Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter blessings

Back in October, my dishwasher begame very loud while running the wash cycles. I called and found out that our 1 year warranty ran out in April...and with the holidays looming, I decided to put getting it fixed off a while. I mean, it was WORKING (for the most part), and since the warranty was expired, why pay for them to come fix it right away?

So yesterday, after consistent nagging from the husband, I finally got the Sears repairman here. Immediately, he knew what was wrong: the motor/pump was going out of it. The part alone was over $300!! My heart sank. The man told me to hold on a second, he needed to go out to his van to check on something...

"The 700 Club" was on tv, and I sat down on the couch and started to pray. "God, please let there be something...ANYTHING... that he can do to fix it without such an expense. I don't want to pour money into this broken appliance, but we can't afford to go buy a new one, either."

The man came back inside and had news for me. Since our dishwasher is a Kenmore Elite series, the warranty is a bit different. On this specific model, there is a 2 year warranty on the motor/pump only! And we had TWO WEEKS left on the warranty. Isn't God amazing?!

I think sometimes we tend to forget how God works in our lives. Not just at Easter and Christmas, but every single second of every day! I try to remember to thank Him over and over again for everything he has done for me. I hope all of you will, too ☺
As we prepare for the Easter celebration this weekend (and make our grocery runs), I thought I would share a recipe with you that my sister-in-law made with her kids a few years ago. The results are meringue cookies that are crispy and delicious!

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
Ziploc baggie
Wooden spoon

*Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (this is important - don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe!)

*Place pecans in baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3

*Let child smell vinegar. Put 1 tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30

*Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave us His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11

*Sprinkle a little salt into child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into a bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27

*Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

*Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

*Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60

*Put cookie sheet in oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66

*Go to bed! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.Read John 16:20 and 22

*On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice thecracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the firstEaster, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty! Read Matthew 28:1-9


Mamma has spoken said...

Love the pictures of the girls and the story with the cookies. Too bad my boys are too old for this....

Anonymous said...

Totally adorable photos of the girls! The cookie story has been around for a while - You make me feel so old! It seems like ages ago that my children were preschool age and everything was new to me - now I'm just an old been-there-done-that Momma. The "new" things will be weddings and grandchildren, yikes!

eggcetra_farms said...

Very nice pictures of the girls!

Anonymous said...

You'll love what just happened to us - One of our neighbors surprised us with colorful eggs filled with treats all over our lawn, and the other neighbors with children. She also left a plate with cookies and chocolate covered strawberries! They have two older daughters, so I know that she just wanted to have a little fun and treat all of us!!

SquishyCuteStuff said...

Wow, Kim, that was sooo nice! What an incredibly fun surprise :-)

Kim said...

Amen! Sometimes God makes it immediately evident that he is right there along side us...Many Easter blessings to you and your beautiful family.