Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter Weekend Recap 2018

How was your Easter weekend? Ours was pretty great. 

My husband was off from work on Good Friday and, I was so glad! Not everyone considers Good Friday to be a holiday when, it really is the most important one of all. 

When I was younger, somebody told me that Easter was their favorite holiday and, I was surprised. It's not one that you hear very often, or at least I didn't hear it much. Now that I'm older and practicing my faith, it's a no-brainer. Of course Easter is my favorite holiday; without it, I would be plagued by my sin, void of mercy from our Lord. Jesus died so I could be saved. Easter is my favorite holiday, indeed. 

If you were around late last week then, you know one of my best friends just gave birth to her first baby. On Friday, I finally met him. Sweet little Leo. I'm not going to share any pictures because, they haven't publicly shared pictures themselves yet, but believe me, he is 8 lbs of perfection!

Friday

On Friday, I made some Chicken Gnocchi soup for my friends and visited with their sweet son. Spending some time with my friends who have just recently become parents was so incredibly special to me. Those first few days after having a baby include some of the most raw moments in life (at least in the amount of life I've had the privilege of experiencing so far) and I feel so blessed to have been apart of some of those moments with my dear friends.

On Friday evening, my family went to the Good Friday service at church. Piper got to play with kids in class while Nick and I sat in service. The service was very moving and I connected with it deeply. The service focused on how Jesus felt alone in those final hours leading up to his crucifixion. He felt alone in a way we never have to because of his sacrifice. It sounds so incredibly small in comparison but, in being a stay at home mom, I've experienced so many moments of isolation and moments of feeling alone. Sometimes I feel like nobody else could understand but, I was reminded at service on Friday night that Jesus also felt alone. Jesus understands it all and more. Jesus has been alone in ways I will never have to be because of his sacrifice. 

Saturday

On Saturday, I got a little time away from home, all by myself. I went to a Starbucks to write most of this post you're reading today and, the one you read yesterday, too. While I was out on my own, I made a meal plan and went grocery shopping. I've been cooped up at home a lot these past couple weeks, still waiting for the weather to break and so, I've been making an effort to take a few hours outside of the house whenever I get the chance.

Nick is so good about giving me the time I need but, it's usually me who has the trouble getting out to take it. Any other moms out there that can relate? I feel guilty for needing time alone; to write, to process, to plan, to better care for myself and my family. My being hesitant to take time for myself is an issue because, we all do so much better when I take the time to practice "self-care", if you will. I think practicing self-care as a parent is a topic that could be covered in great length in a separate post, so I'll move on. 

Sunday

On Sunday, Piper was so excited when she woke up and found that the Easter bunny had left some goodies in her baskets. My mom and little brother came over early that morning with another basket for Piper, too. She got a lot of gorilla and monkey themed gifts this year because, she's kinda obsessed. It's adorable!




That morning, my husband left home early to go to sound check at church. Nick played the electric guitar during both Easter services on Sunday morning. It was such a good service -- the music was great, the message was great. I love our church!



After service, I made macaroni and cheese for a get-together at my moms and to share with our friends who are taking care of their sweet newborn.

That afternoon, we went to the get-together and then, my mom watched Piper so Nick and I could check in on our friends again.


A lot of our traditional Easter celebrating actually took place before Easter this year! Last weekend, we hosted a family get-together at our house for dinner and to color Easter eggs.






Piper liked decorating the eggs but, not as much as she liked hoarding them after they were decorated. She like putting all of the eggs back in the carton, just to admire the way they looked all decorated together. She's so cute.


Easter weekend was great for us and, I hope it was a great one for you, too!

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