I have been greatly inspired this past week by seeing the creative ways other families are celebrating Lent, and particularly enjoyed Celeste's delightful post full of wonderful ways to make Lent more meaningful for children. Dylan and Caitlyn are old enough now that I really wanted them to have their own special way of actively preparing for Easter, so we decided to make a special Easter basket just for Jesus. They helped me pick out a basket and then filled it with purple "grass". Next we cut out a variety of "eggs" from brightly colored card stock. We talked about little ways that we can be more loving and charitable towards others and now, whenever I notice them being particularly sweet or helpful, we write it down on one of our eggs and add it to the basket. On Easter morning, Jesus will have his very own Easter basket filled with all the kind words and small sacrifices that Dylan and Caitlyn have made during Lent. And they are being so sweet! They know that the fullness of the basket depends on their actions and behavior, and they want it to be full for Jesus! I pray that by the time Easter arrives, it will be filled to abundance.