Thursday, April 29, 2010


I am that person at Christmas when you ask them what they want, says "nothing". I am not a wanting type person. I figure if I want it bad enough I would buy it for myself. But the problem is I am pretty skimpy when it comes to buying stuff for myself for fun. So I started thinking,
 "What if I was held at gun point and handed
 5,000 and had to spend it on myself or die what would I buy?" I couldn't give it away, I couldn't buy anything for my girls and I couldn't pay bills. I HAD to spend it on stuff for me.

Believe it or not this is really hard for me. I started this post on Tuesday and now it is Thursday....I literally could NOT look for myself. Dang those rotten precious kids!

so here i list!
1) University Pink Rope Sole Classic TOMS  

Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)
2) Cannon Digital Rebel XSi

Apple MacBook Pro MB990LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
3) MacBook Pro 13

7th Heaven: The Eighth Season
4) 7th heaven the complete series on DVD. I use to LOVE this show!

Jimmy Choo tan embossed leather 'Premier' slingbacks
5) Jimmy Choo tan embossed leather "Premier" slingbacks

Do you think I might be obsessed with shoes?

Well 3 days and thats all I got for ya! Sad huh?

So question of the week....If YOU were given $5,000 and could ONLY  spend it on yourself....what would you buy? Would it be easy for you?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday's Words: Letter X & Y

X is for


A little fun fact, every member of household has had an Xray!

Y is for


A staple in our grocery shopping. the kids love
GOGURT because it can be frozen then taken where we are going and thawed.
 We LOVE to take this to Disney with us!!

1 more week of Wednesday's Words!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

You did what?!?!

This has become my token phrase over the past few weeks.

Hello, my name is Sarah, and I am the mother of an amazingly strong-willed 3.75 year old that thinks she is 30.

Madyson has gone from being "a pleasure to have in class" to "the alpha female". Things have to be "hers". She is into pushing, bullying, whining, stomping her feet, pouting, slamming doors, and being way over dramatic about the littlest things.

As you all know from reading all my posts about her, she isn't normal. I don't want to say "she is a genius" because thats not true...she just is very different? Madyson has a vocabulary of about 80 bizillion words (alot I have to ask Todd what it means), and uses them correctly. The other day I was looking up a word in the dictionary and read it outloud (to myself, she was in the next room). she has used that word correctly for the past 4 days.

When we are leaving the house I have to explain in detail exactly what we will be doing (places we are going, routes we are going to take, etc.) If I don't, she will ask 925793875298 times (When are we going to do this? Are we going to do this then this or this then this)

She likes things in order by smallest to largest, sleeveless to long sleeve. the slightest variation will throw her off.

Well over the past few weeks we have been busy and really have neglected housework. (a  clean house is a sign of a wasted life :) ) But in all seriousness, I was suffering from the idontwannadothelaundry blues, I haven't really been concerned if shoes are left in the den floor, I got tired of picking up the playroom then in 3 minutes Hurricane Aubrie would destroy it again. I was in a funk, and I didn't think it was a big deal.

Well, apparently, I was wrong. I started thinking last night to when this new attitude of hers began and it started about the same time my lack of cleaning did. So i spent the night picking up, cleaning, washing clothes...thinking maybe this would work!

Well it seemed to be doing the trick until Aubrie brought me Madyson's cup of tea from their tea table. I asked her to please go set down the tea and about that time this raging, big eyed, wallygabber of a thing leaped in front of Aubrie and snatched the tea...sending ice cubes and tea all over the clean clothes i was folding in floor, all over the couch, all over me.

I just looked up and asked Madyson to go get a towel and clean it up. Then I proceeded to hear, " Do you honestly think that I am going to clean it up? That's what you are for.". Yes she said it, just like that. Under her breath, walking away from me.

My phrase was flashing in my mind "WHAT DID SHE SAY!?!?!" "SHE DID WHAT?!!?"

I immediately went out into my garage and called Todd. I had to share this lovely bit of news with him. His was response was, "really?" YES TODD REALLY!

