He is Risen indeed!
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for me. If I were the only one on the planet, you would have done the same thing. On that third day, you overcame sin and death. If you wouldn’t have, you would have been a fraud, and we would have no hope. But you are the Risen Savior. My Redeemer. My Only Hope! You call me Friend! You went to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father until you will come again in glory one day. Oh what a glorious day that will be!
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We had a busy and fast Easter weekend. We were planning to stay in Minnesota and go to our church for Easter, but then one thing changed our minds and we made the decision to go back to our hometown in South Dakota:
Yup, that little peanut is the brand newest addition to my side of the family! Mr. Christopher Michael entered the world less than a week ago, and he is pre.cious!
Even though we were only back for about 36 hours total, we packed as much as we could into those hours!
Eli started out the morning by dragging grandpa out to the tractor to give it a whirl.
He took it straight to the field to “dig some dirt!”
While Eli was driving tractor, Andrew and Bruce were completely jealous!
We got to spend some time with Grant’s side of the family, as his sister and her kids were back for a couple days.
And I got to cuddle my niece, Lucy:
She is quite the beauty!
We then spent the rest of the afternoon on my family’s farm. And farm means cattle. Cattle that the boys had to see!
Yes, there is a bull that is mounting in the background. It happens on the farm, people! Besides, it’s spring – love is in the
cattle pen air!
We tried to hold a little Easter egg hunt for the kids. Eli decided he was going to find one egg and then sit and eat the candy inside.
We tried quickly explaining the need to resist the temptation of instant gratification for a more fulfilling outcome by practicing patience, but he wasn’t getting it. We decided to give up the theological discussion and just yelled, “The more eggs you get and the faster you get them, the more candy you get!” That got him in gear and he went to town!
Andrew was a little confused with the whole idea, but good thing he’s just so darn cute!
Karli was definitely the smart one. She knew exactly what to do. A basket full of eggs means a lot of loot! And she came out on top, for sure! Her basket is overflowing!
This was about the time that Eli decided he’d had enough and wasn’t going to sit for a picture.
We did finally get Eli to calm down enough to sit with his brother for a quick pose. This is the best one we got…
…before he did this…
After Eli realized the world wasn’t ending and he was able to regain his composure, we headed back inside for (lots of) food. I made a cake for my dad to celebrate his birthday this week.
Nothing like a bunny butt to say, “We love you!”
I added a little spring color inside:
And again I say it – it is super handy to be married to an artist, who was able to make this chocolate buttercream frosting look like tree bark. You rock, Honey!
We had such a great weekend. Even though it was a whirlwind, the kids stayed up way too late, and I gained 5 pounds, it was all worth it!
I completely failed at getting a nice family picture on Easter Sunday. That was the day that we were on the road all afternoon, everyone turned cranky, and no pictures were worth the toddler tantrums at that point.
Andrew looked like this before we even got out of town:
We got home, dunked the boys in the bathtub and sent them straight to bed. We didn’t even get to give them their Easter baskets that we had waiting for them at home. So this morning when they woke up (rested), we let them dig in.
That’s the best I did at an Easter picture. Two kids (only one looking at the camera), with some dollar store toys, in their jammies. No perfect pastel sweater vests or shined shoes or perfect smiles. This is just the reality of our lives – imperfect. But that’s okay. That’s the real us. Good thing Jesus is perfect for us, so we don’t have to be!