Days together are never a waste

When facing another snow day, it’s easy to get discouraged staring at the walls of your house, especially when your young children begin to suffer from cabin fever, too.

As the sleet began to fall, I knew we needed a different approach to this snow day. Complaining comes naturally when plans are pushed over. On snowy, blustery, icy days, sometimes we all need a reminder that its only when we are down that we can make snow angels.

Rather than watching movies all day or each of us doing our own thing, I created Snow Day Sticks so we could make the most of our interrupted schedule.

Snow Day Sticks are a simple way to encourage spending time together. Each stick has an activity written on the end, and family members take turns picking what we’ll do next. In other words, I don’t have to listen to anyone whining that they are bored. These sticks are a fun variation of our Family Activity Jar.

Snow Day Sticks

Snow Day Sticks

The kids were so excited about the sticks, their normal dragging-of-feet switched to quick obedience. They got dressed, brushed their teeth, picked up the living room and read their Bibles without issue. And then, it was time to pick sticks!

So far today, we have put together puzzles, done one helpful chore (a sneaky way to make cleaning fun!) and had music time, including a piano concert by Jackson. Other potential stick choices include: dress up and put on a show, painting, putting up tents in the living room, reading time, individual room play, 15 minutes of electronics (such as Wii, Kindle, 3DS), Lego creation, science experiment (we have a kit we are anxious to try), make ships and sail them, play hide and go seek, playdough, cookie baking, and play board games. I’m looking forward to seeing what else we will do together this afternoon and evening! As a bonus, I’m sure we will have plenty of sticks left over for Spring Break next week.

Today could have been yet another day we were stuck inside. Instead we’ve enjoyed each other! Days together are never a waste.

Whenever I am tempted to complain, I need to consider God’s blessings. For me today, those blessings are named Jackson and Lauren.

Me and my blessings

Me and my blessings

2 Weeks 2 the Cross begins this Sunday!

Our family’s Easter celebration, 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, begins this Sunday!

The resurrection of Jesus is THE most important event in all of history. In our home, we have sought for the last several years to help our children understand the significance of Jesus’s death and life by spending time together in God’s Word and through activities to reinforce those truths. 2 Weeks 2 the Cross places Jesus front and center in our hearts as we look forward to Easter Sunday.

Each day of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, we will look at one icon around the cross hanging on a prominent wall in our living room. For example, the first day, the image is of a palm branch. The theme for that day is "Jesus came to save me." We will read Mark 11:1-11 together, and then make construction paper palm branches and shout Hosanna to imagine what it was like when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Each day of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, we will look at one icon around the cross, hanging on a prominent wall in our living room. For example, the first day, the image is of a palm branch. The theme for that day is “Jesus came to save me.” We will read Mark 11:1-11 together, and then make construction paper palm branches and shout Hosanna to imagine what it was like when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

We welcome you to join us in our journey with Jesus! Here is the line-up of themes and Scripture passages you can share together with your family:

  • Sunday, April 6 – Jesus came to save me, Mark 11:1-11
  • Monday, April 7 – Jesus wants to clean my heart, Mark 11:15-19
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Jesus commands me to love, Matthew 22:34-40
  • Wednesday, April 9 – Jesus shows me how to serve, John 13:1-20
  • Thursday, April 10 – Jesus knows how I feel, Mark 14:18-21
  • Friday, April 11 – Jesus teaches me how to remember, Matthew 26:26-30
  • Saturday, April 12 – Jesus wants me to keep watch, Matthew 26:36-46
  • Sunday, April 13 – Jesus tells me to trust Him, John 18:3-11
  • Monday, April 14 – Jesus loves me even when I sin, Luke 22:54-62
  • Tuesday, April 15 – Jesus takes my punishment, Matthew 27:27-37
  • Wednesday, April 16 – Jesus will forgive me, Luke 23:39-43
  • Thursday, April 17 – Jesus connects me to God, Matthew 27:45-54, 57-61
  • Friday, April 18 – Jesus died for me, John 3:16
  • Saturday, April 19 – Jesus gives me new life, Matthew 28:1-10
  • Sunday, April 20 – RESURRECTION SUNDAY

Each day we will share our experiences with you here at MyEverydayGod.com. If you’d like ideas to celebrate Easter with your family, take a look at past 2 Weeks 2 the Cross activities, as well as my Pinterest Easter boards.

Jesus is alive! And, I pray His life, death and resurrection overflows our hearts this Easter.