My mother laughs at this whole situation because apparently she remembers me being the same way. I don't share the same memories but of course I have forgotten a lot over the years. So now what? Spanking...doesn't help. Madyson is that child that has 9-1-1 registered into her brain and will use it at any situation she sees fit.
Time out use to work with her. Now she tries to negotiate her way out of it.
Taking privileges away/tv..etc. Nope that doesn't work either.

So here we go. I was expecting at least 7 more years before this all started but it looks like I have been blessed to go through the teenage years during the toddler years. Please pray for me. AND FOR HER!

On a side note she did do something positive yesterday! After I rearrange her bed room and she discovered that the possibility of getting bunk beds would happen if she would sleep in her bed...she put herself in bed at 9pm and stayed there all night. That is a huge plus in my book.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The weekend~

I have not been to work in 4 days. I must say, I absolutely love my job. but it was nice being able to chill for a bit.

Let me tell you what I have been up to!

Wednesday at work was "appreciation day". Our pastor took the entire staff out for lunch at one of my favorite mexican restaurants. I LOVE the people that I work with. We are all different age ranges (I am the youngest....I am not saying who I think is the oldest ;) ) but we all have one thing in common, serving the Lord in anyway he wants us too. I love having the compatibility of Christian friends. It is so nice to go out and laugh and talk and not have to worry about who is the designated driver.  After lunch, I left to go get Madyson. We had an eye doctor appointment. She underwent a few test (nothing serious) and we found out that 1) her glasses seem to be helping. It is not making her random cross eyes perfect, but they are helping. 2) She cannot see 3D things. 3) She qualifies for the surgery that will fix it. 

Todd and I have opted to let her try a different style lens (one that has a bifocal in it) to see if that helps. We will go back in 8 weeks and we will know from there.

p.s. this is a picture of the books in the exam room. If you look closely you can see the children's bible and other Christian stories. You know you have a great doctor when these are present!

Thursday, I took the day off of work to help my two friends move! That was so much fun! There new house is adorable.

Friday, was my day off! I spent it with my wonderful mother-in-law. We took a trip to Meridian and picked up her new puppy MAX. While we were there we went to "TREASURE HUNT" and I found some cute things!! We also went to a fabric store and I picked out some new fabrics for the girls rooms! I am so excited about my redos I have coming up this month!

Saturday, Todd and I went to the church to help start building our VBS scenes. I am obsessed with details. Luckily, I have an amazingly creative boss that can take my idea and turn them into reality. We had a blast with Joseph, Jennifer and Darlene and got a lot accomplished!

Today was great! We went to church, I got to hang out with my favorite 4 year olds!, then we went to MeMe's house for lunch. I stopped by my new favorite shoe spot and picked up some adorable sandals

  then I came home and began the battle with the Laundry. Right now, I am winning. But Mr. L might be coming back for a take out because I am pooped! During loads, I decided to start rearranging the bedrooms! Todd is at work and the girls are enjoying their toys right now so I had some extra time. It was great! Can't wait to show yall the final products!

Right now I am curled up on the couch with my new cute sandals on my feet. Waiting on my precious husband to come home! happy sunday all! I hope you have an amazing week!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day: Spending a day Serving

Yesterday was Earth Day. A day we are suppose to celebrate the earth and all its glory.
Well, I watered my flowers that sit in recycled pots but thats about as close to earth as I got.
For some reason, I have an ear infection. My 2nd one in 3 months. I wasn't feeling nature.

So I chose to spend it serving friends. I have 2 friends that have become really close to Todd and I. We actually go way back to 2007. We were duplex neighbors but never really bonded until recently. They run an amazing business and have taught me a lot about public relations and marketing. I was honored that they would let me serve them.

We started out packing all their stuff and then discovered rain could be in our coming forecast. With the move being 20 minutes away, we decided to go ahead and move furniture to the new house. So thats what we did. We moved from 9am-5pm and Todd helped and ended up staying til 10:30pm. (i had to get home to my two little princesses who were angels...until bedtime and daddy wasn't here!)

