Friday, April 16


Easter weekend could not have had more beautiful weather. On Saturday, we dyed Easter eggs. As we thought back, we realized that we had not dyed Easter eggs as a family since Brooklyn was 6 months old. John and I both could picture B sitting in the Bumbo on our kitchen table while the rest of us dyed eggs and stuck stickers on B. My sweet B! Gosh, I had forgotten how scrumptious her cheeks were! And Emma, looks so little! Look at these flashback pictures!

On to the present-we had a great Easter weekend! Friday night, we were able to take the girls with us to Laundry Love in Springdale. Our Community Group has been serving there each month. We help out a local organization called Cornerstone Project and go to a Fayetteville Laundry Mat and help serve a meal and pass out free quarters and detergent to those who are in need and need help doing laundry. This was the first time for the girls to come with us and they did great. They were both eager to help pass out water bottles, napkins and silverware.

On Saturday morning our family dyed eggs!

Saturday night, we went over to the Hannon's house with Sam and Amy's crew and Sam's brothers family. We have done this the past few years and it is super fun. We all bring items for a YUMMY meal and then the older kids hide eggs in the front yard for the little ones. We had a lot of eggs this year and a lot of cute kiddos to find them!

We woke up Sunday morning and gave the girls a few little Easter goodies. We ate breakfast, got dressed and headed to church for the 10:00 Family Service.

Easter is crazy at our church and in order to get as many people into seats they change the normal Sunday schedule up a bit to provide more services. They also have a Family Friendly Service and we have always gone to that one, so we could all be together. Emma grasps more and more each year of the Easter story. It is neat to see her heart and mind wrap itself around the greatest gift of all time. Brooklyn is also really starting to "get it". She really understood this year the pain that Jesus went through on the cross. I say she "understood". I don't even understand that amount of pain, but she understood that it hurt a lot and how sad it was to think about seeing Jesus go through that.

Here are the girls in their Easter dresses. I had to add another sentimental picture from Easter 2007 because the dress Brooklyn wore this year is the dress Emma had on in 2007.

After church, we came home to change clothes and headed back over to the Hannon's for a quick lunch (PIZZA!) and then headed to the Razorback baseball game. We had no idea how long the girls would last out there, but it was a beautiful day and we wanted to give it a shot. The girls and I stayed for almost 3 hours and the rest of them stayed to watch the awesome ending of a Razorback win. The girls watched for a bit, then did some face painting, had a snowcone, and went to the outfield to play. At that point, it was getting cloudy and windy and I was even ready to go! The rest of our night was spent relaxing and getting ready for the week ahead. It was a great family weekend and always great to reflect on the price Jesus paid for our sins. How thankful I am for that gift!

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