On Friday Charli and I went out to the farm to watch the girls while Rachelle was at the dentist. After a little nap (Charli...Ryen is too big to nap she told me!!) and Grandma got home they decorated eggs together!! Later in the afternoon Colton came over for an Easter Egg hunt with grandpa and everyone had a good time!!
On Saturday we went to visit the Busselman's in Lindsay for some more egg decorating and just "hanging out"! Charli wasn't "into" the eggs much this year. She was good with them, but not that excited about the process, but I bet next year will be different! I think all in all she did nearly 5 dozen eggs...so I guess the novelty does dwindle!! After supper Uncle Brad wanted to take Charli to see the firetruck! You will see pictures from that! Although, once they got in the truck and took a drive she seemed more interested in a slide they drove by...but rest assured Uncle Brad - she is STILL talking about the fire truck and how it says "whoop-whoop" and she pumps her arm up and down like she is pulling the horn herself!
Charli woke up to find eggs leading her into the living room and to a great-big basket of Easter Bunny goodies! She enjoyed finding the eggs, but wanted to put all the real eggs inside the plastic eggs...and some just wouldn't fit! We left for church, which Charli was great for, and Charli got to see lots of little friends there! Many of the daycare kiddos go to the same church! One of her daycare friends even came to get her for the children's story and helped her find an egg with jelly beans in it!! She did a great job in church.
When we got home we discovered the Easter Bunny came to our house AGAIN! He left eggs in our front yard while we were in church, Charli was so surprised and excited to find that "each one has candy too mommy"!
The church message was great, I always know that when I tear up in church, I get it. Our pastor talked about writing our own ending to things, and how we have to have faith that God always wins. In his message, because his wife was recently diagnosed with cancer, he said "there may even come a time when you visit your doctor and hear that the scans show irregular results". Of course that hit home to me. He followed that up by saying, but when you write your own ending in your heart, you know that even that doesn't mean it is the end. God allows us to write our own endings in our heart, making each "downfall" a simple new opportunity for goodness in our lives. I looked at Charli reading her Dora book and snacking on the jelly beans from his children's sermon, and I "got it". I knew the exact thing he was talking about. No matter what devastating news we get, and no matter how hopeless we may feel at times - we MUST have faith that God is allowing us ANOTHER opportunity to write our ending. Hearing your daughter has cancer, a cancer that for some has no cure, seems pretty daunting one would think. But, although I had my moments - I don't ever remember thinking "this is it, my life is over". Don't get me wrong, I had days where I didn't know what would happen...but never did I think God abandoned me, Charli, or my family. In fact, I knew it was our opportunity to do 'something' wrapped up in this tumor. It was because I had already written our ending in my heart that I knew no matter WHAT life throws at me...we will all be okay, because behind everything is God - and he will never forsake.
I don't know how any of you have your ending written, but I think now is a great time to reflect upon it! We hope everyone had a blessed Easter and that they blessings continue to show throughout the year.
putting her chapstick in her matching purse! (she wanted to take her picture in her timeout chair...which I am happy to say I can't remember the last time I used)
mmm, watermelon chapstick!
DORA EASTER BOOK!!
she said to me "mommy - remember when I ripped this off the wall mommy?"! YES Charli, I remember :-( grrr!!!!
do you think she is obsessed with chapstick?!
working the climbing wall!
three happy little campers!!
I think one was just as excited as the other!
she is so posed with her dad...cut me out and it would be a cute shot of the two of them!!