Easter Preparations

My kids recently started attending a Mother’s Day Out program TOGETHER, which means for the first time since becoming a mother I have a three hour window each week (that is not a nap/nighttime sleep window) where I can _________ (fill in the blank). Today I find myself at a local coffee shop enjoying this… BY MYSELF.

Iced Thai Latte + Carrot Cake

I love my kids, and I am incredibly grateful that I get to be at home with them. Do not get me wrong. But I’m also grateful for this quiet time when I can focus completely on work / continuing education hours / an adult conversation with a friend / etc.

Focusing, these days, requires some major intentionality on my part.

With Easter around the corner and my 3-year old now old enough to understand more about our Savior and the day He defeated death, I wanted to prepare for Easter intentionally. I wanted to get ready for Easter in the same way that we prepare for Christmas: with decorations and festivities and clothing and story reading and movie watching. But even more so, I wanted to prepare our hearts for the day, not just prepare a bunch of themed activities.

So, the first step I took was deleting all of the social media apps on my phone on Ash Wednesday. With the massive distraction that social media can bring removed, my chances for intentionality got a lot better.

Next we decorated our Easter tree.

I love how the colors of the eggs pop on the tree before the buds start blooming!

Then we hung our eggs in the kitchen.

Sparkle Easter eggs from the light fixture in our eat-in are my kids’ favorite decoration- probably because we spend so much time each day around our kitchen table.

We pulled out all of the Easter books (a couple we keep out all year, but the rest go into a box with the Easter decorations).

We’ve decorated Easter-themed sugar cookies (which came out of a kit from Walmart).

We’ve been watching everything we have about Moses and the Exodus. This includes The Price of Egypt (available on Netflix) and the Superbook episode Let My People Go (available for free on Prime Video).

And, David and I are preparing to celebrate a Christian Seder meal with our kids on Passover. (This year it is the day before Easter). My family began to celebrate Passover in this way when I was a teenager. In so doing, I began to understand the continuity of the Gospel throughout the Bible in a way I never had before. I purchased this book on Amazon, and we will use it as a loose script for our Christian Seder.*

I’ll be honest. Some of this has been kind of hard for me. We’re not shy in saying that we’re very protective of the content our children are exposed to. When my 3-yr old looked at a picture of Jesus on the cross in one of her Easter books and asked me what the red stuff on his hands was, I paused, but then I answered her.

I’m a hands on learner, so it’s natural for me to give my children activities to help them understand something. Things like baking croissants with marshmallows in them and dying Easter eggs… I learn best when my hands are working. My children both appear to be auditory learners, which is why we’ll still be intentional in talking and listening while we engage in our Easter festivities.

Preparing for anything these days is a lot work, but preparing for Easter has been such a joy this year. Nothing has been elaborate. Everything has been on our children’s developmental levels.

Our hope and prayer is that when Easter Sunday comes, our children awake not just to filled Easter baskets (which yes, we will do), but with excitement and an understanding that today is the day we CELEBRATE that Jesus is alive. We pray that seeds are planted in tangible ways for them to understand His sacrifice and why it was necessary and so incredibly perfect.

Wherever you are in your preparations for Easter, whether for your family or just for yourself, I encourage you to be intentional too.

Do you have an Easter preparation activity that you do every year? Or that you plan to do this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Until next time,

❤ Lindsay

*I am not endorsing this book by sharing it here on the blog. I am merely sharing it as a resource since that’s how David and I are utilizing it- as a resource. We grew up in a church that recognized the Christian Seder. My family celebrated it, as I mentioned above. But, we needed a resource to reference for prepared and sharing this special meal on our own. We chose this one because it focuses on presenting the Christian Seder to a child.

Status: Off Social Media

Hey there friends. Long time no see! I promised you I’d post here since I’m off social media for lent. So, again, hey there!

Frequently asked questions on the subject (being off of social media):

  1. Lindsay, I didn’t know you were Catholic. Or, are you? – Nope. Not Catholic. I’m a non-denominational Christ-follower. But there have been many years when I’ve chosen to give up something up for these several weeks to help prepare my heart for Easter by reminding me of either sacrifice or in this year’s case reminding me of the greatest connection / relationship of all time.
  2. Will you stay off of social media forever now? You say you’re really enjoying it, but I miss your posts! – I’m praying about it, because yes, these few weeks of being “disconnected” have been a very positive experience. And to be completely honest, I think I’d really like for God to tell me “YES, close every social media account you have.” But He hasn’t yet. If He does, I will.
  3. I don’t know if I could make it without social media. I mean, it’s my connection to everything. You’re a work-from-home mom; you don’t feel that way? – Yes, in many ways I do. I was very surprised at how isolated I felt in the first couple weeks. Especially during stretches when I was “trapped” at home with a sick kiddo. But, it was in these moments that I remembered two things: 1. there are other ways to connect with people other than social media (even when you’re trapped at home with a sick toddler), 2. I have an ever-present companion with me, the Holy Spirit, and a Maker who desires quality time with me.

A couple things I’ve really enjoyed about being off social media:

  1. I don’t feel the need to keep up with the Jones’. Or to explain myself. Or to be vulnerable at all times.
  2. My kids only see me on my phone when it’s work related, or I can’t remember the words to an old Shirley Temple song and must consult Google.
  3. I’m more productive. We as a family are more productive. David and I even built a brick paver patio off of our back deck last weekend.

A couple things I’ve missed:

  1. I don’t take near as many pictures now. I used to take pictures just for Stories all the time. Now that I’m not thinking about posting to Stories, I’m not taking as many pictures.
  2. Current events. The other day I had what I can only describe as a craving for current news. I ashamedly only know what’s going on in the world if David tells me about it or it is mentioned on my instagram feed. I even stopped and looked at the front page of a newspaper in Walmart the other day (the headline was of relevant interest to me). I couldn’t remember the last time I touched a newspaper.
  3. Connecting with my friends from afar who I pretty much only connect with these days through Instagram. Is it sad that that’s how we communicate? Not at all. Because of Instagram I get to correspond with people I knew when I was a KID who I would probably never have reconnected with without social media. I love that I get to see what they’re up to and that they get to see what I’m up to. I LOVE IT. I also love the encouragement that happens, especially between my other mamas-with-littles friends. You know that saying, “It takes a village,” well boy does it. But in more ways than just helping carrying diaper bags and kids and sharing diaper wipes and germ-x and just caring for children. We mamas (and dads) need STRONG, wise counsel and encouragement. We need to know other people feel the same thoughts we do. (And you know I could take a long tangent about mental health right here, but I’ll keep it brief. If that mama is also dealing with any kind of anxiety or depression [postpartum or not], this is even more important, and I literally believe breaking the bondage that isolation brings saves lives.) As my mom always says on the topic of social media, especially when I’m ready to switch to a flip-phone and leave the entire social media space forever, “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

I have a few upcoming posts in mind that I will be publishing within the next couple weeks. I’ll be sharing…

  • Some ways we’re intentionally using this time to prepare for Easter (and Passover)
  • My new recipe for a Matcha Latte (including an iced version)
  • A re-cap/reflexion post of our upcoming trip to Texas.

So, stay tuned. And I’d love to know if you’re also off social media for lent (or any other reason) and what your biggest take-away from the experience has been.

Until next time,

❤ Lindsay