Easter: Celebrating Hope

I keep saying Easter is one of my favorite holidays, but the older I get (no doubt it has so much to do with being a mom now – realizing the importance of raising these little hearts with an eternal perspective) it’s really become my #1 favorite holiday.  No, it’s not because of the bunny or egg hunts and all the other activities, which are most definitely super fun without the stress & expectations of Christmas, or that with Easter comes spring… *Oh how I instantly feel a lift in my spirits when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and we’re (all 4) riding down the road with our arms up singing “Hands in the air like we don’t care!”…

 

But no, that’s not it.  To me, Easter is the definition of Hope.  Easter is when God’s promise was fulfilled.  Just when darkness thought they won, they had been defeated in the biggest way… You know the feeling you get when you get to prove the naysayers wrong?!  That’s the victory Christians felt the moment Jesus had risen again and defeated death, proving He indeed was the Messiah, our Savior!

Because of the resurrection:
  • You & I can pray knowing God hears our prayers.
  • We can live knowing there is life beyond this life.
  • You can sacrifice knowing your faithfulness matters
  • He proved he was who he said he was… our Lord & Savior.
Explaining it to Little Ones
This can seem pretty difficult to talk to little ones about, talking about death and all, but it shouldn’t be… that’s not what we’re celebrating.  We’re celebrating that he conquered all and lived again.  So this is how I easily explain it to The Kraze: Easter reminds us of the day Jesus saved the entire world… and they excitedly ask, “Like a superhero?!”, to which I reply, “Jesus is the #1 Superhero!!!”
I leave you with this… and hope that you’ll take in each word:
Alone in my sorrow dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains 
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh your grace so free
Washes over me 
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 

Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed

Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested 
and my life began

 

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Mommy-Made Easter

At almost 18 months, The Kraze had their first Easter Egg Hunt today and we have a Sunrise Breakfast at our church Saturday morning, so of course they need Easter baskets and something festive to wear for all these activities!  Being the person that I am, loving any excuse to celebrate and believing that the day-of is the most important, we are saving their Easter dresses for Easter Day…

I know it’s a little last minute, but with all of the 30th birthday festivities for Zach last week… who am I kidding – I’m a procrastinator, I’ll admit it now – you’d find out sooner or later any way, so don’t expect any great projects a month in advance, but if you’re a last-minute person like me, we’ll be great DIY friends!!

Also something to note, I am not a seamstress.  At best, I can sew ribbon & elastic onto a pair of point shoes, so you can always count on easy peasy projects from me.

No-Sew DIY Onesies

Having twin girls, I love to be playful and creative anytime I can (anyone who knows us, knows that my girls always coordinate but never match).  So one will wear the bunny & one will wear ‘hop’ – get it?!  I don’t really care which one wears which, they like to choose themselves – it’s true!
*I also think it would be cute to have Easter eggs on one & a silhouette of a chick on the other or if you have a singleton, your options are endless!

What you’ll need…

  • Onesie(s) or shirt  – I grabbed two out of their closet that they’re close to outgrowing anyway
    • I am loving the trend of mixing patterns, so I chose different patterns in the same color family to create a cohesive but fun look!
  • Fabric – I had leftovers from fabric squares I bought for a DIY for their birthday party
    • Hancock Fabrics has an unlimited selection for about $0.29 a piece & they’re BIG
  • Fabric Paint
  • Stitch witchery (what I had already) or any type of heat & bond adhesive
  • Iron
  • Pencil – an old fashioned wooden #2 will work (not mechanical)
  • Scissors
  • Computer & Printer – unless you can freehand way better than I can
  1. Choose and find your image.  I googled ‘bunny silhouette’, then went to word and typed out ‘hop’ in a fun font. (again, unless you are better equipped with Photoshop than I am)
  2. Print out your image(s) to the size you want & cut it/them out.
  3. Trace the image face down onto the back of your fabric & cut it out.
  4. Cut your adhesive to the shape of your applique.
  5. Iron your applique onto the garment.
  6. Trace the edges with fabric paint – the fabric’s edges will be unfinished and possibly lift (again I don’t sew) , so I did this to give it a more finished look, prevent it from lifting and it adds to the cuteness!
My cost: $0 & they were the cutest ones there (as they need the outfits for that to be so)!

No-Sew DIY Tutu Easter Baskets

Pretty much any mom of girls loves to find any excuse to incorporate tutus in their little girls’ lives, especially this former ballerina! Now, I love PBK as much as the next mom and their Easter baskets are too cute, BUT the liners alone are $14-$25 a piece – that’s $28-$50 on LINERS for this mom of two, not including the baskets or anything to put in them… don’t think so.
What you’ll need…
  • The cheapest basket you can find – I believe we got ours from ToysRUs for under $3
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Spool of precut tulle in your color of choice
  • Needle & thread – I know I said I don’t sew, but it’s about the same as sewing a pair of point shoes – you can do it, I promise!
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Just We Moms has a great tutorial on how I always make my tutus for the Kraze, so I’ll let them do this part for me.

Once you have your tutu completed…
  • Hot glue the corners to the basket so it won’t fall off when your little one is swinging her basket around
  • (optional) Cut your ribbon about 6″-12″ longer than you need to go around your tutu, so you have enough to tie a bow and hot glue it to the tutu
Disclaimer: in case you noticed the baskets are different in the main photo, it’s because I ran out of time (I already admitted I’m a procrastinator!), but I was happy with the second one as well, so here’s the quick run down (using the same materials from above).
  • I hot glued two rows of thick (1-1.5″) pink grosgrain ribbon around the basket 
  • Draped the tulle over the top row, gathering & hot glueing the corners
  • Tied a big four-sided bow
Curious what I put IN their Easter baskets?
  • Hooded towels
  • White denim jackets
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hats
  • Bilingual books: Colors and Animals
  • Wind-up cars – out of all the toys in a store & they carry these throughout and scream when you try to take them away… that’s a good indicator 🙂

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