I enjoyed talking with them, packing up their unique items (they have rocks and drift wood that they display in funky vases from the Great Lakes. They travel alot and pick up some really neat things!)

I approached Marianna with the idea of attending The World's Longest YardSale with me. She loves road trips and seemed up to it. Now I just have to get her to take that week off of work!
This is something I have wanted to do for years after seeing it on HGTV. I have decided that will be a great girls trip and I am going!!! Now I just have to recruit my girls!

Did you spend Earth day serving? Do you have plans for the weekend? Saturday at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton we will begin construction our VBS decorations, its inside and if you like to paint or build we would love to have you! Also on Sunday the Jackson Zoo is having a party with the planet. Go enjoy some nature!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday's words: Letter W

W is for


How great of a witness are you?
Over the past few months I have been following Lane Ann's Blog. A mother, a wife, a witness.
She has been battling cancer and soon, maybe even tonight, her battle will be over.

I pray for Lane Ann, for Tim, for the kids. 

There is no doubt that she will be in heaven.

This has been one of the hardest blogs to follow. I feel I have come to know this family and I ache for their lost but celebrate with them. Their faith in God has been amazing. The openness of their relationship with the blog world has made death seem beautiful.

They have been such a witness to me on how to have a great Christian marriage and to love someone so deeply. Tonight, I dedicate Wednesday's Words to the Miller family.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The joys of being Southern.

In the south we celebrate every occasion with food.
If you die, your family gets fed well. If you have a baby, don't worry about cooking until they graduate high school.
Usually, during this ritual you will receive Poppy Seed Chicken, Chicken Spaghetti, and an excessive amount of cakes. I personally love it when I receive a good homemade coconut cake. That is a huge plus for me.

In the south we know that y'all is an abbreviation for you all. I even had a teacher that added that one to her list, right along with can't, isn't, don't. "You Guys" just doesn't fit when you are talking to a group of ladies in big hats.

Speaking of which, In the south we like it BIG. Big hats, Big Hair bows, Big teased hair, Big Pearls. 

In the south its okay to take your shoes off at a friends house, and make yourself at home. That's a sign of a great friendship, when you can just be relaxed and cuddle up on the couch or the porch swing and talk about your problems, your life, or that friend of a friend who is going through all sorts of things.

In the south we know that tea is served at its best when it is brewed then steeped then poured into a gallon pitcher, added 1 3/4 cups of SUGAR (not the yellow or the pink stuff) and then served over ice. If we are trying to make a lasting impression on  you, you might even get a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.

In the south we respond with "Bless your Heart" and "I do declare". 

In the South, family is a huge part of your life. From your momma, and big daddy, to your aunts and uncles and cousins and 2nds and 3rds and 4ths. In a true Southern home, you know every detail about Aunt Bertha's son, Mack's, daughter Ellie's, 3rd grade boy, Joshua and his lack of behaving and how he had to go out and pick his switch last Sunday after bible school. You just know, and you care. 

In the south it is Football in the Fall and Baseball in the Summer. You select your team and you support them proudly. We ring our cowbells, wear the colors, we spend countless hours in places with names like "The Grove", we shout things like "ROLL TIDE" and "WAR EAGLE" and don't feel out of place. Its our thing. We instill it in our children and make sure they grow up with the attitude, "THAT IS MY SCHOOL" Sometimes, we even start instilling these traditions in our children from day 1. There are those diehard few that paint the nursery REBEL RED, AUBURN ORANGE, OR MSU MAROON. Those special ones have the LSU tiger mobile, the bama  onesie, and know the fight song before they know their ABC's. Its the south. We can do that.

In the south we learn to fish from our Daddy and our Momma A true southern girl can kick back on the bank, while barefoot and bait her own pole. We begin fishing early in the morning and stop around the time the mosquitos start to bite. We learn to hunt, to live off the land, and to drive the 4-wheeler. Because at least once in your Southern life, you will need to know these things.

In the south we know the art of smocking and monogramming. And we have at least 3 of each in our closets each season.

In the south we treasure the 2 weeks of spring and salivate on the 3 months of summer. Any excuse to get out the flip-flops, we celebrate.

In the south we attend fish frys, crawfish boils, cookie swaps, and grill outs monthly. Any excuse to fellowship and eat. We do.

In the south it is important to us to say Yes'mam and Yes'sir. Even if the person is just a few years older. If they are in charge of any situation, we respect them with these mannerisms. 

In the south we greet with hugs, pray out loud at restaurants before meals, help our neighbors...even if we don't know them, share the gospel with anyone that will listen, support each other, because it is the Southern thing to do.

The joys of being southern. 

But even with the joys of being southern, sometimes our "south" is different from other's "south" 
In my south....

In my south, I can refer to Turnips and Biscuits and receive texts that say "I am praying for you." Because people know that when those two come out, something is stirring in the air.

In my south, I can walk down the street and smile and say hi to every person I pass and 9 out of 10 will do the same. Because in my south, we see past the color of someone skin and we treat them the way we want to be treated.

In my south, I can read a tragic story on our local news' facebook page and then read the numerous comments from strangers, stating how they will pray for that family. Because in my south, we do that. We pray for the hurt, the lost, the needed.

In my south, life is good. Life is crazy. Life gets messy. But it is my south. 
I can look around and see things here that others choose not to see. 
I can see all the good that my south brings. 
I can enjoy my grits and my fried chicken, and my peas with a ham hock in it. Because its my south.
 I can raise my barefoot, big bow wearing girls to hunt and to fish and to be a lady all at the same time. Because in my south, women can be anything.

In my south, I can find the love of my life in an unexpected place, marry him a few months later, have amazing children with him, and know that he is my partner and we share the same values. In my south, husbands love their wives and their children. they are the providers and the head of the household.

Yes, my south might have it quirks but its my south, and it is one of the greatest joys of being Southern.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Madyson Moment: Saul and Paul and Change

This week's lesson in Preschool Sunday School was the story of Saul/Paul and how God can change us.

In Madyson's class her teacher asked the class about things in their life that change.

1 kid said "my daddy gets bigger..." another child said, "My sister got glasses" when it was Madyson's turn she said "I know a lot about change. My mommy changes her hair color all the time."

Thank you Madyson for a great laugh and realization that I might need to find 1 color and stick to it!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Date Night

I <3 my husband. He knew how stressed I have been lately and how it is hard to have serious conversations about feelings and such when there are 2 kiddos running around. So last night he arranged for the girls to spend the night at his moms and we went to eat.

Now usually when we go eat it is 1 of 2 places. 1) stix because we love it. 2) Outback because I love their side salads. But last night we went to Biaggi's in Ridgeland,MS. Our friends Jennifer and Joseph go there a lot and talk about how great it is. So we thought we would try it. I signed up for their e-club on Tuesday and we received an email for a free appetizer! (can't pass up a restaurant that offers free things!!)

So we dropped the kids off and went to the restaurant.

Our server was Emily. She was FABULOUS. Todd and I are the worst people to wait on because we have worked in the restaurant business for so long, we always expect great service and are always looking out for things like no refills, not checking on the guest...etc.

Well, Emily surpassed all of our ideas of a perfect server. She was friendly, she was well spoken, she suggested items, explained things, always refilled our tea, cleared dishes...she was perfect.

The food, AMAZING. For the appetizer we had Fried Ravioli. It was perfect.
Then we shared a salad (Emily's suggestion)
I had the porkchop meal. It was too die for. Todd had the chicken parmesan and he ate the entire plate.
For dessert we decided to take a leap and try the White Chocolate Bread Pudding (wayyyy out of our comfort zone) it was DELICIOUS.

So all in all we had a great date night, we had great grown up conversation, it was amazing!

