Happy Easter 2014!


This was  probably my most favorite Easter (and maybe even holiday?) in a long time!  MG was so cute to watch as her excitement level gradually grew as the day neared.


We spent a lot of time this year talking about Easter, watching toddler-geared Easter videos, and opening Resurrection eggs.  There is still so much she doesn’t understand but it is amazing what the Gospel story lends itself to just a tiny three year old.  For example, we had our first real bona fide sinful moment pop up this week.  Something that had happened previously, that we’d thoroughly discussed and asked her not to do again.  She definitely understood the error the first time and felt bad about it and promised not to do it again.   And she did it again….deliberately, intentionally, in a somewhat shameful way.  Great interlude into an explanation of sin.

Secondly, she has been somewhat riveted by the cross, death, and the tomb.  We have never explained death to her and didn’t gloss over the cross but tried to explain it in age-appropriate terms.  Two separate times she said to us, “But I don’t want to die on a cross”.  Terribly heart-wrenching to hear as a parent but thankfully we had the “perfect” answer.  Jesus did so you don’t have to.


I can’t tell you how my heart has longed for this Easter.  I always appreciate it more when it is a bit later in the year, allowing the earth to warm a bit.  I ordered the girls’ dresses a few months prior, daydreaming of the warm weather when my family would all be together to celebrate the meaning  of this day.

I knew this would be our first holiday in our school house and wondered what that would feel like.  Together, N and I observed Lent and followed an excellent devotional that fostered a lot of good conversation in the six weeks prior.  This Lenten season started shortly after my birthday….What feels like a lifetime ago. It has been a long time coming.


We began our festivities yesterday with a family dinner, hosted at our new place.  We finally used the fine china passed down from Nate’s Great Grandma that we never had room to store in our last house.  I hope it makes many appearances here.  Served on it was probably one of the best meals our combined efforts have made…ever.  So much so I am going to share the recipes with you.  So easy and soooo good.

2014 Easter Menu

Emeril’s Chimichurri Skirt Steak

Pioneer Woman’s Au Gratin Potatoes

Ugly Beans

-Deviled eggs/salad by the Gma’s

-GF Coconut Bunny Cake (follow this recipe and sub in GF flour if desired……best GF cake I have EVER had!!!)  Follow these instructions to make the bunny shape

(all of these recipes can also be found on my Pinterest page)

Here are a few more pics from our day:

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Thank you, Jesus, for dying for our sins so my babies and I don’t have to! 


Happy Easter!


I love that Easter always seems to signal the start of Spring.  The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, everything is starting to green up.  Another tangible reminder that Jesus Christ has conquered Death and given us new life.


We’ve spent the last 6 weeks in Lenten season preparing for this day.  On Thursday night, our church had a Maundy Thursday service with communion.  This morning we attended our Easter service and then had family over for a big barbeque lunch.  N has the rest of the week off and we can’t wait to enjoy it as a family.



(at least that big belly’s good for something, right, MG?)


MG understands very little about Easter this year, but one thing she was sure about is that she wanted to hunt eggs outside.

{a little video for the g-parents}

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The more Mama I get, the more I appreciate this very special holiday.  Thank you, Jesus, for dying to take away our sins and offer us eternal life. 

(Also, a very special Happy Birthday to Aunt M! )
{we hope you got a peep cake this year}

He is Risen!

He is risen indeed!

All Hell seemed to whisper: ‘Just forget him, he’s dead’.
Then the Father looked down to the Son and said,
‘Arise, My love.  Arise, My love.  
The grave no longer has a hold on you.
No more Death’s sting, no more suffering.
Arise! Arise! Arise!

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell has been defeated.
The grave could not hold a King!




Happy Easter, Little Bunny!
This year, the Easter bunny (AKA Granny) left you raisins in your basket.  In your world, this is even better than candy!  Your smile, your ticklishness, your joy: they all overwhelm me with love for you. I can’t believe that Jesus loves you even more than I do!  Someday you will understand that.  Love you, pretty girl!

Thank you, LORD, for not only dying for my sins, but also for the sins of my daughter.
Truly there is no greater LOVE than this!