Sadly, I didn't bring our camera to the park, which was where we found our toddler-and-preschooler-friendly hill. But, happily, my daughter provided a different kind of picture of our Ascension Day climb. Here it is in process:
And here's the finished product:
I was actually really happy to see her making this, because at the time, I didn't think much I was saying about "Jesus going back into heaven to make a place for us" was sinking in. But when she started drawing this morning, with her green crayon, she asked me to name green things for her to draw. "Leaves," I said, "trees, hills." And she said, "Look, I'm drawing an Ascension Day hill." And I asked, curious, if she remembered what happened on Ascension Day. "Jesus went up into heaven!" she cried happily.
Wow, it actually worked!
And this makes me even more excited about our Pentecost plans. We just haven't celebrated the church year that much this year, since I went into the hospital on January 1st, and wasn't here to do any of it. So it's exciting, as we start up again, to see again how well the object-lesson-like traditions of the church year help my children remember the gospel story. To use the old expression, it just tickles me pink!
peace of Christ to you,