Construction paper palm branches

I want my children to treasure and look forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Savior at Easter as much as they anticipate Christmas and the birth of our Savior.

For the next several days, I would like to share with you our family activities focusing on the Passion Week. Most of these ideas are from the Thriving Families ministry of Focus on the Family, with a Cobb family flourish. It is a start for our family that I hope will grow each year to come.

Today I made Jackson and Lauren palm branches out of toilet paper rolls and green construction paper. Thanks to wonderful Sunday School teachers, the kids had already been refreshed on the events of Palm Sunday, which we celebrated this morning with our church. After lunch as a family, we sat on the floor with our palm branches, and Matt read the account in the book of Matthew (while I tried to keep the kids from hitting each other with the palm branches or taking the other’s palm branch).

Then we had a parade. Just like the crowd threw their garments on the road as Jesus passed by, we found blankets from all over the house and created a path around the living room.

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Jackson waves his palm branch

We marched and raced on the path shouting “Hosanna!! Hosanna!!!” We gathered stuffed animal friends to join the celebration, positioning them on the sides of the road.

Then Matt pretended to be the colt of the donkey, and Jackson rode him around the circle as Jesus did into Jerusalem. I tried to let Lauren ride on my back too, but she wouldn’t hold on.

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We recreate the Triumphal Entry

Most importantly, we emphasized that Jesus is our King and we can worship Him, too!

Birthdays and Being Grateful

This weekend, my daughter Lauren became a one-year-old. In the midst of welcoming guests, decorating, watching her smash chocolate cake and sing Happy Birthday, my heart dreamed and prayed for all that God had created her to be.

My son Jackson will turn four on Wednesday, and as I celebrate the days they made their appearance into this world, I am overwhelmed by gratitude.

I am so incredibly thankful God chose me to be their mom! It’s indescribable. Sometimes it feels like a child receiving an amazing gift and they simply can’t express how thankful they are, but the giver know by the shine in their eyes and the joy written on their face. 

Particularly this weekend I’ve been pondering their roles in God’s kingdom, and praying for the day they will give their hearts and lives to Jesus. 

God has truly lavished His unfailing love on our family. So, this post today is to honor Him through Isaiah 63:7.

I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all he has done. I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
Lauren