Something Happens When You’re A Dad

We’re not super-human or any more amazing than at any other time in our life but for some of us being called “Dad” is as empowering as spinach is to Popeye.

Watch the video below. If you are a man with children hopefully it will mean something to you to see the extra level of humanity from one father to another.

If I Could Pick A Wife For My Son…

We have two pre-school sons.

One of my sons is assuring his mother that he will NEVER get married while my other son is ALL ABOUT THE LADIES. To date his heart has been held captive by three little girls who he is absolutely certain will be his wife. He also tells us that when he does get married they will move to New York but come back to visit often…he’s in PRE-SCHOOL!

Ok, so I have been praying for my sons and the life they’ll have. I pray several times a day for the girls they’ll meet and fall in love with too.

If I could pick the girl to marry one of my guys…this little girl would be a super choice!

5 FREE or CHEAP Amazing Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

As a child and a parent one of the funnest parts of Easter is the Easter Egg Hunt.

As a child and a parent one of the most disappointing parts of Easter is the Easter Egg Hunt.

egg hunterYou see, even though Easter Egg Hunts provide a prize or reward that is usually candy…the actual hunt lasts about as long as the ear of a hollow Easter Rabbit.

This year, we’re in process of moving to Cincinnati so we don’t have a lot of time and we don’t really have any extra money to do something elaborate. It is with that in mind I present to you 5 FREE or CHEAP Amazing Easter Egg Hunt Ideas…that means you can still get these things done before Sunday!

5) The Easter Egg Puzzle Game

Write a riddle or clue on a puzzle and hide the pieces in Easter eggs. Before the kids can find their treats, they’ll have to find the eggs, solve the puzzle and figure out the clue!

This is the perfect way to entertain kids ranging from toddler to “big kid”. Each puzzle is a riddle that will lead the kids to their hidden baskets. Each kid gets a few pieces in their hidden eggs and they then have to work together to put the pieces together! It is a lot of fun for the kids, gets everyone to work together, and cuts down on the cost of candy. This is now a tradition in our house and we hope it becomes one in your house as well!

TIP 1: It’s last minute so instead of buying the puzzle board at a craft store you can use an old cardboard box or even a piece of paper…any paper to create the puzzle. Just make sure to write your riddle first.

TIP 2: A couple riddle suggestions.

“You’ll find your Easter Baskets in the room where you sleep…walk don’t run!”

“God loves you very much and so do I/we. Tell us what Easter means you and we will tell you where your Easter Basket is.”

Here is a link to  instructions

4) Glow-In-The-Dark Hunt

Very cool, very hip but at the same time…a awesome and fun new twist to a family tradition.

Use glow sticks to make your Easter eggs glow in the dark. You can do this hunt in your backyard at night, or in your living room with the lights out.

Get the instructions: Lil’ Luna

3) ABC Egg Hunt

The ABC Easter Egg hunt is a great way to help your little one learn his or her ABCs. Place the letters A to Z in the eggs and hide them. Give the kids a checklist and challenge them to find all the letter (no doubles!).

Get the instructions: Timeless Adventures

2) Color Coordinated

This is a great way to get the kids to move a little slower…or at least to make it a bit tougher to find all the eges…why? Because each child can only collect a specific color.

In addition to slowing things down a bit it is also a good way to make sure everyone gets an equal number of Easter eggs.

TIP: In the example from the website they have painted coffee cans and drilling holes and all of that is very nice but this is last minute…consider using lunch bags instead with your child’s names written in the color of the eggs they can collect!

Get the instructions: Sew Many Ways

1) Reverse Easter Egg Hunt

This is a fun challenge for kids and parents who are given an Easter egg and a checklist. The challenge is that the kids have to take a picture of the egg with different objects and in different locations around the house or maybe even the neighborhood.

First one to finish gets their Easter basket first.

Get the instructions: Growing Kids Ministry

 

I think you’ll agree that those are 5 FREE or CHEAP Amazing Easter Egg Hunt Ideas!

Now you have JUST ENOUGH TIME to start a new family tradition for Easter and along the way see how you might be able to include lessons about the faith in a fun and creative way.

Black History Month: Elijah Pierce

With this being the first day of Black History Month I thought it would be good to recognize an African American I regard as a personal hero, Elijah Piece.

I grew up in Columbus, OH and no doubt that few if any of the people in my neighborhood were familiar with Mr. Pierce, his work or ever cared to walk through the door at his barber shop/studio.

He was the youngest child born to former slaves slaves in Mississippi. His older brother Tom gave him a pocket knife when he was maybe 5 and by the time he was 7 he was carving figures and images. His father was a good farmer but Elijah did not care to be a farmer and instead opted to leave his family home in his late teens and migrated north initially to Illinois with nothing but a pocket knife and a nickle in his pocket.

Eventually settling in my hometown of Columbus, OH where he owned and operated his barber shop/studio on the east side of town. Ironically his shop/studio was only a stones throw from the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Academy of Art and Design but it was a grad student from The Ohio State University who saw his work at a show at a local YMCA and after meeting with Mr. Pierce was committed to making sure people around the world discovered his art and stories as well.

From that time in the early 70’s until his passing in 1984 Elijah Pierce kept doing what he had always done, carving stories, sharing stories and cutting hair but also added some showings of his work around the world and in 1982 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For a more in depth video about Mr. Pierce I highly recommend the video found at FolkStreams.

FURTHER INFO:

Elijah Pierce’s works on display at The Smithsonian
National Endowment of The Arts Elijah Pierce Page

The Elijah Pierce Gallery at The King Arts Complex

Elijah Pierce from Zach Wolf on Vimeo.