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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day....What is it?

Memorial Day is treated so many times like just another holiday or the beginning of the summer season.  I wonder how many people even know what it is.  I know it's a great vacation time to spend time w/ family and so forth, but how many of us stop to even be thankful for the lives that have been given so we could do all the things we love to do??  It was our desire to make sure the girls knew what it is and what it represents. That morning we talked about it in detail with them and then went down to the Memorial Service at the New Bern National Cemetery.  They did a great job at honoring all the lives that have been lost (Color Guard, 21 Gun Salute, Taps, etc.)  The speaker did a great job as well.  He read Scripture and then he told how he had been to the Havelock Childcare center on Friday (kids ages 8-12) and he asked them if any of them could tell him what Memorial Day was.  Not a one could tell him.  How sad.  He talked about the importance of teaching our children about the freedom we have. 
That afternoon we watched a video of the Memorial that was dedicated to the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion.  That is the group Gary's papa was with in World War II.
We are so thankful we live in this country and for the sacrifices that have been made to make us free!

We did enjoy our day together.  The girls played on the slip and slide and we went to the new Nature Park in New Bern that is about 3 miles or so from our house.  We LOVED it!  Was absolutely gorgeous! We got to see lizards, birds, turtles, ducks, fish, spiders,  mosquitos :-(, geese, deer, and more!  They have great hiking trails and a gorgeous dock.  It's about a 1/2 mile hike through the woods to the water.  The hike is awesome.....wide paths, beautiful foilage, a small bridge, sounds and smells of outdoors!  We fished a little but didn't catch anything.  We really enjoyed being out there....very secluded.
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Girls Singing at Church

The girls sang "The Bible Way" for 5th Sunday night Praise & Worship service. 

Girls, we pray you always live by the words of this song and do things according to the Bible way and not man's way! 
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Girls & Gary Sing National Anthem....UNEXPECTED!

Friday & Saturday we were selling handbags at the Fossil Festival in Aurora. We had met the man in charge of the festival and talked to him quite a bit.....nice guy! He was walking by us to go do the "opening ceremonies" and said jokingly, "y'all want to sing?" Gary said, "If you want us to." It took him a minute to realize he was being serious. The guy told us to come on because he needed them right then. But, we had a problem! Kylie was all the way at the end of the street with my mom getting a hamburger. I ran to get her (i.e. running hard screaming her name trying to get her attention!). She finally noticed me and came running towards me. She immediately was nervous about the alto part because she hadn't sang it since April. We literally were singing the alto part of the National Anthem (a capella) while running back to the stage! (Wonder what people were thinking?!?! ha ha) We see Gary bowing his head because they are praying. He motioned for us to run harder! WHEW! I'm out of breath just thinking about it! We got there just in time as the man said AMEN! Poor Kylie! I know she was out of breath, but she did a great job. We were proud of all of them! They love to sing!!
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fossil museum
lawn mower pull......AWESOME


parade

our favorite float....the piggly wiggly float

Goat Farm Field Trip

On Wed. May 25, we had the opportunity to go to a goat farm!  It was great!  Our dear friends, the Kuhn family, told us about our local agriculture extension office and some of the opportunities they were providing.  The girls are currently learning about goats, cattle, sheep, & pigs.  At the goat farm, we learned things like trimming hooves, detecting worms by looking at their eyelids, different types of goats, how to care for them, and so much more!  Of course I loved it......it was on a farm!! We also enjoyed the fellowship with the Kuhns and other families w/ "farming interest."  It was a great "hands-on" experience and we ALL learned new information.  And, no, Dawn, I did NOT bring home any baby goats!! (but I sure wanted to!)  This week we are going to a cattle farm!! I'm so excited!  Stay tuned for our agriculture experiences coming up!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Guess what we got??

More bunnies!!  They are so so cute! Their ears are completely adorable and they LOVE one another!Kristen got a grey one and Kylie got a white one.  Kayla decided she would share theirs. These are much faster than the other one!  They are twice as big too! Loving them!!!  Oh, and we haven't named them yet because we haven't identified whether boy or girl.  If they are girls, Kylie's will be Claire and Kristen's will be MaKenzie after two of their most favorite people! :-)
We also got to see four baby birds in our yard.  They were the sweetest little things!  I had to take the pics through glass because every time I opened the door it scared them further away. 
Definitely enjoying God's creation and all of its beauty this week!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For all you Coupon Crazies!

Here is a great link for finding coupons:  http://www.southernsavers.com/
What is neat about this site is that she lists all of our local grocery stores and their current items on sale.  Not only does she list the sale items, but if there is a coupon (a lot of times it's a printable one!!), she lists that beside the sale item.  So, not only are you getting the item on sale, but when you use the coupon you get it at an even better discount.  ESPECIALLY, if you take advantage of Harris Teeter's triple coupon week that ends today, I think.  I use this site at least once a week.  Hope it helps you too!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Homeschool Conference Notes

A few weeks ago we shared what a blessing the homeschool conference was for us.  We wanted to share some of our notes we took during that weekend.  We decided not to write down everyone's outline and so forth.  We knew we would get home and not really remember what was being said.  So, we wrote down certain statements that were relevant to us, interesting, needful, convicting, etc.  They will be very random because they are from several different sessions.  We are posting them so hopefully they will be a reminder for us and maybe an encouragement to others.  Again, if you ever get the chance to go to one....GO! It was so refreshing!

**We are raising a generation of young girls who think their value lies in what they look like, not what, or who they are.
**What is this culture making me??
**Christians should not mimic culture---they should change it.
**We buy into the culture that things are ok.  What is the foundation of your existence? 
**By what story are we living our lives?
**We never Not have entertainment....we are amusing ourselves to death.  Everything is sensualized!
**Use this question w/ your kids:  "What do you mean by that"?  Make them give you their definition because it might be different than yours!  For instance, "Daddy, I love this boy!"  "Well, sweetheart, What do you mean by love and secondly what do you mean by boy?"  Love this illustration!  Very relevant in today's society.
**Ideas and images come at us so fast, we don't think.  Be still and know that I am God.
**If you live your life through entertainment, your definitions and world view will be wrong.   (Even Christian romance novels sometimes give us improper views of love!)
**Teach your children to contend for the faith: I Peter 3:15.
**Our Bible curriculums are sometimes full of just stories, not apologetics.  It's not a "story."  It's an "account of."  We are not teaching them to defend their faith.
**Our world is becoming neutral concerning abortion, homosexuality, etc.
**Pray & fast for your kids.
**We have given up our starting point--even in our churches.  Our starting point has to be God's Word concerning everything.
**We are obsessed w/ making them obey w/out listening to the needs of the heart.
**Don't teach your children to go immediately to an opinion before getting the facts.
**Parent for the long term--not short term.
**Children need to hear the beating of my heart and not the beating of my words. Don't provoke.
**Set boundaries of how you will respond before you set boundaries for your kids.  They do what you do. Most actions are caught, not taught.
**Does your home create unity?
**Sitting in front of curriculum is the least important part of homeschooling.
**The greatest goal should not be to get through the curriculum.
**We live in a generation that is unable to sit in a meaningful way.
**Tables vs Televisions:  Our homes are entertainment centers instead of a place for discipleship.
**We are too busy and too distracted.  Purpose to prioritize the right things.
**The most beautiful blessings are looking you in the eye and you're not looking back. Take the time to know the face of your children.  We learn a lot when we take the time.
**When things look tough, think about perspective!!
**Think about countries w/ no Bibles and we don't even open ours up to read them!
**It isn't about the big accomplishments that everyone sees.
**Study w/ your kids.

Again, they are random thoughts, but meaningful to say the least when you take the time to ponder on EACH one.  We encourage you to stop and take thought for each statement---meditate on them.  They are not only relevant for "homeschoolers," but for every family.  Hope you are encouraged as we were to make our home more what God wants it to be.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hairs all over the place! :-)

Thank you Hair family for the sweet fellowship last night!  We love it when y'all come over!  What a special family you have always been to us!  We are so thankful to have friends like y'all.......you are such a blessing to this family!
(It was quite funny yesterday afternoon when we were preparing for the Hairs to come over!  The girls were cleaning the bathrooms and I said to them,"Make sure you get any hair off the floor and counter...I don't want a bunch of hairs all over the place when company comes."  Gary said, "Melissa, there's going to be 'Hairs' all over the place (speaking of the Hair family of course)!"  Was too funny!
We love all you "Hairbears!"

A Sad, Sad Night! :-(

If you watched the slide show of  our day at the farm field trip, you know Kristen came home w/ a bunny. She loved it so! She literally would turn the bunny over on its back and rock it like a baby!  The bunny didn't care.  It would go right to sleep.  She constantly played with it all during the day!  We took it everywhere with us.  All of us just thought it was the sweetest little thing!! BUT, Sunday, we decided to not take it with us to church.  We came home Sunday evening and found it deceased. :-(  Kristen was so pitiful!  She just cried and cried.  Well, we all did.  We just felt so bad for her.  She was the sweetest little mama to it.  It was pitiful to see her little heart hurt.  We were sad about not having the little bunny around too.  She named it MaKenzie and took such good care of it.  It would just run and play all over the kitchen floor with her.....so sweet to watch!  Once she calmed down some, she just sat in my lap.  She asked me to go touch it to make sure it wasn't just sleeping.  I told her Daddy would make sure.  Gary went to go bury it and she asked me if she could watch.  I told her she could.  She ran outside and helped Gary.  When she came back in she cried some more and then she asked the question, "Mommy, if we move, can we dig it up and take it with us?"  It was a great opportunity to talk about life and death and the difference between humans and animals.  I also shared with her again what an absolute miracle it was for Jesus to be raised from the dead!  I told her if I could make her bunny come back to life I would but I did not have the power to do that.  Jesus was just as "dead" as her bunny and He DID come back to life.  That was amazing to her!  It's amazing to me!  It was a tough night but she's ok now.  She's so tenderhearted.  Oh, and we were also raising a tadpole as a science project that she bought at the homeschool conference.  It had been doing great!  We had already observed that the little "arms" had come out of it's body.  It was eating great, BUT, we came home Tuesday night to find it...... dead! AGHHH!  No tears were shed for that one, but we were thoroughly enjoying watching the changes take place!  Now Kristen wants another bunny.  I've already tried to prepare her that it could happen again, but I sure hope not!  Here are some bunny memories:
This is how the bunny would sleep on its back



Are you crying yet?!?! :-(

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Had fun watching the Kinston Indians play Tuesday night!

We love $2 tickets on Tuesday!  Can't beat that!!  Sad this is their last season.  We try to go once or twice a year! Fun to watch a baseball game right behind home plate and hear the "crack of the bat!"  The girls love to go try to catch a foul ball (or beg the players for one! :-)

These last two photos are from last year.

Ever seen a mushroom like this?

I saw this "thing" this morning at church and I actually thought it was the top of a rotted pumpkin. Later on when we went door knocking I walked up closer and realized it was a mushroom! It was like 9" in diameter! Never seen one that color! Have you?
Also, if you think about it today pray for the folks on Youpon Dr in Hubert. We talked to SEVERAL today that were lost and not interested to say the least. Rough neighborhood...rough lives...but I know the Master make-over artist!
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Birthday Party Ideas

Our kids birthdays are coming up and we are currently planning for Kristen's 8th b-day party!  WOW! Time flies! We try to make our girls' b-days as special as possible.  They are so special to us and we try to show them that by making their b-days a big deal each and every year.  Think about what a birthday is!  It's a celebration of their life....a blessing from the Lord!  So much focus is placed on children at Easter and Christmas.  We try our best to NOT do that.  We use their b-day and b-day party for that.  It's their special day and we have a great time!  I've had lots of folks ask me in the past, "Where do you get your party ideas from?"  Well, I would love to say that they were all original....but,,,that would not be true! :-)  One of my absolute favorite sites is http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/ They have the BEST ideas.  What I do is once one of the girls chooses their theme, I will get on that site and skim through every idea relating to that theme.  I take all the ones I like and compile them into invitations, parties, games, etc.  It is also a wonderful place that always sparks ideas of your own as well.....gets the ball rolling so to speak! We love their parties and have special memories from each one.  We have an absolute ball planning and preparing!  Also, something else we have done each year is that on their actual b-day, at the time of their birth, we make sure the 5 of us are together to hug & kiss whoever's bday we are celebrating.  That exact time is so special to me.  That is the  time the Lord blessed me with that little bundle and I remember their births so vividly.  Always on that special day the 5 of us go out alone and do something special.  (The only hard part is Kayla's bday because her birth time is 7:40pm....so it has been in church before!  We watch the time and lean over and give her a little hug and go back to listening! :-)  However, if their bday is on Sunday, we still will do something special on that afternoon with just our family.)  We allow them to choose (w/in reason of course) what they would like to do.  So, a lot goes in to planning for their bdays, but it is so worth it.  They love every minute of it and they are worth all the effort spent.  So, I just wanted to share that site with you.  Maybe it can be a help to you!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thankful for the life God has blessed me with!

May 13th I celebrated 35 wonderful years the Lord has allowed me to live.  I'm so thankful for each year and the joys they have brought.  Here are all the b-day pics I could round up.  I've enjoyed the memories made with family and friends throughout these years. I'm blessed beyond measure!
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Happy Spiritual B-day Kylie!

May 13th Kylie celebrated her 4th "Spiritual" B-day.  I remember that day so well!  Not only was it my b-day, & Mother's Day, but most important, Kylie realized her need of a Savior.  What a special day!   Kylie had asked many questions prior to this day and we knew she was ready.  It was just a matter of time for her to take that step.  My friend, Michelle and I, had a conversation the previous week about our kids and we were talking about our kids and salvation.  I knew Michelle was a children's church worker so I asked her to be alert w/ Kylie because I knew she was getting close.  I told her if at all possible Gary & I wanted the opportunity to pray w/ our kids for salvation.  She thankfully paid close attention to my desire and when Kylie went forward in the invitation that Sunday morning she went to pray w/ Kylie and ask her what her reason for coming was.  Kylie expressed that she wanted to get saved.  Michelle walked her over to Gary's office and motioned for me and Gary to come out of the service.  (Thankfully, we sat right by the door and saw her immediately.)  To be honest, my first thought was that something was wrong.  We later learned other people thought the same thing when Gary & I both got up in the middle of service! :-)  We met Kylie in Gary's office and she told us what was going on.  We asked her questions to make sure she understood and had prayer with her.  Michelle had shared Scripture with her as well.  The sweet look on her face and that contagious smile was overwhelming.  She was so happy she had decided to become a child of God.  We were and are so proud of her! (turn your speakers on...this is her singing in the background)
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A Day At the Farm 5/3/2011

On Tues. May 3rd we had the opportunity to visit a Day at the Farm in Cove City w/ our Homeschool co-op.  We had a great time and came home with something UNEXPECTED!!  You'll have to watch the slideshow to figure it out!  (This one is a little different ...you can click on each picture and it zooms...click again and it'll go back to normal.)
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Karolina girl

For those of you who don’t know, we have a dog named Karolina (had to spell it w/ a “K” of course) that is THE most hyper dog known to man! I will not even waste time typing all the crazy stuff she has done! She is a 4yr old Lab that we do love in spite of her many many faults! She had surgery this past Tuesday (may 10th). She had a tumor removed. The tumor was about the size of a 50 cent piece so when they brought her out to us we were shocked at the size gash she had on her side. It's like 7" or so!  They had to remove a large section to make sure they got it all. She should be good to go after this. I sure hope so. She was quite pitiful Tuesday. She was so sedated she didn’t know where she was and she did NOT want me or Gary out of her sight. She just whimpered and whined after Gary when he would leave. He slept on the floor beside her w/ his hand on her till 1:00 am.   They gave us sedation pills and they worked the first day,,,,but,,,,guess what?? They are NOT working very much anymore! We are not surprised! I keep yelling at her telling her to lay down and act like she’s sedated! (will cost more $ if she rips a stitch!) Dumb dog! It was so funny when I went to pick her up at the vet! You see, they haven’t seen me in a couple of years because I vowed I would never take her again! The last time I took her she acted like a complete idiot and I told Gary if she ever wanted to see a vet again….he would be the one to take her! So, he has taken her for me. She has made a name for herself there. Everyone knows how hyper Karolina is! She takes the technicians surfing when it’s time to go in the rooms! Well, when I got there, the girl behind the counter looked me over (like elevator eyes) and said, “You can handle Karolina?” I didn’t know whether to be offended because she was calling me scrawny or to bust out laughing! I opted to bust out laughing! She said, “That dog is crazy!” I said, “I know!” I told her the only reason I agreed to pick her up is because I knew she would be heavily sedated! Haha I did feel so sorry for her Tuesday….was a pitiful site! Here are a couple of pics of our sick “baby.”  Sorry, these pics weren’t smile box worthy! J

