Monday, April 21, 2014

The Message of Easter

 Easter has come and gone with all of the typical festivities.

 Eggs were colored
LOTS of eggs!
Grant burned through a dozen eggs in about a dozen minutes.
He never does anything slowly
....ummm, kind of like someone else that lives in this house!
Grace took the more deliberate meditative approach to egg coloring.
Emily got in on the action with a metallic egg coloring kit.
 We attended church services Friday night after everyone got home from school.
If they look a bit frazzled here, it's because they were!  It was a little bit of a rush to get them in and back out the door on time.
Saturday was spent in Illinois visiting with family and watching the sale of household items belonging to Aunt Lois.  It was hard to see a lifetime of belonging scattered in a few short hours, but I know Lois would have been pleased with the time we spent together catching up on one another's lives. 
I brought home this lamp along with a few other treasures.
I am sure seeing this lamp will always bring back the wonderful memories of times spent in Albion and elsewhere with one of the most adventurous women I have had the pleasure to know.
Sunday morning the kids woke up (WAY before we were ready) excited to see what the Easter Bunny had brought them.  After emptying goodies from baskets, they headed outside to find the eggs hidden in the yard.
Checking out the bounty from the hunt

We had another impromptu egg hunt when we arrived at the farm later that Sunday morning.
One of the ducks picked a bush in our landscaping near the house to lay her eggs.

One egg fell victim to Remington's curiosity, but there are nine remaining.
Baby ducklings in a few weeks would be the best Easter surprise this year!  Let's hope!
I just want to mention one more thing.
If you find Emily with a bow in her hair, she would like you to know the reason she is wearing it.
A junior at their high school by the name of Maddie took her own life last week.
Maddie usually wore a bow in her hair.
In honor of Maddie and to show support for her family, the students at their school have decided to wear bows the rest of the school year.  Some of the young men have even been wearing bow ties.
I can't imagine the pain.
Life is fragile.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Thankful today for the real meaning of Easter!

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