You may remember that I have decided to create a “Lent Tree” this year to teach my boys about God’s love and grace and to worship together as a family each evening during Lent.
Dave and I will create our Lent tree based off Carol’s recommendation to “trace God’s promise, beginning with creation and ending with the empty tomb.” We will teach the boys a biblical story each evening and then hang an ornament on our tree to represent the story.
We’ve decided to use our “read and share Children’s Bible” for the first few years while the boys are still young to make it easier for them to understand.
Part of the fun of this experience has been the “hunt” to find our ornaments. My friend, Marci, and I split the list of ornaments and each went out on our search all over town. I had the most luck at hobby lobby and Marci surprised me with her craftiness and creativity for the majority of her homemade ornaments! We laughed A LOT during this hunt and we had so much fun finding these treasures. We would text or email or call each other several times a day to discuss our latest finds or ideas for an ornament to represent the various stories.
We got together at Marci’s yesterday afternoon to prepare all of ornaments in advance. We super glued, tied strings, pasted, cut and drilled holes. It was a really fun afternoon, despite my self-professed lack of “craftiness”…I was impressed with our creativity. Here’s a shot of our loot before we got to work assembling and organizing (I’ll share photos throughout the season of the final ornaments):
This is one of Marci’s most creative ideas…a blue soldier wrapped in tissue to represent the raising of Lazarus (we both laughed at this one and it will undoubtably be one of our favorites through the years):
While the girls worked, the guys took care of the kiddos and everyone had a relaxing and fun day. Here is Nathan sitting up in a chair to keep everyone away from the tractor he was playing with:
Aunt Katie stopped by for the fun and was greeted with love from all the boys: