Jack told me the other day that Easter morning was his favorite day of the year and that he couldn't wait until next year. This was so touching to me because in our family, we are really focusing on the meaning of Easter and although we did hunt eggs, we are not pretending there is a bunny or anything like that. So it surprised me a bit that my five year old enjoyed this day enough to put it above his birthday and Christmas! But I'm thankful that he felt the joy of the day and that he understood the significance of what Jesus did for us. Easter becomes more and more meaningful to me each year that passes, possibly because every year I realize even more how sinful I am and how lost I would be without the grace of God. Through Christ, Randy and I have seen such grace, redemption, and forgiveness in our relationship with each other, with family, and with friends. Without His death and resurrection, none of those things exist. There would be no hope. The gospel is such GOOD news and I pray we can glorify God every day so that He will be made known!
On Friday evening, the boys (well, Jack) dyed Easter eggs. He just loves this! Graham really just wanted to sit and play with the Easter ducky who does the chicken dance. :)
On Saturday evening, we went to my parents' house for dinner and for the boys to hunt eggs and see their Easter surprises. Jack was thrilled to FINALLY get a "Zurg" toy. Zurg is the bad guy from Toy Story. Apparently he is also the coolest toy ever. The boys both really enjoyed the egg hunt as it was outside and there were tons of eggs! They did a great job finding them and then had some fun swinging on the tire swing.
I am so thankful that I actually felt well on Easter Sunday. I had some pretty rough days on Friday and Saturday so it was a welcome change and that allowed me to really enjoy the day at church and with family. We got up early that morning and Randy read through the last few chapters of Luke with Jack. We asked Jack, "Why do we call it "good" Friday? Isn't it bad that Jesus died?" He incredulously said, "He died so that I could live with him forever! That's GOOD!" Smart kiddo, that one. :) Then we woke Graham and took the boys to the living room where they had Easter baskets and a few simple gifts. Jack especially loved his Toy Story flip flops and Graham loved his new book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. He is OBSESSED with letters and already knows all of his letters so I knew he would love this sweet classic.
After that, the boys "hunted" eggs, although really they just found one egg each and wanted to eat the jelly beans that were inside. They had no interest in scouring the room for more eggs when what they needed was right there! Graham especially was not interested in this.
After that, we headed to church for a wonderful service and then drove to Tulsa and spent the rest of the day with Randy's family. It was so fun for the boys to play with their soon to be cousin, Hailey and their (second?) cousins, Parker and Ty. The kids played with water guns, rode bikes, and played soccer. They also made cupcakes and hunted for eggs. Everything is fun at Gigi and Papa's house!
Such a wonderful weekend!