Thursday, April 23

Spring in the Kitchen

17/49 Journeying through Easter in Celebration and Gratitude
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We left for four days and when we returned the sprouts and blossoms we left had doubled in size. We had our first salad with fresh greens and fresh chard in our veggie soup this week.  And for any first year gardeners out there, hang in there, the second year is so much better.  It isn't that we have crazy amounts of harvest, but I think my expectations are more realistic and I'm willing to just plant what I have and see what happens.  I just planted our melons, squash and pumpkins and we sectioned off a bed to make an herb garden.  Yes, I'm loving the garden this year.

Monday, April 20

California Adventure

Easter 14/49

In gratitude:: family, celebrations, ocean waves, safe travel, headed home


Monday, April 13

Doughnuts for Easter

8/49 Toward keeping Easter in gratitude and celebration

Easter spills into six more Sundays. So, how about doughnuts before church to celebrate?  ::Marking the time::

 How does your family keep Eastertide?  

Saturday, April 11

Lengthened Days

6/49 - Easter Gratitude and Celebration
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I love that in this part of the world the new life of spring is so very present as we journey through Easter.  The lengthened days of spring are bringing on blossoms, blooms and the beginnings of a garden in our back yard.  I always find myself shocked to discover that the little brown seeds I sow actually sprout.  I think germination is a miracle of creation that will forever fill me with utter awe and wonder. 

Our garden wasn't quite what we had hoped last year.  This year it is such a lovely feeling to not be starting from scratch. Hopefully we can find the time and energy to squirrel proof and are spending more resources on fertilizing to encourage a bit more growth. But I also feel less pressure than I did last year.  Last year wasn't a great garden year, but it was still amazingly fun to have a garden.  I'm finding myself just throwing in what I have on hand this year and haven't made the extensive plans and lists I did last year.  And that my friends is perfect for where we are right now.

  




Voluntary violets :: Rowan's bed of strawberries :: chard and romaine :: peas :: spinach planted a bit too late in the fall is coming on beautifully now

Thursday, April 9

A Dream Materialized


Easter 4/49 - celebrating all of Easter in gratitude and celebration

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Much of Holy week, which was also our spring break, was taken by the beginnings of a chicken coop.  I have been dreaming of having a little backyard flock for a very long time (lets go with 10 years), so when we bought our house in Richmond, I was overjoyed to find that the city zoning had just changed in favor of chickens.  With a baby arriving last spring we decided that chicks would have to wait one more year.  And now, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to see this little dream materializing.

So it's time to introduce you to my girls.  Meet Clementine, Pippi, Milly Molly Mandy, Madeline, Hermoine, and Fruitbat (who also goes by Tsunami at times - I let the boys name one).  The boys adore the chicks and the girls have all been really healthy so far.  The coop is coming rather slowly, but as they are growing at an alarming rate it will get done in the next few weeks one way or another.  Overall we've been happily surprised by how well boys and chicks get along, how low maintenance they are (I read so much about illnesses and problems beforehand I was expecting to have one disaster after another), and how filled with wonder we all are to watch their daily growth.  Yes, this little project is very present in our Easter celebration this year and it really does fit right in.



  
                               




Wednesday, April 8

Easter Eggs

Easter lasts for seven weeks.  So for these forty-nine days of Easter I am hoping to share moments of celebration and gratitude.  I adore the idea that the mystery of Easter is so great it spills into six more weeks.  But in reality, more than any other time in the church calendar, Easter alludes me.  So my hope is that the practice of sharing moments of celebration and gratitude will illuminate (at least a bit more) what it means to live out this spectacular redemption for forty-nine days.


All thoughts and comments on what Easter spilling into six more weeks looks like for you and/or your family are very, very welcome!
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3/49

Last year we somehow missed egg dying.  And this year it didn't get done till this Monday.  For some reason dying eggs during Holy Week doesn't really appeal to me.  I know that the tradition began when eggs were a typical item to abstain from during lent, so when Easter arrived everyone had lots of eggs around and would gift them to one another.  So preparing eggs during lent makes sense historically, but I realized this year I would rather have it as an Easter activity.  

I honestly wondered about just skipping dying eggs again this year, but I had a kit from last year (yes, we've always done natural dyes in the past, but I bought a kit last year when I realized that the traditional dyes, which take a lot more time, weren't going to happen).  The joy dying those eggs (over and over again in every color) brought the boys was something to behold.  I had no idea they would be quite so into it.  It was really rather over the top.  One might think they'd never had anyone show them paint or how colors mix before; it was truly celebration.

Tuesday, April 7

Easter Reflections

Easter lasts for seven weeks.  So for these forty-nine days of Easter I am hoping to share moments of celebration and gratitude.  I adore the idea that the mystery of Easter is so great it spills into six more weeks.  But in reality, more than any other time in the church calendar, Easter alludes me.  So my hope is that the practice of sharing moments of celebration and gratitude will illuminate (at least a bit more) what it means to live out this spectacular redemption for forty-nine days.

All thoughts and comments on what Easter spilling into six more weeks looks like for you and/or your family are very, very welcome!
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2/49
        
I do believe the Easter tree (begun last year) is a tradition that is here to stay.  We didn't use the scripture passages on these leaves through  lent as we did last year (we used this book instead), but I enjoyed decorating our bare branches Saturday night with all the leaves and decorations.    

 Easter day was lovely.  We sang the Hallelujah Chorus right after the processional in church, which set the tone of celebration so perfectly.  The boys were delighted to flower the cross and bring their mite boxes to church.  We shared dinner with friends and ate quite a bit of chocolate.  Yes, all around, it was an auspicious beginning to Eastertide.  

He is Risen!!!  He is Risen Indeed!!!