Yes, I will pray.
Crunchy Christian Mamas in 2012 - Page 6
Changing the clocks has something to do with making the most of our daylight hours. I think it is silly.
If you guys could pray for me. I need a new job. I really hate mine. The problem is I have no education. And the only thing I really want to do is be a homemaker and a mom. :/
I will pray for a new job.
I'm doing a lot better now. Turns out he was interested in one of his fencing buddies who he went to the gym with in the mornings. Now I know why he was so weird about me asking to use his phone (which I'd do if we were in the car for a long time and I had nothing to do). Found out by snooping through his email that he kissed her. I'm done with him. I am not going to go back to an adulturer. Today he tried to scare me by threatening me about pressing charges for "hacking" into his email. I highly doubt entering a password that HE TOLD ME counts as illegal hacking. Send on the police, buddy, I have a lot more dirt on him than he has on me--there IS no dirt on me! I was willing to give him another chance but not now. He's a liar, a cheater, an adulturer, and a bully. Good riddance!
I'm so sorry. My DD is the same age as your boy I can't imagine what you are going through.
Pascha (Easter in the West) is our BIG thing. Bigger than Christmas. We start with lent and spend about 6 weeks preparing. Then Holy week is full of church services (I actually take the week off from work and pull the kids out of school for Holy Friday if they do not have it off). We dye red eggs (this is a tradition that goes back to Mary Magdeline and her witness of Christ), we help clean and decorate the church (the church cleaning is a big church wide effort), my daughters and another family, it is their job to pluck the rose petals ad prep the other flowers to be put on the tomb we decorate a tomb for Holy Friday, during the singing of the lamentations at the tomb little girls dressed in white, representing the myrrh bearing women, fling rose petals everywhere....Of course we buy special dresses (gotta get on that - does anyone know a good place to buy nice, dressy, modest dresses for juniors, that do not cost a fortune?). The kids baskets are waiting for them when we get home from church Sunday morning (around 3AM lol So more eating usually ensues) The Resurrection service is a midnight service so that is a lot of fun. Many people bring baskets with all the foods we have been fasting from (usually wine, milk chocolate, cheese and some kind of dried meat. There are other traditional things to put in the basket. Olive oil ad butter are common ones as well. Also eggy, buttery, cream laden breads, cakes and cookies) and then they are blessed by the priest. We do not have a lot of people at church who do this. Some churches, everyone does this and then that is what they eat after the service. then we sit in the church basement and eat lamb and drink wine. At the Sunday morning agape vespers there is usually an egg hunt for the church kids. after that we gather in large groups at peoples house for a meal where we sit around and eat more lamb and drink more wine and engage in all kinds of shinnanigans. Last time I had the kids for this (if Pascha and Easter line up my ex and I have to split the day. This year it does not line up and it is my weekend - yeehaw!) there was another egg hunt, a pinata and some other fun stuff for kids.
So... all kinds of fun stuff. Many people keep celebrating on into Monday. If you have facebook you could see the pictures from last years celebration. They are not great but it gives a good overview. It really is a celebration like no other.
I forgot the egg game! So they pass out the red eggs which have been blessed. everyone has one. So then we run around with them exclaiming "Christ is Risen", then someone who loves us comes up and says "Indeed He is Risen" as the mercilessly smack their egg against ours trying to break it. Gooooood times. Last year God blessed me with the egg of steel and no one was able to break it. And then that game pretty much continues in our home for weeks until all the eggs are gone.
and then there is the tradition of learning to say "Christ is Risen"..."Truly He is Risen" in as many languages as possible so that you are the last one stumped.
And the resurrection hymn...which we go around humming, singing, shouting at the top of our lungs for 40 days after Pascha. Because we love it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ZS9o6NLnM One guys sings it in Greek which is what we usually sing it in (about the third time through someone comes with "Christos Anesti...." then they go back to Arabic) an this is more what we sound like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5b8p752-fk never the less....Everyone at church loves this song and we sing it until we cannot hardly stand it any more. And we sing it in English, Greek, and then perhaps 1-8 other languages just for fun and because we have a really international church.
The hymn is simple..
Edited by lilyka - 3/10/12 at 9:29pm
My family usually has a big Easter celebration after church with an egg hunt. We always have a few prize eggs hidden as well. Most are smaller prizes with 1.00-5.00 in them but then we have a big prize egg with 50.00. As a kid it was so fun because they got really creative with hiding the big prize egg. The goal is to hide it good enough so that after all the other eggs are found you have to give clues about where the big egg is. Once when I was a kid the clue was "Like a rock.", so of course we all ran and cleaned out every Chevy in the field (there were about 10-20 families that did this together each year when I was younger)-where was the egg found? Under one of the rocks surrounding the flower beds.
I am kind of sad because this will be my second year in a row missing my families Easter celebrations. We moved right before Easter last year and are coming home right after this year. We PCS to Hawaii in August so it looks like it will be at least another 3-4 years before I can celebrate with them again.