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Treasure Hunt

Our family night activity tonight was found (for free!) here!  James and I thought of verses in the Bible that were especially meaningful to each of us.  We then put one of those verses in each egg and hid them around the house!  The point of the egg hunt was this conversation with the kids:

“What makes the Bible different from other books? The Bible is the word of God. The Bible is
How can a book be living? It doesn’t eat. I don’t see it breathing. It is living because God
uses the words in this book to speak directly to our situation and our lives. I have read the
same part of the Bible many times but one time that same part will leap out like never
before, it comes alive, and I learn something directly from God.
Did you know that God wants us to read and search the Bible looking for treasure with the
same excitement we search for eggs? Finding wisdom in the Bible can be challenging,
exciting and just like finding hidden treasure.
We are going to hunt for the eggs, but I am going to put “treasures” from the Bible in the eggs. These
are parts of the Bible that through the years have stood out, come alive, to teach me and your mom
something about God.”

I thought it was neat to share with the kids all our meaningful verses and I wanted to have it recorded in a special place-so here it is!

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  (This verse was one of my favorites growing up because whenever I felt anxious about my future, specifically moving to Texas,  getting married one day, having children… I would read this verse.)

Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (This was one of the first big Bible verses that I memorized and recited to others when I was baptized around age 12.)

This is me being baptized in the backyard of one of our friend’s houses!

Mark 14:36b Yet not what I will, but what you will (This verse was at the top of my theraputic art that I did when I was broken up with James while we were dating. You can see the story and art here.)

Jeremiah 33:11  the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: “‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’  For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.  (This verse was given to me from the Lord in August of our “dating breakup” that lasted from April-November of 1999.  With hope and faith I prayed as if James and I would be getting back together one day!)

Ephesians 5:25-27  Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  (These were the verses James read to me right before he proposed.  James washed my feet in a park before he got down on one knee as a way to live out this verse!)

James washing my feet, while my future mother in law was taking pictures hiding behind a tree!

Psalm 82:3  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.  (This verse was the fuel that sparked my involvement with the sanctity of life.  I started volunteering at Austin Life Care to help women in crisis pregnancies, have prayed in front of abortion clinics, and I am involved with Life Care’s PALS (Partners in Affirming Life) program.)


Easter countdown

Happy Ash Wednesday!  Although we don’t celebrate Ash Wednesday, it does mark the beginning of celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection for many!

And this year I want to make an Easter countdown for my kids.  I know Easter changes each year, but I still want to anticipate the big day by reading the true Easter story from the Bible in the weeks leading up to Easter.  After some thought and research, I decided that we are going to teach our kids about the prophecy of the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in the Old Testament and the prophecies fulfilled in the New Testament. There are 18 main prophecies, so therefore I am making an Easter countdown for the 18 days before Easter.  This year, the countdown will start on March 22nd.

1 Jesus would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9
Zechariah 11:12-13
Luke 22:47-48
Matthew 26:14-16
2 Jesus’ price money would be used to buy a potter’s field. Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:9-10
3 Jesus would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58
4 Jesus would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5
5 Jesus would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
6 Jesus would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19
Psalm 69:4
John 15:24-25
7 Jesus would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28
8 Jesus would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30
9 Jesus’ hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16
Zechariah 12:10
John 20:25-27
10 Jesus would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35
11 Soldiers would gamble for Jesus’ garments. Psalm 22:18 Luke 23:34
Matthew 27:35-36
12 Jesus’ bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46
Psalm 34:20
John 19:33-36
13 Jesus would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
14 Jesus would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34
15 Soldiers would pierce Jesus’ side. Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34
16 Jesus would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
17 Jesus would resurrect from the dead. Psalm 16:10
Psalm 49:15
Matthew 28:2-7
Acts 2:22-32
18 Jesus would be a sacrifice for sin. Isaiah 53:5-12 Romans 5:6-8

Here is how I used the Scriptures above in a countdown.  I wrote the 18 OT prophecies on a cross that I cut out of poster board.  Then I wrote the 18 fulfilled prophecies on scraps of colored cardstock.  Each day, starting with #1 Scripture above, we will first read the OT prophecy and then we will read the NT fulfilled prophecy.

(I used black velcro to adhere the colored cardstock to the cross)

Then I will let the kids adhere the colored cardstock on the cross after we read the Scriptures. (I lightly wrote the same number on each yellow shape and the matching colored shape so I wouldn’t get confused.)  By Easter morning, our cross will look like this:

Happy Easter!


We had a great holiday weekend with my family!  First, the girls went to a local church’s egg hunt on Saturday.

From April 2009

Next, their aunt Jessica let them do their own make-up (and hers!)

From April 2009

Then, the kids got to open their Christmas presents Easter baskets from Grandma.

From April 2009

Then we ate a pre-Easter dinner with my whole family.

From April 2009

Then Ella ate her hollow chocolate bunny like this.

From April 2009

We made Resurrection cookies next. (I really recommend this activity!)

From April 2009

The girls dyed eggs.  And Ella dyed her hand.

From April 2009
From April 2009

We woke up Easter morning and got ready for church!

From April 2009
From April 2009
From April 2009

We had another egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa’s house because the weather turned gorgeous.

From April 2009

This is how Asher ‘hunted’ his eggs.

From April 2009

He is Risen!!


an easter story

Poor Asher.   Mommy is at it again.

From April 2009

Oh well, it could be worse.

taken from  the movie, “A Christmas Story”

I have been challenged this year to look for ways to make the true significance of Easter a reality to my children. *Believe it or not, bunnies can be used to bring a greater understanding of the message of Easter.
Use a stuffed bunny rabbit to teach some of the characteristics of Jesus that we should all try to have.
Real Easter bunnies:
are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b)
are gentle, kind-hearted and forgiving (Eph. 4:32)
have big ears that are quick to listen (James 1:19)
have big eyes to look carefully and choose what is good (1 Thes. 5:21)
have no voice for complaining or arguing (Phil. 2:13)
are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing (1 Thes. 5:21)
have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28:19-20)
eat what is healthy by filling up on God’s word every day (Psalm 119:11)

*this article from Focus on the Family

An Easter Song

Rilyn lately likes to make up her own songs. Today, Easter Sunday, she did not disappoint and decided to compose a ballad of the true meaning of Easter for us. Her video is priceless (her lyrics a bit random), but if you will watch till the end, Ella will manage to get a little attention too!

New Easter pics are uploaded also on our March photo link. 🙂


Jesus died on the cross

For the dead of God

He is the rose of the dead

That’s right!

He rose up from dead

Now we go to church on Sundays and Thursdays

That’s why we are churches

We have church in heaven all way down

Jesus loves us because we are heaven

We are going to go in heaven

Someday we will go in heaven

We will want Him too

And someday we will see Jesus in our heart


May Jesus loves us and you mommy and


Hmm. Hmm.


Good Friday

April, 1999.

At Texas A&M, James made it into the Battalion, our school’s newspaper, for his performance of ‘the criminal’ in the crucifixion scene.

My photography business!

June 2020