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So Mr Greg's an Easter eggspert, huh?! Our kids are old too, but we still did an egg hunt for them, this year incl a gift for the daughter getting married (a rolling sewing machine tote she wanted) and 3 gift certificates for the other kids to a local Christian bookstore. Normally we wouldn't do gifts for Easter, but #1 Daughter is leaving us after August. They're a little old and sophisticated to be looking for plastic eggs filled with candy, buuut they still enjoyed it and made it more of a game between themselves than we had planned. More power to Mr Greg, sticking with the egg-coloring tradition!
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law flew home to California late yesterday afternoon. They're both agnostic, though I think BIL is a little more open to Christianity. They did come to church with us in the morning and it was the perfect service for someone who is searching. So not only was my heart full of the joy of the resurrection at church, both Todd and I were so excited that they were hearing such a simple, but important and incredible message. We both have always prayed for them and Todd's parents. Todd didn't become a Christian until after our first child was born so maybe when they hold their twin miracles they will remember what they heard yesterday.
After the service we came home and had a delicious meal, relaxed for a bit and then I drove them to the airport. And, of course, we nearly made ourselves miserable on chocolate!
No dyed eggs for us this year. I did make deviled eggs, though. Which I find ironic that on Easter, the day we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and defeated Satan, we eat "deviled" eggs. Whatever. :o)
Barb, you are a riot! Eggspert, indeed!!! We have yet to color eggs, altho' I've wanted to do it for a while. The main reason we haven't yet is that it will be a complete & total waste of the eggs. No one in my house likes hardboiled eggs, so I am hesitant to color them just so they can take up space in my refrigerator while rotting. :-/ So I go out & get a bunch of candy & chocolate eggs (Reese's eggs are THE BEST) for my 7yo daughter. She had a blast hunting for eggs yesterday. She also got a mini version of a Spirograph (remember those???) with an Easter twist. I think she liked it better than the eggs. We're going to have to get her the real thing, tho'...she's eating it up, so to speak. Dee, you didn't have your new convertible top down this weekend, did you? It was really cold here in Austin...I don't imagine things were much warmer in your neck of the woods, were they?
BTW, I don't know if I agree with Greg or not, but I DO think that Reese's Easter Eggs taste different than any other Reese's product. :-)
We had a wonderful Easter!
You can check out a few pix of the kids on my blog:
One thing was was precious to me was my friend Auntie Betty (not really my Aunt) came to church with us and she sang her heart out! Loud and cute little voice. She is 89.
After Lent, Easter was anticlimactic. We did two church services (we're with the choirs), the hubby left chocolate bunnies on the kitchen table, and the kids went to hang out with their friends while hubby and I sat in the hot tub. Not traditional, but relaxing!
Valerie Comer said...
Easter this year--no kids came home, which was just as well as we have the house ripped apart and are in the midst of installing new kitchen cabinetry. We took time out Sunday morning to help lead worship at our church and then hubby's sis invited us for dinner...which was cool, because our stove was disconnected... A very odd Easter.
Easter at my house is just like Thanksgiving, food, family, and fun!
Sharlene MacLaren said...
Easter??? When was it? Hee-hee. Hubby and I have been vacationing in Florida for the last 2 and 1/2 weeks and I have not had ONE chance to get to Deeanne's webpage. I have missed all of you, and I can see I have a ton of reading to catch up on before I'm up to speed with y'all. I discovered I didn't like being out of the loop.
Dee, I just read a review of Courting Trouble! Michelle Hutchinson's site. Are you familiar with her review blog? Check it out! While I was in FLA I discovered my books on store shelves down there, and that is one amazing feeling!
I hope you all had a WONDERFUL God-filled Easter. Mine was strange to say the least. We went to The Holy Land Experience in Orlando on Good Friday morning. I got sick, passed out in the ladies' restroom, and I rode to Orlando Regional Hospital by ambulance! Exactly two days and 13 tests later (MRIs, X-rays, blood work, sonograms, etc.), it was determined I had a fainting spell. Duh! To add to the mix, I started having panic attacks in the hospital at the end of the second day. Oh, it was a nightmare!!!!! Need I say it feels good to be back on Michigan soil and feeling well? The fainting spell came as a result of not feeling well, I guess, medications, too much sun(?). Who knows for sure? I tend to faint easily, not a good thing, I know, but at least I'm not going to die from it.
