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#Hallelujah Day 5 of Easter Advent Kit for Holy Week

Hallelujah 5 LoveOneAnotherposter-01 Day 5 shares the scripture story of the Savior washing the apostles feet.  As part of that story, the activities today focus on love and service within your family and neighbors.  You have the option of using the download of the scripture found in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you”.  You can mount the printable on a posterboard so family members can share the acts of service rendered among your family all week.  And then you get to “egg” your neighbors home or someone else in need.   Share scriptures or happy messages of hope with them inside the eggs, along with homemade treats or small little springtime novelty gifts.  Maybe even consider giving service coupons that you roll up and put inside a few eggs, like “This coupon is good for one free snow shovel of your walks, a free afternoon of babysitting,  we will make you a yummy pot of hot soup and warm bread, we will bring in the garbage cans on garbage day.”  There are so many ways to love your family members and neighbors. Today be creative and serve the way your family does best, and as the Savior would. Day 5 Egged Door2blog-01Day 5 Baskethiding-01 Day 5 Grass egg-01

Remember, it’s never too late to share these devotionals with your family.  Or consider using elements of the kit in your Young Women, Primary or Relief Society lessons.  Find it available for download HERE.  Have a beautiful Holy Week!

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

#Hallelujah Day 4 of Easter Advent for Holy Week

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All Photos by Amy Little

Day 4 of the Easter Advent for Holy Week is a little more involved if you are interested in studying the Jewish Passover and it’s relation to The Last Supper.  It’s quite interesting and I loved learning about the symbols and meaning behind the foods of the Seder plate.  Consider sampling different foods of the Passover.  There are many recipes online or you can just prepare them simple.  Many butchers offer a shank bone during the Passover period on the calendar, but you can always call your local butcher and pre-order it if you are interested in this portion of the outline.   Make sure you have your 8X10 print of the Matthew 28:5-6 scripture printable.  If you would like it in a larger size, it is also available in an 11X14″ separately HERE .

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

#Hallelujah Day 3 of the Easter Advent Kit for Holy Week

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All Photos by Amy Little

I’m going to share two posts today, since tomorrow is Sunday.  On Day #3  your family will discuss the Parables that Christ taught in the Bible.  And if you choose to play the Parables Charades or form a clay oil lamp like what the Parable of the Ten Virgins used, have fun with it.  I did it with my daughter’s junior high age friends one night as I was prepping for the photo shoot.  Two of them really got into the project and spent an hour forming the most perfect lamp.  You can imagine their huge disappointment when we realized it wasn’t a oven bake clay.  So let that be a lesson to you.  The other three  just did what they could to get through the exercise.  So again, tailor these experiences to your family.

If you are just joining us, the kit is available HERE! And no, it’s not too late to start!

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

#Hallelujah Day 2 of the Easter Advent Kit for Holy Week

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All Photos by Amy Little

All the days of the Easter Advent for Holy Week will follow the same outline with scriptures to read, online videos to watch and 3 discussion points.  For day two, make sure you have the 8X10 Amazing Grace printable framed and displayed near the family gathering space.  As a family, fill out the My House Shall Be a House of Prayer visual checklist.  Remember when something works great, please  share your photos on social media using the two hashtags #Hallelujah #SDEaster.  Also go to our Facebook page and tell all about what has worked well with your family this week, we’d love to hear how things are going.

It’s not too late to still order your kit HERE !

 

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

 

#Hallelujah Day 1 of the Easter Advent Kit for Holy Week

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Day 1 Hosannablog-01Are you with me for the next 10 days?  The Easter Advent for Holy Week starts today!   Do not worry if everyday doesn’t follow the outline exactly, do what you feel your family needs.  For today, you’ll need your print out of the 5X7 Hosanna print and create your Hallelujah garland if you are choosing to display this piece.  The garland can take up to a couple of hours, so try to get some little hands to help you out with the cutting.  If you ordered the main kit from HERE, the leaves are printed on 8-1/2 X 11 yardstick, but keep in mind, the palm leaves and letters are also available in a larger kit sold separately HERE.  These are to be printed on 12X18″ cardstock.

The first day (today) outline shares the scriptures from the Easter story, a couple of online videos and 3 discussion questions to ponder.  Prepare in advance your own thoughts before you try to facilitate this.  After the devotional, decide as a family, a time each night and write it on the calendar for the next 10 days of when the family devotionals will start.  Whether it is the same time each day right before bedtime, or a different time each day alternating in the morning or evening, depending on the family’s schedule. Post the time in a visible place so everyone knows when the family will gather.  Maybe you put a sign on the fridge or pantry door, but make it easy to spot.  Just a reminder to tailor to your family’s schedule and needs.  I am going to combine a few lessons, because I won’t be starting our family advent until Monday, when my daughter returns home from her mission (squeal!)

