Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fun Easter tradition and the true meaning

Last year my sister-in-law, Dawn told me about a tradition she had in her family and now does for her kids on Easter. I could hardly wait for this Easter to come so I could start it with my kids, I think it is the cutest idea ever, and my kids all believed it!

The night before Easter you plant jelly beans
And in the morning, look what grew!

Now for my true meaning of Easter thought, a cute thing James once did.

Last time we went to California and our trip was over we loaded up in the car and drove off, leaving his only boy cousin his age (on my side of the family) and best friend behind. Needless to say, he was very sad and cried for a while. I tried to distract him and keep him busy by giving him a notebook and pen. He drew for a while and finally calmed down. At our first gas station stop I was cleaning up the car a bit and grabbed his notebook he had been drawing on when he was sad. I found this:
In his cute little first grade handwriting and spelling, it says, " I know that my Redeemer lives, what comfort this sweet sentence gives" I have this piece of paper hanging inside my medicine cabinet where I see it every morning and night. It was so nice to me that at his saddest little moment he thought of this. Today I am thankful He died for us and that He lives and for all that it means to me.

9 comments:

Alison said...

We got our special "magic beans" in the mail this week... wait until you see our pictures... you will see that our beans were clearly not as 'fresh' as yours. :-)

And sweet James... I love his sweetness... ahhh...

R Clan said...

What a fun tradition. That was very cute.

James is wonderful. That especially shows how sweet he is.

ahe said...

What a fun tradition. Now I can't wait until next Easter. Your little James is so sweet.

Kami said...

I want to try that next year! How fun!

ps. That note is the sweetest thing, to be saved forever for sure.

Allen and Amy Waples said...

Jane, I am so stealing the Jelly Bean growing idea! LOVE it!

Aileen said...

That will always be one of my favorite stories! What could be more precious?

Joni said...

James is such a sweet boy, we love him!

Julia said...

Love the jellybean/lolly pop idea. I'm going to steal that idea for next year.

James could not be cuter with his little handwriting in his notebook. What a good boy he is.

Katie said...

That is my favorite James story in the history of all James stories. Such a little man, Such a big example.

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