I had the opportunity to meet Emily Belle Freeman (you can find out more about her here) recently, and I wish I had more time to talk about the remarkable woman that she is. Humble and kind, patient and wise, lovely and charismatic, she is beautiful. During one of our conversations (video call), I watched as she was talking and sanding Easter crèches. When asked she said she had 400 more to go before she left on her next trip that week. I sat and thought about the crèche and book that she had given me that was sitting on the counter, and suddenly I appreciated it a little bit more, actually quite a bit more.
Knowing that this wonderful woman felt so strongly about Easter and celebrating Christ that with her own hands she was sharing her love of the Savior, I couldn't help but go buy two more books and crèches to share with you.
Now I haven't been great at Easter traditions with my family. The children used to get new Easter clothing, but as they are older, they don't want to match nor do they need more new clothing so that tradition dwindled. We don't have big Easter baskets as I wanted to focus to be on the Savior and we hardly need more candy and stuff. Also, I found that Easter would sneak up on me each year. I understand how and why it comes each year, but I would love for it to be like Christmas. One day, the same day, toward the end of April so I could always depend on the calendar day and spend the entire month of April on Easter, even if it's over on the first day of April. I suppose I could still celebrate it all month long, but the excitement and interest seems to wane after it's over. That, however, is just my silliness and lack of preparation.
This year I am trying to be more conscientious this Easter week, in part because I have these wonderful resources to help me focus on the Savior with my children. The book and the Easter crèche have been on the counter, usually in disarray or in some acrobatic stacking feat. I will see the children pick up the book and read it independent of what we are doing as a family. It's the quiet moments like this that I know have a great impact on the children. Suggestions have been made of things we can do to add to our Easter tradition or to make new ones. It's never too late to start a meaningful tradition, especially when it comes to Jesus.
How I love Jesus! He is my all, and during this special Easter week, I am so thankful to focus on Him with so many others around the world. There is something exceptional about praising Him together.
If you would like to a chance to win one of the two Easter giveaways, please leave a comment below sharing one of your Easter traditions. The two winners will be announced on Good Friday, March 30. Unfortunately, the prize won't arrive in time for Easter, but you can celebrate all during April. I know I will be trying to.
More giveaway the next few days. I love Easter!