Good Friday

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Today is “Good Friday”, a day to remember what happened at the cross. The cross was fulfilled 2000 years ago, but it is something we can still be touched by today! Jesus forgave all and the best part is it was FREE! He just wants us to LOVE Him in return…

Some Ideas for Today

Spend Time in Prayer, Jesus spent time in Gethsemane before His death praying to His Father.

Spend Time in the Dark, While Jesus was on the cross, there was 3 hours of darkness, that was the darkest day for many hearts!

Spend  Time Reading, The Story of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and death are accounted in Mathew 26 & 27, Mark 14 & 15, Luke 22 & 23, and John 18 & 19. Read these as a family.

Spend Time Forgiving, Jesus forgave our sins and we must forgive others. Today is the day to let your heart be softened and forgive.

Spend Time Talking, Tell your children what today means to you, your testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Don’t let today go by with out sharing Jesus with someone!

Spend Time Giving, Jesus gave it all for us.

May the Lord draw us all closer to Him this weekend.

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Easter on a Budget

Easter is about celebrating the risen Christ with friends and family.  Here is a way to do just that and help cut costs!

Easter Jelly Bean Poem:

RED is for the blood He gave.
GREEN is for the grass He made.
YELLOW  is for the sun so bright.
ORANGE is for the edge of night.
BLACK is for the sins we made.
WHITE is for the grace he gave.
PURPLE is for His hour of sorrow.
PINK is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet,
Is a prayer, is a promise, is a special treat!

(Place Jelly beans in a bag or jar and tie this printed poem to the bag with ribbon! -Great Gift Idea!)

Family Easter Activities:

 

Read the Biblical Story about the Resurrection of Christ!

Bring some donations to your local food shelter!

Do an Easter craft as a Family
 
Egg Decorating:
  Color Dye Recipe:
  1/4 teaspoon food coloring
3/4 cups water boiling, for each color
1 tablespoon vinegar
Hand Lambs
Paint the palm of the child’s hand with white washable liquid paint
Have child spread out hand fully, make a print construction paper
Let print dry

Use the thumb for the head and the fingers for the legs
Glue popcorn or small cotton balls onto body of the lamb
Add an eyemade from black construction paper or drawn by black crayon.

Bunny Mask out of a Paper Plate (see directions Below)
Using the paper plate, cut out eyes and nose in the plate
Cut out bunny ears from pink construction paper, glue to the plate

Make whiskers from pipe cleaners, or construction paper, glue to plate
Poke a hole on left and right side of face
Tie on a piece of yarn through each hole

Plan an Easter Egg Hunt:

– Start the Hunt off by using or Making “Resurrection” Eggs.

Resurrection eggs are a brilliant way to tell the beautiful story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to children. Inside each egg will represent part of the biblical story that will unfold as each child opens up an egg!Go HERE to make your own Resurrection Eggs. or you can buy some Resurrection Eggs through Amazon.

-Fill some more eggs with candy, stickers, nickels and dimes, coupons for getting out of chores, staying up late one night, having a friend over for a sleep over or there favorite dinner.

-Hold the hunt indoors or outside.

-Invite Family, Friends, and Neighbors!

-Most Important HAVE FUN with your kids!


Easter Baskets on a Budget:
 
-Purchase a basket at a thrift store, or at a garage sale for ½ the price of buying new. Many times, the baskets look unused!- Can’t find an inexpensive basket? Be Creative, use a Hat, Shoebox, Bucket, Sand pail, or even a cute bag!-For the special adults in your life, use all your freebies you’ve snagged from shopping the drugstores or your mail sample freebies as your Easter basket fillers.

-Craft stores, Dollar Stores and Even Target have $1 priced items to choose from. In these “dollar” spots you can find; Coloring books, plastic eggs, candy, pens, pencils, chalk, stickers, tattoos, socks, beach towels, sand pails, garden seeds, and so much more. Be creative!

-Fill your child’s basket with: books found at a local garage sale or thrift stores for $0.25 or often times less, Coupons made specifically for your child (i.e. stay up late, play date with Dad, and etc.),

 


Homemade playdough
      Regular Recipe:
-2 cups flour
-2 Tbsp. oil
-1 cup salt
-2 cups water
-1 tsp. cream of tartar
-food coloring (use kool-aid mix to make the playdough smell good and colorful!)

Add food coloring or 1 pkg. Kool-Aid to water. Add all the ingredients in a microwave bowl. Stir every minute until it forms a ball. Takes 3-5 minutes. Let it cool and store in a Zip-Lock bag in the refrigerator.

   Peanut-butter Playdough recipe:

-1 c. peanut butter
-2/3-1 c. nonfat dry milk
-2 tbsp. honey

Mix ingredients. Add enough powdered milk to make playdough dry enough to handle. You can eat it when your done!

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk:
-2 qts. plaster of Paris

-food coloring -water Mix plaster of Paris with 1 quart water. Mix in desired color. Pour into paper towel or toilet paper tubes (about 3 inches high). Let dry (may take several days). Remove from tubes and let the kids go to town!

Homemade Bubbles:

Stir together 6 parts water, 2 parts dishwashing soap, and 3/4 part corn syrup (can substitute for sugar). Store in a covered container. Have your kids use homemade bubble wands (pipe cleaners bent into fun shapes, cookie cutters, and so on)
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Spring Cleaning: Bathroom and Closet

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Bathroom and closet are cleaned!  Tomorrows project is the kids bathroom.

Clean and organize closet
Organize toiletries
Scrub tub
Clean Toilets
Replace Light Bulbs
Wipe down sink/mirror/ cabinets
Mop floor
Clean window
Wipe baseboards/walls/ switch/door knobs
Clean ceiling bath fan
Wash shower curtain

Where do you store your stockpile items?

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Spring Cleaning: Closet

1The dreaded closet. While I am fortunate to have a nice sized closet, I think I abuse it’s size.

Let me explain….The treadmill is in here because I need it to be in sight so it gets used regularly. The desk is in here for when I have a sewing project to complete. The books are my collection of favorites. It just works for me, ha! I possibly, might be a hoarder?!

 

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Tomorrows project is the master bathroom.

Clean and organize closet
Organize toiletries
Scrub tub
Clean Toilets
Replace Light Bulbs
Wipe down sink/mirror/ cabinets
Mop floor
Dust blinds
Clean window
Wipe baseboards/walls/ switch/door knobs
Clean ceiling bath fan
Wash mats/shower curtain

What do you store in your closet? Anything besides clothes?!

 

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Spring Cleaning: Master Bedroom

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Spring Cleaning 2015 kicked off in the master bedroom… And what I thought would only take 30 minutes, ended up taking close to 2 hours!!! As you can see the room was a disaster. A pool noodle was  under the bed…. Need I say more?

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Ezra still sleeps in our room so we have extra medical equipment that got a good cleaning too. He slept through the whole cleaning event, which made things easier. Here is the finished result –>

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Tomorrow’s agenda is my closet. I can honestly say I am SCARED! If the bedroom took 2 hours to clean, the closet is going to take 8! I think I am going to get a head start tonight and finish in the morning.

Declutter
Wipe down baseboards and switches
Organize Clothing
Dust
Vacuum
Fill a donation box
Toss junk and old clothing (in bad shape)

Was there any pool noodles hiding under your bed?!

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