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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter Blessings

Easter week was spent holding our new baby and marveling at the wonder of new life! Bringing Josiah home just in time to celebrate the life, mission, sacrifice, and resurrection of the Savior
made my favorite holiday even more memorable. Because I spent most of the week on the couch snuggling our little bundle of joy, the children took over our Easter week festivities.

Each one studied and prepared one of the daily devotionals centered around the Savior's last week of mortality.

For our traditional Passover Supper, the children did all the prep work, and we enjoyed a lovely evening. This is probably their favorite night of the festivities. Eating the same foods and reading the very same scriptures that Jesus would have read for the last Passover,and understanding how the entire ritual points to the's just amazing, and the kids love it.

What they would rather NOT do, though, is pose for Easter Morning pictures! We made it through, and now have our first family shot with baby Josiah!

Because he was only 11 days old, we snuck into the back of church for the first hour, then the rest of the family stayed while I snuck home with the baby! I just had to go and raise my voice in praise and song "Christ the Lord is Risen Today!"

Before the day was out, we went to visit Mariah's special spot. The glory of Easter has even more personal meaning for each of us as we visit the place where the precious body of our angel baby lies in wait for her own resurrection. I hope we have pictures in heaven, because one day I will have a picture of all my children together. For now, this will have to do.

What a glorious promise we have, all because of Jesus. What a great hope we hold, all because of Jesus. We continue to shed tears of both peace and pain for our sleeping angel, but rejoice in the gift and joy that Easter holds, all because of Jesus.

"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."
Alma 26:16


kamberlynne said...

I love my family! :)

Mhana said...

So sweet. At Easter dinner we went around the table and everyone shared a happy Easter memory. I have to say my favorite Easter was in Abingdon with Sister Gale. We studied the last week of the Savior's life day by day and then followed the Bulgarian tradition of saying "Christ is Risen" "He truly is" pretty much all day long. Easter is sweet.

Linda said...

Will we ever be able to comprehend, much be able to thank, our beloved Savior for all he has done and is doing for us all each and every day! That joy and hope sustains me always; feeding my heart with the desire to do all I can, depending on Him, to be able to be with Father and my entire family in the Celestial world. How I love you all. xoxoxoxo

Cothran Family said...

So beautiful! And going to church! I am very impressed. I love seeing the whole family. We missed Easter with a big move. But we have been thinking of you and are so excited for your new sweet blessing.

Katherine and Andrew Bettilyon said...

So sweet! I sure love you guys. Easter is a wonderful time to think of all the wonderful promises the Lord has made to us.

Jenn said...

I love that all the kids took over and did such a great job with the Easter plans! I am so grateful for the Savior and his love for us. I love your family picture! I hope there are cameras in heaven too! You have a beautiful forever family:)

Emily Robinson said...

That is one of my favorite scriptures! Way to get me teary eyed right before school starts! Love you!!

Catherine said...

How wonderful to see a picture of your family with little Josiah!!