I don't know why I've bored you with all this personal stuff. Sorry. Maybe it's because I haven't really had the chance to sit down and process it all yet.
Anyway, LIFE IS WONDERFUL!
LUV AND HUGS,
Good heavens, Shar. Being sick is bad enough. Being sick away from home is the *worst*!! I'm sooooo glad you are okay and are home safe and sound.
I know what you mean about seeing your books on a shelf far away from home. It's really very strange, while at the same time very thrilling. Congrats on the succes of your book! And, btw, I hadn't seen Michelle's review, so thanks for the heads up!
Katybug, you are right. This had to be the worst Easter (weather-wise) that I have ever experienced. I just could not *believe* how cold it was. And in April, no less! But we are back to sunshine and 70s. Praise the Lord!
Jenster, Thanks for the update on your visit with your in-laws. I LOVE it when the Lord gives us opportunities to introduce Him to our loved ones. I have said a prayer for this couple--that they might seek and find the Lord and that the babies be healthy and hearty.
I am so enjoying hearing about all of y'all's Easter celebrations. Keep 'em comin'!
Yes, Dee, it IS SO GOOD to have "normal" weather again!!! Makes walking my daughter to/from school a MUCH more pleasant experience. I saw the review of "Courting Trouble" that Shar mentioned. Michelle gave you BIG kudos...keeps me waiting on "pins & cushions" for it to come out!!! Shar, I'm so sorry about your trip to the hospital! Glad you're back home & feeling better.
Sharlene MacLaren said...
Thanks for your kind words, Katy--and Dee! This is such a great little group. I just blogged about an amazing "God experience" I had while in the hospital this Easter weekend. If you want to read about it, go to my blog, which is www.sharlenemaclaren.blogspot.com. All praise, glory, and honor goes to my Heavenly Father! He continues to amaze me with His unconditional love and grace--even when I don't deserve it! Hugs to all of you sweet things. Shar
Jan Siebert said...
I loved your first two books and you deserve every award possible, your writing is very edgy and I think it makes them so much mo interesting. I am impatiently waiting for your third, Courting Troubles.
Keep up the good work.
Blessings to you, Jan
I am so looking forward to Courting Trouble; congratulations. I can hardly wait to read it. I am an aspiring writer and have just finished an online "fanfiction" inspirational sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Having received many good reviews I'm praying about an opportunity to publish it. Anyway, this is my first comment on your blogspace: I saw your question on Easter and have a slightly different story to share. We just finished a very hectic time of ministry leading two Passover seders (one on Maundy Thursday) and attending two family seders as well. My husband and I lead a Messianic congregation and requests to teach Jewish roots and Passover from churches keep us busy every year around Easter and even afterward. I still have one more Passover teaching to do at a women's Bible study group so it's not over yet. The demand seems to increase every year and I just wondered if there is a similar "trend" in your churches as (we are in the northeast USA). Thanks!
My children are 3 and 4 this year so easter was really fun. Everything but the eggs got dye on them!
Chris, My parent's church do a seder every year, but I don't really know of any other churches that do (but that doesn't mean they don't). I haven't been to a seder in a long time, but I really, really like them. They are so special. That's so neat that y'all do all that!
First of all, I love your books and I am 69 years old! How did I spend my Easter this year? My husband and I drove from Texas to Washington, D.C. to be with our two children and our grandchildren for Easter. We attended early morning Easter services at the National Cathedral. It was an experience none of us will ever forget. The church was packed for an 8:00a.m. service, and they managed to serve everyone of us communion. The music was awesome, as is the church itself. The cherry blossoms were blooming everywhere (but it was cold!). It was wonderful!