Thanks to grandmama and granddaddy who kept the runts!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Masters! Not even Tiger can hang!!!

SD tagged me in this! I got really excited! 

Here are the rules for the award:
1. List 6 things you are a master in.
2. Pass it on to 6 bloggers you think are masters at friendship and make blogging awesome.

I am a master in......

1) Seeing the Grey. I am not a Black or White person. I don't believe in the right side or the left side. I don't like Santa or No Santa. I do not believe in 1 way or the other. I am the 3rd option, the floater, the middle person. Some people say this is a sign of indecisiveness. I believe it is just another way of life. I prefer for Jesus to have His birthday and Santa have some cake too. I believe in new ideas and change and not the same old thing. I am that person in a debate of 3 that when 1 says "we always do this" and the other says "but we should do this" I say "We can do both" and lay it out. 

2)Closet organizing. For some reason that is a big excitement for me. I love to organize closets.

3) Hair color. I can turn orange into brown in under 25 minutes!

4) Taking on other people's problems. For some reason I am drawn to trying to help everyone with anything. I really hate to see anyone suffer or be sad or overwhelmed, but for some reason I don't think about what it is going to do to me....

5) Cooking: I can take random things out of a kitchen and make it edible and delicious, I am actually rewriting Paula Dean's Cookbook. I am calling it "Sarah vs. decide." My husband is a picky eater and hard to please. If you have seen him lately you know he isn't starving. 

6) Relating to kids. For some reason kids love me. Todd says that I am the child whisperer, I disagree bc my children DO NOT sleep, any good child whisperer could get them to do this. I am better at relating to kids than talking to adults. I love seeing them soak up information and know that I taught them that. I would have made a great child advocate.

So now it is your turn! I hope you take time to let me know what you are a master in!
1) Brandi

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday's Words: Letter U & V

U is for
Madyson has enjoyed playing soccer this year! 
Here is a pic of her and her "team" in their

V is for
Vanilla is my favorite ice cream. Actual Yarnell's Angel Food Vanilla.
If you haven't had it, you need to try it! Add some rainbow sprinkles!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Snap out of it

I promise that one day I will get back to funny haha's and facts about me, I did share a Madyson Moment, because I really didn't want to enter into not blogging for days to blogging about serious things.

But right now, I have so much on my mind I can't get it straight, so for those of you who read this and don't skip over me on the Dashboard...sorry its not all pretty, but its The Broadus Bunch, Crazy its best...and worst

Todd and I have been praying and praying to God about what to do with our desire to adopt. A few months ago a 4 year old boy entered our life and we have been nuturing him in our hearts and praying about him daily. We had finally come to the conclusion that we felt we were (are) suppose to pursue this child to become our own but now he has been put into foster care and has a case with DHS. We are new to this whole scene but when talking to some professionals we were pretty much told he was "unadoptable" unless we could figure out away around the system. So now our prayers are that God will hold our hands and help us give this child a loving home or help us cope with the fact that God is in control and our hearts will be healed and this child will find love with his foster family.

Second, my sister Renea is coming to visit (yes, the biosister that I have never met) I have been looking forward to spending time with her for years, almost a lifetime, but she informed me that my biomom's sister would be coming with her as well. Not looking forward to that part. I need to have a sweet spirit about the idea, and be loving and open but this lady hasn't really given me a reason to and being protective of my heart, I am scared to open it anymore. Plus, my parents aren't too supportive about the aunt coming. They really have a hard time with the whole biological family search.

Third, I am drowning in laundry (again) I just haven't felt like it, until today when I opened up my "unmentionable" drawer and the only things in there were some items that I wore prebaby body that I am for sure would be lost in the valleys if I tried to wear them again. So I have washed and washed...and they are clean, dried, folded, but sitting in baskets...I just can come to put them up.

Fourth, Madyson has reached the terror age. I don't know if she is sensing my stress or what but this child is pushing buttons on everyone, not just me. I am so ready for Todd's mom to come back from Memphis...she might spend the night there next weekend just so she can terrorize another household for awhile.

