Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Celebrating ~
a new way. I have never really made a fuss about Easter. Guess I viewed most of the typical traditions as nothing but commercialism and cavities. Hang with me! As Wilbur says, "I don't mean to be objectionable." So, I did a little reading and discovered some of the reasons behind the traditions, and I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised! Eggs represent life. (Makes sense!) Hence the tradition of Easter eggs. (Very short form of that story! :-) So to make another long story short, here is a rundown of our weekend:
1. Easter party with homeschooling friends.
As four little kids were bursting with excitement I read a book about the holiday, told the story with Resurrection eggs, had a coloring contest (Ethan's first bit of competition, and it brought tears. He could not understand why he did not get a prize.), dipped pretzels in chocolate and sprinkles, and had an Easter egg hunt.

2. Made Resurrection cookies on Saturday night.

Another thought that came to me was that we tend to memorize Scriptures surrounding Christ's birth but not His death and Resurrection. So, I browsed through the Gospels, and the passages I gleaned for their little minds were in Matthew. I want the boys to be able to tell this story from memory, and to do that, our summer Scripture memory work will be: Matthew 21:1-11 along with chapters 26,27, and 28.

3. Our Sunday was spent at church & with friends.

Not a soul in their right mind would turn down a dinner invitation from Teresa! And let me tell you. . .it was a DINNER! She redefines the words Southern Cook! (Big statement from a practical Northerner! :-) I did have to tease her though as she was holding Silas and "helped" him say part of some type of Confederate pledge to the rebel flag! He may have been born in the South, but that boy has no choice but to have Northern blood flowing in his veins. :-)

Catherine and another shot of the top of Silas' head.

  posted at 11:55 AM  

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration. Now, I was born in PA, but raised in Florida. I claim to be a southerner, but Florida "south" is different than Carolina "south". I lived in Greenville for 14 years, too, so I know some about that. The BJ culture really isn't TRUE South Carolina, though. You have to go to Pickens or Charleston for that. Now, I'm in PA again, and I've never seen so much food on a table as the Northern women provide. It's just different than southern food. Pickled eggs, ham, noodles - homemade of course, rigatoni, pickles (always pickles and pickles and pickles - lots of varieties of pickles), olives, and more and more and more. I think moving around is good 'cause it gives you a real feel for how "the same" and how "different" Americans are in different parts of the country.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

I had to chuckle at the "Pickens" part! :-) Thankfully I got to visit Charleston during my time here, and I loved it.
How well I remember loads of pickles. (Hmmmm. . .Maybe that is why I am fond of them.) And yes, I have met a good many wonderful Northern cooks, too. I also lived in SD for years, and those Indian women can put out a meal, too! Mmmm - mmmmm. Makes me hungry for fry bread!

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Martha, I'm glad the book arrived safely and I'm even happier to hear that you're enjoying it! I bought one for myself but haven't had a chance to start it yet.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Janette said...

We always enjoy reading your blog and seeing pictures of your kids! Can't wait till we can see you all in person!

At 3:30 AM, Blogger Senkyoshi said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to be a blessing. I think of you often. I remember those days when I was a stay-at-home student wife and mother.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

Janette, the boys are SO excited about coming to your place!

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

Senkyoshi, thanks for the sweet comment. Any survival tips? :-)


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