Easter!

I can’t believe how late I am in sharing our Easter festivities! Ah well! Better late than never, right? Anywho…Easter was a wonderful day. Not only in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, but we got to do it with family! My parents, sister and her crew, and my grandma all joined us for church and lunch afterward. We had a really great day celebrating together, having lunch, visiting and letting the kids play a lot together. It was an absolutely gorgeous day on Easter, and we were all so thankful to be able to sit and bask in the sunshine! We also celebrated my mom’s birthday, a few days early, and had fun doing that too! I love my Lord, and I love my family, and I love that we, as a family, all love our Lord together! David did a great job preaching a beautiful sermon from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. For the first time ever we got the 2 older kids a few Easter treats to open in the morning. Cora was absolutely adorable. She comes into our room and at the top of her lungs, and with as much excitement as she can, she says, “MOM! DAD! COME QUIIIIIIICK!!!!!!! THE EASTER BUNNY WAS HERE AND LEFT US STUFF ON THE TAAAAAAAAABLE!!!!!” So. Precious. I love seeing these holidays through the eyes of my children.

Goodies from the Easter Bunny!

Goodies from the Easter Bunny!

Is this not precious?!?!?!?!?

Is this not precious?!?!?!?!?

I love these 3 so much!!!!

I love these 3 so much!!!!

She very proudly picked this dress out herself. And, she was tickled that it got glitter all over the house, church, etc. :)

She very proudly picked this dress out herself. And, she was tickled that it got glitter all over the house, church, etc. 🙂

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The kids with Great Grandma!

The kids with Great Grandma!

When did he loose his baby look?????

When did he loose his baby look?????

So grown up!

So grown up!

I love this photo...she looks so cute just sittin' there, playing with the tulips! Oh, and this pot did end up tipped over...

I love this photo…she looks so cute just sittin’ there, playing with the tulips! Oh, and this pot did end up tipped over…

Cora really wanted a "sister" photo. Her sister wasn't too in to cooperating... :)

Cora really wanted a “sister” photo. Her sister wasn’t too in to cooperating… 🙂

Cora and her cousins waiting for church to start.

Cora and her cousins waiting for church to start.

My beautiful niece, who is quickly becoming a young lady...isn't she beautiful?

My beautiful niece, who is quickly becoming a young lady…isn’t she beautiful?

Eh...it's an OK photo...I think we've taken better, but the kids are cute anyway!

Eh…it’s an OK photo…I think we’ve taken better, but the kids are cute anyway!

Cora and Haddie spent the morning at church walking around holding hands.

Cora and Haddie spent the morning at church walking around holding hands.

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WIth our mom!

WIth our mom!

My sister, Ruthie, and I with our Grandma

My sister, Ruthie, and I with our Grandma

One day they'll all say, "Why aren't there any good photos of us???" We just embrace the cuteness! ;)

One day they’ll all say, “Why aren’t there any good photos of us???” We just embrace the cuteness! 😉

I have no idea what that pink thing is or where he got it, but it was with him the rest of the time at church and his prop in all photos!

I have no idea what that pink thing is or where he got it, but it was with him the rest of the time at church and his prop in all photos!

Coloring Eggs

I have mentioned several times how busy we’ve been. It seems like it’s been months since we’ve had time to just sit and breathe. I guess we’re just in a season of busy right now, and I hope it ends very soon! In any case, with Easter being 2 weeks ago everything leading up to that added to the busyness! It was a few days before Easter, and David asked if the kids could color eggs. Oh. Sure. Honestly, it hadn’t crossed my mind, which is weird, because I grew up doing it. This is just how frazzled my brain has been. Because it was so close to Easter we weren’t able to find the coloring kits, so we just used food coloring with water and vinegar, and I’d say it worked just fine! And, I do believe that’s how my mom did it when I was growing up. The kids had a lot of fun coloring the eggs and did a great job! We get farm fresh eggs from a lady my dad works with so they aren’t snow white. I picked out the lightest ones we had and it lead to some interesting results! One of the eggs is naturally a light sage green, and Cora put it into the green food coloring. It turned out such a beautiful, vibrant green! The purple dye didn’t do so well, though and just made the eggs look browner. Oh well! Live and learn, right? Next year I would like to try doing egg coloring with natural dyes from different foods. I think it could be a fun science experiment!

Again, my children's personalities shine through. Cora very meticulously putting her eggs in the dye, waiting a good long time to get them just the perfect color...

Again, my children’s personalities shine through. Cora very meticulously putting her eggs in the dye, waiting a good long time to get them just the perfect color…

Bekah munched on snacks and watched this year...

Bekah munched on snacks and watched this year…

Ben preferred to plop the eggs in and almost immediately bring them out!  We had to really encourage him to keep the eggs in the dye at least 5 seconds!

