Once again we find ourselves celebrating another holiday in unique ways under a unique set of circumstances. It was hard not getting together with extended family and enjoying our typical traditions, but our circumstances didn’t take away from the holiness of the day. Perhaps it even added to it.
In the stillness of being home and having a quieter, more reflective Easter, we were able to focus on the glory of Easter Sunday. There, in the midst of the sacrifices we have found thrust upon us during this unusual and trying time, we were all the more appreciative of that great sacrifice made on our behalf.
He died so that we may live.
All Glory and Praise to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus the Christ!
Easter preparations began on Friday with egg dying,
And on Saturday, as family recipes were pulled out and food preparation began.
Our meal wasn’t completely traditional, as our side dishes were chosen based on what we had in the freezer and pantry. I did, however have all the necessities on hand for the key components of an Easter dinner, so we didn’t have to make a trip to the store. A ham was pulled from the freezer. The dough was mixed for Mom’s homemade rolls. Pineapple dressing, sour cream potatoes and ambrosia salad were all prepared the day before, so as to make Sunday dinner a breeze.
On Saturday we also added a new recipe to the mix, one that is a favorite family tradition in Zach’s family: resurrection rolls!
I was first introduced to resurrection rolls when I served in primary with Sherrie and she would bring them in for the children every Easter. I loved the concept and message behind them, and they were delicious as well!
Zach’s one wish for our Easter celebration, since he wasn’t able to be with his family for Easter, was that we incorporate this beloved Tame tradition into our holiday celebration. On Saturday we gathered the family together and Zach taught us how to make resurrection rolls. It was a project everyone enjoyed!
First we laid down our dough.
Next we topped it with a little butter and cinnamon/sugar.
Then we placed a marshmallow in the center of the dough.
Finally the dough was wrapped around the marshmallow and placed in a pan to bake.
It was a fun baking project and an effective object lesson.
The marshmallow represents the body of the Savior that was placed in the tomb. As the rolls bake, the marshmallows within melt, so that when you bite into the baked resurrection rolls, you will find the inside hollow…
Representing the empty tomb on Sunday morning.
It was a joy getting to share in one of Zach’s Easter traditions.
On Saturday Grace and I also decorated the dinning room for Easter dinner. Since our dining room is also currently serving as our greenhouse, we decided to embrace the mess and make it all part of the look.
We went with a “Mr. McGregor’s Garden” theme for our Easter table, using decorations we found around the house.
A month ago, when we had our girls’ weekend at the Homestead, my mom gave me Peter Rabbit plates and napkins as part of my Easter surprise. These paper products served as the jumping off point for our décor.
A center piece was added,
And my cabbage serving dishes were set out.
Grace and I made place cards for each family member. I wrote out the names and Grace added the artwork.
We were quite pleased with the finished look!
After a full day of Easter preparations, we were ready to welcome in the Sabbath day.
As a special Easter treat, my parents had sent us a check to order take out one evening and gift me with a night off from cooking. We decided to use our Easter gift on Saturday night. After a full day in the kitchen preparing our Easter dinner, I was thrilled at the prospect of not having to make supper. We decided to use our Easter gift to buy wings.
The kids were all very excited. This was the first take-out meal we have had since the stay-at-home order was issued.
We ordered from Big Shot Bob’s House of Wings in Ellwood City. We ordered a variety of flavors and then Grace and Zach picked up our order on their way back from getting the mail from their apartment.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner!
It was such a fun treat, and such a generous Easter gift from my parents! Thank you Mom and Dad!!
When everyone was full, fat and sassy we headed to bed. Tomorrow was a big day!
Our Sabbath day began with Easter service, but rather than donning our Easter bonnets for Easter service at our local chapel, we got dolled up for church in the living room. Grace was in charge of our lesson this week and she spoke about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ with the following analogy:
She laid out eight candy bars on the table. Each was tagged with a different price. She then handed each of us a bag of pennies. Each bag contained a different amount of change. We were then told the rules of the game.
- We could only use the coins she gave us to purchase the candy.
- We couldn’t pool our money or borrow coins from one another.
- We couldn’t share our candy with anyone else.
We were then set free to do our shopping. As we dug into our bags of pennies we soon discovered that none of us had enough money to purchase any of the candy bars on the table. We all found ourselves short of the price that needed paid.
As we considered our options, we soon reached the conclusion that there was no way for us to pay the price needed to get our reward. It was then that Grace pointed out the fact that none of us had thought to ask her for the difference owed. She pulled out a bag of pennies and asked if anyone needed to borrow the difference, thus thrusting the reward within reach, despite our shortcomings.
She likened the lesson to the atonement of Jesus Christ. She drew the comparison between our own inability to gain eternal reward to our need for a Savior who can make up the difference between what we have to offer and the price that must be paid.
Like Gracie’s example, salvation can’t be bargained. The price is set and must be paid in full, and none on earth can pay the price by themselves. We all must call on Jesus Christ to make up the difference. He has paid the price for each of us, and because of His great sacrifice we all have the ability to enjoy a reward we don’t deserve.
She then shared the story of Handle’s Messiah to further illustrate her point, by sharing the following video:
It was a beautiful lesson and a perfect start to our Easter Sunday!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Easter at Patchwork Farm.