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Friday, April 22, 2011

BLESSED EASTER....

This is a re-post that is one of my favorites this time of the year.
I am pretty sure there's a LOT of EASTER BUNNY RABBITS
running all throughout BLOGLAND...
Be sure to stop over at HOW SWEET THE SOUND for PINK SATURDAY
Around SWEET NOTHINGS, it wouldn't be EASTER without MALTED MILK CANDY EGGS
Even my ole brown bunny put his PINK and GREEN tie on today....
Each plate held a tiny bucket of EASTER GOODNESS...
*
The same silver colored chargers..
the PINK plates are from Walmart, about 10 years ago.
I haven't found any more and I would LOVE to add more to the 6 I have.
 ...waiting to be dressed  in luscious colors....

The leaded glass candle holder makes me really smile..
I bought it from my little daughter 30 years ago when she sold them for a school fund raiser.
Like a lot of moms, I bought a LOT of school fund raiser products.
Whole cartons of CHOCOLATE candy bars...lots of candles..
once, she was selling whole frozen chickens to raise money in her AG class...
We ate a LOT OF CHICKEN for awhile! :))
Just last week, the blossoms on the fruit trees were so beautiful....like these.
THIS week, the blooms are all falling off the trees.
Hoping there will be FRUIT this year but I have my doubts.
The tiny tin buckets are from Target for a dollar each..
sometimes, I wonder if I will EVER grow up...

...other times, I'm glad I haven't !!
OK, you will be seeing THIS again in the future on one of GOLLUM'S
TRAIN WRECKS IN THE KITCHEN episodes.
The recipe sounded so EASY..!!
IT WASN'T !
These kind of things have a way of MORPHING in the oven...
they go in looking pretty good...
then.....they morph into something entirely different.
YOU know what I'm talkin' 'bout, GOLLUM !!
*
...and....I heard you laughing, CUISINE KATHLEEN...
QUIT IT !!

I didn't have those little BLUE candies...so I used BLUE icing...
little did I know that it would *run* all over the place...making him look even more like
A *RETARDED BIG TIME* BUNNY..
Looks more like a little pig...or cat....or a
PIGCAT !!
and besides all THAT...he's OLD and WRINKLED !
.... even MR. SWEET wouldn't eat him !!!

I hope you have a BLESSED AND HAPPY EASTER...
COME BACK SOON...
I'LL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YA !!



Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
....The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.
The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin
.Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.
She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.
Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.
Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.
The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every
Jewish boy knew this tradition.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.
The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.
.Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table.
For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished.."
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........
The folded napkin meant,
"I'M COMING BACK !"

...this makes me cry every single time I read it.
My deepest love to all, bj 
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56 comments:

Julie Harward said...

He is coming back..and I wish it to be soon! A darling Easter post my friend..Happy Easter to you and yours! :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wishing you a wonderful Easter. I followed the praying hands at the top of your blog...I've added her to my prayers.

Susan said...

Have a Happy Happy Easter!! Love the vignette with the bunny!

Vee said...

Oh I never knew the significance of the folded napkin. I just thought Jesus was a tidy kind of guy. That's wonderful!

Madeline's Album said...

A wonderful Easter post. I really liked all your photos and I especially like the ending which I never had heard about the folded napkin so I learned something from this post. Have a blessed evening and Blessed Easter. Madeline

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy Easter BJ! Lovin' the little bunny roll that "even Mr. Sweet wouldn't eat"! Have a great weekend:@)

Donnie said...

The last part about the napkin made me have to reread the first part of your post because it totally left my mind. Easter is all about the return and I love how that emphasized it. Just beautiful as always sweetie.

Kathy said...

I love your post for today. The pictures are so beautiful and the story about the napkin is so awesome it brought tears to my eyes. Have a very Blessed Easter!

Terri said...

BJ - may we each leave a wadded napkin in our hearts and wait with anticipation until He returns and folds it into His love forevermore. Very touching Sweetie; Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

Char said...

Amen to that and beautifully said too.
Happy Pink Saturday to you and yours. I think each photo continued to get better and better. Love the eggs, the bunnies, the chicks and of course, the peeps. Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Char

On Crooked Creek said...

Bj,
He is coming back...and I'll be ready to meet Him! I want to stand beside you at the pearly gates, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat
P.S. Your cutie looks like a cat to me!

Babs said...

I had to laugh at your cookies. Sounds like how mine would turn out... buy my husband would have eaten them. LOL Thanks for the giggle.
Thanks also for the most important part...the story of the folded napkin.
Wishing you and your family a lovely Easter.
Babs

Karen said...

This is a beautiful post from beginning to end. I even like your morphed bunny.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very sweet post, BJ! Have a wonderful and blessed Easter with your family!

XO,
Jane

Walking by Faith said...

Thanks for a wonderful post reminding us the reason behind this beautiful season! :)

Sarah said...

BJ, there are definitely a bunch of bunnies here at HFTS. Stop by to meet them. Your bunnies might want to hop over for a play date. And please, don't even think about growing up. We have too much fun playing with all our dishes. ;-)
Happy Easter! ~ Sarah

Maison Mutt said...

That darn $1 section at Target gets me every time...glad i'm in good company. Happy PS & have a wonderful Easter!
Licks & Wags, Niki

Trisha said...

So many beautiful, bright spring colors!! Happy Easter and Pink Saturday to you!

~Trisha

Cat & Cricket said...

HPS and Happy Easter.. your post is beautiful..
Wishing you the best!
Smiles~
Cricket

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

Lovely post bj....I am ready for him to come back...this easter may just be his return...that would marvelous. Have a blessed Easter. Trish

Theresa said...

