Passing the Cup

Happy Easter world! It was a fabulous day. 3 of the 4 members of my family were down for the count with chest colds. 2 of the 3 members of my family who were down for the count with chest colds were still cheery. We saw at least 10 minutes of sun this afternoon, the promise of a summer to come and a reassurance that the sun has not yet imploded during this long dark Seattle winter. Maybe the sun did get snuffed out at some point this winter but it was reborn today. It is Easter after all.
The bunny man found the grass we grew and hid treasures among its tender green shoots. I made my first lemon meringue pie from scratch, including separating the various parts of an egg and zesting citrus fruits. It was a joyful romp in the domestic arts. Let me tell you I’m SO glad I’m feeling well enough to romp a little at this point. Now that I’ve given away the apocalyptic chest cold of death to 3 immediate family members, I’m finally starting to get well. I’ve even enjoyed playing nurse to them. If only Dan were feeling well enough to take full advantage of my new role.easter-026

After breakfast this morning we had a little lesson about the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. When we got to Gethsemane, we held up a small cup that we use while taking the sacrament at church. I explained that while Jesus was suffering in the garden, He pleaded with Heavenly Father to let the cup pass from Him but said that either way, He’d do God’s will.
When Laylee looked puzzled, I explained that “letting the cup pass from Him” meant that He didn’t want to have to suffer so much but that He was willing to do it because He loved us so much and knew we needed Him to atone for our sins.

“Hmph,” she said. “So he did the atonement and THEN he passed the cup to the Deacons and they pass it to us.”

In our church the deacons are the 12-year-old boys whose priesthood responsibility it is to pass the sacrament each week with the water in those little cups.

Wrong cup. Right level of cuteness.

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17 Responses to Passing the Cup

  1. Nancy says:

    LIke the new look of the website. However, I’m not falling for your trick that you made that pie in that picture. It looks extremely similar to one I’ve seen at our local supermarket. However, if you did, you are totally teaching a mini-class at our next Enrichment….that’s your punishment for bragging!
    Love ya, Nancy

  2. Pam in Utah says:

    Glad you’re teaching those wonderful kids. As usual. 🙂

  3. Heidi says:

    Lovely photos. And I didn’t have to hunt for the comments section–yay!

  4. Stephanie says:

    THAT”S hilarious.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Actually, I’d say she got the cup idea right on, really. 🙂

  6. Liz says:

    (I likey the link that waves its arms and says “HEY! Click here to leave a comment!” )

    (and another indication that I need a nap – I looked at the title of your blog … and read “Barking Young Mom” But that was probably pretty accurate when you were sick, eh?)

  7. RachelH says:

    That pie does seriously look too good to be true. Was that after you made like 4 that flopped? =) Tasty!!

    I love kids.. I always have a hard time explaining things at thier level too… today my daughter wanted to know if the weather man tells the weather what to do. Then I tried explaining the fact that he’s really a meteorologist who predicts the weather.. and it just got a little too messy to understand or explain! hah!

  8. Shalee says:

    First, your new digs are great! Love the hues of blue.

    Second, why is it when I read this post, I see it writhing with innuedoes? I think Dan needs to feel better soon!

    Third, quit making pies! You’ll run me out of blog fodder. And if you refuse, then invite me over… after everyone is well again that is.

    Lastly, that Laylee is a cutie! Quite the theologian you’ve got on your hands already…

  9. Rebecca says:

    That pie looks WAY too good. How can I still want to eat?

  10. Faith says:

    Is that a lego knight egg hiding in the grass you grew? So cool!

  11. Paige says:

    Fun! We had an almost identical egg carton with that lesson for FHE tonight! Happy Easter.

  12. allysha says:

    that is an absolutely lovely pie.

  13. Christine says:

    Your pie is amazing! Great photography too!

  14. Christmas is much easier to explain than Easter.

  15. Emily says:

    I’m curious: why do you take communion with water? We had grape juice in the church I grew up in, and use wine in the church I attend now. I’ve never heard of using water, though.

  16. Carrie says:

    I too, ventured into the land of lemon meringue pie (s) and let me tell you — it will be at least a YEAR before I try that again. That’s a lot of WORK! My kitchen is still sticky . . .

    Glad you had a nice Easter! I love how the eggs look in the grass!

  17. that little girl doesn’t miss a trick! Props to you on making a pie. I’ve never done it all the way from scratch (I’ve only used store-bought crust). It’s one of my resolutions. I’m terrified.

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