Fifth, Aubrie is getting 2 year molars and I am so tired of the things that come with that. Whiny, fussy, tired, poopy diapers (yes, I said diapers, she has sworn off potty training and it is KILLING ME!)

and finally.....Todd is working tonight and I am just lost without his hugs right now. It is amazing how much support he provides and how when he is not here (during the hard times) I have a hard time with dealing with things.

Sorry for all the emotions. I don't know why I feel it necessary to tell the world my problems but I do. I guess I feel more open to discuss them in smaller settings when I have the world to hold me accountable.
who knows?

Madyson Moment: Soup

So Madyson wanted to enjoy some soup at Newk's with me.

We ordered and sat down and waited on the server to bring us our soup.

When the soup arrived Madyson looked down and said, "Mommy, Why did you get the same soup as me?"

I responded with, "Well, I like it and I like being like you!"

Madyson, without skipping a beat, said, "But mommy, being different is okay. Variety is the spice of life."

Yes, she really did. and No, I don't say that.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday's Words: Letter T

Guess what T is for?!?!?!

That's Right.....


The King of the Broadus Palace, Todd is one amazing man.

He is an amazingly hard worker, provider, and husband. 
He blesses my life each and everyday. Not many people can put up with my 
"It has to be NOW" attitude. That's one of the first things I loved about Todd.
Back before we started dating, I could be short servers on staff, and could call Todd (on his day off) and he would be there in less than 10 minutes. Thats when I knew he loved me. and I really new he loved me when he would be off and I would be working and he would come hang out with me just so I wouldn't be there by myself.

Todd loves Mazzios Salads, Pizza, Cookies, Steak, Potatoes...typical MAN food.

We both love pistachios (which you know is a match made in heaven)

Todd is a silly daddy. He has a hard time being the discipline daddy. Thats okay, I'll do it until we have a boy. 
Our girls adore their daddy. And he does the same. 
Use too, he would come home from work and the first thing he would do was kiss me. Now its a race between the 3 of us to see who can get to Daddy first. Aubrie usually wins because she is short and goes between our legs or around the little spaces we can't fit into.

Some of my favorite quirks about Todd is:
1) How he wears his heart on his sleeve. Its nice to have a husband that gets the emotional side of things.
2)How he can finish my sentences after 1 or 2 words.
3) How he adores his girls
4) His willingness to be the level minded one when I am the emotional one.
5) He knows that when I eat Oreos I don't share my milk, so he just makes two glasses so I won't feel bad for telling him no.

Thank you daddy for being the "T" in our life! We love you!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The silver lining by simple pleasures

Do you ever have one of those days where you are so exhausted, mentally, that you just want to suck down turnips and biscuits and tune everything out? Well, that was me yesterday. I couldn't function, I was just so mentally upset that I wanted to escape, so I my kitchen.

Cooking is such a therapy for me. I love starting from nothing and ending up with a fabulous meal. Last night was Sweet Onion Glazed Pork chops, Turnips, Black-Eyed Peas and Biscuits.

Some of my favorite dishes.

As I sat, drowning in the buttery pool of turnip juice, I thought to myself, "why does something so simple make me feel so much better?" Then, like I tend to do, the list started to form. Simple Pleasure that make the silver lining sparkle in my dark cloud.

1) If you follow me on Twitter, you already know this..."Ordering a Sonic Cherry Limeade and actually finding a cherry and a lime in the bottom of my cup." That makes me smile.

2) the feel of my Ikea pillow. I have tons of nice expensive pillows, but during my last trip to Atlanta we stopped by Ikea and I found this little pillow for about $6.00 bucks. It is heaven. I love it.

3)Hearing rain outside my window and getting to roll over and go back to sleep...even if its just for 15 more minutes.

4)When I am having a tough day and I get a random blackberry messenger *twinkle* from Todd saying "WUV U MRS BROADUS". Yup, melts my heart

5) finding a new decorating magazine and reading it over and over again.

