Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

We had an early morning at our house but it was so great. It is a rare occasion that we all get to go to church together since Dan leaves an hour before it begins. And, he usually has meetings all afternoon on Sunday so he takes his own car. There were no meetings today and we had lunch plans on the opposite side of town than our house. So, it just made sense to all ride together.

The boys got dressed and got to see their Easter baskets for just a few minutes before we had to rush out the door. Jonah was thrilled. Micah stared at his basket just like he stares at everything else. We could have given him a plastic straw and he would have been happy.

We got Micah a few things he would need for the upcoming months. He got three sippy cups since we will introduce that to him on his 6 month birthday. (Seriously, how is my BABY old enough to us a sippy cup?) He also got a sun hat for the beach/pool and Puffs. (Once it already time to give him puffs?) Jonah made a terrible adjustment to the sippy cup. He hated it. It appears that Micah already knows what to do with it.
Oh, how I love these three! I'm so blessed with the man God gave me to walk by my side on this journey. And, the two boys he loaned to us are just precious. I'm in awe of their sweetness and the way they remind me of God's feelings toward me. And, it really helps that they are SO cute!
The other reason we left early was to take some time to drive downtown to see all of the flowering crosses. Most every business downtown had a cross sponsored by someone in front of their business. The crosses were out on Friday but were just bare. Then, at 10 p.m. last night, people met downtown to decorate them. As people drove through DeLand this morning, they were greeted with these beautiful crosses. I love living in a town that still allows such a vivid reminder of Christ.

We took a family picture in the foyer before the first service. We obviously didn't realize just how bright the sun was in there. It was hard to get Jonah away from that cross when we finished. He had tons of questions for his daddy about the cross and the nails and the meaning. It has been so great to see his little heart being pricked and to see the questions come about Jesus and his sacrifice.

When I prayed with him Friday night, I said "...and God, please continue to draw Jonah close to you and help him come to know Jesus at an early age." He stopped me in the middle of my prayer and said "Why do you always say that. I know who Jesus is. We talk about him all the time and that is all I ever hear about at church!" Maybe I should rethink my wording.

The drool on Micah's outfit should explain to you why he most always wears a bib. I ordered these matching clothes a little too late to get Micah's monogrammed. I realized it didn't really matter because no one would see it because of the bib. But, I did take it off for a few pictures so I guess a monogram would have been nice afterall.
And, what church post would be complete without a picture of Micah and Miller? Those little cuties love each other, usually dress like each other and make their mommy's hearts so happy. We adore our little guys and so love how much their little friendship is developing. And, for all of you who know how many clothes they have that match, you should know that I actually ordered the outfit Miller is wearing for Micah to wear for Easter. There was a mix up with my order so it didn't happen. So, we would have one more set of matching clothes for these two.

After I left their room, the little kids were about to head out on their egg hunt. It seems so odd that Jonah isn't in this group anymore. He is such a big kid now. No time to be sad though because it won't be long until Micah is in this group.
I went to Jonah's Sunday School class to get him and his friend Aaron was laid out on the bean bag. Jonah came over for a picture but ended up laying down beside him. Who knew little ones could be so tired at 10:00 a.m.??

Ella was very happy to see Jonah but not so happy to have her picture taken beside him. Mathias, on the other hand, was very happy to have a picture taken with his buddy.
After church was over and the crowd died down, we took a picture in front of the cross. I wish we had one from last year but I was so sick and had to leave church early. Dan says someone took one him alone after church since we were already gone. How sad! :-( It was so great to be there as a whole family this year. (Even better that Micah was on the the outside rather than the inside where he made me so sick!)
Jonah took a picture with the Braswell ladies. He loves them so much and they are so good to him. They were all in solid colors and looked like Easter eggs.

We went to Dan's office to change clothes before heading out to Frank and Margie's house for the afternoon. I wanted a cute picture of the boys but Micah was INTRIGUED with the grass. I could not get him to look at the camera for anything!

So, I decided to lay them down in the grass. I was snapping away when I saw ants crawling on Jonah's shirt. I quickly handed Micah off to Dan and jerked Jonah up and started swatting them off of him while trying to not let him know they were there. (In case you don't know, he is highly allergic to ants and if he sees one, he totally melts down because he is so scared of the reaction!) Fortunately, he never clued in and I got them all off with no bites. Whew!
We got to Frank and Margie's house and immediately saw these yummy treats. She and Cathi are way too creative. I love how special they make things for everyone.

Micah was entertained by Jeff. Then Kelsey...Betty...Audrey...Cathi...Judy...Margie...(you get the point!) He napped for over an hour in the pack and play but other than that, he was never put down. He was passed from person to person and entertained for the 4+ hours we were there.

Several adults hid the hundred (plus) eggs while the kids waited not so patiently inside. Nicole was so sweet to help Jonah find eggs. He isn't all that aggressive in situations like this so having a little help was good for him.

I spent some sweet time on the hammock with my big boy. We talked for 20+ minutes about what he learned in Sunday School and how special Easter was. Then, Dan brought Micah out and we took a few pictures on the hammock together. Now, I want a hammock. I loved it! (Notice Jonah's smile in the next picture. I've never seen him smile like that?)
When we went out to the hammock, I didn't grab a bib. Micah started to spit up so rather than get it on his clothes, Dan grabbed him and flipped him over. The wind was blowing so hard that it all landed on me. Ugh! I would have rather it hit his clothes. ;-)

Frank and Margie had a stash of bunnies for all the kids. Jonah picked his then got to pick one for Micah. He marched right up to Micah and gave him his. That kid is all about making sure his brother gets equal treatment.

We ended our time there with Pap pushing Jonah on the hammock. We had a wonderful day with all of them. There were probably 25-30 people there and it was so much fun. We always feel so loved when we are with them. My boys think they are grandparents and they certainly treat them that way. We are blessed for knowing them and being included in their lives.
Our day ended at home with Jonah going next door to play with Jaxon while we unloaded the car and fed Micah. I walked next door to get him and ended up visiting for a few minutes while the boys finished playing. Jonah came home, took a shower, ate supper and was sound asleep by 7 p.m. Micah was out too. After this long (but wonderful) day, I have a feeling we won't be far behind them.

Easter is my most favorite holiday and this year was no exception. I love what it represents. I love celebrating a RISEN Lord. I love that my Sunday School teacher fought back tears as he talked about the sacrifice of Jesus. I love that our church service was a party celebrating what Jesus has done. I love that I can teach my boys WHY we celebrate this day. I love that I am His and He is Mine! Hallelujah, what a day!

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