Easter Celebration – Week 3

"The Heaven's Tell God's Glory"
JOYThis was a reward for Dad just as much as it was for the kids.  He managed to run an errand for me in the morning, take Sparkles to her Communion lessons, make confession, do yard work at our Church and come home to spend more time with the rest of us – all on 1.5 hours of sleep (+ a few minutes here and there).

I was beyond tired but had help, everyone chipped in.  Rose helped with the baking the day before.  Papi and Sweetie worked on the rainbows.  Sparkles was entertaining her impromptu guest and watching Papi as I continued to prepare dinner.

Dad took all the kids to the park for fresh air.  They each had a popsicle, “lightning.”

Dinner was ready when they returned.  First, we honored the Anniversary of the Coronation of Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI.  Then everyone was given clear instructions not to eat until each item was identified and discussed.  It was most difficult for us the parents and Rose.  Nonetheless, we followed along.

The children enjoyed the simple evening of recollection.  Sparkles friend was thrilled with the festivities.  She more than willingly took on some of the responsibility to place the stickers on the board.
GARDEN bok pic
I threw together what we had and the kids found the correlation between the items.  They love identifying the significance of their food and sharing their faith.  Most of the time, they find significance where I didn’t plan.  It’s awesome to see how their minds and hearts are constantly being directed to Our Heavenly Father.  I pray that they continue to be pleasing to Jesus Christ and seek His will, all the days of their lives.
9 That is why, ever since the day he told us, we have never failed to remember you in our prayers and ask that through perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding you should reach the fullest knowledge of his will 10 and so be able to lead a life worthy of the Lord, a life acceptable to him in all its aspects, bearing fruit in every kind of good work and growing in knowledge of God, 11 fortified, in accordance with his glorious strength, with all power always to persevere and endure, 12 giving thanks with joy to the Father who has made you able to share the lot of God's holy people and with them to inherit the light.  ~ Col 1:9-12
"The Heaven's Tell God's Glory"

15.  The Sun
Lemon Cupcakes
Slightly deviated form the recipe found here.  They are “yumm-o!”
Corn & Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 [For the choirmaster Psalm Of David] The heavens declare the glory of God, the vault of heaven proclaims his handiwork, 2 day discourses of it to day, night to night hands on the knowledge.  3 No utterance at all, no speech, not a sound to be heard, 4 but from the entire earth the design stands out, this message reaches the whole world. High above, he pitched a tent for the sun, 5 who comes forth from his pavilion like a bridegroom, delights like a champion in the course to be run.  6 Rising on the one horizon he runs his circuit to the other, and nothing can escape his heat.  ~ Psalm 19:1-6


16.  The Cloud
Baked Italian Chicken
Cheese Stuffed Manicotti
Whipped Cream Topping for the Lemon Cupcakes
2 All the men of Israel assembled round King Solomon in the month of Ethanim, at the time of the feast (that is, the seventh month).  3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark 4 and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred utensils which were in the Tent.  5 King Solomon and all Israel, present with him before the ark, sacrificed countless, innumerable sheep and oxen.  6 The priests brought the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, in the Debir of the Temple, that is, in the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the winged creatures 7 for the winged creatures spread their wings over the place where the ark stood, forming a canopy over the ark and its shafts.  8 These were so long, however, that the ends of the shafts could be seen from the Holy Place in front of the Debir, though they could not be seen from outside. They are still there today.  9 There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets which Moses had placed in it at Horeb, the tablets of the covenant which Yahweh made with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.  10 Now when the priests came out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the Temple of Yahweh,  11 and because of the cloud the priests could not stay and perform their duties. For the glory of Yahweh filled the Temple of Yahweh.  ~ 1 Kings 8:2-11
wind and cloud

17.  The Rain
I warned you that I was low on energy and threw this celebration together with what I had on hand.
43 'You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy.  44 But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;  45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much?  47 And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional?  48 Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.'  ~ Matthew 5:43-48
rain hail

18.  The Lightning
20 But where does Wisdom come from? Where is Intelligence to be found?  21 She cannot be seen by any living creature, she is hidden from the birds of the sky.  22 Perdition and Death both say, 'We have heard only rumours of her.'  23 God alone understands her path and knows where she is to be found.  24 (For he sees to the remotest parts of the earth, and observes all that lies under heaven.)  25 When he willed to give weight to the wind and measured out the waters with a gauge,  26 when he imposed a law on the rain and mapped a route for thunderclaps to follow,  ~ Job 28:20-26

19.  The Hail
Sonic Cubed Ice
28 Has the rain a father? Who begets the dewdrops?  29 What womb brings forth the ice, who gives birth to the frost of heaven,  30 when the waters grow hard as stone and the surface of the deep congeals?  ~ Job 38:28-30

20.  The Wind
Whipped Cream in the can
7 I prophesied as I had been ordered. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a clattering sound; it was the bones coming together.  8 And as I looked, they were covered with sinews; flesh was growing on them and skin was covering them, yet there was no breath in them.  9 He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man. Say to the breath, "The Lord Yahweh says this: Come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead, so that they come to life!" '  10 I prophesied as he had ordered me, and the breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet, a great, an immense army.   ~ Ezekiel 37:7-10

21.  The Rainbow
Rainbow Sugar Cookies
Store bought sugar cookie dough, divided and dyed with gel food coloring.
12 'And this', God said, 'is the sign of the covenant which I now make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all ages to come:  13 I now set my bow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  14 When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds,  15 I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things.  ~ Genesis 9:12-15
Garden of the Good Shepherd week 3 rainbow


  1. Beautiful story! Your joy and love shines through it all;)

  2. I like your expanded menu! And how you shared how your children were explaining the significances beyond what you expected. How beautiful is the faith of children!

    I love your confirmation collage below, too. The pictures are beautiful ... You look wonderful, too!

    God bless you!

  3. Everything looks wonderful Lena, as usual!! You remain in my prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby! God bless!

  4. So nice. I loved it all and you did such a great job with menu. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

    thanks for the prayers.

    Pax Christi - lena



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