Monday, April 25, 2011


I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Day! We went to the Sunrise service that our chapel had, it was short, but beautiful. We were able to come home and immediately Chad hid eggs out in the backyard and the kids had fun finding eggs, even sweet Noah joined in! The night before after we dyed them both of the older boys drew pictures of the 3 crosses on Good Friday. Let me tell you how blessed it is to see your children shining the TRUTH, knowing the TRUTH, knowing and loving Jesus. We had a couple friends over for dinner and dinner was so good! :) I made a turkey, ham, dressing, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy (from the turkey broth..yum!), and veggies. Our friend M made baked beans which were seriously awesome and I'm not normally a fan of them! Our other friend A brought cupcakes, and Chad and M made deviled eggs! Dinner was awesome!

The day was truly blessed as we thanked the Lord for his sacrifice and for his fulfillment of the scriptures. It's truly so humbling to think of all he went through for me and for you to be allowed to enter the Kingdom of HEAVEN. On Friday (Good Friday that is) our chapel did a short service, dinner, and then showed The Passion of the Christ. We own the movie, but the last time we watched it was 7 years ago. I remember sobbing and hiding my face through a good portion of it. I've felt the Lord whispering that it was time that I was reminded just what he went through for me. It's not a movie that can be taken lightly. It's not a movie that just anyone can watch, and I think you need to be prepared. There's no way to prepare your heart, but be prepared to have your heart moved beyond measure when you see exactly what he went through for you. It's humbling and heartbreaking. If you've never seen it, I urge you to watch it. If you've not watched it in a while...I encourage you to pray and see if the Lord is calling you to watch it once again. Jacob wants to watch it, but I just don't feel like he's quite ready for it. It's so graphic and although it's true, I just want him to be mature enough and truly ready to watch it. I think in a couple more years he'll be ready, but we'll keep seeking God's wisdom on when to expose him to this harsh reality.
With that, I'm ending with pictures that I've taken over the last couple of weeks. Lots of Noah and quite a few from Easter. Be blessed.

Emma with our friend "M"'s dog, Skittle...taking her for a little bike ride

Emma getting her nails painted by her big brother, Jacob

Emma decorating a cookie

Jacob and handsome boys

My world

Excited to see their Easter baskets!!!

This is my favorite photo of Noah and Chad!

My sweet Noah

Loving swinging

Noah and his big brother, Jacob

Getting some loving from Jackson


Conny said...

Thanks for the reminder about the movie, Passion of the Christ. We own it too ... but I had forgotten about it as well. I did see the old Jesus of Nazareth movie on TV, which we always watched when I was a kid.
Glad your family enjoyed a nice Easter!

Cheryl said...

Great pictures of your beautiful family! Thanks for sharing! Great to read your posts.

That corgi :) said...

all great pictures, Christy! They are growing up so big from the last pictures I saw of everyone! All handsome or beautiful!!

Sounds like you had a great Easter celebration, remembering why we even celebrate the day. It is good your kids know the reason for the celebrating too. I was just talking to hubby on the way to church yesterday how many kids won't even know why the day is celebrated other than Easter bunnies and egg hunts. Thank you and Chad for your commitment to raise your kids in a house that puts Jesus first!

I think we do need to really truly understand the sacrifice Jesus did for us by going to the cross for our sins. Passion of Christ is a great way to do so but just reading the Bible and thinking about the words written describing from his arrest to his crucifixion has an impact too. It always amazes me that he was quiet through this all and endured it with dignity although you had to know he was in incredible amount of pain and suffering. Truly an amazing Savior!!