Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? - Acts 26:8
Did you all have a nice Easter? For us, so far I think this has been the best year ever. Then again, I think that every year, because it just keeps getting better. Last year this time, we didn't yet have Annie - what was life even like without her??!?
I hope you are ready for a bit of picture overload, because that's what this post is all about!! :)
We started the day bright and early at 6:30 ~ well, most of us did, anyway! I had prepared a little treasure hunt for each of the kids. Thankfully, after searching for well over a half hour last night, I at long last found the kids' presents. It was getting worrisome toward the end... but thankfully, they turned up. That was my own private little Easter basket hunt, I guess. The boys loved their drawing/activity books, and the girls were thrilled about the dresses. Miriam was so excited when I told her that little girls get a new dress every time for Easter that she wanted to know if another Easter was coming up soon.
We had a delicious breakfast. Sometime soon, I will have to share the recipe for the chocolate chip orange scones. They are a cinch to make, and oh so delicious!
Before we left for church, the kids of course had to pose for pictures. One thing I love about holidays is that it is such a great opportunity to get everyone lined up for family photos.
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: - Psalm 144:12
Do you like my six little organ pipes??!? God is so good!!!
Me and my absolutely wonderful, amazing, beautiful, precious daughters! We should all be so blessed!
The morning service was wonderful, as usual. My husband preached on Easter, and why and what about it we celebrate. Afterward, before heading home for the big holiday dinner, a sweet friend at church took pictures of us all.
Are you ready for my #1 most favorite picture of the day? It was snapped by my friend while I was busy "staging" everyone for a family photo (hey, you try getting eight people to all look reasonably good at the same time!).
Isn't it so precious how they are just adoring their baby sister, entirely unsolicited? And Solomon has his arm around Isaac's shoulders? It is so wonderful to see our children love each other, and delight in new siblings as much as we parents do.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. - Psalm 128:3-4
There it is, at long last - a family photo with all of us in it! No, honey, this is NOT in lieu of going to the portrait studio! :)
After that, we headed home, and took a few more snapshots of sweet Annie. What a precious angel she is! Words will never describe how utterly in love her Dad and I are with her.
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These pictures make me want to kiss my computer screen, seriously! She is THAT cute!!!
We had our traditional German Easter lunch, which was loved by all. The kids love holidays because those are pretty much the only days of the year that they each get their own bottle of soda. Good stuff!
But you know the absolute best part of the day? Solomon, who is only 9 years old, won his first person to the Lord today! He has been out soulwinning with my husband or myself many, many times, so he knew all the verses to use very well. And you will never guess who it was - little J from down the street. Remember, the boy who supposedly was not ministered to properly by our children because Miriam told him public school is bad? He comes over to play pretty much daily, and the kids have shared the gospel with him several times before. I was so proud of Solomon!!! His Dad is taking him out for some gelato after soulwinning this afternoon to celebrate.
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. - Proverbs 23:24-25
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. - Psalm 30:12