We invited some friends over for dessert on Saturday and decided to carve pumpkins!
I started out carving one, but decided to give our friend, Matt, the knife instead.
Before we started carving, I read the book The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. It tells the story of a farmer planting pumpkin seeds, him waiting patiently for them to grow, how each pumpkin has it's own special shape and design, and how he carves them to display God's glory. (The parable explains that God takes away our sin--the yuck and gunk like inside the pumpkin, He changes us--giving us a new face, and then He shines His light through our lives!)
Jenna was all about the gross mess on the inside of the pumpkin. Asa, on the other hand, wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. He really dislikes getting sticky! (messy, he doesn't mind, but sticky or slimy...no sirree!)
Rylee liked pulling out the pumpkin guts. I think she understood the symbolism best.
Matt was showing his oldest daughter the insides. She wasn't so thrilled with the idea of reaching her hand inside either.One rule around our house at Halloween-time--nothing scary. We don't want to focus on the scary stuff. No ghosts, witches, goblins, skeletons, or blood and guts. We don't think it's healthy for the age of our kids and we don't think it honors the Lord. But, we do talk about death. It's a reality. And, for those of us who have placed our hope in Christ, it shouldn't be something that's scary!
After Jenna carved her happy-faced pumpkin, she insisted on kissing it! She was pretty silly the entire night, which is typical if you know Jenna.