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Egg-stravagant Hunt

Egg-stravagant Hunt

This Easter Sunday, we hosted our very first Easter Egg Hunt. We invited extended family and those neighbors who were in town. We ended up with 17 children participating, and we hid more than 270 eggs! Hiding so many eggs was not difficult this year, because we do not have a lot of landscaping or trees, yet. So, many of the eggs were simply scattered across our lawn. Inside the eggs were jelly beans and other candy … and some…

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Human language falls silent before the mystery of the resurrection. Only one word remains to us: Alleluia! Happy Easter to you and yours!

Garden Party 4 :: The Wind and Sea Obey Him

Garden Party 4 :: The Wind and Sea Obey Him

And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” ~ Matthew 8: 27 ~ +++ Because of some illness that ran through my children last week, we were a bit behind in our sticker calendar and garden party this week. But better late than never, right?! Last night, we celebrated our fourth Good Shepherd Garden Party. This week’s theme for our calendar was The Wind and Sea Obey Him, so our…

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Garden Party 3 :: The Heavens Tell God’s Glory

Garden Party 3 :: The Heavens Tell God’s Glory

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong…

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Garden Party 2 :: Welcome to the Lord’s Table

Garden Party 2 :: Welcome to the Lord’s Table

The Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker calendar and the garden parties have truly blessed—and enhanced—our family’s celebration and understanding of the Easter season. Never has our Easter been so alive and so joy-filled! It is beautiful to come together each evening to pray, read Scripture and see a heavenly scene come to life through our calendar. It is helping our family get back into our family prayer time, which dwindled a bit due to the transition of moving. And…

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Garden Party 1 :: The Good Shepherd’s Pasture

Garden Party 1 :: The Good Shepherd’s Pasture

This Easter season, my family is using The Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker calendar to count the 50 days of Easter. Every night after dinner, my husband blesses us with Holy Water, we sing, place our lovely stickers on our calendar, pray with Scripture and add our own petitions, for a truly wonderful family prayer time. And once per week, I am hosting a Garden Party focusing on that week’s theme for my family, thanks to the creative collaboration…

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For Natalie

For Natalie

On Holy Saturday, we colored Easter eggs. We simply used a traditional egg-dying kit. My preschooler wanted to use the white, wax crayon to add drawings and messages. Since she cannot write much more than her name, she asked me to write out a very special message … Of course, I agreed … She dictated to me: “I love Natalie. From Lucia.” Natalie is one of our old neighbors. She, one of her brothers and Lucia were (are!) good pals….

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Easter Joy

Easter Joy

Reading this sweet book before coloring Easter eggs. A new tradition is born! The baskets are filled and ready to be hidden … Another family tradition but this one is a well-loved one already … After our Easter morning prayer and finally getting to sing “the A word” (Alleluia!), the kids scurry downstairs in search of them. Oh, the Easter joy! We bake Resurrection Rolls for breakfast (another new tradition), before a glorious Easter Mass celebrated by our new bishop!…

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