We had a wonderful, joyous Easter celebration, no doubt!
Mimi, Bapa and Nini came over for quite a tasty brunch. I made my traditional breakfast Quiche’s and home-style potatoes, we enjoyed the avocados from our tree, hummus, seafood dip, fresh fruit, veggies, pastry’s, mimosa’s and some cake ‘balls’, Easter egg style
The girls had a blast hunting for eggs
And that make-up consulting session I mentioned about here…
The week leading up to Easter, I meditated a lot on the resurrection (duh!) and new life. Our new life in heaven, what it might be like (um, that’s slightly mind-boggling) and the new life that Christ gives us through our ‘yes’ to the Holy Spirit and following His commandments here on earth. This verse kept coming to mind: “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17 I meditated on that. In Christ. In His word. In His Love which is constantly transforming us on a daily basis. In His passion and suffering through our fall and sinfulness. In His obedience to the Father’s will. And In His resurrection to our heavenly home! I thought about that day in college which began my reversion conversion 😉 when I acknowledged my brokenness and sin in my life, my need for a Savior, repented and gave myself over to Christ…Oh, how I literally became that new creation. I thought about my return to Mother Church and how the Eucharist has sustained that new life. I thought about my wedding day and making those vows to Dean and to God. How that begin a new life within me. I thought about how much I’ve changed since becoming a mother. How much God has used our beautiful children to create an even deeper sense of new life in Christ within me. I thought about how they challenge me to the core, but how, at the end of each day, they always bring me back to that new life I have (they are, afterall, quite literally, His new life) and that is something to always celebrate.
Anyway, looking back, it makes sense now why God gave me that verse to ponder. He was definitely preparing my mind but more importantly, my heart for His new life yet again. So, in celebrating this theme of new life, we gave Mimi and Bapa a special little Easter gift this year…
Needless to say, there was a lot of celebrating…
a little in shock, really, in a good- super excited-super joyful-nervous-a little bit giddy-a lit bit terrified by the thought of 4 kids, 5 yrs and under-but thankful and humbled and amazed at the timing-sort of way. I mean, to discover I was pregnant on Good Friday as I was thinking about the fact that Jesus died for me, Marisa, and everyone else created because He wants us to experience new life and then to actually celebrate His new life, and the new life He has blessed our family and the world with on Easter Sunday with my family was pretty darn cool and made it all pretty darn real! To see how incredibly excited Spicy was, literally screaming for joy at the news of a new baby brother or sister was just awesome. And every time the doubt creeps in (which I know it will), I have some old journal entries to look back on to remember my pledge of faith and to trust (sometimes blindly) in His ways above mine. And of course, plenty of reminders from Dean that “C’mon my Love, it’s going to be great!” or “Yeah, it’s gonna be tough sometimes but it’s gonna be awesome!” do help.
And so, little one, we welcome you with an open and happy heart. You are coming into a fun, loud, but peaceful family full of joy and love for each other and for living new life in Christ! We entrust your soul to our Lord and we can’t wait to meet you!
Did I mention I have a soul created for all of eternity growing a body in my womb?!?!?!? haha! SOOOOO AMAZING!!!!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!! HE IS RISEN!!!!!!