A word about Easter baskets:  I spoke to Maria (MeckMom and a contributor here at SugarDoodle) the other day, and she shared with me that her family is doing Conference Baskets instead.  I loved that idea.  Her children can get their treats and treasures that first Saturday morning in April and watch conference with a firm grasp on the goodies. My youngest daughter was standing by me as the conversation with Maria was going on, and she panicked that I might not be giving baskets altogether.  Of course, it’s been one of her favorite tradition!   I explained to her that our family would have a different kind of Easter experience this year, and that I was not cutting out the springtime fun, just changing the time of when we do them.  And for the record,  June was totally fine when I explained to her she would still be getting a spring basket in April, so no big deal.  I just thought I might share this idea with you to consider in regards to the Easter basket dilemma.

Fee; free to join with us and share your Easter Advent activities that you are doing with your family on social media.  Share photos on our Facebook page if something works really well with your family.  We would love to see what you are doing.  Share on Instagram using the two hashtags:  #Hallelujah #SDEaster.

I have felt a pure peace with the activities outlined and the scriptures listed in this project, if only for the benefit of my own family.  But I know as you study the Savior in the days to follow, your family will gain a stronger testimony of His purpose and mission on the earth.  And in turn they will love Him more as their Savior and and accept Him as their Redeemer.

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

 

 

Preparation: Easter Advent for Holy Week #HALLELUJAH

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Photo Credit: Amy Little Photography, Utah

If you are following along with me this week with the Easter Advent for Holy Week kit , let’s get the artwork printed and get ready to go!  You won’t actually start the advent with your family until this Friday (that is 10 days before Easter) if you are going to do the whole 10 days of devotionals.  You can print the kit out on a home color printer, or you can choose to go to a commercial color printer such as a Fed Ex Kinkos or The UPS Store, just make sure you either email it to them in advance or download it onto a flash drive before heading to the printers.

There are ten palm leaf branches you need to print from the kit, it only has one showing in the file, so you will need to print 9 more of the one page, and hand cut them out.  If your family helps in your effort, it might take only 30 minutes, depending on how many hands you have.  It took me about 10 minutes per leaf for the 12X18″ size, (This larger size is not included in the kit, only the 8X10 size is included in the kit, but you can purchase a separate file HERE  if you want it bigger.  My mantel is fairly large, so I wanted larger leaves).   It would probably take half that time to cut out the 8X10 size in the kit.  I didn’t cut exactly on the lines.  There was plenty of white border around the leaf on mine, and I still loved it.  Then cut out each individual letter from the watercolored letters that spell H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H.  I did not cut too carefully on these lines either, I just cut around the black outline leaving a border of white once again.  Glue these cut out letters to the palm leaves.  I used a 1-1/2″ wide satin ribbon in a mint green to clip the palm branches on to. Then, use small clothespins or binder clips to attach them on the ribbon, spaced evenly.  Hang across a window, drape on the mantle, or hang on a soffit or wall in your home.  See photo above.

In addition to the palm leaves and letters,  print off everything else included in the kit.  I went to a second hand store and found most of the sizes of frames I needed for each print listed below for less than a couple of dollars each.  I strongly suggest using a nice color digital print cardstock like a Hammermill 80 lb or 100 lb, it makes a difference in the color quality of your prints.

10 PAGES of LESSON PLANS – Read over lesson plans and gather items you may need for the enrichment activities listed in the “DO” tab at the end of each lesson.  They are optional, so decide now which ones you want your family to do.

HAND-LETTERED AND HAND-PAINTED ARTWORK to be printed off from the kit:

  1. Palm Leaf (Print 10 pages and cut out branches for garland.  Offered HERE in a larger size with H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H letters below ).
  2. H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H watercolored letters
  3. Hosanna 5X7 print
  4. Amazing Grace 8X10 print
  5. House of Prayer family checklist 8X10
  6. I know That My Redeemer Lives 8X10
  7. Charades Game Pieces
  8. Fear Not, He is Risen (Matt 28:5-6) 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  9. Passover Introduction 8X8
  10. Love One Another 8X10 print
  11. “You’ve Been Egged!” neighbor’s door poster 8X10
  12. I Believe in Christ 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  13. Crimson Red Greek Easter Eggs 5X7 recipe card
  14. I Stand All Amazed 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  15. There is a Green Hill Far Away 8X10
  16. Abide With Me; Tis Eventide 8X10
  17. Resurrection Rolls 5×7 recipe card
  18. Hallelujah! Easter 4-up dinner place cards (print off as many as you have guests coming to your Easter dinner with 4 on each page.)
  19. Christ the Lord is Risen Today 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for Day 1 instructions, remember you won’t start until Friday!

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.