Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I feel like I start every blog post with how busy I am but seriously I am!  My business is keeping me so busy & just life is keeping me busy!  I am looking forward to summer!

I thought I would share a couple pictures from Gabe's kindergarten performance last week.  
Maybe I can get a little video clip up later of them singing.  It was super cute!

Here's a little glimpse into our Easter filled weeks!  We always kick off our season with some Jello eggs. I think it might be one of the highlights of Easter for Gabe!  I think he just likes making things!

We thought it would be a fun treat to bring them to his classmates at school.  They were a hit!

Although I don't have any pictures of it we love doing the resurrection eggs with our kids each year.  I think I might do them as long as they will allow me to.  I think they are a great way to tell your kids about the REAL meaning of Easter in a fun, exciting way!  We always hide the eggs, 2 each night, and they can find them.  We read them the story & scripture for each egg.  The night before Easter we review what each of the items are in the eggs & talk about it.  Super fun!

Also, have I mentioned that Gabe is on the fence of salvation?  I think if we would let him he would "pray the prayer."  I know what some of you are thinking....let him....but to us it is WAY bigger than just praying the prayer.  It does him no good to pray it if he doesn't really understand it.  We really don't want to sway his decision.  He has been talking about it A LOT lately.  My prayer is that God will show Gabe when it is the right time & us!  Pray that we have wisdom!

On a lighter note, check out these pictures from his school egg hunt & party!

On Good Friday we had friends over to color eggs!

Saturday my fabulous, amazing, kind hearted, hard working husband finished our patio so we could use it this weekend.  Check out his amazingness.

He added the wall with a double door gate.  I planted all the flowers for it-we got a lemon tree!

He also finished this little project for my kitchen!
We have an addition on our house so we have this window in our kitchen that looks into our sunroom (a.k.a Sarah's craft room) and we normally have a curtain up but I was ready to get rid of it.  Check out that super fabulous chalkboard!  I CANNOT wait to fill it up with scripture!

Saturday night I made resurrection cookies with my kids.  I love doing this because you can read right from God's word and teach them about Easter.  It is so hands on!  Lily obviously didn't get it...she participated in it but Gabe did.

Before bed we finished up our resurrection eggs and read from the bible about Christ dying on the corss & rising from the grave!  Hallelujah!

 Today we got to celebrate that Jesus is alive!

It's so funny to see how the enemy works.  We all got up early but took our time getting ready.  The kids were all ready to go so I quickly showered but then realized how late it was.  I had no time left to dry my hair or anything.  I threw on some clothes (nothing I wanted to wear of course) and got in the van & went to church.  Somewhat upset that I didn't look the way I had planned but my kids did.  :-)

Once I got there I received a call from my brother telling me that my grandma, Nana, wasn't going to make it.  She has been in a nursing home for several years now and we knew the end was coming near but I just wasn't thinking today.  They told the family it would probably be within the next 2 days.  I just lost it on the phone.  I was sobbing as I dropped Lily off.  At that moment I didn't care what I looked like.  I was actually glad I had no makeup on.  I wouldn't have raccoon eyes.  :-)  It brought great sadness to my heart, a heaviness.  I have the, "I wishes...."   I wish I was able to go home to see her last week with my mom.  I wish my kids knew who she was.  I wish she (and Jopa) could see how God has blessed my life.  I wish she could see how successful I am.  Maybe not to the worlds standards but to Christ's.  My life is full & rich.  

I am glad soon her pain will go away.  She will be looking into the face of the almighty God!  She will be dancing with the angels!  Her life will be full of joy.  Full of happiness.  With Jopa by her side!  Needless to say, the rest of our day was kind of heavy.  The unspoken words.  Waiting.  Praying.  Loving on each other.  Cherishing the moments together with family.
This is how we spent the rest of our day....

We had brunch & dinner at my house!  I love that I am able to cook for my family and serve them.  It brings me great joy!  I love that we have family here to spend the day with.  I am glad we have a savior who has risen from the grave and has given us freedom and overflowing joy in Him!  

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