Ben preferred to plop the eggs in and almost immediately bring them out! We had to really encourage him to keep the eggs in the dye at least 5 seconds!

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Don't you just love that green one?

Don’t you just love that green one?

The Flowering Cross

When we first moved to our current church a man in the church approached David about putting up a plain cross for the Good Friday service. The cross was meant to be plain with no decoration. On Easter Sunday the cross was then meant to be adorned with greenery and flowers. David thought it was a neat idea, and so since we’ve been here it has become a tradition to see the plain, stark cross for the Good Friday service and then the flowering cross on Easter Sunday. The man and his wife provide fresh flowers, and as everyone comes in for service on Easter Sunday they choose a flower, take it to the cross, add it to the greenery and go sit down in their seats. It’s so beautiful! I have really enjoyed this new tradition. There’s speculation as to when this tradition started in The Church as a whole, but I’m not able to find anything concrete. What I have found is some churches do the plain cross for all of Lent, and then the flowering cross for Easter. In any case, it’s really pretty. I find it brings focus to the fact that Christ is no longer on that cross and offers us eternal life if we choose to accept it and follow him. What are some traditions your church does to keep the focus on The Cross and what Christ did for us there?

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Easter Recap

We had a most wonderful Easter celebration this year! I love Easter. It’s my favorite, even over Christmas. David and I don’t do baskets for the kids, and we try very hard to keep it as commercial-free as possible. We want the kids to know for sure what Easter is all about. This year Cora has been asking so many questions. It’s so neat to be able to answer those questions for her and see the wheels in her mind turning. We pray one day soon she accepts the love Christ has to offer her.

My parents and grandma joined us for service and also lunch afterward! We had a great spread of food–grilled chicken and steaks (David said he was grilling outside regardless of the weather! Thankfully, it was just a little cloudy.), special mashed potatoes done The Pioneer Woman way, roasted veggies and fruit salad. Mom also brought brownies and ice cream for dessert! We were all stuffed to the gills and had a great afternoon just relaxing. It’s crazy to think next Easter we’ll be a family of 5! Here are some of my favorite photos from the day! I have to say…I do believe my children are adorable!

I saw this dress at Sam's Club with my MIL. I LOVED it and she got it for Cora for her b-day. I love how flow-y and feminine it is!

I saw this dress at Sam’s Club with my MIL. I LOVED it and she got it for Cora for her b-day. I love how flow-y and feminine it is!

Ben was definitely showing his toddlerhood Sunday. He didn't want me to tuck in his shirt, he refused to smile (I think this is the best smile we got out of him) and he cried much during the whole picture-taking time. Oh well! Memories...right?

Ben was definitely showing his toddlerhood Sunday. He didn’t want me to tuck in his shirt, he refused to smile (I think this is the best smile we got out of him), and he cried much during the whole picture-taking time. Oh well! Memories…right?

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Taking advantage of the pretty flowers at church.

Taking advantage of the pretty flowers at church.

My handsome little man!

My handsome little man!

My beautiful little lady!

My beautiful little lady!

I am blessed with such a wonderful family!

I am blessed with such a wonderful family!

The kids with my parents.

The kids with my parents.

The kids with Great Grandma

The kids with Great Grandma

Easter Sunday

The following is taken from “Questions Along the Way: Daily Lenten Prayers” by Arden W. Mead.

“Why are you looking among the dead for the one who is alive?” Luke 24:5

I’m not, Lord Jesus Christ! It’s Easter, and I know exactly where to find you!

I know the outcome too: All my questions will be answered!

Alleluia!

 

The link below will take you to my ultimate favorite Easter song sung by Don Francisco. Please watch the video and marvel what Jesus did for YOU!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyPBVwOCYmM

Holy Saturday

The following is taken from “Questions Along the Way: Daily Lenten Prayers” by Arden W. Mead.

“Who will roll away the stone for us?” Mark 16:3

O Lord, I have stood before enough graves to know how serious a question this is…and how impossible. I have wept until I had no more tears, but the graves of those whom I have loved and lost stayed closed, and they themsleves stayed dead. One of the most difficult–but most necessary–points of grief is realizing just that: This is permanent! No on will call and say this was a sad mistake; my loved one isn’t really dead. No one can roll that stone away and make it all the way it was before, the way I wish it were again.

No, death is permanent.

At least it was...

Easter 2012

We had a great time this year for Easter! Due to Ben being sick and feverish he and I stayed home from church, but after the service (and an Easter egg hunt) David, Cora, my parents, and my MIL and her husband joined us for lunch! We had a great time, very relaxed with lots of yummy food! I felt very blessed to be sitting with my family.

Easter Egg Hunt at church