Monday, March 24, 2008

A Lovely Easter


Easter was lovely, despite having a few kids with boogery noses. After the kids quickly looked at their little gifts, we all got ready to leave by 7:30 a.m. Turns out we didn't need to leave so early as the 8:00 a.m. service wasn't all that crowded. The boys stayed in church with us, and I learned a valuable lesson. I thought they were being so antsy, and being that it was an Easter service, the Gospel was presented (actually, our Pastor presents the Gospel every week), I was heartbroken thinking that many would not be able to pay attention, and hear these life-saving words! I learned that it has nothing to do with me - when its God's time - its God's time, and 2 antsy boys won't stop Him! At least 5 people were saved just during this not-heavily-attended service. Praise the Lord!

We celebrated the resurrection of our Savior with our church family. Our Pastor spoke from Luke 18:31-34, where Jesus took his 12 disciples and explained that He would be mocked, spit upon, beaten, put to death and then rise again on the third day. But that (v. 34) they didn't get it - it went right over their head! These were Jesus' disciples who walked physically with Him and who knew about the Old Testament prophecies that said this would happen! Pastor asked us to think about those things which Jesus wants us to do, yet we don't get it. Boy, I can think of many things - its sobering. I'm convicted to pray and dig in the Word, and do what it takes to get it. He went on to say that after Jesus rose from the dead, and returned to His disciples - that they did get it, and many died martyrs' deaths because they would not keep silent about their Lord. Wow. They certainly did get it.

We then went to my parent's to celebrate our Savior's resurrection with them and my brother and his family. It was fun, and the food was delicious! We had ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, asparagus, baked brussel sprouts (yum!), followed by carrot cake. It was delicious, Mom! After dinner, we were all pretty tired, so we watched Polar Express - what you think that an odd movie for Easter? Well, its C's favorite movie, and that is just what we do when we go to Grammie and Grampie's! I tear up through the whole movie - because whenever C and I cuddle, he loves to hum the Josh Groban/Polar Express song to me.

Here's a few pictures of us - yup, the boys matched and so did M and I. I made M's dress, and used some of the fabric I had left to make a skirt for myself. It was fun to match with my daughter - the boys match nearly every Sunday - a little tradition Daddy and O started when O was about 2. I plan on making a bunch of jumpers for M for summer, and I think I'll get a nice skirt pattern and make a bunch of skirts with the same material from M's jumpers. Anyway, enough blabbing, here's the pictures:


LizS said...

Hi Jen - remember me - its Liz from your old MOPS group at Lafayette Church. Danielle told me about your blog, enjoy it so! Didn't know you sew - great job! Cindy mentioned you all are going to their house this weekend...we're in their Shepherding group - love it! We joined Lafayette about 1 year ago. Love the pics, keep in touch! LizS

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow