Sunday, April 26, 2015

Easter Bunnies

So thankful Easter is a season. I love hearing the Easter songs during Mass just as much as the Christmas ones. Today we heard from the Gospel of John the very familiar readings of Jesus the Good Shepherd. I don't know about you all but every time I hear the Good Shepherd readings a little burst of joy fills me up and I just get giddy and want to raise my hand and say "Oooo!! OOOOooo! I know THIS one. I KNOW Him!"

I wanted to share a sweet little reflection proclaimed during snack time after our Level 1 atrium session last week...

"Teacher, why are there bunnies for Easter?"

"I'm not sure! What do you think?"

"Ummm...I think that the bunny must be the favorite animal of Jesus."

And another little girl chimed in while eating her goldfish crackers,"Yes! And they are so happy! They are so happy that they are all hopping around because He rose from the dead!"

Enjoy your Sunday.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real Easter

Hello! We had our daddy home for Easter so I was so happy here in our little nest. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather to enjoy some of our favorite Juneau traditions like Stations of the Cross out at the Shrine of St Therese on Good Friday. We decided to go to Easter Vigil (no I really DID write that) and the children were SO good (my eldest said it was because they were SO tired). OHHHHH that Vigil music is just so glorious and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the Vigil Mass seems to just hug us close in Mother Church's arms.


As I mentioned, the community gathers Good Friday afternoon to pray the Stations of the Cross that are set up through the trees at the Shrine of St Therese. You can see Bishop Burns there leading us.

So after stations, we are all in the mood to be home and be fed and I like to have hot cross buns out. I also have a vase of sticks which will dramatically be bloomed flowers on Easter morning. Easter is a great time to be dramatic. Ah, but the buns did not rise this all...and the icing...well...the icing resembled more of a smear than a cross. They were quite dense. Quite. I'm not sure where it all went wrong, I think it is because I have a baby and so my brain is just jumble. And yet, all is well liturgically speaking for there will be a Good Friday next year.
Hot cross bun fail

Also funny...the boy here only wanted YELLOW eggs. This was great, mommy and daddy knew exactly which ones we could eat because you never know with the older egg artists with all the CARE and THOUGHT that goes into dyeing eggs if a poor little will be in sobs because you ate the SPECIAL one.


"What's it like having five children?" The labor and delivery nurse asked me this question two days after I had my youngest. I can now say confidently...AWESOME, it is NOT easy but it is AWESOME.

He is risen! Go here for more PHFR.