"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

easter in too many pictures -- 2014

The kids were a buzz of excitement Friday night.

I couldn't figure it out. Easter is a pretty simple holiday for us. 

I tucked in boys who, yes, still love to be tucked in. Christian said, "I'm so excited about tomorrow. I just love getting to be outside with the whole family being together."

Thank heavens for complying weather because I couldn't agree more. It was great to hit the pause button on busy life and just be.

The day began with a cleaning of our church building with a few other families, a fun family breakfast at a local restaurant and then home for a day of festivities.

Our Sunday was very relaxed and focused on the reason for the Easter holiday.

The kids and I have been practicing with the ward choir. The boys used to protest but as their friends have joined them, they've found fun and joy in serving. Newel has joined when we needed the numbers but is mostly thrilled to watch babies so we can serve together.

Following church services, the kids were thrilled to have missionaries over for dinner. Those young men always lighten our day.

And then we wrapped it all up with cards and flowers delivered to our favorite spot in the world.

Like any family ... fun comes dotted with little tiffs and disagreements and our holidays are no different.

But this ....

This, makes all else melt away.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

easter with meaning

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, 
having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men..." 
2 Nephi 31: 18-20

Throughout the week we've worked on our Easter Tradition.

I told the kids a story about a hike I took once while camping. How I climbed an unmarked hill to get to the hiking trial. Once on the trail, I knew where to go.  However, on the way back down I couldn't find the exact spot where I'd transversed the hill. My guess brought me out of the woods on the far side of the camp. I'd missed my destination just by a simple miscalculated error.

We read the scripture above in it's entirety.

We talked about the path we walk every day. We emphasized how the steps we want to take on that daily path should be be like our Savior who showed us exactly where to go and how to walk it so we wouldn't miss our mark.

Then we began our pinup of "steps" to take each day working toward this holiday weekend .. and hopefully remembering them always. 

I love this holiday. I love how it brings our family together.

I love these little feet ... even the backwards ones ;)

And the ones making their own walk a little more independently so they'll be on the wall beside his chair at the kitchen table  :)

Mostly, I love everything that Easter means to me and my heart because He lived.

Happy Easter to you and yours!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

peter pan

"Middle school plays are awesome," Newel said leaning over to me as we cracked up over Captain Hook tossing this malfunctioning mustache over board with gusto.

And they are.

Less inhibitions, perhaps?

Janie worked so hard to audition for Peter Pan. We had that little three line tune so stuck in our brains, we woke up singing it in our dreams. At least, I did.

Boy oh, boy did she ever have the best time at it. She came out of each practice glowing, loving every bit as an Indian Brave.

Most of all, my heart nearly burst at the numbers of family friends who came to see her, taking time out of their busy lives to watch, hug my girl at the end ... even bring her flowers in congratulations. 

I'm not sure I could even express what it meant to that gal of mine, that another adult or teenager other than family would come and sit and cheer her on. 

Little acts of such kindness set the stage for who we become.

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