Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Sunday

Our family celebrated a wonderful Easter, complete with all the traditions we have come to cherish. Our day started around 4:45 a.m., as we rose early and attended a 6:00 Sunrise Service at the Brocton Christian Church, where we used to attend before we moved, and where Dan's parents still attend. It was a beautiful service, with breakfast served afterwards. It was nice to see our church family from Brocton again.

Then we came back to Chrisman and spent a little time at home before the 9:00 service at our church. The kids peeked in their Easter baskets and had ONE piece of candy. After church, we were off to Newman to see my grandma so she could take a quick picture of the kids all dressed up and so Dan could carry her noodles out to her car for her. Her noodles are the highlight of every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Yum.

Next we stop at my parents' house for more pictures and to change into play clothes.

All my kids in their Easter best. We were especially blessed to have Michael home one more time before he deploys to Iraq.

We are very deliberate in emphasizing with the kids the real reason we celebrate Easter--the resurrection of Jesus. Still, it's hard not to get excited about Reeses' Peanut Butter Eggs.

After we stop in Newman, we are off again to my aunt's house for a big family dinner complete with ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, and an array of salads and desserts. By now, I am completely worn out, but we still haven't had the egg hunt...

Eleanor had her "Mikey" as her assistant this year. The kids had a great time with their cousins, ate way too much candy, and were ready to crash by 7:00 that night (so was I). It really was a wonderful day.

I think as I get older, our traditional family celebrations mean more and more to me, not just because of the fun we have and the love we share, but especially because each year I am more humbled by what the holidays mean for us. Without the Resurrection, there would never be a reason to celebrate anything. We would be utterly without hope. But because He died and lives again, we have every reason to celebrate, in fact we must celebrate! "I tell you," he answered "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out!" Luke 19:40

1 comment:

jamielynn3428 said...

That was a fun easter and thanks for the easter basket!