Resurrection Sunday 2013

All my life I've grown up calling today "Easter Sunday." At church people say, "Happy Easter!" and I reply, "Yes, to you too" or even "Happy Easter" back to them. I've never been one who cares what the secular holiday is referred to - like "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" I'm not the one to correct anyone but I will say Merry Christmas over the other, every time. But Easter has always been Easter and until recently I hadn't cared. But in my mind, I now call it "Resurrection Sunday" I won't say, "Happy Resurrection Sunday!" to people as I leave church, but my mind and soul need to be reminded.

 I think it has especially been this way in the last few years. Teaching my kids about what this day is and why we are so excited just doesn't mean anything to them if all we say is, "Today is Easter and it's a time to celebrate" no, I need to share the gospel with them all the time but especially to give today the importance it is due.

 This year I partook a little bit in the practice of Lent. I made it my own - as any baptist kid would do. I scaled back on my social media involvement as a way to gain some time back. But I've learned through all the devotions/sermons/books/blogs that it's not what you give up but more about what you devote yourself to. I started a few reading plans on the YouVersion Bible app that focus your heart during the Lenten season. I read a book called 1000 Gifts - a dare to live fully right where you are. This book has impacted my life greatly and I am so thankful God brought it to my life during this time. I have even been moved greatly by The Bible Series on the history channel - yes, it's true. I love seeing the realistic portrayal of the Bible and Jesus' life.

I am excited that tomorrow is April and the smells of spring are in the air. It is a way for me to move into the next season of life and start fresh with God. To give myself over to the Holy Spirit and let God lead in my life. Of all the devotions and blogs, ect... that I have read recently, this Why He came, a Good Friday reflection: the one-piece life stuck out as a calling to live my life differently. No longer separate with home, kids, church, family, and me but all one piece of my life to live holy for Jesus. I pray it will encourage you to live the same.

He is Risen!

February 2013

Here's a recap of some of our events for february.

February. It was a good month full of friends and easy-going times.

The extended Krishnan clan came back to town. Leah and her kids as well as Micah and his wifey-to-be. We were able to hang out with Leah and the kids a few times because they were here for two weeks. J and N had a good time, and B is still talking about N as his "friend." It is very sweet. We did have a little mix-up with the boys both having the same name. If Leah would tell her boy to stop something, then mine would stop immediately. It was pretty funny.

Micah had an engagement party at Mat's house. It was a good night to catch up and meet his girl. She fits with him so well. God has blessed them for sure.

On the last night of Leah's visit we went ice skating at the Huntsville ice rink with the Aherns. J had a great time and thanks to Matt and Candace for the heads up on bringing 5 gallon buckets to help the kids support themselves. It will be a good family activity next year because there's not much harm the kids can do (if we remember helmets) and the parents can have some fun themselves. The pictures I took didn't turn out well - I mean, it was dark and they were very small, quick moments I tried to capture.

 There was a small hockey game/practice going on down on the other end. It was a bigger, smoother rink this year and we will return for sure. - though they did have what seemed like 12 year old boys running the rental shop. At least next year they will be older, right?
B didn't use skates and he was a boy on his own, mostly refusing to use a bucket for help. He ended up hanging with Elaine and Leah near the picnic tables most of the time. - Thanks to them for helping me.
 L had a great time hanging over the bucket and being pushed around by Eric.
J doing her thing. It was suggested by everyone but me that we should sign her up for lessons. I'm thinking about it, okay.
My sweetie having a great time.

We love where we live (though not loving the construction in the canyon) and I'm learning to be more and more thankful everyday.