Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter at Our House

Most of our holidays are spent, at least in part, at the home of either my parents or Justin's. Easter, however, has always been our turn to host. I love the excitement that this time of renewal brings as we celebrate our risen Savior!
Our first Easter in our Garland home was also Jake & Mallory's first Easter. These cute, bald sweeties in matching sailor outfits didn't have a clue what was going on, but they had fun anyway. I think Jake even tasted banana pudding for the first time that day, thanks to Pops. We had just moved into our house a week prior, and both sets of grandparents spent the holiday with us in our new home.
Each year, my babies have come downstairs to find baskets filled with goodies, donned their Sunday best, and worshipped with our family at Prestoncrest Church of Christ. Rain or shine, we've hunted eggs, although the indoor hunts get trickier as they get older.
The beautiful liners in the kids' Easter baskets were lovingly made by their Grammy, and they're so excited to pull them out each year. Beau was only about six weeks old on his first Easter, so he fit nicely into his basket!
Whether it's smocked sweetness or matching bow ties, I just love buying Easter outfits each year!
We've been joined by many friends for this holiday over the years, as well as our family. I truly love having people into our home and gathering around a table.
For the past several years, our children's minister has put together a sweet little program for the kids to participate in. They get excited about being on stage and are proud to recite their lines and sing songs of praise to our Lord.
I think Nana & Papa have been here for every Easter since the kids were born. What a treat to have them with us!
Though we will make new traditions and new memories in the years to come, I will miss these that we've established in this house.
Dyeing eggs is always a must!
So today, we posed for one more family Easter picture in this place we've called home for seven years.
We hunted eggs once more in this yard, and we celebrated the empty tomb as a family at Prestoncrest.
Easter will look different next year, and that's okay. I'm learning that change is a part of life, and God does some of his best work in our hearts during times of change. From our family to yours, Happy Easter!

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