Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012

This is a super looooong post!  There were so many great pictures to show and stories to tell.  This has been an incredibly blessed Easter weekend.  First and foremost, I am blessed beyond words that my Lord and Savior would suffer on my behalf, die a humiliating death on a cross, to conquer death and raise three days later.  This morning at church our hymn of invitation was "I Surrender All."  We sing it a lot and I always think about how I surrendered my life to Christ and now I am saved.  But this morning I had a new thought: it's not just surrendering your life one time to be saved, it's about surrendering your life each and every day for the sake of living a Christ-centered life.  I must surrender myself, material desires, my children, everyday comforts.  We weren't called to live a cushiony and comfortable life, although human nature desires and wants that.  God's Word says that we will endure trials and suffering.  James tells us we must endure suffering to gain perseverance and be blessed by God.  On Good Friday, our church partook in the Secret Church.  It was all about suffering.  David Platt took every book of the Bible, excluding Song of Solomon, and showed suffering in each book.  We claim that we want to follow in Jesus's footsteps and lead a Christ-like life, but do we ever stop and pay attention to what that really means?  Jesus endured so much suffering on Earth: physical, spiritual, emotional.  When we want to follow in the steps of Jesus, that also includes His suffering, otherwise they are empty words.  I have never ever thought about that until this weekend.  Yes, I want a comfortable and cushiony life.  My human nature desires that, but I am not called to be of this world.  I must now change my whole thought process-easier said than done.  If I truly want to worship and obey God and honor Christ, I must share in His sufferings and rejoice in them as well!  That sounds like crazy talk, but that has been a big theme of this weekend with the Secret Church, which I'm sorry to say I was not able to attend this time so I have to rely on Brady, and our discussions at home.  That is what Easter is about.  Christ suffered for us and defeated death.  We can now have redemption, forgiveness, everlasting life, a personal relationship with God.  How exciting!!

Now the heavy talk aside....I really needed to journal my thoughts.  Here are many pictures of some blessings from God!   
 I love this sweet little outfit for Caden!  I actually found this at the Cracker Barrel!
Of course we have to have a bib to mark this special occasion!

Makenna and I dyed Easter eggs for the first time!  They were glittery eggs.
 Yes, she is wearing an old shirt of mine that I paint in.
 Our final product!  How glittery!  
 We also made yummy cookies!  She loooves to roll out the dough and use the cookie cutters.  She also loves to make finger poke holes!  We made them to share with the family.  I had also bought cute little Easter baggies to share with church friends, but we ran out of time.  So now we have a lot of left over cookies.  Good and bad!
 KK's Easter basket from Mommy and Daddy.
 Bubba's Easter basket from Mommy and Daddy.
 He discovered how he likes to eat eggs!  Plastic ones for now though.

 This is how KK spent most of the weekend.  These 3's are killing us!  I'm not sure what's better: ignoring it and hope it goes away soon, or try and fix it right then and there.  The latter makes her more mad, but I don't want others to think that we think it is ok for her to act like that.  Ready for this stage to be over!  Bubba is super happy and smiley as always!
 At least her dress is cute!
 KK and HaHa!
 Kind of a 4 generation picture, except Pops isn't bloodline.  I do like these 4 guys a lot though!
 KK and her Pops loves to blow bubbles!  Also, I did not get many pictures of KK without some kind of candy in her hand.  She ate and ate and ate candy all day!
 Caden and his GiGi!
 Caden and his LeLe aka Milea, his Great Aunt.
 Caden and his Auntie, aka Elaine, his other Great Aunt, who was unable to attend.
 Caden and Mommy!  He is quite the mommy's boy!
 A happy family of 3!  KK decided to opt out of this picture.

 This time KK looks.
 Now Bubba looks, but KK gets distracted.
 And now neither look.  At least I tried! 
 I love how he furrows his brows in deep thought.  Just like his Daddy!
 Look at that drool!  No teeth yet.
 Lovin' those eggs!
 Easter basket + toy from GiGi and Pops.  He loves his baseball!
 What else did I get?!
 Happy Easter Granny Mart and Papaw!  Gmart will love this pic!
 Such a happy boy!  I love those cheeks!  
 Here is our first attempt to take a family picture at church.  Of course there were people around and she had to have a horrible attitude.
At least bubba is happy!
 Everyone left and she decided to smile and take a good family pic!
Happy Easter from the Collier's!!

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