Just a few more Easter pics…

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This is how our Easter mountain garden turned out. The grass came up but I think it would have worked better if our “tomb” would have been a smaller clay pot so the dirt could have been thicker. Next year. We put our pipe cleaner Jesus in the tomb on Friday and Sunday morning the boys found the angel and the empty tomb when they woke up. He is risen! (He is Risen banner by CMHandmade)


After our dandelion pics we spent the rest of the day at Joel’s parents house. My three handsome boys.


Joel ended up going home sick after lunch. Such a bummer. But we stayed to hang out with the cousins and go on an Easter egg hunt.


It was a small group of cousins this year. Griffin was already busy stuffing his face with candy.


And that’s a wrap on Easter 2014.

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  • April 28, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Mary Ann - So sweet!! I like how the tomb turned out. Very clever idea to help litte ones understand the significance of the resurrection of our Savior. I took my little grandson to day care this morning to help out my son who is doing his finals today. The day is rainy and cloudy but the sun was trying to peak out and was a backdrop to the dark clouds…very beautiful. When my grandson saw the grandeur of nature, he said, “That is where Jesus Christ lives!!” I said, yes, he is up in heaven and watching over us. I’m so glad he recognizes the Savior in his life and hope he always treasures that knowledge. Happy Spring, Jess!!ReplyCancel


  • April 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Lea - I just found your blog through another blog and what a delight it has been to browse through. What a testimony you have been through the loss of your precious daughter and the faithfulness of God through your loss and grief. And, what precious little boys you now have. I look forward to following your blog and getting to know you better. Blessings abundant!!!ReplyCancel



We had about an hour between church and our Easter family gathering on Sunday. The boys were super cute in their bow ties and we had a beautiful lawn of dandelions blooming. Actually, our lawn was getting totally out of control with dandelions, but I thought they might be pretty for Easter pictures…it’s all about perspective, right?


Levi thought it was a great idea too. He was all about running through the dandelions and spreading more dandelion seeds.


And then we tried to convince Griffin to pose for some brother pictures in the dandelion field and he didn’t think that sounded too fun.


This is definitely a picture of real life with a two and four year old.


I don’t know what was so traumatizing about taking pictures with your brother but I’m pretty sure Griffin thought his world was ending.


So we took a little break.


And after a few minutes of love from his mama…and some Easter candy bribing…he decided pictures weren’t so bad after all.


Levi tried to teach Griffin how to blow the dandelion puffs. He tried so hard.


His lips sure looked cute all puckered up…but he couldn’t quite get the blowing part down.


Oh my goodness…I love these two.


Still gathering dandelion puffs.


And still trying so hard to blow those seeds.


My dandelion pictures looked like they were going to be a disaster. Sometimes it’s not even worth trying…you just have to let it go and catch them at the right time. But I’m so glad we tried one more time on this day.


These are definitely some of my new favorite pics.

And we finally sprayed our lawn…so no more fields of dandelions.:(

The boys’ bow ties are from The Splendid Bow. She has the most adorable bow ties!

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  • April 25, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    kim - Love this pictures! So sweet and so real life :-) Thank you for still sharing your sweet family with us!



  • April 25, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Karina - You got some amazing photos in the end…But I am so pleased to see the “real life” ones too! And the puckered lips!! I am also a sucker for bow ties on little boys. :-)ReplyCancel


  • April 25, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Becca - Love your dandelion pictures, saw a cute idea on Pinterest with dandelions. Put the fluffy balls carefully in a mason jar and set it on the kitchen counter. When your little one is sad or just having a moment, make a wish! Take one again carefully out of the jar and they can make a special wish and blow their wish to the wish fairies that live in the cloulds.ReplyCancel


  • April 25, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Brittany - Love the pictures… and dandelions are my favorite flower (yes I know technically they are a weed but I still find them beautiful)ReplyCancel


  • April 25, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Kimberly - Love these! Even the “fussy” pictures are adorable!ReplyCancel


  • April 25, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Michelle from Australia - GORGEOUS pictures. So lovely to see one with all four and a half of The Macs xxReplyCancel


  • April 26, 2014 - 2:01 am

    Amy - I love these pictures, your boys remind me so much of my own. I have an almost 5 year old and a 3 year old and their personalities are so different, and when it comes to getting pictures I have my hands full. I also have an almost 7 year old daughter and a 6 month old son so when I put all 4 in the mix it gets crazy.ReplyCancel


  • April 26, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Stefanie - Beautiful pictures! They are so handsome!ReplyCancel


  • April 26, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    Andrea - these are darling!ReplyCancel


  • April 26, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Mary Ann - Aaadddorabbbble!! They are both so cute. Love the pucker too. Great photos!!ReplyCancel


  • April 29, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    leiah - LOVE the one of the oldest with his shirt in his mouth and the other on the ground!!! I kept laughing and showed my husband. So glad to know we are not the only ones who have meltdowns during photo time. The family photo turned out lovely! I just showed my 3 year old a few weeks ago how to blow dandilions and now every time he sees it he goes to try it. So cute!ReplyCancel



I like to dye our eggs outside. It is always more fun to do things outside…and then I don’t have to worry about the mess. It has been so windy here lately that it was hard to find a day that worked this year…but we finally did. This was our pre-egg dying picture. No normal smiles around here anymore. And anything big brother does, little brother does too.

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These two have way too much fun together. I love to hear their giggles.




We managed to only have a few cracked eggs this year…and a few green fingers.:)I can totally handle that. It was our best egg dying year yet. You have to click back and see the pics of the boys dying eggs from the past few years.

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Little cuties. They keep growing and growing! And next year there will be one more set of fingers trying to help us. I can’t wait!

