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St. Patrick's Day has usually come and gone in our home without much thought. There have been times where I have gotten a green dessert for us to enjoy, but beyond that, there hasn't been much effort made on my part to "celebrate" it.
But this year was a little different.
Not that we have gone all out, but I have made a more conscious effort to explain who St. Patrick was to Addie.
A Veggie Tale video we have (VeggieTales - Sumo Of The Opera- thanks, Cathy R!) has a little segment about the life of St. Patrick which is very entertaining and very well done. We have watched it a few times, and I plan to show that segment to my Sunday school class on Sunday morning.
Long story short, Patrick was not his given name (he received it later from the church), and he was kidnapped by pirates as a boy and taken to Ireland where he was made a slave. He remembered what he had learned about the Lord and grew to be known as a boy of prayer, praying up to 100 times a day. He found a chance to leave Ireland and return home to England, but while in England finishing his studies, he felt a calling to go back to Ireland as a missionary to the people who lived in paganism. He spent the rest of his life in Ireland ministering to the people and teaching them about the love of God. An amazing story!
I have also had a blast downloading ideas from Pinterest, not that we will do each and every one of them this year, but it is nice to have them on hand for future reference.
Lord willing, my plans are for making a few of our foods green for Sunday, and I have a coloring page already for Addie to color on Sunday after church.
Have a Happy St. Patrick Day!