joy cometh in the morning

On this Easter eve, my heart is heavy.  My sweet friend Paula Tipton Takacs passed away on Sunday after a courageous 9.5 year battle against sarcoma.  It’s been a tough week for her family and friends, but — with the knowledge of a risen Lord — “joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

PrintPaula chose 2 Timothy 4:7 for today’s memorial service:  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  Truer words have never been spoken about such an amazing person.  Although Paula has received her crown of righteousness, The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research will continue the fight against sarcoma here on this earth.  Look for more information on the blog when The Sarcoma Stomp resumes, because Team TZD will be out in full force.

Death Is Nothing At All Henry Scott Holland by Ennaree on EtsyI find peace and comfort in the above reading from Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918), Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral; may others do the same.

See you later, Paula.

Typewritten reading by Ennaree via Pinterest; no longer available on Etsy.

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eco-friendly and creative easter basket stuffers (last minute!)

Ummmm, how did it get to be Holy Week?  This Easter Bunny has been an eensy bit on the busy side … which could be a sad state of affairs considering how quickly the good stuff “gets gone” at our favorite Tar-jay.

Stubby Pencil Studio Bunny Goodie BagFortunately, I had already scoped out the goodies at Stubby Pencil Studio, and this just might be the best Easter ever.  On a related subject, let’s discuss how much I love — and I mean, love — the Internet.

Stubby Pencil Studio Animal Hands Temporary TattoosI have bid a not-so-fond farewell to both the candy overload and those broken-in-a-flash plastic trinkets.  Instead, this  Easter Bunny will be filling my twins’ baskets with eco-friendly gifts and creative products for kids.

Magic ScratchersBest of all, I’m betting these Easter baskets will be a whole lot more fun than those we’ve had in the past.

natural-easter-egg-dyeDelivery time is generally 2-3 business days, depending on how far you are from the Oregon studio … which means time is a-ticking.

Games-for-Your-Brain-Shark-CardsAnd how about refilling those pencil boxes while you’re at it?  Around this time of year, I start to notice that my kiddos’ crayons and pencils look a little worse for the wear.  I’m especially crazy for the eco highlighters and cedar pencils.  Triangular shape = no rolling off the desk.  And the KUM Carton Sharpener is so much cuter than those wonky plastic ones that don’t work worth a darn.

Finger Printing Art Set MonstersSomething tells me this Finger Printing Art Kit will also be repurposed as a “law enforcement tool” during pretend play.  Don’t you love listening to the wild scenarios kids come up with?

Lindt White Chocolate BunnyAnd yes, my little buddies will be getting one of these, too.  If I weren’t worried that it would melt, that would also be an online purchase.    

Do you have Easter plans?

To be clear, this is not a sponsored post.  The Easter Bunny has paid for everything to be received by the Zeller twins.  Lindt GOLD BUNNY available at Lindt Chocolate.  All other photos via Stubby Pencil Studio.  Product links as follows:  Bunny Goodie Bag, Animal Hands (temporary tattoos), Magic Scratchers by Danny Orleans, Natural Egg Dye Kit, Games for Your Brain Shark Cards and Finger Printing Art Kit (Monsters).

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