He is Risen! Yesterday was a day of celebration as we recognized Easter as the day our Savior rose and conquered death, that we may have HOPE in Him, that this life is not all there is. “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life" John 5:24 (NIV) "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4 (NIV) The hurting surrounds us, the needs seem overwhelming, "fair" can't even begin to be defined, injustice is prevalent, but at the foot of the cross there we meet. Rich, poor, abuser, abused, strong, weak, old, and young, His blood washes away our filth, and in Him we hold a promise of hope, of life eternal. When the misery of this world fades away, and those who chose His truth will be found in His presence with no more hurting, no more fear. "...there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rev 21:4b (NKJV)
The kids went to a special early Easter Service at the "Eglise D'Espoir" held outside down in a local school yard. Could have been the change of routine, or the change of location, or the fact that many are old enough to know what Easter is and recall it from last year. Whatever the case the service captured their attention and when they arrived home, they were abuzz with chatter aver Jesus' risen victory! Also over the breakfast of special foods they were served between services at church and how they all had coffee! What a treat!
In the afternoon we had an egg hunt for them in the Toddler House yard. We divided the kids into each group according to their bedrooms. We hid eggs for each group in the yard and then brought the kids out one group at a time. They all did VERY well!! The littlest boys went first. Listening closely as Joyce explained what they were to do, and then scattering to find the plastic covered eggs. These kids know this yard, every, pothole, every crack, every hiding spot, better than they know their own faces. So once they realized what they were looking for it wasn't hard to spot the colored eggs. When all the eggs were found the kids brought their bags to me, we counted how many each found, and then traded their finds for a bag of candy that we had prepared in advance. Thank you, to all the families and individuals who brought and donated candy in the last few weeks for this event! The child in each room who had found the most bags was also awarded an extra prize. The winner's from each room were: Windy, Eunise, Johanne, Winzor, Jean-Moliere, and Jean Marie!
Montesquieu and Rilinxe both spotted a yellow egg sitting on top of the spare tire behind the car. As they reached for it, it fell behind the tire, they reached quickly from through the holes in the rim, both grasping a half they tugged. And they Tugged, and they tugged, but while their hands were fisted holding the egg there was no way to get it back out through the holes. In the end Montesquieu realized he was wasting time and went off in search of others, as he moved away Rilinxe pushed it out with his fingers grabbing it up quick with his other hand, with his victorious grin he lost no time running off to find more.
When the kids had all had their turn, we did a final round for the nannies. They had great fun! Our oldest lady, Justina, who is the "grandma" of the house in her 60's and is responsible for making much of the tasty menu the kids enjoy each day, was right in the midst of the rush, even climbing up the swing set to get a green egg perched on the top beam.
Posted on Mon, April 1, 2013