This time of year I really miss my time in Israel. One of the incredible experiences I had there was participating in the Palm Sunday walk and I decided I wanted to recreate the experience for Emily on a smaller scale. Yesterday we made our own palm leaves during Nathan’s nap. Emily got the hang of using the stapler and glue and did a little extra exploring with their properties while I was helping Nathan upstairs.
She found Nathan’s 0-3 month jacket (which she used to wear) and put it on all by herself!
After naps we went to the park and met a few of our friends. I picked a bike path that would give us space and also slightly resembled the walk in Israel. We pretended to start at Bethany (although in the reenacted walk in Israel you start at Bethphage), where Christ rode on the donkey. Then we walked a little ways to the top of a hill and pretended we could see the Old City at a distance. We talked about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and about how making good choices makes Jesus feel happy. After some more running down the path, we pretended we reached the Old City and waved our palm leaves. We talked about how the people said, “Hosanna” and said Jesus was the king. I loved taking time to remember details of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
This was the distance between us and our running two year olds the majority of the walk.