Easter was a little bit of a whirlwind for us this year since we had been travelling. We got back to Emerson in Durham in time for dinner on Saturday night and then hauled back to Charlotte and tucked in bed around 11:00 before a quick sleep and quick wake up. Terry and I both volunteer at church, which we have loved being a part of; it just means an earlier start. Terry volunteers and leads in two areas - Connections and something called 'Next Level.' He helps people who are new get connected at/in the church and praying with people after services. He is made for this in my mind, and I love to see him being a part of this. I do something called Band Hospitality which just means that I make breakfast for the band. Our band at Elevation is incredibly talented, and it's an honor to get to serve them. Thanks to Pinterest, I haven't even run out of new breakfast ideas. Thankfully Emerson loves being at church and is comfortable and familiar with all the people she is with and easily hangs out there with us for several hours on the weekends. Easter service was again amazing as it was last year. It isn't posted yet as I write this blog, but hopefully when it posts for you, the service will be up on the website so you can check it out.
One part of the Pinterest inspired breakfast, photo tweeted by one of the band members:
After church, we just hung out outside enjoying the fresh air as a family. Emerson read the Sunday paper, mowed the lawn with a lawn mower she picked up from Caleb's house, and found a roly poly with her dad, which she thought was very cool. She has a Scholastic video with a little show called "Bugs, Bugs, Bugs," which she loves. It has a roly poly in it and she always laughs at it with Terry; so they were excited to find a real one and see how it rolled into a little ball!
No joke, when she picked up the comics, she said, "Here's the one for kids."
We didn't talk a ton about Easter this year for several reasons - we weren't together the week before, and how do you broach death on a cross with a 2 year old? We did read Easter books about Jesus, and if you ask Emerson why we celebrate Easter, she will tell you it's because we are celebrating that Jesus is in heaven - which we are, so at least we have laid the foundation in the right place! Again, thanks to Pinterest, Emerson got to eat her Easter dinner out of Easter eggs (while in her pjs), which she thought was so great that we have been packing her lunch that way the rest of the week so far.
Hope you all had a good Easter, and this little girl...
wanted to tell you in light of celebrating new life at Easter...
Surprise! Family of four in October, here we come! Now you know why I let my ironing pile grow for several weeks. I had been exhausted beyond reason but am back to the land of the living and we are all as excited as Emerson is in this picture!