Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. It is really the most wonderful holiday. Christmas is my favorite with the decorations, and music and family traditions, but Easter is so special. Jesus was born and we celebrate the gift that his birth was to us at Christmas, but Easter, Easter is when we remember he willingly suffered and died a brutal undeserved death for us. He took our blame. But! he didn't stay in that tomb, he rose again, and he LIVES! I know it in my very soul. And because of that, we can be adopted into God's family, and live with him forever, forgiven. New life. It's about Jesus, not the bunny ;) 

So the past couple of weeks, we've had a lot of sickness. First, a miserable cold/bronchitis type thing. The coughing was awful! Then this past week, we started down the strep throat road. In our family, it's like dominoes. And we ended up with 8 out of 10 of us on antibiotics. Olivia ended up with an allergic reaction to hers, and had a rash head to toe. It was pretty awful looking, but thankfully, it didn't itch.  We were all able to enjoy our Easter weekend though. We started off on Thursday night at our good friend's church celebrating Seder dinner for passover. It's really beautiful way to start the Easter celebrations. Saturday morning we had a egg hunt/bbq with all the Sunday school classes at the park. The early morning was rainy, but the weather cleared, and it was perfect! Saturday night week went to my parents, and my brother's family. We had appetizers for dinner. Yum! and hunted eggs. This morning was church. Beautiful worship, and not a traditional sermon but and excellent word from our pastor. We chose this year to participate in Forget the Frock . Growing up in the south, new dresses, purses, hairbows, ties, etc were something we often do for Easter. Dressing up is fun, but when we watched the video, it made sense. What were we really doing and was it truly honoring the one who gave everything for us? So this year, it was different. It felt a little weird walking in a t-shirt, but it was kinda exciting too, and when people asked, we were able to share a little so that was good. It also sparked some good conversation here at home with our own children, and they were totally on board. Then we spent the afternoon at Michael's moms. Delicious lunch and Easter baskets. We had a low key evening tonight, just playing with new little toys, and snacking on leftovers.

Passover Seder

I forgot! Abram lost his front tooth!

A picture of Olivia's arm. She was spotted like this all over. Even her ears and feet!

Having our picnic at our Sunday school picnic

Olivia and one of her best friends.

Waiting for the Easter story and to hunt eggs!

Vivian found lots this year

Georgia too

Hunting eggs at Grandmama's on Saturday

Calvin discovered there were prizes in the eggs

Beautiful daughter and niece

our crew + 2 cousins :)

Our bunch in our forget the frock shirts today.

Hamilton working his puzzle.

She has style, lol.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


I'm not even sure where to pick up, so I'll just share some pictures. Pictures are always good, yes? We are good, just crazy busy. We've have doctor appointments, and tests, and school work, and fun. We've had the flu, yuck, and the last 1.5 weeks some sort of super cold. The weather is gorgeous, and I'm dying to take the kids to the beach. As soon as everyone is well again. The kids are all growing leaps and bounds. I'm so thankful to be their mama. I will (really!) try to update more often now. I just need to sit down(not as easy as it sounds lol) and write a little about what's up in our life. Share some of the deeper thoughts that are always rolling around the in my mind. 

This is at the hospital last week, waiting for Vivian's blood to be ready. Olaf did the hula, but you can't tell here.

painting fun. They really love doing this so much.

I didn't ask her to even pose. I just called her name. Princess :)

Awesome playroom at the hospital.

The beautiful inside and out, Olivia.

Georgia and Calvin helping pick plants at the nursery.

Our good friend XiaoPeng, was a student here. He finished his studies and returned home to China. We miss him. He and Calvin share their birthcity.

Homeschool Field day. Just a small portion of our local homeshoolers. We had a great day.

Georgia embraces the mud. This was after I told her NOT to get dirty, lol.

Vivian before her recent procedure.

And after :(
Don't worry, she perked up quickly.

Gideon rocking the overalls. These used to be John-Michael's! Time goes so fast!

Calvin waiting at Spina Bifida clinic. He is doing so so well.

Abram at church the other day. He dressed himself. He is a quirky, funny, witty kid. I love talking to him.

I noticed the shadow of the van the other morning on the way to the hospital. It reminded me of a monster, lol.

While waiting for our breakfast at the hospital, this was too perfect. Please give blood and regularly. It saves lives!
Chinese New Year. The kids wore their silks to church.

Calvin is happiest with food. Chocolate cupcakes? Out of this world :)

CNY parade. It was a blast!


Hamilton's favorite thing to do.

I love seeing my big boys playing with my little boys. John-Michael is such a good Gege (big brother).