A Very Special Easter

What a beautiful Easter we had this year with our family.  We were so excited for the Easter Bunny, and more importantly to celebrate our risen Savior in church this morning, but as an added bonus, all three kids were baptized!

But first thing was first on Sunday morning, the kids had to check and see if the Easter Bunny came!

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He did!

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After the kids opened all their eggs, dug through their baskets, and ate all the candy they could manage before breakfast, we started getting ready for our big day!

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I made the girls Easter dresses, for the third year in a row, and wanted something very simple, classic, and white for their Baptisms.  And I made Ben’s bow tie to match my dress, since I didn’t like the idea of a white bow tie for him.  I used the Elena Dress pattern from Coffee & Thread for the girls, and just loved it!

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I had been hoarding the fabric for my dress for almost a year, and finally decided to use it for my Easter Dress.  I used the Pearl Shift Dress pattern from Green Bee Patterns.  I love the pattern, and can’t wait to make more easy shifts.

We met our families at the church, and the baptism was early in the 11:00 service (which was a PACKED HOUSE).  Months ago, Brantley actually mentioned to us that she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart.  We asked her a few questions to make sure she knew what that meant, and after talking with our Children’s Minister, we determined that she was ready to be baptized, and she would be answering for herself.  Scott and I thought that it would be better to answer for Bennett and Grayson, since they don’t fully grasp it quite yet.  In our church, you get baptized once in your life, and as our pastor puts it, that is the time that God starts really working on you and working in your heart.  So children can be baptized at a very young age, and then later on, around middle school age, they can go through confirmation to really dig in and make a real declaration of their faith, in full understanding.  I am so proud of Brantley for wanting to speak for herself, and she told me “she was a little bit nervous, but a lot excited.” And she brought tears to my eyes, she did such a wonderful job.  She was so brave in front of the whole congregation, and said that Yes, she wanted to be Jesus’ forever friend, and that Yes, she wanted to accept Jesus into her heart, and that Yes, she wanted to be baptized on Easter Sunday.  She was then baptized with water from the Jordan River, like Grayson and Bennett were right after her.  They each were so sweet and did a wonderful job.  Here’s a short video of a portion of Brantley’s baptism:

                                                   

I was so proud of each of the kids.  They each got a special stone to commemorate their special day, and were very respectful and so precious.  I am so excited to see the work that God will do in each of their hearts.

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Pastor Scott asking Brantley her questions

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Ben was anxious to get his “special rock!”

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Pastor Scott asking Ben if there was one more person to baptize that day??  Ben said, “me!”

The rest of our service was so wonderful, and I was so proud to have our family there with us!  And of course, we had to get some pictures when we were all done… .:)

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And I loved that Ben matched Pastor Scott in their seersucker suits!  I think Pastor Scott must have gotten the memo on our color scheme, because he coordinated with us just perfectly!  Ha!

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After the service, we went back to our house with our family, and ate a nice big Easter dinner all together.  I meant to get a picture of everything, but we were all so hungry and anxious to eat that we dove right in!  I did all my cooking on Saturday so that on Sunday when we got home from church, all we had to do was heat up a few things and we were eating in 30 minutes!  We had ham (I use Alton Brown’s City Ham recipe and it’s no-fail and SO GOOD), green beans, corn casserole, macaroni and cheese, rolls, deviled eggs, fruit salad, spinach salad, potato salad, a Cherry Cream Cheese Pie, Coconut Cake, Strawberry Layered Dessert, and a Banana Split Dessert.  Everything turned out really good, and we all ate until we were stuffed!

We had such a wonderful day with our family this Easter.  We first started attending our church a year ago last Easter, and this Easter we celebrated our children being baptized there.  What a beautiful day, celebrating Jesus first for how he died for us to receive eternal salvation, and secondly for the beginning of his work in the hearts of our children.  I pray that they come to know Him and love Him and grow in their faith throughout their whole lives.  I am one proud mama.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Easter.  He is Risen, indeed!  God Bless!

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