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!