A Blessed Weekend

I love how the schools here give the day off on Good Friday.  It makes for such a nice family weekend heading into Easter.  We made sure to have a good Friday! The kids rode their bikes while I tried to run with them.  They lapped me more than few times but we had a nice morning together enjoying the lovely weather.  Then we met Max at the park for a picnic lunch.  It is a huge blessing that his work is so close.  I was reminded how hard it was in Colorado when he would leave before the kids would wake up and sometimes not get home until they were going to bed.  Now he makes breakfast with us, is almost always home for dinner, and even sneaks in a few special lunch dates.
Friday night Max took Hailey and her buddy to the Fall Out Boy concert! It is fun to see your kids enjoying doing what you used to do as a kid.  We loved going to concerts and still do.  Hailey feels blessed she will get to see three of her favorite bands this year and has a cool dad that happily takes her.

 On Saturday we went Jeeping.  I am a Jeep girl for sure.  I love off roading and seeing where the Jeep will take us.
 We found water!  In the desert!!  
 We hung out by this little creek while the kids played in it.  As we ate our lunch on the big, warm rock we watched other Jeeps and ATVs splash away through the creek.
 Hailey decided she would rather stay home.  I guess I am going to have to start getting use to just the trio as she starts to spread her wings. :(  If you are doing it right your kid is going to want to leave and lead their own path but no one tells you how hard it is to let them go.
I am blessed to have this man in my life for sure.

He lets me drive!
In typical MKHKKH fashion we were burning the midnight oil trying to fit in dyeing Easter Eggs.  The weather was so mild we were able to do it outside.  Eggselent end to our Saturday.
 The Easter Bunny showed up with sweet treats and many eggs for hunting.
 Hailey found the two Golden Eggs!  Lucky lady.
 We turned those Easter Eggs into creamed eggs.
Since Hank can't have the eggs, Max pulled out a huge bowl of the cream sauce before adding the eggs.  We never thought Hank would be able to finish it.
Wrong!  He licked it clean!!  That's a growing boy of you.
Then we got cleaned up and ready for church.  I felt so blessed being surround by my loves.
 My little man is a mama's boy and I love it!
Hailey is already being asked to create works of art.  Our church's Student Minster asked her to paint five canvases of what ever came to her mind about the five points he would be making on Easter. They were symbols of the resurrection through Mary Magdalene's eyes.  He had 5 symbols for her to incorporate to remind the students of each point.  These were the symbols he gave her to work with:
Unaware, Broken, Awaken, Change and Mission.

 This is what she created!
He asked her to leave the centers blank so she could paint them in as he preached.  I am so proud of Hailey.  Each painting took around 4 hours and he only gave her a week's notice.  She diligently worked on the paintings and her school work each night.  God has blessed her with an amazing talent that she puts much practice and dedication to.  I know He has plans for her.  As a result of her work two people have offered to pay to have her paint for them. 
 After church we prepared a feast fit for a king.  Luckily my Grandpa was coming to help us chip away at all of it.
 Again I was struck by the blessing of still having a grandparent around.  Many of our friends are facing the deaths of their parents and my Grandpa is still strong as a horse.  He told of us his childhood, raising my mom, his time in the war, farming and moving to Colorado.  It was a special afternoon.  Too often the TV distracts us from the reality in front of us.  Hearing of the harrowing times my Grandfather persevered through and his content outlook despite the very hard life he led left me feeling proud and grateful to call him my Grandpa.  He has every right to be bitter and sad about many of the things he has lived through, yet, he said he wouldn't do anything differently.
It was the first time the kids had heard many of his stories and I was attune to new details that have taken on a different light as a I have grown.  I really enjoyed hearing about his life and some of my family history.  Max is always surprised when he is reminded I am 3/4's German.  Had he know that in advance he might not have married me and all of my stubbornness.
We have all been blessed with such an easy life compared to what he struggled through.
My Grandma on my Dad's side always made an Easter lamb cake.  I vividly remember helping her make one when I was around 6 years old.  Nana and Pops got us an official cast iron lamb cake mold for Christmas!  We made our very first lamb cake this Easter.  Karlie is quite the baker and nearly made the entire cake by herself.  He turned out so adorable it was hard to eat him.  However, he did taste delicious!
I have so much to be thankful for.  Over Easter weekend I felt a deep sense of gratitude and the multitude of blessings in my life.  Celebrating the resurrection always fills me with hope and peace but this year I felt a heavy blanket of gratitude.  The bond of my family, venturing into the past rows that had been sown to lead to where I am today, an exploding good present, the hope of my children's future, and the mind grappling fact of the resurrection all wound into a ball of gratefulness.
Peace.  Joy.  Hope. Love. 

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