April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!



Happy Easter! Hallelujah, He is risen! 

It's  been a wonderful weekend, and I am so grateful for all of the time spent with my family and my husband's family.  We stayed with my in-laws during the first part of the weekend and went to church on Good Friday with them.  As a child I never went to that service and was introduced to it because my husband and his family are from Europe where almost everyone goes.  I am very surprised that more people here do not go since it is one of the most significant days of the church year.  It's a very somber service (obviously), but I have found that I really like going.  I feel like it is very powerful, and the solemnity causes me to truly reflect on the huge sacrifice that Christ made for us and the great love he has for us despite our constant failings. 

We had a really nice time with my inlaws.  We got to play soccer with my husband's dad, watch some of Planet Earth (which is incredible!), and dye Easter eggs with his parents. 


They took us out for a delicious buffet lunch at an amazing Indian restaurant (I am a little obsessed with Indian food) before heading out to my family's house.  I loved getting to see my family even though it was for way too short of a time, and I already miss them! It was a wonderful Easter, and we started off the day going to the early morning mass. 


The only thing missing was my little brother! :( He plays football at an out of state college, and they had a scrimmage this weekend so he couldn't come home. 


My mom is a wonder woman, and made us all kinds of good food including this Easter bread.  I thought this was just the neatest thing! The eggs are raw when you put the bread in the oven, and they become hard boiled in there.


It was absolutely beautiful outside, so we were able to eat a big Easter lunch out on the back deck.  We were celebrating not only Easter, but also my birthday (today!), my mom's birthday (last Thursday), and my sisters' (next week). We love April!





We didn't have birthday candles, so we lit a tea candle on our cake.  We sang "Happy birthday" three times and each had a chance to blow out the candle!


My parents were very generous and got me a sewing machine, and my mom is teaching me how to sew. I am really, really excited about it, but it's definitely going to be a process!  I'm pretty sure I'll be working on sewing straight lines for quite a while!



All in all, it was a wonderful weekend! I am so grateful for Jesus' sacrifice for us and I am so blessed with a wonderful husband and family.  After reflecting, I really do not think I made enough sacrifices for the Lord during Lent, and it really amazes me that He still blesses me with so much love in my life.


I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Love,
C

18 comments:

  1. I didn't grow up attending the Good Friday service, either. I was first introduced to it when we went to my husband's aunt's house for the first time in 2008 for Easter. Despite the somber mood, it immediately became my favorite day to attend church. It is SO powerful! That's one of the reasons we love celebrating Easter at his aunt's home because they are very devout and we really focus on the true meaning of Easter!

    I want a sewing machine, too! My mom sews all kinds of neat things and she's tried to teach me a few things, but I'm not the best! I can sew a straight line, but that's about it! We are actually going to make my baby girl a pillow case dress this week, so I'll have to let you know how it goes!

    I'm so glad you got to see your family! I bet you miss them!

    Happy Easter!

    My knee is slowly getting better, by the way! Thanks for asking! :)

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    1. I definitely miss them a lot! It's only four hours away, but it's just far enough that we can't really make a trip for just the day.

      Can't wait to see how the dress turns out for your daughter! I am so glad to hear that your knee is getting better.

      Happy Easter! :)

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  2. Love the photos the Easter bread looks gorgeous! I'm also wanting to learn how to sew and I want to practice on my boyfriend's mom's sewing machine when I get the chance and hopefully invest in one of my own.

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    1. It's the first time she's made it, so I'd say it was pretty successful! I'm very excited about sewing, I hope you get to learn soon!

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  3. Happy Easter and Happy Birthday! Lovely photos. I especially enjoyed seeing the one of you and your mother both scoping out the new sewing machine. And she is teaching you how to use it...great gift! I stopped in from Catholic Cuisine to say hello!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patty! I love the Catholic Cuisine website. There's so many great ideas!

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  4. Oh to begin to sew and love it! I also share an addiction to Indian food... so good.

    Great photos of your family and your celebrations. It all looked lovely.

    Happy Easter and Happy Birthday.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I can't get enough of Indian food at the moment :) Happy Easter!

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  5. The Easter bread looks so festive! And your dyed eggs are very pretty. Happy Easter and Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend!

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  6. beautiful family and Easter celebration.

    umpteen years later and i'm still learning how to sew. only now, my 17 year old is my teacher. :)

    prayers for a blessed Eastertide.

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    1. Thank you! That's so fun that your daughter knows how to sew already,I wish I had learned earlier.

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  7. Happy Easter! And Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your post over over at Catholic Cuisine! :)

    You have a beautiful family and I loved seeing all of the pictures. Your mom's Easter bread turned out great! I've been wanting to make an Easter Bread for years now, and really need to just do it already! I know my children would love it.

    Enjoy your new sewing machine!

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! You should definitely try the Easter bread, she said it was not too hard. :)

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  8. I've been debating buying a sewing machine for some time. I think I could really get into doing crafts and clothing repairs. Let me know how it goes and what kind of machine you got. :)

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    1. Okay, I will! :) It's a Singer Stylist 7258.

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  9. I just found your blog through Jen's Conversion Diary, and I am finding it delightful. Enjoy these early years of marriage, and don't heed the naysayers! I was engaged at 21, and married at 24, after my husband graduated from law school, and if there was one thing I would change, it would have been marrying sooner!

    Have fun with your sewing journey! I am currently sewing my daughter's 1st communion dress. Such a rewarding process! I wish I learned how to sew before the children came along!

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    1. Hi Jeannine. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! That's incredible that you are sewing her 1st communion dress! I am about to check out your blog! :)

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