Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

What a beautiful day we woke up to as we celebrated our Eternal Hope!  It is impossible to imagine life without the belief that sustains us.  Knowing that Jesus did the impossible in taking our sin upon himself and perished because of it.  But three days later, as was foretold hundreds of years before, He arose from the grave crushing death.... and it's hold on those who Believe....for eternity!  Can you tell this is my very favorite "holiday" of the entire year?  Well, it is!  I love it for what it stands for and I really love how we do it at Sonrise Christian Fellowship Church...and in our family.

Sonrise tradition has us showing up at our local park to stand by the pond, normally shivering,
at 8 am on Easter morn.  Today was the exception.  There was no shivering.  :-)  It was a fantastic morning!  Some photos taken there....I'm not editing them.

These are my people.
I love them with all that is in me.
Yes, there are others whom I love just as much who are not in this photo, 
but when I think about this group it is with great fondness and the knowledge of all 
we have walked through together.

To celebrate the most important event in history together 
each year only strengthens
that bond.  

After our time at the pond we come back to the church for 
a breakfast together.
I forgot to take photos of the tables that Deanna set up 
but there were perfectly simple and beautiful with white
table cloths, yellow plates, blue and white napkins and a flower
arrangement in the center.

Then we had our Sunday School and Worship time.
It was all so good.
Although, many of us were sleepy from having eaten
a hearty breakfast.
Perhaps a bit from the early morning fresh air as well.

Later today we met up with more very important people.
Chadd, Chelsea, Michael, Emily, Jonathan, Mom, Georgia
Warren and I enjoyed family time at Chelsea and Chadd's place.

I made ham and cheese paninis.
Others provided fruit and veggie salad and
Georgia made Lemon Lush for dessert.
It was all so good!

I love how much our children enjoy each other and the Grandmas.
Honestly, I could sit in the corner and just watch them all interact
all evening long and go home happy.

Laughter, chatter, memories and foolishness 

I had a great time looking at the baby's room again.
Chelsea said I can share some photos.

Chadd and his mother surprised Chelsea with this wall art.
Isn't it perfect?
Babies are definitely adventures....and filled with such possibility and potential.
Bring it Baby Pham!
We stand with you in this life.
We are a crazy bunch but you'll get used to it.

Chelsea is adjusting to the rapid growth of her little guy right now.
She is so beautiful and radiant.
I love to try to catch his movements...but so far he has only 
given me one really big kick.

The blanket is Mom's gift to the baby.
She is sewing a lot these days for the shop so it was extra cool 
that she took time to make this too.
It fits so beautifully into the nursery.

The dog is what Chelsea used to share the gender reveal to Chadd.
Everything has meaning.
So special!

Chelsea and I found this sign when we were out shopping for Pebbles & Lace.
We got one for the nursery and one for the shop.
Love the sentiment expressed.
I kind of feel like today was one of those take your breath away moments.
All day!

At one point I stepped outside on the deck to capture a bit of the beauty
that surrounds Chadd and Chelsea all of the time.
It is amazingly gorgeous.

Wonderful and blessed.

I hope your Easter was just as blessed.
And meaningful.


Deanna Rabe said...

We had a great day too! So glad you were all together.

Baby Pham's nursery is so cute and he's going to be so adored! First grandchild! Special!

Vee said...

Your first paragraph is a thing of beauty...

Becky K. said...

Thank you, Vee. Easter is so special.
Deanna...saw the video of your egg hunt. So much fun!

Linda Gross said...

Love the baby's nursery!