Apr 22, 2014

Easter Memories // 2014

A little background story to remember this Easter: 

I got violently sick on Wednesday night. With constant vomiting and excruciating abdominal pain, it was confirmed at the ER that I had a bad stomach virus. I slept all day Thursday and part of Friday and finally started feeling like myself again by Saturday, but that will definitely go down as the worst stomach virus I've ever had. (Big kudos to Scot for taking off work and playing Mr. Mom for a couple days/nights. I really couldn't have done it without him.) Needless to say, I was one of those last-minute crazy moms running around at Walmart, Target and Dollar Tree to fill Easter baskets before the big reveal on Sunday morning. A memorable time for sure!

Earlier in the week, the kids opened some Easter goodies from Mamaw and Papaw in Ohio.

Love their excited expressions!

On Saturday, I was feeling better so we made some yummy strawberry cupcakes to go with Sunday brunch. My cute and willing taste-testers:

We painted and colored eggs:

Mom was feeling great and the baskets got put together just in time, which made them that more special:

The kids woke up early - you would have thought it was Christmas morning, they were so excited!

We had donuts for breakfast, then hurried off to church by 9:30. Our volunteer meeting was at 9:45, Scot and I served during the 10:30 service (he helped with seating and I was a greeter), and then we attended church at noon. It was a great morning. So special to be together as a family.

Scenes from our simple brunch at home:

We didn't even attempt a nap for Connor that day, so the kids were off and running around the yard for an Easter egg hunt after brunch. Without even telling him, Connor told the big kids the rules: Jake had all the blue eggs, Brooklyn had pink and "Nagu" (a.k.a. Connor) had all the orange. That kid is smart. :)

(There was also a golden egg for Jake and a silver egg hidden for Brooklyn.)

{Be still my heart.}

We dumped and organized the kids' loot before Scot's parents stopped by later that evening...all in all, it was a wonderful family day.

We're still finishing up our Resurrection Eggs and Resurrection Rolls a week after Easter (and some things we never even got to), but the message was evident the whole weekend - and every day of the year. Christ's life, arrest, death and resurrection are well celebrated. We can't talk about all the good parts until we acknowledge the bad and allow ourselves to feel the pain, the suffering, the turmoil, the loneliness - the overwhelming love and mercy that Jesus felt. Even after coming to the end of Himself, He gave up His will to the Father when He said, "Let Thy will be done" and still had love and mercy for those who had turned on Him and hurt Him badly.

That is a gift like none other. A gift of undying love. His ultimate sacrifice for you and for me.

That's what the Easter story's all about. That is truth. That's what our Daddy did for us.

Apr 15, 2014

He Can Hear

Today was Connor's follow-up appointment with the audiologist and ENT. In case you don't remember, our last appointment was back in January when they told us he had mild to moderate hearing loss in the low frequency range. (You can see the full story here.) He didn't have any fluid in his ears, but there was a lot of pressure there which prevented him from hearing in that range and the specialists didn't know why.

I went into the doctor's office today thinking about the possibility of my son needing hearing aids for low frequency hearing loss, and I left with nothing but a good report. No fluid. No pressure. Just a busy two-year-old boy with perfect ears and right-on-target speech. (So much so that he doesn't even qualify for speech therapy because he talks and comprehends so much.)

He can hear. He can talk. He understands everything.

Something that we so easily take for granted with our children, but this mama is thanking God for His healing touch and Sovereign Hand today. Because hearing isn't something I take for granted anymore.

Apr 11, 2014

Spring Break

So, it's been awhile. Last week was the kids' spring break from school, and I think we're all still recovering. Everyone was feeling great (finally), so we jam-packed our week with all things fun!

Things on our to-do list:

(Including Flat Sara - the newest member of the family. Brooklyn's kindergarten class was doing a Flat Stanley project at school, so Flat Sara came along on all of our adventures that week.)

The Adventure Science Center.

At the end of the day, Flat Sara konked out!

Jumper's Playhouse with friends.

Playtime and sleepovers with friends - Michael, Josh and Chloe. 

Movie day at home.

(With a lot of Frozen and the new Tinkerbell movie Pirate Fairy mixed in.)

Video games.

Playtime outside.

A day with cousins. 

(We saw the Sky Bear puppet show at the library, had ice cream and play time at McDonald's, made a quick visit to the pet store and Dollar Tree, took a walk around the neighborhood - along with a Wii tournament, dance party and sleepover.)

Trip to Opry Mills.

And that, my friends, was how our spring break ended. Totally pooped but full of fun memories from our busy week!
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