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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Sunday, April 16

He is Risen!

Despite (or because?) the suffering Jesus endured, Easter is such a special time! Jesus dying on the cross so that we may have eternity in heaven with him is so powerful and the ultimate gift. I felt it deeply this Easter maybe in part because Finn and I are going through First Communion lessons and I'm trying to help him experience mass and his faith in a deeper, more personal way. Regardless of why, Easter was fabulous this year (minus Church on Easter Sunday, but more on that later).

John, Kelsie and Tucker came to visit for the weekend. While Kelsie was working Saturday morning, we dyed Easter eggs! Neither Jim nor I WANTED to do it (it takes a lot of prep work, patience and clean up), but I'm so glad we did. Everybody had a fun time.

The Easter Bunny came over night Saturday and hid eggs outside and hid their baskets inside. He must have heard the kids wonder if he was going to write them a note because he did AND put a note at the top of the stairs to not go downstairs without mom and dad (the Bigs got a HUGE hit out of that!). Mac was still sleeping, so the Bigs got to go down and look for their baskets. Korri found hers first (on the mantel behind the plant!) but Finn's took a while (in the hat/glove box behind the front door!).  Then Mac woke up and tried to find his. I swear the Easter Bunny thought he hid Mac's fairly easily (in the book box next to the toy box just behind him in the pic below) but at one point I had to "easi-fy" it even further, after which he found it. They all got a couple gifts and surprise/candy-filled eggs in their baskets and then the Bunny left a big bowl of Easter candy on the table for everybody (weird, that is what MY Easter Bunny did when I was young...Hmmm...). Then Tucker woke up and found his Easter stash (under the end table! So much fun.

Then Jim and I were ready to go back to bed, but the eggs outside weren't going to find themselves, so once it was 50 degrees out, I agreed it was time. But it was freaking COLD! Mac and Tucker found theirs pretty quickly (each kid had their own color...the Easter Bunny must have taken tips from Auntie Becca last weekend!). Finally, we came in with Korri needing to find one and Finn two (it was just too windy!). They eventually did find them all (note to Easter Bunny: under the rain spout was the hardest one to find!).

After the egg hunt, we got ready for church. Now keep in mind, we hardly EVER all go to church together. Usually Jim stays home with Mac. But I mean, how bad can he really be in church? Well, let me tell you Easter morning service in NOT the time to find out! Church was PACKED so there was no place to take him when he was screaming his guts out...multiple times! If you ever doubted the power of prayer, you better believe it was the only thing that kept him alive during the whole service! And now it will be months again before he is allowed back. Seriously, I thought I was going to lose my mind. The better solution would probably be to take him ever week so he gets used to it but I get so much more when it is just the Bigs (and when they leave for half the service for Children's Liturgy, which Mac isn't old enough for yet!). I didn't get a picture of us all decked out in our Easter clothes (ARGH!!), but here is Mr. Mac all dolled up before Church:

After church we ate lunch and took a much needed nap (I think I slept for almost two hours!!). Then the kiddos and I made Resurrection Rolls. Have you heard of them? They represent Jesus rising from the dead. Basically, you take a marshmallow, coat it with butter and cinnamon/sugar and wrap in premade dough. Then you back it and when it comes out, where the marshmallow was (the marshmallow representing Jesus), it is hallow, representing the empty tomb! I liked the message, it was fun to do with the kiddos and they tasted AMAZING! Like, I'd make them any day for any reason!! But hopefully they become a tradition.

Then we had Easter dinner with Lynn, DeAnn, Les, John, Kelsie, Tucker, Wiggle Ann and Landon! I love that we can all fit at our table (keep in mind our table is HUGE and the kiddos sat at the kiddie picnic table).

NeNe and Memere with their babies:

Sending each of you peace, love and Easter blessings. "And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life." 1 John 2:25

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