easter story stones
Mar
05

easter story stones

Have you seen those Resurrection Eggs that people do around Easter?  It’s a collection of 12 plastic eggs, each one with a little trinket inside to help explain part of the Easter story.  We’ve put together a set for the boys the last couple of years, but this year I wanted to do something different.  Thus was created, Easter story stones!

I went through the Easter story and divided it into segments.  For each part, I chose one or two symbols to help illustrate it and drew the symbols on rocks.  Every day (starting 12 days before Easter), I’ll have the boys pick out the symbols for that part of the story, we’ll read the Scripture together and talk about it.

For the rocks, I went down to our local garden center (though I’m sure you could find some at the craft store or pretty much anywhere that has a garden section) and picked out smooth, flat rocks used for gardening or planters.  I chose black because I wanted to use white ink for all the pictures, but the rocks come in other colors too.  For the ink, I bought paint markers at the craft store, but honestly, they weren’t the best for this project.  I’d like to get some Posca markers which would probably work better on non-porous surfaces.  For the images, I just used Google to search for images that matched each symbol.

I thought I’d share the 12 days leading up to Easter!  At the end of the post is a link to a pdf with all the days, the parts of the story, and the Scriptures that go along with them (in case you wanted to make a set of your own!)

Day 1 – Jesus washes the disciples’ feet  (John 13:1-17)

Day 2 – The Last Supper / Communion  (Matthew 26:26-29)

Day 3 – Jesus prays in the garden  (Mark 14:32-42)

Day 4 – Jesus is arrested / Servant’s ear cut off  (Matthew 26:47-56  &  Luke 22:47-53)

Day 5 – Peter denies Jesus 3 times  (Luke 22:31-34, 54-62)

Day 6 – Before the crucifixion  (John 18:12-14, 19-24, 28-40  & John 19:1-15)

Day 7 – The Cross  (Luke 23:26-49)

Day 8 – Jesus laid in the tomb (Mark 15:42-47)

Day 9 – Empty tomb (Luke 24:1-12)

For day 8 we’ll talk about Jesus being laid in the tomb and place the smaller rock over the “opening;” then we’ll remove it to illustrate the stone being rolled away for day 9.

Day 10 – Jesus appears to his disciples (even though the doors were locked where they were gathering, and then to Thomas, showing him his nail pierced hands)  John 20:19-31

Day 11 – Jesus ascends  (Acts 1:4-11)

Day 12 – Disciples receive the Holy Spirit  (Acts 2:1-41)

Here are all the rocks together.  I’m really happy with how they came out!  And I do feel better about rocks than tiny trinkets that could get lost or even swallowed!  I want to actually start twelve days before (and not including) Easter, and then take communion as a family on Easter Sunday.

If you’d like to make a set of your own, or just want to go through the parts of the Easter story each day leading up to Easter, here is a pdf for the different parts and Scripture that corresponds to them.

Easter Stones

Easter is such an important part of our history, especially as those who love and follow Jesus!  I’m excited about a fun way to help the boys remember and celebrate each part of it!

heart pockets
Feb
22

heart pockets

So I know Valentines Day is over, but I wanted to share a little diy with you!  I made these little heart pockets for the boys and also to include with the valentines we sent to friends and family this year.  I love how they came out!  I think you could use them for other occasions too; hopefully they’ll inspire you to share some love!

So here they are ~ heart pockets :)  Super simple to make, totally reusable, and done on the cheap (this is my kind of project!)  All you need is sheets of felt in the color(s) of your choice, card stock (I used an index card), scissors, thread, and a sewing machine (or needle if you’d rather hand sew them).  Other than that, you’ll just need whatever you want to fill them with.  We used some festive candy and little messages written on strips of paper :)

Alrighty, first make your template.  I wanted mine big enough to put sweet treats in, but not too big. Our hearts are about the size of my palm.  I had a heart shaped cookie cutter on hand, so I just used that.  Cut one whole heart, one bottom piece that goes up a little past the middle of the shape, and one top piece that goes down a little past the middle of the shape.  The two partial pieces need to overlap to form the pocket once it’s sewn together.

Next, trace your template onto the sheets of felt.  I was able to fit pieces for 5 hearts on each sheet.  I love that felt is cheap, colorful, and doesn’t fray :)

Okay, you guessed it – cut out all the pieces!  Try to keep them organized by color and piece; it’ll make it easier when you’re sewing a million of them later!

Here’s the Man sewing up a storm :)  I promise I sewed some too; it was just easier to take a picture of him :)  Also, Branden is much better at sewing than I am.  He used to work in upholstery and now uses sewing when he makes puppets (and for many of my projects :)

Here are the hearts all sewn up!  First I sewed a line of stitching along the bottom of the partial top heart piece (just because I liked how it looked).  Then, I layered all the pieces together and sewed around the heart shape!  Easy peesy :)

Now for the fun part!  Stuff your heart pockets with a few sweet treats.  I had the boys help with the ones we gave away.  They were willing to do the work, but I had to pay them in candy :)

In addition to candy, we also put little messages in the hearts!  You can write whatever you’d like, but ours said things like, “You’re so cool!  Give 5 hugs today!” and “You’re awesome! Call someone and tell them why you love them!”

Here are our hearts – stuffed and ready to send out!

Then we packaged them up with our valentines and sent them on their way!

handmade valentines
Feb
14

handmade valentines

hello sweet people!  happy valentines day!!  i know it’s been a while, but i thought i’d pop in and share our valentines with you!  this was the first year that the boys could really “make” valentines, so we did and sent some love to some awesome people!  this was a good opportunity for us to share God’s love (and festive candy!), and since we were learning John 3:16 for school, we tried to make cards that were really special!

so we did some handwriting (i love his super concentrated look, including the tongue :P

we drew

we stamped (with some help because i wasn’t about to turn a three year old loose with an ink pad!)

and created some more

then we put it all together

here are our accordion style cards opened up.  sweet right?  for anyone wondering, i got that awesome stamp from the ohhellofriend shop :)

here are the different panels up close.

front (complete with googly eyes of course!)

first inside heart

second heart

the last heart with john 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  awesome!!!

then we packaged them all up with some sweet treats and sent them off to spread the love!

this was lots of fun; i really enjoy creating with the boys!  i hope you all have a great love day!  happy valentines!

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