With all of the secular traditions of Easter it is easy to forget the reason why this holiday even exists but we must take the time to stop and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. I love Easter because of this; it’s hard to believe that God himself would willingly give himself over to be beaten and crucified for my mistakes, failures and mess-ups and not just mine but for all of humanity. We often dwell on the physical aspect of his sacrifice but I cannot imagine the spiritual and emotional burden that hung on his shoulders that day as He died a horrible death all for the people He so loves. But of course the most amazing part of this story is that while he took on the world’s sin He defeated death, hell and the grave three days later when He was resurrected. He is a powerful God and He proved to those who followed then and now and to His enemy that nothing can overcome Him but rather He overcame it all. I am so thankful for a Savior, my Savior, and His love and mercy.
We celebrated our Savior in a beautiful Easter service. I love when the presence of God sweeps through the congregation and those who are there to worship Him and feel and know that He loves us so very much. One day we shall see Him face to face but I am thankful for the privilege of being able to be in His presence even now. That is a very beautiful thing!
With that being said we did start our Easter morning with baskets for the boys. It looks as though Everett lucked out more than his brother, which I guess he did, but a one year old is much easier to find items for than a seven month old!
Because we knew the baskets would distract we took our Easter pictures first. Everett was bribed with cheese-its but this little guy can’t keep still so we didn’t get very many shots. We still got some cute ones though!
We got quite a few of Reid, more than what are actually in this post but seeing that we didn’t ever take his six month pictures I’ll say that these will suffice. Second child syndrome at it’s best!
He looked so cute in his hat and I guess we made such a big deal about it that Everett caught on and decided he wanted to wear it. He wore it for a while the night before and would look over at us with a cheeky grin until we would say how handsome he looked. I guess even boys enjoy a good compliment!
And we did our best to get a cute shot of the boys together which is not an easy task!
This shot is such poor quality because I forgot to use the flash but I had to add it because it’s so cute. At some point Everett realized we wanted him to smile and so he just sat there with a cheesy grin.
The boys were quickly done with all of this photography business so we brought out the Easter baskets. I had kept them downstairs where Everett wouldn’t find them and as I walked upstairs with them Everett greeted me with an “oohhh!” and a great big smile once he saw them.
The boys checked out their goodies though typical of Reid, he was much more interested in his big brother’s stuff and typical of Everett, he instantly had to stuff his face with the candy he found.
This Easter was a little unusual as we are in the process of remodeling our church foyer and replacing carpet in the sanctuary so Dustin spent the afternoon helping to pull out pews and rip up carpet in preparation for the new carpet to be brought in. Afterwards though we enjoyed Easter dinner with his family in the evening.
Last Easter we were a family of three and this Easter as a family of four, we were able to together celebrate our Savior and create memories and traditions with our little family. It was most definitely a beautiful Easter day.
“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place were the Lord lay.”