Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter At Our House

Easter at our house was great! For pictures from our day, go to my husband's blog.

I had my doubts that it would be great with me being a cripple right now. But it was truly one of the best Easters I remember having in a long time. Probably because I had very little to do with the production and was able to just go and enjoy. A benefit to being sidelined I had not anticipated.

First, I had nothing to do with the preparation of the kids' Easter baskets. Leann and Zoe took over that project and had stuffed the kids' baskets with an unimaginable amount of candy and stuff. They loved it. THANKS LEANN AND ZOE!! Your generosity was so appreciated. To see these beautiful baskets, go to my husband's blog and scroll down.

Second, I was blessed with not one, but two beautiful bags stuffed with goodies for me! Chocolate, flowers, magazines, a Barnes and Noble giftcard, and even a box of Chef Boyardee pizzas waited inside to delight me and cheer me. Do these girls know me or what?? Thanks to Lysa and Renee and Leann (again) for this treat! It sure was nice to be remembered this way.

Yesterday was my first day back at church since "the incident" and I have to say that it went off without a hitch. I was allowed to go in before the crowd so I didn't get trampled. Everyone was so nice and caring-- and I even ran into an old friend from childhood who now lives in LA. You just never know who you will see at Elevation! Pastor's sermon was awesome, which didn't surprise me because it always is! Best line from the sermon? When he said, "You might be thinking, 'This isn't a very nice Easter sermon.' Well too bad for you! It's the sermon that needs to be preached!" I love his boldness and the way he lays it out without being concerned about stepping on people's toes. In a good way, of course.

After church, we went to my in-laws house for a delicious Easter lunch with all the trimmings-- ham, green beans, cooked carrots, rice casserole, jello salad, rolls, corn-- a feast! For dessert there was ice cream cake and strawberry cake, plus assorted other goodies. We all went home stuffed. But before we went home, there was the Easter egg hunt in the yard. (I stayed inside during this and trusted Curt to take pictures.) The kids love this because there is money inside some of the eggs! With seven of the eleven grandchildren ages 6 and under, it is always a circus around there-- and yesterday was no different. Especially with lots of candy involved!

Last night we went home and vegged. We all watched Martian Child, which was a good movie with some good quotes about parenting. It had a sweet message about the power of an unconditional love that lasts forever. A good message for Easter sunday, a day to think about how Christ's love was the ultimate example of that.
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Charlene Kidd said...

I am so glad all went well. Curt did a good job with the pictures.

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

I just looked at your Easter pictures on your hubby's blog. It looks like it was a fun and happy day at your place! And can I just say, You look beautiful! I am sure it wasn't easy being somewhat immobile but this too shall pass and the memories will be sweet!

I enjoyed our Pastor's sermon very much as well. It was all about dealing with and overcoming doubt (very appropriate for visitors!). It is so good to be in a church where the Pastor isn't afraid to speak the "Truth." Even if it means people choosing to leave.

Have a nice week and try to enjoy this bit of rest.

Praying for complete healing,

Amy L Brooke said...

Very cute pictures. I'm glad your friends did a good job taking care of you as well.

I hope the pain is lessening! I'm praying for you.

Amy Wyatt said...

Loved the pictures. You and your kids are all beautiful! I'm praying for a quick recovery of your foot. I love your pastor too...If I lived there, I would definitely attend Elevation!

Joyful said...

Hi Marybeth,
Just got caught up on your blog. Your family pictures are beautiful.

I've continued in prayer for you. I'm praying today that the Lord will bring comfort and healing, but also that He'll unfold some lovely surprise to bless your heart.

Joyfully His,

Renee Swope said...

So glad you and yours had such a great Easter! I hope that basket of goodies keeps "just for you" keep you encouraged and entertained for a while. Zoe and LeAnn inspired me to take it up a notch on my kids' baskets, too!

Have a great week!