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|
|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::
|Cy and Michael manning the grills 📷by Carrie|
|Jared - the human jungle gym|
|CyRi, CoRielle and Danny|
|Sweet Girls - Auntie Allie and Livie|
|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|
|Carrie and Cy 📷by Carrie|
|GG and Jared enjoying the sun 📷by Carrie|
|Gideon 📷by Carrie|
|Benny 📷by Carrie|
|Gideon and Annie📷by Carrie|
|Bre and Jojo📷by Carrie|
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.