Goblets of Flowers

We’re having a wonderful Easter week.  It’s busy and messy and stressful like regular weeks, but something special is afoot.  We’re talking about this phrase and what it means in daily life.  At the close of each day we’re sitting together as a family, reading and discussing together the events of the last week of Christ’s mortal life.  Without fail the conversations have taken interesting turns, leading to sincere questions and more study.  I love seeing what’s happening in the hearts of my children by watching their faces.

I’ve never looked forward to Easter with so much gladness, hope and gratitude.
This also means I’m enjoying planning for it.

One of these goblets will sit at each place setting for our Easter dinner.  I’ve always wished I had money to buy masses of flowers for Easter, and use some at each place.  This year I thought of a reasonable way to do it.

I bought two packages of alyssum at a local nursery.  I purchased the packs that come with six small (about 1 1/2 inches square and 2 1/2 inches high) plants.  I believe they’re called jumbo packs, which has always seemed sort of funny to me because they’re so small.

I cut them up and cut off the top inch of plastic around each plant.  I then placed each plant in a fold top sandwich bag and wrapped it carefully in a vintage handkerchief.  They’re now nestled in vintage silver goblets, ready for Easter.

The handkerchiefs help hide the dirt and packaging and add a pretty touch to each goblet.

After the holiday the alyssum will be used in my flower pots outdoors, making it a good investment.

Just over six dollars for the flowers, and the hankies and goblets I had on hand.  Ten minutes of my time and something is ready for Easter early!  I hope they add a touch of beauty to the table.  Do you see that hand sneaking into the photo above?  I have a feeling the biggest challenge will be keeping my little ones away from them.


Like Peeps?

It seems there are those who love the classic Peeps Easter candy and those who want nothing to do with them, but not much in between.  I confess they’re cute, but beyond that I don’t have much interest.  However, this looks like fun.  It would probably be a very messy but fun activity to do as a family.

Go here to learn more!

Rejoice in Christ – free download

As Easter approaches in six short days, my heart returns repeatedly to this simple phrase:

I rejoice in Christ.  I rejoice in Him because He rescues me.  I rejoice in Him because His teachings light the way for me to follow.  I rejoice in Him because his miraculous Atonement gives me the gift of repentance and forgiveness.  He is my Light, my Savior, my King, my high priest of good things to come.

I love Him.

These words are the theme of our Easter celebration this week.  In all we do, I want my children to rejoice, to be thrilled with the knowledge of Christ.

I made a couple of these prints to frame and use in our home.   One sits next to my computer, a place where I deal with email, budgets, and all kinds of happy and stressful things.  I’m excited to have a beautiful reminder of what it’s all about nearby.

My first cuttings from my flower beds bring a smile to my face and testify of the miracle of life and growth.

In celebration of Easter, I thought I’d share.

Please remember I’m not very good at this.  It’s my first experiment with creating art of this kind as well as pdf files, so I hope they work!  The orange one is printing slightly smaller than 8×10 and I can’t figure it out, but if you’d like to use them, please help yourself to the links below.  One of my goals this year is to improve in this area, and you have to start somewhere.

Please click on the link below each print to download.

Rejoiceblue8x10 – DOWNLOAD NOW

rejoiceorange8x10 – DOWNLOAD NOW May your heart rejoice today and always in the good news of Jesus Christ’s reality!


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