Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012

He is Risen! Indeed!

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45

We had a great Easter here. The kids had a blast & all of them have the knowledge - down to even Esther - that Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of our Savior. I am actually proud of the fact that even Esther can articulate in words the meaning even if she expresses them as she opens up easter eggs & devours chocolate. I have been debating inside myself the scripture Ezekiel 44:23 "Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." (not to be out of context, it was speaking of the establishment of the Priesthood).
Should we really be mixing the holy with the profane? (i.e. Easter eggs, bunny, candy..with the holiness of Jesus' goes for Christmas also)

Anyway, I havent formulated my complete thoughts concerning it to change my convictions so we went with what we normally do....we went to church, had a great meal afterwards & enjoyed our afternoon. We actually - for the first time EVER had an Easter egg hung. I had filled 110 eggs with candy & Clay & I hid them & the kids had a ball finding them. They found all but 1.

also, the first picture is a picture of how we have been keeping track of Levi lately. Rachel thought it would be a good idea & actually when he  is out in the yard the balloon does help. (he got the balloon for Esther's birthday.)

our dyed eggs. we ended up using them for deviled eggs & potato salad.

and i am struck again at how much this kid looks like me. poor kid! but in spite of it all she is beautiful.

ok, i realize, i look tired & haggard (at least that's the thoughts that come to my mind. probably the flat hair & the slouching makes me think that!)

this is my favorite picture of the day. Rachel, the oldest at 17 years old, participating in the Easter egg hunt. running full out looking for eggs. i love it! all of the kids had a ball.

and on a different note: we have had the worst trouble with our dogs. in the pictures you can see flashy & liberty in the backgrounds but not much of calpurnia & readen. calpurnia & readen have taken to drawing each other's blood fighting. readen, who is younger than calpurnia wants to be the top dog...but calpurnia being older & having already established herself here in our home isnt about to give that spot up. the bad thing is calpurnia is way smaller than readen so she cant make readen comply. today readen, in her desire to not have to submit to any other dog actually, in a muzzle, challenged liberty. liberty, being a german shepherd, picked readen, a 25lb cocker spaniel, up & shook her like a rag doll. when she let go readen still barked at liberty. liberty lunged & readen then cowered in submission. so with that going on, we have a few leads for a new home for readen. while it hurts us to do so, we need peace in our house. we have a very good prospect of an older couple who has had nothing but cocker spaniels. Just a husband & wife who lost their 15 year old cocker spaniel a little while back. I'm calling them tomorrow. Please keep the kids in your prayers as it's going to be rough. but if it gives you any idea of what we are dealing is a picture from today...the 2 inside girl dogs fighting & flashy taking his shot at trying to gain dominance (which generally he does not care). clay took this lovely picture this afternoon waiting on the 2 big girls & myself to get home from serving in the nurseries. (we went to the 9:15 service as a family & worked the late service).

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