6) walking out of a cold building into the warm sunshine....ahhhh.

7) sidewalk chalk. 

8) eating fresh vegetables.

Ususally, these simple things would be over looked, but to me, they are my little pleasures.

What are some of yours?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Latest Topic, What Does The Easter Bunny Have to Do with Easter?

A post was recently started on our Church's Social Media Page about "What does the Easter Bunny have to do with Easter"

I guess I have never thought about it, just gone along with it. For those that have been following for the longest time, you can remember my struggles with Santa.

So this is my thought on the subject:

We wake up to little baskets that hold a new bible or devotional, lifeway story books, this year we got believer bands (which are like silly bands but from lifeway) and other biblical related items. 
After Church, We give the girls Easter happies from us. This year they got new backpacks and monogrammed sippies. 
I think you can celebrate the true meaning, instill it in your kids and use the “characters” as another way to bring the word to your kids. Just like we use Veggie TalesVeggie Tales: An Easter Carol and other television characters to teach about Christ, we can use the Easter Bunny and Santa. That is how we do it anyway.  
I read once that the egg was a symbol of the grave and life renewed or ressurected by breaking out of it. Also, a symbol of resurrection, while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.  Which to me is a great way to look at the secular aspect as well. 
I am no expert on this topic, but I do feel characters can help relate the stories of Jesus to children, if done with Christ in mind…and not peeps. 
When I google searched “what does the Easter Bunny have to do with Easter” I did find this article. if anyone is interested.
I know as a Children's Sunday School Teacher, It is hard to discuss death and resurrection with four year olds. You read the Easter Story or the Christmas Story to them and still get tons of questions that you may or may not be able to answer.
My S.S. Kiddos learned the Easter Story. We read it for 4 weeks and we discussed it. IT was hard for them at first to think about Jesus dying. IT is hard for me now, as a mom, to think about God's Greatest Sacrifice, His Son. 
I had questions like, "Why did Jesus have to die?", "Will I be resurrected?" "How could God let his Son die?" All great questions for four year olds. We took it step by step and discussed what the bible says. 
And I'll admit. I am a Sunday School Teacher, An Employee of the Church, and A grownup and 98% of the time, when I read the bible, I have to use the children's bible as a reference. Because I am a visual learner and well, we all know The original bible didn't come with pictures. So some of the questions were easier to answer with pictures and let the children use their imaginations on what it looked like, because all we have to go on is description anyway.
Yesterday, as Easter morning approached, I didn't mention the Easter Bunny to my S.S. kiddos, out of respect for 1 family that I know chooses not to celebrate holidays with characters. But Madyson, who you have to love, decided she will inform my class about "HER SPECAL EATER  WABBIT"
Madyson believes and understands that her Easter Bunny is very special because he loves Jesus. He knows that Madyson loves Jesus too, which is why he brings her stories about Jesus, instead of candy. She looks forward to her books on biblical stories, her devotions, and things that help her grow with Christ. And thats how she describes the Easter Bunny. "He helps me grow closer to God"
So I guess my outlook on "The Bunny" is this: Use him as a tool. If your focus is to raise a Godly child, USE those moments you have early Easter morning to remind your children of the reason for Easter. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

California, Easter, all in 72 hours.

I. am. exhausted.

We got back from California at 9:30ish last night and I am so tired. Today we had Easter Bunny, Church, and Lunch/Egg Hunt all in one day.

I promise to do a post about my trip once I get some rest but here are a few highlights and lessons learned.

1) Madyson is a great flyer. All my worries were put to bed. She did great.

2) Southwest Airlines has great crews

3) My little brothers are so much fun and I wish I had 1/2 of their energy.

4) I think I look like Bob a little.

5) Next time, I will have to stay longer 1.5 days isn't long enough. I need to see so much more and the rest of the California family! (Todd's Aunt & Uncle, and Sister)

Easter is fabulous. Jesus IS Risen!!!