Last night, as we were tucking the kids into bed, Ben and I reminded them that today was Easter. Then we asked them if they remembered what happened on Easter.
"I know!" said Bryn, "It's when Jesus died on the cross."
"Actually, no," said Ben, "That's Good Friday. Easter is when Jesus comes back to life."
Bryn's eyes got huge. "I'm so excited!" she said, "Jesus is coming back to earth tomorrow! I can't wait to meet Him!!"
Today, the church we've been attending did a cantata, and all kids older than nursery age stayed in the service. Shay was pretty squirmy, but Bryn was fascinated. Her reading skills have really flourished lately, and she followed along with the program really well. Bryn has always liked being in "big church" when we sing, and even as a little girl, she would stand on a chair and stare intently at the overhead screen with the lyrics on it. Today, for the first time, she was able to read all the words and sing along! She was thrilled to be able to do it and sang her little heart out.
While much of the service was lost on Shay, she was really interested the the "Jesus movie" that played on the overhead screens at various points in the service to tell the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. She kept saying, "When is there going to be more Jesus movie, Mom?"
Then, during one of the songs, Shay climbed onto my lap and, with a very serious face, pointed upwards, toward the ceiling. "God is up there," she said.
"Where?" I asked.
"In Heaven," she said, "And so is Jesus."
"That's right, sweetie," I said, and cuddled her while we continued to sing. For the rest of the service, she periodically pointed upwards and told me the names of more people who were in Heaven: Mary and Joseph, Peter, and everyone who loves Jesus.
"And someday, we'll go there too," she concluded.
And then, of course, there was this cuteness:
Bryn and Shay decided that they wanted to be "Easter bunnies" this year, so while Liam was napping, they filled all the eggs with candy and hid them outdoors. Then when Liam woke up, they took him outside and guided him to each and every egg so he could find them. They even carried a his basket for him, so all he had to do was hunt. Soooo sweet to see how much they love their little brother!