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Memories w/ my girls (1999-2011)

One of the greatest joys of my life is to be a mother to the three most wonderful daughters in the world. I love them dearly and enjoy every day with them. I'm so thankful and so privileged that God blessed us with children. They truly are a "gift from our God!" Girls, you mean so much to me and I'm so thankful for all the Mothers Days we have shared. You have made them so special. My sincere prayer is that I will be the mother God wants me to be to each one of you.  Love you bunches, my sweeties!!
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, Ma

Ma, Sorry we can't be together on this Mother's Day, but I wanted to send you a note of thanks for all you do and have done for me and Little Keith.  As I was reflecting on these pictures my mind began to go to things I was thankful for about you.  Here are some of the things I thought of.  Thank you for:::
-teaching me to stand up for what I believed in -for all the special days, like my birthdays, graduations, wedding, etc. I know it took so much time, effort and preparation that I never saw  -taking me out of that daycare and sending me to FCA -for sending me to Southeastern -staying up all night to make my poodle skirt (I won the best dressed 50's girl w/ that!!) -letting us stay home from school sometimes just cause we didn't want to go -all the time spent dealing w/ our horses (picking them out, finding all the matching tack & making me denim culottes w/ stars along the sides to show my horse at the fair)-shopping with me for all the baby stuff and baby clothes -for going on so many field trips (even when the boys in my class were laughing at the monkeys mating and you got mad! haha) -for all the preparation, time and effort you spent with all the modeling classes, clogging lessons, pageants, all the outfits that were involved w/ all that, etc -cheering us on whether it be piano, pageants, racing, going back and forth to ballgames, cheerleading, etc. -for teaching me to care for others (I remember several times going to Hardees when we were little and you getting the homeless man downtown a biscuit) -getting my baby grand, the camry, and our van -helping us get our house! -bringing us so many groceries -for all the meals you have fixed -for doing all the work on my wedding reception -for making so many homemade biscuits.............I know I could keep going and going and that little summary doesn't seem adequate and definitely doesn't do justice to all that went in to those things I listed.  I really am thankful for who you are to me and our family.  I don't say it enough, but I do love you and am thankful for how you have given of yourself, for the influence you have been and for the love you have shown to us.  I'm thankful God chose to put us together.  Love, Bunker Hill
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Mom, even though you're in Rhode Island, I wanted to let you know I love You!

I have so much to be thankful for! God placed me in a wonderful, loving family almost ?? years ago. Little did I know what a privilege it would be to be in your care. The memories I have are cherished treasures. Think about it, wiffle ball tournaments in the yard, baseball cards whenever I could find the money or talk you into buying them, big wheels, dogs, rabbits, ducks, hamsters, turtles, little league, friends coming and going REGULARLY, piano lessons and making us practice, soccer, basketball, clean underwear brought home from jr. camp, Buster Brown suit and the Trailblazers, teen activities, birthday parties, and running me everywhere I "needed" to go. As a parent now, I so much more understand what it took for you to do all that you did for me. Even when you didn't feel good and battled headaches, you seem to always find a way. You inspired me to love unconditionally, especially when I'm tired. Thank you for your unfailing committment to love. I hope you have a great day! Enjoy Rhode Island and have a great Mother's Day!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

HAPPY B-Day Little Keith!