Beautiful post dear BJ! Love the folded napkin story! Perfect for this Easter Weekend!

Have a blessed Easter, HUGS!

stampdiva said...

Hi
Your easter displays are so lovely.
Happy Pink Saturday.
Lynne

Rita said...

Love the story of the folded napkin and your Easter treats.
Yes I am thinking of Mona and what that family is going through.
Happy Easter to you and your family. Hope you enjoy your ham.
Rita

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wishing you a lovely rest of the weekend. With nice weather too!

Gentle hugs,
.♥.

Sandi McBride said...

Happy Easter to you and your entire family!
Sandi

Emily said...

What a sweet post for Easter. Love all your decorations for Easter, and everything looks beautiful Big thank-you for the lesson and photo at the end of your post.
Blessings

~Emily
The French Hutch

The Painted Garden said...

Hi BJ,

Thank you for sharing your inspirational post.
Wishing you and your family Easter Blessings,
Erin

Catherine Denton said...

Your post is full of beauty. But the story at the end was stunning. Thank you. (If it makes you feel better, I cried too)
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Marydon said...

BJ, you are always creme de la creme with your writes. I can hardly wait to see Him ... my soul will sing.

Wonderful presentation as always ...

Have a beautiful Easter ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Happy Easter :)

Tracy said...

What a great post; my favorite part is the story of the folded napkin...thanks so much for sharing and Have a blessed Easter!

Tami said...

Hi BJ...wonderful sweet treats today! Thank you for sharing the story too! Happy Easter...xoxo Tami

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Incredibly sweet AND moving post. I like the napkin analogy. Rather exciting, isn't it? :)

Happy Easter!

Donna

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks for such a moving post. I love it! I hope you and your family have a very blessed Easter.

(((hugs))),
Ricki Jill

S. Etole said...

The folded napkin ... what a wonderful message to leave us with.

Carol said...

Just beautiful!!! Easter Blessings, bj!!!

Carol

Annesphamily said...

I love all your Easter decorations! I will never grow up! I love Easter so much and I am always on the hunt for a new treasure to add to my collection. Yur table setting is sweet as can be! I hop your Easter is egg-cellent and you enjoy that family of yours! Love and Hugs Anne

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Happy Easter BJ"!!! Such a "BEAUTIFUL" Post! I just love your young spirit in buying those pails...My Dad is 86 and he's still such a Sweet Young Guy, he has to always surprise my Mom with goodies like that,LOVE IT! They would have followed me home too! I think little gollum is adorable! Poor little guy is "Too Cute to Eat"! Your bunny vignette is gorgeous! and I "LOVED Your Story"! So Beautiful!!!
Big Holiday Hugs to you,
Donna

middle child said...

Love this!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I just read that folded napkin story today, found it to be very interesting. Love all of your Easter decorations. Thanks for stopping over today. God Bless.

Gracie Jewellery said...

Loved this! Happy Easter and happy pink Saturday.

tea time and roses said...

Beautiful post dear BJ! You and your family enjoy a beautiful and joy filled Easter Sunday!

Smiles♥

Beverly

Cottage Touch said...

Thank you for sharing.. Happy Easter & Happy Pink Saturday~

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi BJ,

I wanted to wish you and your family a Blessed Easter and lots of Pink Sparkles for your day.

Stephanie ♥

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful. Happy Easter to you and your family. Happy Easter.

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

I am so happy He is coming back, BJ. What a beautiful post! Your bunnies and eggs are so pretty too. Happy Easter to you and your whole family, BJ...Christine

Snap said...

A beautiful post ... filled with memories and things you love. Love the linens and all the bunnies! Happy Easter.

Rettabug said...

Happy Easter, BJ & Mr. Sweet Nothings!

I'm so happy to re-posted this one, as I missed it the first time around. Just delightful!

I was laughing out loud at your comments to Gollum & Cuisine Kathleen...too funny!
I think your bisquit bunny is just darling. ;-)

I hope you have a Blessed Easter, surrounded by lots of helpful & loving family!

Bunny Hugs,
Rett

Marlis said...

I'm delighted that you treated us to this lovely post. After I got finished laughing at the pigunny.. and the comments I was enchanted with your napkin truth. Happy Easter. Please come visit if you have a chance, I'm having a monogrammed napkin giveaway!

AshTreeCottage said...

I did not get through this post without tears! Wishing you and your family a blessed and joyous Easter!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Hi BJ, I just wanted to pop in and say hello. Love all the bright pops over color going on over there. By the way, I know you asked me like a million years ago, but we found our huge mirror at Home Goods of all places.

oxox
Jennifer

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

bj,

Made it on Monday...link ups are every WED.-SAT.

I Post my top 3 picks from the prior week on Monday.

I hope that will help you. :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

BJ, I'm with you ~ I don't know how many times I've read the folded napkin story, but each time, it makes my heart swell and brings tears to my eyes. I love that prett tierd stand that you have the lemons under a cloche on, and I think your bunny cookie is cute! I would have eaten him! Your vignettes are all wonderful. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Kathleen said...

Hope you had a glorious Easter, BJ!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear BJ. I am glad you had a nice Easter - and a nice visit with your dear friends.

Gayla said...

I have never heard the story behind the folded linen... how beautiful! I stumbled upon the treasure of your blog today..... I have been loving it.... backed up my blog (thankyouverymuch) and am loving all the posts.... and your jazzy spirit.