Saturday, April 23, 2011

He is Risen

Happy Easter one and all! I love this holiday and all that it symbolizes to me. While I wasn't as organized as I'd like to have been, we did manage to squeeze in some holiday fun.

Egg decorating one night for Family Home Evening. The shrink wrap stuff was too small for our eggs, so we made them into hats topped with fuzzy pom poms.

We attended the candy hunt at the Peoria. Kent couldn't' make it because of a camp out and I was had pressed to keep these little ones on the side till the Easter Rabbit gave the signal to go. I'm sure it's due to the sugar deprived state I keep our home in. Keila kept chanting, "'andy, 'andy, 'andy!!"

The mad rush onto the baseball field for candy where everyone worked their way into the center grabbing candy as they went!

Keila had no sense of urgency, unlike Isaac, but strolled along happily picking up those dropped by others.

A few free crafts were available. I kept this photo because if you look carefully, you can see Isaac has scratched in his name on the egg. I'm so proud that he can write his letters!

For Easter morning I did get my self organized to have a huge breakfast complete with hot cross buns (delicious - thanks to Pioneer Woman again!)

Finally a small egg hunt for the kiddos as well as a wonderful dinner with friends.

In addition to all the festivities, we tried hard to also talk alot about the Savior and the atonement. In the car the other day, Isaac broke into one of his random songs and I was surprised to hear him sing, "And Jesus died, so we'd be resected ..." Aside from the mispronunciation, he had the doctrine pretty clear. I asked him how knowing that made him feel, hoping that the teachings had reached more than just ideas or facts. He replied that he was happy so he could live with Jesus someday, and as in a typical 3 year old, he added that the candy made him happy too! ;0) President Thomas S Monson said it so well, "Who can behold the many wonders of the universe without believing that there is a design for all mankind? Who can doubt that there is a Designer?" I see that design in families and all that it teaches me as I grow. Most of all I know that the design and Designer's culminating act is found in the atonement, death and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Because of Him, my life has purpose and meaning beyond just here and now, reaching into the eternities. I can forgive and be forgiven - thus finding healing and peace to the soul. For that I am profoundly grateful.

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