He Is Risen!

Here we are 3 days after Resurrection Sunday and I’m just now posting that Christ Has Risen!  In truth, we started our Resurrection garden late so I was waiting for the grass around the tomb to grow a little.  In reality, the grass is not important to what Jesus accomplished the day the tomb was discovered empty.

Christmas and Easter are my two favorite holidays and yes I’ve read all the articles both supporting and advising against Christians celebrating these two days.  Each year I examine my motives and I attempt to bring a little more holiness to the activities we participate in.  I’m not a fan of easter baskets, bunnies and eggs.  My mom is sweet enough to color eggs with the kids each year and our kids love doing it… I think I’ve only done it once when Natasha and Mikayla were little and I decided that if I never dyed eggs again in my life that would be okay!  A few years ago I actually wood burned 9 large wooden eggs with the Resurrection message and that’s how we typically would go through the events with our kids.  However, I have been unable to locate them since we moved but I’m sure they are here somewhere!

This year, instead of Easter baskets we put together Easter boots.  Now that we live in Arkansas rain boots are needed several times a week… literally.  So, we purchased new rain boots for each of our kids and I filled them with a small bible journal, bible highlighters, colored pencils or fun colored pens, a new book (fiction), a glow in the dark cross zipper pull with a verse on it, and one large candy bar.

But the highlight of our Resurrection Sunday is our Resurrection garden.  It’s quite simple to do and it helps us to see the significance of the day.  Resurrection Sunday is NOT about bunnies, rebirth, eggs, candy and toys.  It is about prophecies being fulfilled.  It is about a God who loves the people He created so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins.  If you don’t understand the depths of the meaning of Jesus Christ rising from the dead I urge you to read the bible, seek out wise and Godly men and women who can help you understand the Scriptures.  Your place in eternity depends on it!

Yes, I know the tomb of Jesus was not red… I couldn’t find a small stone colored cup or pot!

The tomb is EMPTY… HE IS RISEN!

Katherine Turns 6!

Yes, I’m over a month late on this post!  But… at least I’m posting right?

Our dear Katherine Anya turned 6 on March 6th.  While I love and enjoy the birthdays of all our kids, Katherine’s always brings to mind memories of trauma that we experienced a year and half before she was born.  And yet, her birth is a reminder of God’s amazing grace, love and faithfulness after such a trying and emotional time for our family.

We love this little girl that God entrusted to us to raise in the love and admonition of the Lord.  She’s feisty, smart, loves learning (says her favorite subject is math) and adventurous.  She’s learning to ride her bike and roller blade before her siblings learned.  Katherine enjoys our church fellowship, reading along in her bible during our daily bible time and making gifts to give to others.

Happy Birthday sweet girl!  We love you!

Katherine got into the chalk!

Katherine’s first ride in the bike trailer.

Hiking in Elk Meadow in Evergreen. Katherine fell asleep as daddy was carrying her. August 2016

After swimming, playing the playground on a windy day!