Eight months of blessings

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter is this weekend, and in typical fashion here in our household, it will be a busy one! We have a tradition of dinner and an egg hunt at my parents' house on Saturday, and then celebrating with Bogdan's family on Sunday. I'm in charge of the egg hunt at my mom's, and of course I haven't bought the candy yet, so there's that. I need to think of what dishes I want to prepare to bring to both houses, and I am still working on the kids' Easter outfits. I just ordered shoes for Naomi that I'm hoping will come on Saturday. If not, she will just have to wear her too-big moccs because frankly, I'm really tired of seeing dark brown ones every day. She has two pairs of shoes, a dressy shoe and a casual moccasin, so she definitely needs some more selection, if only for my eyes. :) The one thing I have done (I think) is their Easter baskets. They are super simple, with a chocolate bunny in each and a small selection of candy. Again, I ordered a couple things off Amazon the other day, but I don't know if they'll get here in time. I decided not to do an egg hunt at home this year since we're doing one at the grandparents' now, so I'm hoping the kids aren't too disappointed. I just think it will be too much candy and it's really hard to squeeze it in a full weekend anyway--it usually ends up rushed or an afterthought. Ben has a soccer game on Saturday, there's a speaker I really want to hear in town that night, a bridal shower I'm going to tomorrow night, and church tonight. Hopefully we can squeeze everything in without too much falling through the cracks. 

Amongst all the chaos, I hope I keep my cool and keep my eyes focused on why we have Easter in the first place. I loved teaching my Sunday School class the Easter lesson on Sunday, and every time I teach, it reminds me of all the truths the Bible has for us. I love that I am able to also teach myself just by opening the Bible up, doing some research, and putting a lesson together. The word of God is powerful, and even though I may not even be looking for anything for myself at the moment, it still reaches my heart and speaks to me. I am so thankful that Jesus was able to overcome sin and gain salvation for us all. It really is pretty amazing to think about what he went through, and how he was forsaken even by God at one point on the cross when he yelled, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" He had to do it alone, and he persevered, even though he was bound by the limitations of his earthly body.

On a completely unrelated note, here are some shots of Naomi at 8 1/2 months. I don't remember the details of that time now, but these pictures remind me of how she was then--pulling up on everything, so curious, and always on the go. We love her so!


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