Little Keith,
I wanted to take a moment to wish you a happy birthday.  Before we were ever born, God had a plan and knew he would place the two of us in the same home...isn't that cool?!?!  I'm thankful you are my brother and for the memories that we've shared.  I tell the girls sometimes, "you better enjoy playing with your sisters because there will come a time when that won't take place every day."  I enjoyed playing together when we were little....well, most of the time :-).  Here are some random memories I have with you:  playing in the pool, riding 3-wheelers (sorry you wrecked that time...but it was your fault cause you weren't paying attention to our made-up signals!), how we didn't have radios on our 3-wheelers so we would sing while riding round and round in the back yard (we sang "What's love got to do w/ it?" haha), making you play school and babies, pinching you at grandmas when you were still in the carrier cause I knew I could get away w/ it there(sorry! that was so mean), you pooping in the bathtub while i was in there with you (i have pics of that too!..you buzzard!), eating freeze pops by the thousands, thinking you were exaggerating when you cut your finger with the pocket knife (oops..sorry, again), having to walk you into to school so you wouldn't cry after mama, you waking everyone up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning, you saying "I want" a lot, making you sign contracts because you would always quit while we were in the middle of playing something, threatening you with telling mama you called me a fool for,,,well,,,years, wasn't it?, everyone telling us we looked alike, sharing our b-day parties together, you shut the record player down on my "the little train that could" record and cracked it in half! (still bitter over that one), how you could eat all the candy you wanted and never have a cavity,watching wrestling and then mimicking it (remember, hands folded, now alternate counts..1...2...3...4..go!), eating a bunch of cereal and milk in the cold garage to make ourselves sick so we wouldn't have to get our progress reports signed...how stupid!, talking to you about girls ( i remember a girl telling me I needed to butt out of y'alls business and then I just laughed in her face and told her you were my business.....you're welcome), taping up a naked baby picture of you on the front door when a girl was supposed to be coming over (aren't you scared of this smilebox?? hehe!), going to hardees after school, before school, or whenever we thought was necessary, backing into your truck and you saying, "well, it's ok.", riding jet skis for hours, you not letting me drive home when it snowed at college so you took me home, during my wedding when I happened to look over at you during a song and you were crying (boy, i wasn't prepared for that...I had prepared myself for daddy to be upset, but not you...thanks for ruining my makeup!...seriously, i was so wrapped up in all my planning and details, it never dawned on me how it would affect you), jumping up like an idiot in front of the tv cameras when you won that race (hahaha..i so need to put that on this blog), that you still call me sister to this very day (I knew you were really mad if you ever called me Melissa), I could go on and on!  Thanks for the brother you have been to me and for the uncle you are to my girls.  I'm thankful God put us together and for the life He has blessed you with.  I love you, Sister.  Happy Birthday, dummy!
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Happy 61st Birthday, Dad! 5/6/11

Even though I will not be with you today, I want you to know that I love you! Happy Birthday from New Bern. Enjoy your stay with the Reynolds in RI. AND, oh yeah, catch me some "stripahs" & "lobstas."  We are thankful for the life God has blessed you with!

Love, Gary (& Melissa, & girls)
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Monday, May 2, 2011

A celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior-2011

This was the most Christ-filled Easter weekend!  It was wonderful to reflect on what sets Christianity apart from all other religions!  We started off w/ a good Friday service.  Our pastor brought a message on the details of what Christ went through on the cross.  No matter how many times you hear it, the awe that He would do that for us is overwhelming.  I was really anticipating Easter Sunday.  We really wanted to make the day revolve completely around our Savior.  We  had a wonderful church service with several first time visitors.  It was great to celebrate our risen Savior w/ our church family.  We then came home and had lunch w/ just the 5 of us.  After a little rest, Gary's parents arrived.  The girls colored eggs and then we read the "Legend of the Easter Egg." (Great book!)  It was our desire to not just tell our girls the Easter "story," but we wanted to teach them how to defend the resurrection...to know this was more than a story.  We started going through all the Scriptures and showed them some key points of proving that the resurrection truly did take place.  We asked them lots of questions and allowed them to ask questions.  It was so neat to hear all their thoughts.  After that, because it has been a tradition to hunt eggs w/ their cousins, we had a "Skype" Easter Egg hunt.  Of course the Elliotts had to watch but we were so thankful we could at least see them as we have spent this special day with them so many years. We then had supper and had more devotion time.  The family time and the conversation it produced was priceless.  It was wonderful to share that with each other and we were thankful Gary's parents were here  to participate with us.  The time spent in prayer and song was so sweet and we pray we left our girls with knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that the resurrection DID indeed take place.  Even though we did not have an evening service at church, we were able to have our own time of worship in our home.  It was a very special time for us as a Celebration of our risen Savior.
(As a side note:  Vodie Baucham's "defense of the resurrection" is great!  You can download it for free on his website.)
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