Sunday, April 7, 2013

Easter 2013

What's a holiday without a little drama?
 Well, it always seems to happen from broken ribs at Christmas, to broken down cars, sick children projectile vomiting in the car. Now we can add a hospital visit and missing grandmother to the crazy events.  
We had a nice time at the pool relaxing and kids trying to swim in freezing waters... when we thought it would be fun for us adults (my sister and brother in law) to go on a double date to dinner.  
We feed our children, watched the movie HOP and put them down snuggled in their beds, when sweet 92 year old grandmother GIGI came over to watch the kids for us. One of my nieces is really almost old even to watch the kids, she stayed up to spend some qt with Gigi. The night was fun and had a great dinner at a new restaurant... catching up on our lives, it was nice to have some nice quiet time together! When we got home my sister in law went to check on her 2 year old because she hadn't been feeling well and she had throw up all over and was on fire!! We did a cool bath, gave her Motrin, and my SIL laid down next to her to make sure she didn't get sick again. About 5am my niece had a horrible rash, a very high fever and was difficult for her to breath so my sister in law rushed her to the hospital...  a few hours later finding out she has just a really horrible virus. 
In the meantime my mother and father in law were worried... they called GiGi multiple times to tell her the Easter morning plans and she wasn't answering her phone. So, worried they got in the car and drove over to her house to find her car missing and no sign of Gigi ... they reached out to a neighbor but didn't know anything. They were about to call the police but decided to give it some time ... when at 5am my sister n law called them to tell them she was heading to the hospital.  When they heard the phone ring it scared them thinking something had happened to GiGi...when my sister n law explained she was at our house watching the kids the night before. Funny now, but what is holiday without a little drama :) For most of the day it went pretty smooth with tired kids and my niece so sick. Only other thing was my sister helping me load and start the dishwasher... she put DISH soap instead of dishwasher detergent so we had over flowing bubbles every where!! Very funny! And to top it all off... the next day after school I took my Parker to the Dr. who has had a rough cough for too long and found out he has walking pneumonia.

Whew, honestly it's really not just holidays we have drama we come across it all the time.
Every day we are going to fall short... our days on this earth can be a struggle. But through the resurrection it trumps everything...every other religion out there! One of the only things our religion is set apart from all the rest is the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection has over come all our troubles, doubts, fears, disappointment and drama. It overcomes every challenge we face with the simple fact HE has RISEN! 
He has over come it all and someday we will too when our time reaches to go to Heaven. 
On this beautiful Easter morning we celebrated the good news with our dear cousins! 
Where you see precious moments like these..... just a small taste of heaven and God's beauty around us
 Kate with her Great Grandmother! 
The twins special bond loving one another 
Kate enjoying hunting Easter eggs for the 1st time. 
Cousins only few months apart ... going in for a hug. 
Moments of pure joy from Jonas... soaking in the love around him. 
Even precious moments of laughter ... A son getting his father cracking a confetti egg over his head. 
which Jonas thought was hilarious! 

Brothers building their relationship!
 I caught a special moment of Parker teaching Jonas the TRUE  meaning of Easter that's just not just about the eggs and candy. It's about Jesus how he rose again to over come death to give us eternal life.

With all the suffering and struggles around us we can still see glimpses of the beauty of Jesus right in front of us because he has Risen over sin and death! It should give us the confidence and focus to carry on living out our days on this earth! Romans 8:18 I consider that our present suffering are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
The end result will make it all seem worthwhile all because...


Susan said...

This reminds me of Christmas and you all trying to drive home from here with Scott and his broken ribs, car battery that goes dead and needs replacing, and all the while, kids with projectile vomiting in the Armstrong family van!!! Hope Thanksgiving will be an ease to come home!! beautiful Easter pictures of your families!!! blessings to all! Susan

Heather said...

Great pictures! My name is Heather and I was hoping you would answer my question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com