Spring break, hope & Easter

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Sunday post,” so I thought I’d share some of my plans for this upcoming week. I love the timing of our spring break this year that allows my kids to be home and with our family the week before Easter.

I adore Easter. First of all, I love spring and the magical refreshing that takes place all around us. I love the secular traditions of Easter — dying eggs, hiding baskets and making giant gingerbread bunny cookies. I love getting my children new “church” clothes as we call them — it’s a time each year when I make sure the boys have dress socks and belts that fit them and a new white shirt. And, now that I have Addie, the dressing thing is beyond FUN!

I also love the spiritual significance of Easter, as we pause to recognize the atonement, death and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

I found this YouTube clip that is exactly the message I want to bring home for my kids this week …

I have hope in this very uncertain world and hope as a mother because I faith in my Savior.

I’ve prepared a little basket of plastic eggs to take on our spring break and my hope is that each morning, we’ll open one of the eggs and read the scripture verses inside. Several of these are scriptures are from the New Testament, recording the events immediately following the death of  Jesus Christ …

Matthew 28:1–20

Mark 15: 42-47 and 16:1-20

Luke 23:50-56 and 24:1-53
note: this is my favorite account because of verse 5 and because Luke tells what happened on the road to Emmaus.

John 19:38-42 and 21:1-25

One egg also has this quote, from a talk by Gordon B. Hinckley (a former prophet.) It is the last line that makes it memorable for me.

“Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without it life is meaningless. It is the keystone in the arch of our existence. It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the Resurrection. There would be no Christmas if there were no Easter.”

That is pretty much what I want to teach my children–that we would have no need to celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts (etc.) if He hadn’t completed His earthly mission of laying down and taking up His life again.

I know there are many traditions that surround the Easter holiday — both secular and spiritualI’d love to hear about yours.

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