Friday we talked about the crucifixion. I made a small cross out of some scrap wood I had in the garage, and I explained how they were used in ancient Rome to punish people who had done really bad things. I had her help me nail three nails into the cross and explained how they used to nail people that way when they were bad or had done horrible things. Then I asked Monkey if Jesus had done anything bad. She said, "No". So then I asked, "Why did He die on the cross if He didn't do anything bad?" She replied, "To get rid of our sins". Next we talked about sin, about what it is and about how everyone sins. She wrote the word "sin" on her doodle pad, and I asked her to draw a picture of any particular sin; she chose to draw a picture of her hitting the cat.
Next I told her to swipe the board clean, and I explained that just like she swiped away the picture, Jesus wiped our sins away on the cross. She then drew a picture of how that made her feel. It was a giant smiley face! Then to sum it all up we learned John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
Today we talked about the resurrection. I had her help me act out the resurrection with her toys, and consequently her bunny is now named "Jesus". Oops. Oh well. We talked about how the women went the tomb and found it empty and how Jesus conquered death so that we could have eternal life in Heaven. Then we talked about how Jesus went up to Heaven to prepare a place for us. It was a good talk, and she seemed to enjoy it.
Of course, we didn't leave J out of the festivities. As I mentioned in my last post, J recently received two care packages from us in the same day, and I was horrible and made him wait until Easter to open the second box (his words, not mine). Well now that he's opened it, I think I'll share it with y'all.
I lined this one in green construction paper, and aside from the small bit of grass, the eggs, and the bunny you see, I didn't do any decorating. I left most of the package blank for Monkey to fill in this time. That was a terrific idea, because I had a test to study for, and it took her quite a while to design the perfect Easter box for Daddy. My only regret is that I didn't get a picture of her finished product.
What I lacked in decoration on the outside, I made up for with creativity on the inside. I had Monkey helps me stuff Easter eggs full of goodies.
While she stuffed them, I wrote cheesy phrases on the outside of the eggs like, "Hoppy Easter", "SomeBunny loves/misses you, "Hop to see you soon", or "Love, your two chicks". I am the queen of all things corny, so this was so much fun for me.
After stuffing the eggs, we filled our box with a few extra things such as Peeps, a giant Warhead Egg, and a book of devotionals for J. Overall, I think it was a pretty good substitute for an Easter basket.