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Happy Easter… Christ is Risen!

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    Easter is probably the most important Christian holiday – when Christ rose from the dead and we were justified. Because he rose, those who believe in Him will rise and have eternal life!

    I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter Sunday. These photos are just some highlights from our day. We spent a few hours in church followed by a potluck family dinner at my parent’s home. My contribution: Russian Cherry Layer Cake, which everyone really enjoyed (2nd’s, 3rd’s..).

    Natasha with her son in a toy car taking a walk

    He was still a little young for Easter eggs – he didn’t get very excited about them. Like a good Mama, I filled them with yogurt snacks, dried fruit, white raisins, dried cranberries and fruit leather. I know he wouldn’t have survived a large egg hunt this year.

    He’d just run and giggle about other kids running around and maybe some nice child would take pity and give him an egg. Next year should be more interesting.

    A little boy putting plastic Easter eggs in a basket with his mother

    He loves this little car, my parents have some hills in their landscape and he liked going down and put his arms up every time like he was on a roller coaster. He was so happy racing down the hill. I love happy moments like these.

    A little boy sitting in a toy car

    Our little boy refused to stop using this fantastic toy (provided by Grandma) until he ran out of bubbles. He chased down the bubbles and popped them with his fingertips.

    A little boy that is standing in the grass playing with a bubble machine

    I’d love to hear about your special Easter traditions, or if you have a favorite Resurrection Scripture – please share!

    Natasha Kravchuk

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    • Julianne Olmstead
      February 10, 2018

      Indeed He is Risen!!!

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        February 12, 2018

        🙂

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    • Eileen
      April 30, 2011

      Every Easter, my parents hide Easter eggs and a chocolate rabbit in my and my siblings’ rooms. The next morning, after we come back home from Mass, we try to find the eggs. The eggs are usually stuffed with jelly beans and other unhealthy candies. 🙂 The chocolate rabbit is the hardest to find–one year, it was taped to the ceiling of the closet and my sister didn’t find it until three months later! Out of my siblings, I’m the slowest in finding all the eggs. It’s a lot of fun to see where my parents might have stuck them.

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      • Natasha
        April 30, 2011

        Sounds like a fun tradition! It’s funny that your parents didn’t reveal the rabbits hideout for so long! 🙂

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    • Margo
      April 25, 2011

      When my children were young (and the weather permitted), we would get up before the sun, climb the hill behind our house (about 1000 feet above our home) and as the sun rose, have a family devotional and talk about the Son who rose and made it possible for us to repent and live with Him again. We would talk about dedicating our life to Him in gratitude for what He did for each of us. Now, with our family scattered across the world, we celebrate with church in the morning, all the family that is close for dinner, and an egg hunt (we use real eggs) for the grandbabies- sounds just like your Easter!

      In Matthew 28, Mary Magdalene approaches the tomb and is told that “He is not here” . She is a symbol for many of us: looking for the Savior.

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      • Natasha
        April 25, 2011

        What an awesome thing to do with your family! I’m sure your family will always remember that.

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      • Joe in N Calif
        April 25, 2011

        Once, about 20 years ago, we went to a lookout point by Lake Sonoma in CA just before sunrise on Easter Sunday. Nice and quiet. Until a guy got his jet ski into the water. Silence was shattered….for about 30 seconds. He machine stalled out when he was about 300 yards from the launch. He couldn’t get it restarted and had to swim his machine back.

        Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

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    • Liza
      April 24, 2011

      You’re spot on, Joe! I love that part!

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    • Joe in N Calif
      April 24, 2011

      Воістину воскрес!

      I think my favorite is the start of Paschal Matins:

      Clergy: Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee from before his face!

      Choir and People:Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life.

      Clergy: As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire,

      C & P: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life.

      Clergy: So the sinners will perish before the face of God; but let the righteous be glad.

      C & P: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life.

      Clergy: This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

      C & P: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life.

      Then at the end of Matins, the reading of the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

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      • Natasha
        April 25, 2011

        Our church does something similar in Ukrainian. The Preacher reads bible verses and choir sings in between. It’s how we begin our Easter service.

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