I don’t talk about it too much through the venue of my blog, but in case you didn’t know my husband is a church planter now. We meet every week on the back patio of our friends’ home and it has become one of the best things we have ever done. The community that is forming, the relationships that are being made, and the pace at which we are taking things is all so life giving. For those of you that know us well and know what the past few years have looked like for us I’m sure you are just as joyful as we are that this is a new and fresh season for our family.
I cannot tell you enough how much I love this group of people. I know them each on very different levels, but every week another relationship is deepened and another friendship is formed. Every week I look forward to seeing them.
This week we decorated the patio for Easter! We had some amazing donuts, spent time talking with one another, sang songs together, and Matt preached. We then had an easter egg hunt for the kids and a bounce house too! There was one golden egg that had $5 in it and one silver egg that had $1 in it. I’m not sure who had more fun…the kids hunting or the adults who knew where the special eggs were hidden!
And I cannot tell you enough how proud I am of my husband. To say he loves the Church would be an understatement. He genuinely, wholeheartedly loves people and I am giddy in my heart each week when I see him getting to preach God’s word. We never set out to be church planters. This wasn’t a life goal or a long time dream. But we know without a doubt that this is what we are called to do now. It’s been a rough road to get here and nothing about it has been easy, but I know that the way things played out is because this is exactly where we should be right now. I am moved to tears whenever I think of the people who have been by our side to get us to this point. The support, the love, the care, the concern, the faithfulness….it never gets old talking about the good that has come from such destruction.
There is so much more I could write but I wanted to also include pics from our family Easter time too…..it’s like two posts in one! We were rushed in the morning before heading to meet with the church so we waited until the afternoon to open the baskets…
This weekend did us in. Our schedules were just crazy! I can see it all over my face with these Easter pics that I am just spent and so exhausted!!! I felt like the whole week leading up to this nutty weekend was a sprint too! As I write this now I cannot even tell you how many things have been neglected this week. My to do list cannot even fit on one post it note anymore! Our house is a total wreck…and I’ll let you in on a lil secret….we didn’t just take pics of the kids opening their gifts outside on our back patio because the lighting was great….it’s actually because there’s literally no spot inside our home that’s clean right now where I could put everyone! There’s unfolded laundry in the living room, there’s dishes in the sink, there’s papers and toys all over the dining table. Instead of having an Easter dinner we decided to have oatmeal and toast. Not kidding at all! And because of all of the donuts I ate in the morning I chose to eat cucumber and hummus for my dinner! We were/are so tired! I think these pictures of our lil fam opening all of their buckets and having fun playing are super sweet….but I include all of the rest of that to make sure that I do all I can to communicate that it’s not as perfect as it may seem! 🙂
Now is the time I could write a ton about the significance of Easter and the riches we have in our risen Savior. I could write about the many broken relationships that we have witnessed this past week and how I long for all of the wrongs to be made right, how the significance of Easter has so much more to do with the everyday rather than just one day, about how much I love my family, or all of the details of what happened this past week with soccer and ballet and the time with the Church….but honestly….I’m tired. And it’s the kids’ spring break. And I’d rather be with my family than writing right now! 🙂
This next week we get to take a trip together as a family! And of course I’ll be bringing my camera along! 🙂 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Sunday! He is Risen!!!!