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I try to read to my boys before bedtime. I don't always have time to. Some times I let them watch an extra cartoon instead of reading so I have more time to clean, sew, fold laundry... etc.
But when I make time for it, I'm usually happy I did.
Lately we've been running out of books though. We've already read through there entire children's Bible a couple of times, finished The Swiss Family Robinson's and all of the other books they own. And we owe the library some horrific amount of a fine... seriously it's baaaad.
So last night we picked up their children's Bible again and I decided to read them the Easter story again. But this time I really broke it down for them. I really wanted them to understand what is going on and why we are celebrating Easter.
I explained in the simplest of terms possible for my 6, 5 & 3 year olds and when I finished Mikey excitedly asked "So it's like Jesus' birthday again... He gets two birthdays?!"
Ummm... kinda... yeah sure! Why not?
We talked about what we could do to celebrate His birthday. Mikey noted that on my birthday we go shopping because that's what I like to do. So I asked what does Jesus like to do? What might He do if his body were still here?
The boys were stumped and quiet for a bit before Elijah quietly said "love people... Jesus likes to love people"
And so my boys decided for Jesus' other birthday we would do what Jesus loved to do more than anything...
We brainstormed for a bit about how we could do this in a big way. We talked about being Jesus' hands and feet since His are no longer here on Earth. We got some crazy ideas like buying giraffes for kids with no parents to help them get things down from really high places (I'm not making this up folks) and some really really sweet ideas like making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone who doesn't have food.
We ended the night with kisses and prayers and promised to spend more time brainstorming how to love for Him on Easter.
If you have suggestions for something I can do with a small group of little ones (or maybe just the oldest 2?) please share! I'd love to hear it!