Another decoration I made this year was a banner out of scrap fabric with verses for Lent clipped to it. I like the way the fabrics look together, but I think next year I will improve the way I did the verses -- I'm open to suggestions! I would also love to hang this by the table -- maybe next year that will work out better. For now, it's hanging over the couch, which is ok.
I'm almost done with gathering up what is going in my kid's Easter baskets! Since Susie was tiny I decided to do an Easter basket, but to redeem them by making them focus on Jesus and the real reason for Easter! In the past couple years I've just given her one or two books with a plush lamb and maybe one piece of candy. . . but this year I bought in advance, so the amount is building! :) I still need to get Chippy a lamb (I kind of want one that rattles but not shaped like a rattle, if that makes sense), but otherwise, everything else is at least ordered. I may end up giving them one or two of their books early. In addition to the books, I have a big stuffed sheep for Susie and a chocolate cross (which she spotted in the grocery store and began singing "Easter Friday" at the top of her lungs). Here are the books I giving this year:
The Big Picture Story Bible with audio CD by David Helm
The Easter Story by Patricia Pingry
Jesus is Coming --board book about the triumphal entry
I got/am getting all my books from LifeWay -- if you are in the Louisville area, the campus store has or will have all of these if you want to pick any of these up! Also, please join us for storytime on Good Friday morning at 10:00 am -- I will be reading the account of the passion of Christ and resurrection from The Big Picture Story Bible!