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Easter Sunday

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For the past 19 years, we have traditionally attended our home church Easter Sunday service. It is filled with the lights of the sanctuary, sound of 3,500 members singing and a wonderful sermon.

This year, we elected to try something new. I work for Mt Hermon Christian Conference Center and they celebrate Easter by hiking to a twelve foot wood cross at 6:30am during sunrise.

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So, I set our alarm clock for o dark thirty and off we trounced. It was a mystical foggy morning. Fortunately my husband brought our flashlight to light our path. As we climbed the windy hill, the smell on ponderosa pines filled the air and the sound of pine needles crunched beneath our shoes.

When we made it to the top, the mist began to lift as the sun peaked out. I rolled out a blanket and plopped down next to our friend Bob. “Good morning and Happy Easter,” I said while hugging him.

There were approximately 100 people gathered outside. I could see my breath as we sang worship songs together. As we lifted our voices, I heard the birds join the choir with their own melodious song.

Then, a local pastor who has served our community for more than 20 years shared the good news with us that Jesus died for our sins on a cross, rose in three days and is seated in Heaven. As he spoke, drops of dew dripped on my sleeve. Thankfully, I was bundled up with a wool cap, scarf and gloves.

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Immediately afterwards, we hiked back down the trail and a fresh, hot meal awaited us in the lodge. The smell of eggs, potatoes, sausage and coffee permeated the air.

When we parted ways, I returned home and settled back in for a long winter’s nap. Delightful!

How do you and your family celebrate Easter Sunday?

Blessings, Rebecca

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Easter Traditions/Stories Blog Hop #1

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Welcome to my first blog hop where we will share with you an Easter tradition or story. Please stop by and comment on Brooke’s site to encourage her.

As for me, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite Easter traditions is attending church with my family and singing worship songs. The moment leaves me emotionally charged; especially when I remember Christ is seated in Heaven. I’ve included an amaxing song whose lyrics are spot on for this special season. It’s called We Sing Halleluah The Lamb has Overcome by Kari Jobe. Enjoy and have a Happy Easter!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Please welcome Brooke Fedigan with Be Fed Again sharing her story I Want Candy.

Do you have any favorite Easter traditions or stories you’d like to share? Feel free to chime in.

 

Harvest Family Tradition

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Holiday traditions are fun and important. In fact, Marriage and Family research shows, that  “Traditions are the cement that keeps the family together . . . and help you withstand the storms that come.”

One of our harvest time family traditions is to visit a pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, and bring it home to carve it.

It’s fun to go to a farm and look for the perfect pumpkin. I wonder, Will it be big, medium or small? Will it be green, white or orange in color? Will we free hand our design and rough cut it with a table knife or will we use special stencils and delicate carving tools?

It delights my heart, as a parent, to watch my children squeal with delight as they make many choices such as where to place our pumpkin. Do we put it on the porch or do we perch it on the windowsill?

When our kids were younger, we hosted annual pumpkin carving contests in our backyard. We’d invite friends and family to join us, and it was a blast to see how everyone’s pumpkin came out.

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We’d set up tables with newspaper to catch all the leftover pulp, and place pumpkin carving utensils/stencils out.

Our family also collects pumpkin seeds, sprinkles salt, and bakes them at 300F for approximately 45 minutes or until brown. Yum!

Here’s a picture of this year’s blank canvas. I can’t wait to see to see how it turns out! Each year offers something new and exciting.pumpkin

What is your family tradition during the harvest season? Does your children’s school or church group host an annual harvest festival? Do you go on any special field trips? I’d love to hear your thoughts/suggestions. Feel free to comment below.