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Easter Blessings to the Sandwich Generation

Encouraging Bible Verses on this Sunday morning for the Sandwich Generation

Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, "Who will rollaway the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.' " Mark 16:2-7 NASB

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Have a blessed and beautiful Resurrection Day as you go through your day dealing with the various Sandwich Generation duties in your life. 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music

Happy Pink Saturday to the Sandwich Generation taking care of aging parents and babysitting grandchildrenAfter an uber busy time of babysitting all day, every day last week, this week was just as busy but not nearly as noisy…or as fun. My nearby grandkids went out of town for some great family time, while my senior mom and I went grocery shopping, paid bills, and did a bit of spring cleaning. They get back tonight though and I'm looking forward to sharing the Resurrection Easter eggs with them, playing some ball tag, and reading more of the Easter story with them before they "hit the hay" in what will probably be total and happy exhaustion from their fun week. 

Many other of my grandparent compadres – including you maybe? – are spending a lot more time with their grandkids this weekend. If that is you and you're looking for interesting and creative ways to spend the time with an emphasis on the spiritual side of Lent and Easter, here's a few ideas:

  • Take your grandchildren to a church's Good Friday service if it is kid friendly. Many churches are now offering a special "tour" of some of the special events of the last days of Jesus' life – with tactile and sensory experiences like feeling a crown of thorns, shaking a bag of 30 coins, lifting the heavy wood that might be used in the cross, etc. What a great way to make the Crucifixion story more real and personal for them.
  • Join in our fun with your own Resurrection Easter Eggs. Our local book store still has some in stock. If yours doesn't, you can make your own with the help of some of the resources listed in "It’s Time for the Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny and Grandkids to Work on Their Resurrection Easter Eggs."
  • Cuddle up together and read the story of the last week of Jesus' life from a kid's Bible or Bible story book like the Jesus StoryBook Bible.

Easter blessings to the Sandwich Generation caregivers everywhere

  • Take a walk around the block with your grandkids and admire the blossoming of new life sprouting up all around, talking about new life in spring and new life in Jesus thanks His death and resurrection.
  • Make handmade Easter cards together for parents, grandparents, and special seniors in your neighborhood. If you have any flowers growing in your yard, like the lovely tulips decorating this article, you might include a couple with each of the handmade greetings cards you've made. 

Christian encouragement for grandparents in the Sandwich Generation with the desire of leaving a sweet spiritual legacyFun projects and fun ways to plant sweet seeds of God's love in our kids and grandkids hearts. One of the many delights for those of us in the Sandwich Generation including those of us babysitting our grandchildren. And be sure to check out Pink Saturday – you might spot some easy Easter crafts ideas for us seniors to enjoy with our grandkids. 🙂 

Time flies for all of us, and especially those of us so busy in the Sandwich Generation! I can't believe it's already Palm Sunday! The day we remember when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, while the crowd threw palm branches on the ground in front of Him and cried Hosannah! Hosannah. One of the many prophecies fulfilled by our Savior concerning His suffering, death, and resurrection. As my grandkids will tell you, in our Easter Resurrection eggs that I purchased, it's represented by the egg with a donkey inside it.

It's also the beginning of the darkest week of our precious Lord's life – a week that saw Him betrayed, abandoned, beaten, and crucified. And yet, it's also the week before the best day ever, when Jesus Christ arose from the dead, and we can rejoice with Paul who wrote in Galatians, 

"Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing."

As I often remind my grandchildren. He made a choice! And He chose US! And He did it before we were ever born., Before the world was even created. What love – unimaginable – and forever worthy of our joining Jeremy Riddle in saying, "In awe of the cross I must confess How wondrous Your redeeming love and How great is Your faithfulness" as we sweetly surrender our all to He Who gave His all for us!

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I pray that these encouraging Bible verses and praise and worship music will be a sweet blessing to all of us in AND of the Sandwich Generation on this last Sunday of Lent 2012.

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

A Pause in Lent 2012 at SandwichINK will focus on encouraging Bible memory verses - meditations - and music for kids grand children and grandparents

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves interesting ways to wrap grandkids gifts - like this bug holderLent is almost over and Easter is right around the corner. My Easter shopping for the grandkids is done and I got the cutest "gift containers" for them at Target in their $1 section. Isn't this kids plastic bug catcher cute? And practical – especially for grandboys. Of course, there are fancier ones but these will do for us this month. And they were just as cheap as my usual (and very cute) Dollar Tree gift bags.

For the grandgirl? I got this cute addition for her room – shhhh, don't tell. 🙂

Granddaughters will love Easter gifts for kids in cute and colorful baskets they can store hair ribbons for girls in

We've been working together on each week's Word-Filled Wednesday Bible memory verses for Lent 2012 and talking about the different aspects of the Lent and Easter story. And this past week, the grandkids begged to start the Resurrection Easter eggs a few days earlier than I had planned. Now, I have to be honest here. They were primarily wanting me to hide the eggs so they could have fun finding them. And yes, we did just that – at the end. But first, we divvied out the eggs. And unbelievably, they each picked a different set and all were happy from the get-go. I'm sure all of you who deal with multiple grandkids know it doesn't always work that well right away. 🙂

Four choices of Easter Resurrection plastic eggs for the three grandchildren and they all picked a different one - yay

Then we headed for their playroom full of their old and new LEGOs, where we did some brainstorming together. We reviewed what normally goes into the Resurrection Easter Eggs, along with what each little piece reminds us of in the whole Easter story. From there, the grandboys each selected different pieces to put into the eggs. They weren't what I came up with last year. They aren't even, necessarily, what I would EVER pick. But their choices made sense to them, had them engaged and thinking about all that Jesus went through that last week of His life, and to me, that's what counts!

At that point, time was running short so we hurried into their living room, hid the eggs, they found the eggs amidst much laughter, and then we were on our way. I took the eggs home with me so I could number them with a Sharpie marking pen. Then I'll take them back with me later this week to re-tell the story and re-hide the eggs – probably a few times between now and Easter. And yes, they'll have a ton of fun hiding and looking for those eggs. But YES, we'll also have a grand time cuddling on the couch, talking about what the pieces mean, retelling the wonderful story of God's love and mercy on us, and hide bits and pieces of God's truth and Word into their hearts. Truly a special and fun time! 

Making these Resurrection Easter Eggs is one of those fun and easy crafts for all ages – from kids to seniors – making it a perfect activity for our Sandwich Generation families. There's no absolutes on what to put in each egg. If you have time, I would sit down and read the story to them and talk about different things you could find or make to put in the egg. Whether it's an actual die to represent the guards gambling for His robe, or a picture of the spear that went in His side, or a LEGO cross, those all work fine and then some. Want some actual ideas? Check these articles out from past Easters:

I wanted to remind you that I also post links, information and resources at my Facebook page and profile – and while you're there, be sure to click on LIKE at the top, plus send me a note to add you to my profile, so you can enjoy those tips and tricks for the Sandwich Generation as well! 🙂 

LOTS of fun Easter ideas for all of us in the Sandwich Generation to enjoy with our kids and grandkids. And what sweet ways of leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds to last for a lifetime.