Easter ’14

“He was being punished for what we did. He was crushed because of our guilt. He took the punishment we deserved, and this brought us peace. We were healed because of His pain.”  

-Isaiah 53:5

Year after year, it continues to blow my mind that our Savior, a spotless, perfect lamb had to be the sacrifice for a world of sin.  Do you know, even if you were the only sinner on Earth, He STILL would’ve died for you, to save you from Hell?  Pretty incredible, I know.  I guess that’s why it breaks my heart so much that some people still deny Him the only thing He’s ever wanted… a relationship with us as individuals.  Some say they “know” God or they “believe” in Him… but I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately… is that really enough?  If we really KNEW Jesus, wouldn’t we pursue Him constantly?  Wouldn’t we be so infatuated and in love with Him that we’d want to spend every spare minute serving Him and His people?  The Bible tells us to “go and make disciples“, yet some of us are so “afraid” of stepping on toes or “offending” people by sharing our faith.  Personally, I’m at the point now, where I want to share what God has done for me in every facet of my life, and share it BOLDLY.  Facebook, blogging, and any other way I can share the good news… I’m a sinner, saved by grace.  THANK YOU, Lord.

3daystopsOn a lighter note, my Bible study buddy posted this picture on Easter, and I just had to share because it totally cracked me up… :) Thanks, Nolan!

In my family, Good Friday is traditionally Easter egg painting.  The past few years, my Momma has taken duties into her own hands as hostess.

I got to help Bowman color his eggs and Jarid got to help Jadyn color hers–or ring bearer and flower girl from the wedding!

Easter morning started just the husband and I :)  Not going to lie, I was pumped to give him his Easter basket this year…

spiderman…my husband is a comic nerd… and I find it kind of sexy :)  I stuffed his basket full of all his favorite candy (Butterfinger, coconut cream eggs, Snickers, Take 5, Laffy Taffy, Reece’s eggs, and Cookie’s n’ Cream bars), some Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (because he eats them at least once a day), a sterling silver tie clip (he’s been wanting one), an orange and grey striped crew neck from GAP, and a new electronic Sonicare toothbrush since his old one died a few weeks ago and he refused to spend the money on a new one :)
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I actually got a really good deal on one at Target!

Anyway, after he opened up his, it was my turn…. but I had to earn it!

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Remember on Valentine’s Day?  How I made him “hunt” for his gifts?  Well, this time the tables were turned…  It was so cute :)

When I finally found my basket, it was sitting in the oven with two pair of Crocs (which unfortunately, I had to return because neither pair fit!–the poor guy even played it safe and bought a pair of each size, but turns out I’m “in between” and they don’t make 1/2 sizes–booo!)  Anyway, my favorite chips, an adorable braided headband, some Chocolove, sugar-free jelly bellys, and sugar free peppermint patties were inside!

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He knows me SO, so well.
Next, we got ready for church and decided to surprise my family at their service in Halifax!  As per usual, my Momma and Daddy spoiled us with an Easter basket of our own!  They are TOO much!   A $25 gift card to Wegman’s for me and a $25 gift card to Home Depot for Jarid…not to mention, the Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Roll (my faves!) Quest Bars that adorned the basket (we both knew who those were for! :D) We hope that someday we are able to bless others the way that they do!  After a few Easter pictures with my sisters and their dates, we were on the road again to Elizabethville for Easter lunch with Jarid’s family.

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We ended up not eating until 1pm… and by then, I felt like I could’ve eaten a horse… I was SO hungry! My contribution to the meal was quinoa salad with peas, spinach and tomatoes in a lemon/olive oil dressing, and I also had some chicken breast with roasted broccoli, squash, and cauliflower that I helped prep at the Snyder’s.

After lunch, we ate some fresh fruit (pineapple, strawberries and blackberries) for dessert and headed outside!  God gave us a beautiful day to celebrate his Son rising again!

Jarid’s brother’s girlfriend and her kids, Kaylee and Mason, came for lunch, too, and they were tons of fun to play with afterward.  I pitched some softballs to Kaylee, we passed kickball, and even had an egg hunt.  One of my favorite parts about Easter, however, is the fact that Jarid’s Grandma Hess joins us for lunch and spent time outside with us.  We don’t get to see her nearly as often as we’d like and absolutely adore her.

Before we knew it, 3pm rolled around and we were packing up for our next Easter destination– back to the Cox household! Boy, this is going to be fun when we have a little one to wrap up and take with us ;)

The day couldn’t have gotten much better and we were outside for most of it!  The annual egg hunt, pinata, and candy scramble for all the kids happened again as it does every other year.  I am so thankful for these people that God’s given me to call family!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and remembered what our Savior did for us on that day!

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4 thoughts on “Easter ’14

    • Bahaha. You would! :) No, fortunately, he had a good, old fashioned manual toothbrush that he’s been using in the meantime :P In other news… I MISS YOU!!!!

      • Ha, okay– I’ll reserve my judgement for someone else :) And I miss you too! We have a bunch of things to catch up on!

      • “A bunch” is an understatement! I feel like I am going to need to read a journal or diary or something to catch up on all the details of your life right now, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you! Is there potential for a visit soon? :D xo.

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