link to is here. Sorry the link doesn't work in the comments, Martin! Good post you wrote!