Resurrection Sunday. Service was great, the sermon about God being Greater was wonderful.
We've realized we miss the richness of celebrating the Lent season/ Resurrection in a base chapel. We are not from a high church/liturgical tradition but some of the rhythms we've learned through the years really DO focus one's heart and soul on the season. We found ourselves remembering the Friday Lent Lunches and Devotionals, the Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services, the studies and readings on the sayings from the cross, the march towards that terrible sacrifice paid on our behalf and then Jesus' victory over the grave. He arose! We'll be looking to add a few of those practices back into our celebration next year.
After our church service there was a giant egg hunt. Our crew chose to head home. We had wild thoughts of a quick nap before everyone arrived at the house - but that was not to be. Look at Annie's excitement.
|Annie - 📷by Lindsey|
|Bre and Josiah - 📷by Lindsey|
Quite the haul! At least as much sugar potential as Halloween. LOL They'll be bouncing off the walls unless Bre can hide the stash VERY well. ::snort::
|Bella & Gideon - 📷by BreAnne|
Twenty-one Gherkins gathered at the house. The table stretches from the dining room across the living room....we may have to begin figuring out another seating arrangement if the family continues to grow. We were all so happy to have both Nolan and Alex at home this month. Nolan has previously put in lots of over-time and missed family gatherings. SO....Nolan baked over 70 pigs-in-a-blanket and Jamin was NOT going to give up the title quite so easily. He brought the red plates. My WORD. That's a WHOLE LOTTA pigs-in-a-blanket! NO, we did not eat them all. ::snort::
I think the girls got a bit carried away with the torch.
Thankfully, the rest were very edible.
In addition to the aforementioned food, we burned burgers and brauts. I had hoped the yard would be melted - but it wasn't. Oh well. We still cooked out. The Gherkins brought plates and plates of go withs. It was the easiest meal yet.
|Cy and Michael manning the grills 📷by Carrie|
Jared! is here this year. This is our first time to catch up with him since he arrived in the area! Larissa will be here soon, and we can barely wait!
|Jared - the human jungle gym|
CyRi - the boys report standing room only crowds at their services. There were 40 new baptisms at the first service. What a great day to make a public confession of faith! CoRielle - Arielle successfully navigated her first Easter as the Children's minister at their church. She was downing ibuprofen and finding a happy place when she arrived. LOL
|CyRi, CoRielle and Danny|
|Sweet Girls - Auntie Allie and Livie|
We missed Izaak today. He is in Fairbanks. It was great to have Bre and the children join us.
|Bre, Jojo and Jamin |
|Cousins for the win! Benny and Bella |
|Auntie Stacia mans the munchy table - Gideon/Annie|
|Benny moves on to tickle Uncle Alex|
|Benny's going to get Uncle Jared! 📷by Carrie|
|Pure Joy! |
"Someone" might have shown the kids an old tradition from our years in San Antonio....and someone may have suggested they smash a few eggs on Papa. One thing led to another....
Such pretty confetti...and such scratchy egg shells down the back....
I had hoped the egg fight would range the breadth of the yard - but I'm thankful it was on the deck...though we are sweeping up confetti inside.
In addition to the Resurrection, we celebrated March and April birthdays. Cory (always sweet to wear the pig hat) is 29, GG is 81, Allie is turning 18 and Bella has turned 6.
Since Cory and Grandpa had their gifts last month, and Bella is having a party on the 30th when her daddy can be home, Allie scored the most gifts. The kids were quite willing to help her open gifts. LOL
Mr. Jojo was quite happy to finally be home! It was a long day for him.
|Carrie and Cy 📷by Carrie|
|GG and Jared enjoying the sun 📷by Carrie|
|Gideon 📷by Carrie|
Livie and Bella discovered there was still enough snow to slide. LOL
|Benny 📷by Carrie|
|Gideon and Annie📷by Carrie|
|Bre and Jojo📷by Carrie|
More cascarones! Gideon, Benny, Bella and Livie loved them.
|📷by Arielle |
It was a fun day. We'd not seen Krista and Luke for a month and they were able to come. They sure looked tired. Krista is in the midst of transitioning to a True North billet, but as the chapel is low she is still doing her current job as well. It was good to see them. They brought a sweet-smelling Easter Lily.
It was a great day. And now....the sun is rising earlier, the days aren't dark and gloomy....it's time to retire the tree until fall. I mean we COULD keep it going through the summer, but there will be lots of outside things to focus on for the next few months.
Jared seemed aghast to see the Christmas tree still up. I told him it is an Easter tree and it was an Iditarod tree and a Valentine's tree before then....
"No," he said, "It doesn't work like that."
Yes, it works just like that when one is embracing winter and finding whatever light and cheer they can in the long dark months.