Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

The Easter holiday is a holiday that most people look forward. There is the excitement of the first holiday of spring after a long winter. The excitement of all the holiday festivities; the Easter bunny, egg hunts and Easter baskets. Most families purchase new outfits, attend church services and are sure to get many family photos. Our family isn't any different but despite all of the excitement I don't want our family to lose the sight of why there is excitement in the first place.

I am thankful for the real meaning, that yes Easter is a celebration, but it is a celebration of my Savior conquering death, hell and the grave. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all man's sins, the weight that was upon Him overwhelms me. My own sins often overwhelm me but Jesus took all of mankind's sins. He is not a man who died a heroic death but a Savior and my God who won the war against sin and death. He died but was not defeated. Because of this I can approach His throne, because of this my sins can be forgiven, because of this I have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him and because of this I can enjoy being in His presence now. I am so thankful for a Savior, a Savior who is not dead but has risen!

Like most Sunday mornings but especially on this one we got up and got ready for church. We had bought Everett his first Easter outfit and put together his Easter basket. It was so hard to find things for an eight month old. We're looking forward to when we can just buy some candy. :-P

We finally gave him his basket. We couldn't find Easter grass at the stores we went to and weren't up for a hunt so we used tissue paper we had on hand. He was a little unsure about it but quickly got passed it in order to check everything out.

He found books, a movie and stuffed bunny all thanks to Ollie's Bargain Outlet and a baby football and teether. I think overall he was pretty happy with it.

We then headed to church for a beautiful Easter service. I love that we are able to feel the presence of God. It is awesome knowing that when we reach out to Him, He reaches back to us. He is a personal God who loves us so very much. After service we were able to get our family picture. It's funny to me that this Easter we have another member in our family picture and next year we'll have another. Our family is growing fast!

Unbeknownst to us, Everett and his cousin had the exact same pants from the same store. Everett had the hat and bow tie and Dallas had the vest and jacket. They looked so cute in their matching outfits and of course we had to get a picture. A picture turned into quite a few, partly because getting three kids to look at you all at the same time is practically impossible but also because they were just so cute.

 So caution: lots of cousin love overload ahead.

Dallas & Everett

Dallas, Everett & Sadie

One thing is for sure, Everett's cousins love him very, very much. I love catching them in sweet little moments.

You can only take pictures for so long and we were quickly reminded of that when the kids got a little restless. So cute though!

The original plan for Easter dinner was to have it at my in-laws' house but unfortunately my mother-in-law caught a bug going around and was unable to be at church. The rest of us ended up at a Chinese buffet and enjoyed the time together though it wasn't the same without my mother-in-law, we missed her!

When Dustin, Everett and I arrived home we took a few more pictures and then, much to the relief of Dustin and Everett, were done.

We had a wonderful Easter celebrating our Savior, enjoying time with family and creating memories for and with Everett. There is so much to be thankful for but the greatest gift of all is the Resurrection.

 "And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him."
Mark 16:4-6 (ESV)

"...To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Revelation 5:13

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