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  • April 23, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Mary Ann - Oh my gosh…how cute. I loved looking back to 2012 & 2013. I thought it was funny how Griffin’s eggs were smashed (but getting dyed!!). Our egg dying experience was way fun now that my grandson is almost 4. We put funny faces on the eggs, and gave some of them hair and wrote our names on them. On Wunday we focused on remembering what Easter was all about so I talked a lot to my Grandson about the Savior and the love He has for us. It was a wonderful weekend.ReplyCancel


I’ve been listening to this song on repeat all weekend. I came across this little video of Kari Jobe explaining the story behind the song…I always love to know the story, don’t you?

I know Easter is over but let’s not stop rejoicing in our Risen Lord! Jesus is the name above all names. Forever He is glorified. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I’ll tell you more about ours later this week!

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!

Revelation 5:13

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  • April 21, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Mary Ann - It was a glorious Easter…I feel so blessed to know without a shadow of a doubt that He is Risen!! Easter certainly reminds us that He gave his life for us and suffered for our sins but even more miraculously he felts all our sorrows, our heartaches, our loneliness, and our regrets. He helped me see the good in life and helped me to be able to smile again. I knew the passing of my husband and parents (within 7 months) would be hard but I never realized how much I would miss all of them. I’m so lucky and blessed that I became a grandmother….just in the nick of time. My little grandson saved me and gave me every reason to love life again and to laugh and smile again. I hope your Easter celebration was wonderful. I can’t wait to see pictures of your family.ReplyCancel


  • April 21, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Stacey - Praise Him! I have also had this song on repeat all throughout the weekend. I get goosebumps each time I hear it. Our Praise team at church sang this and one of Pastor’s did the spoke part in the middle (like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huFra1mnIVE) I am in awe of the sacrifice Jesus has made for us, in awe and thankfulness of the resurrection. So overwhelmed by his Love for each of this! BLessings,
    ~Stacey <3ReplyCancel


  • April 22, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Jamie - I LOVE this song. I first heard it when I saw her in concert back in March and this song just does it for me. brings me to tears.. the truths, the worship. Love it. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel


I was a little behind on being intentional with Easter this year. I like to try to do things throughout Lent to help prepare my heart and the boys’ hearts for Easter. But honestly the week after HopeSpoken I could hardly keep my eyes open and all I could think about was taking a nap…so the Easter stuff just came out last week. We have several fun things that we use from DaySpring that you can read about in this post and our collection of Easter books is growing too.

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If you follow me on Instagram (@jessmcclenahan) you already saw a little peek of our newest Easter project this year. Last year we made an Easter mountain out of salt dough. The boys loved that but I wanted to try something new this year. I had seen the idea to make an Easter garden on Pinterest a few times. I never really found a good link with step-by-step directions but just made up my own using this picture and caption.


We used a 10 inch clay saucer for the base and a 4 inch clay pot for the tomb. I wish I would have found a smaller pot for the tomb because it was hard to mound the dirt around the pot…but we made it work.


After we got the “mountain” built we sprinkled on grass seed and put a few little rocks from our driveway around the front.

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And then our Easter mountain turned into a full-out construction zone. Gotta love little boys.


This project would have been so much easier to do outside but it was cold and windy so we were stuck inside. I thought about telling the boys we couldn’t make a mess inside but they were just having so much fun. I may start to see grass popping up through the cracks in my wood floor pretty soon…oh well, I’m pretty sure it was worth the moments of peace that the mess brought.:)


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I bought a 4 inch clay saucer to close the tomb with but Levi insisted that we needed a rock instead. We might need to find a bigger rock though! We planted our grass seed on the 4th and it started popping up on the 9th. Today it was filling in pretty well over most of the mountain. We spray it throughout the day with a spray bottle to keep the grass watered. We still need to make our crosses which we will do this week. I’ll have to take another picture sometime so you can see it all finished.

I was looking for some ideas for my Sunday School class over the weekend and came across this video. Have your kids seen this already? I just loved how Phil Vischer talks about the meaning of Easter and why it is so important. I have been thinking a lot about what it means that Jesus stood under the stream of God’s wrath in my place…that God looked at Jesus and saw all of my sin…all of your sin. That’s a hard thing for me to wrap my own mind around let alone explain to my preschooler. I loved the visual in this video when Jesus was on the cross and how God saw his Son stained with all the sin of the world. What a horrible thing to imagine and yet such a beautiful picture of the gospel and His love for us. I showed this to my Sunday School class today and then Levi and I watched it this afternoon. And then we watched it three more times because he loved it so much. I am praying that it gives me more opportunities to share truth with my kids this week as we continue to talk about Easter.

Jesus is alive!

That’s not just good news…that’s amazing news!

And now I want to go buy the What’s in the Bible? videos. Do you have them?

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  • April 14, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Amanda - We have these videos! They are so great. Your boys would love them!ReplyCancel


  • April 14, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Missy - Thanks for posting this Jess! The kids loved it!ReplyCancel


  • April 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Jenae - We have nearly all the WITB videos and Levi would probably love them! Caleb loves them and Noah isn’t quite as crazy about them, probably because they are just a little over his head. Honestly, Kevin and I love them too. I learn so much from watching them (and they are really funny)! :)ReplyCancel


  • April 15, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    Mary Ann - What a fun project…you are brave to do that with dirt and rice. I have a carpeted dining room so that would be more of a challenge….I will leave that my grandson’s parents to handle. I get anxious when my grandson plays with play dough or putty but I guess I need to be more flexible, right!!! I love your “He is Risen” banner. Your boys are getting so big…they will be the best helpers when you new little one comes along.ReplyCancel


  • April 27, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    a little more easter » The Macs - […] is how our Easter mountain garden turned out. The grass came up but I think it would have worked better if our “tomb” […]ReplyCancel