The Week’s Accumulation lxxxvi

We’ve reached Good Friday, and I’m assembling my weekly post in small batches between rounds of kitchen stuff. This has been a fun week in the authorial department, and I have some family traditions to share … and a report about an Easter Sunday e-book sale. Come and see!

This week’s accumulation:
♦ Today’s mostly about cleaning and kitchening. I have eggs to peel, salads to assemble, chicken to fry. My daughter just slid an apple crisp into the oven, and we have the cutest new ramekins that are begging to be filled with baked custards. We’ll have those on Sunday.

ramekins

But in the midst of the busyness, I’ve been thinking about the events of this past week during Jesus’ time. Passion Week had very little to do with bunnies, daffodils, and chocolate eggs. Our family has some little traditions to remind us of why this weekend is worth celebrating.

✿ One of my little traditions is belting out my favorite Easter hymn to wake the kids on Sunday morning. ♫ “Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph o’er his foes!” (For those curious, I found the hymn on YouTube.)

✿ Like the Pomeroy family, we skip the cheap chocolate of hollow bunnies at Easter … and go straight for boxes of truffles. (Well okay. AND Cadbury Cream Eggs, which are a personal favorite. >_> )

✿ One tradition we don’t do every Easter (but plan to embrace again this year) is a ban on lights. The inconvenience is small, but the change in routine makes a lasting impression. From sunset on Good Friday until sunrise on Sunday, we rely on candles for light to remind ourselves that these were dark days for the disciples.

What about you? What are your family’s traditions?

♦ The folks at Zondervan gave me a heads up that two of my books were selected by Amazon for their kids/teen books Daily Deal on Easter Sunday! For one day only (4/20), you’ll be able to purchase these e-books for $1.99 each.

Books 1 and 2b

Easter Sunday
one-day only ♦ $1.99 for the e-books

♦ One of my weekend plans is a re-read of The Hidden Deep, the second book in the Threshold Series. And I’ll be reading with pen in hand. One of you will have the chance to win this annotated first edition when we celebrate The Hidden Deep‘s book birthday on April 23. That’s this coming Wednesday. I hope you’ll be re-reading, too. Come prepared with your questions for characters and with favorite quotes/moments. Folks who leave a review for my books on assorted sites (Amazon, B&N, YABCentral, GoodReads, NovelCrossings, etc.) will have more chances to win art prints, limited edition postcards, and that book! : )

♦ For closers today, I’ll include an excerpt from the Easter chapter in Book 4: The Garden Gate

Koji and Beau were embroiled in a discussion of the whys and wherefores of dying Easter eggs. Something they’d done the day before. It was no surprise that the artistic Observer had enjoyed the procedure. In fact, once they finished coloring the hard-boiled eggs, Momma had given the go-ahead to dye the uncooked ones. Zeke had even run out to check for duck eggs so Koji could continue experimenting with patterns and colors.

“And the marshmallow hatchlings?” the young angel asked.

Beau shrugged. “Just a spring thing. Eggs and chicks, lambs and bunnies.”

“Does this also account for the chocolate eggs?”

“Hard to go wrong with chocolate anything,” Prissie’s younger brother replied. “Momma doesn’t go in for the whole Easter bunny and jelly bean thing, but Dad always makes ridiculously good truffles. He’ll break them out after dinner.”

Koji frowned in a puzzled way. “Jelly … beans …?”

Beau snickered. “Face it. All that stuff has nothing to do with anything that really matters. Where we’re headed now. What we’re doing next. That’s the real deal.”

“Indeed.”

When Koji turned his head to check on her, Prissie gave him a sleepy smile and murmured, “There will be much song.”

“And truffles,” he replied solemnly.

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