Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring has most definitely sprung.

I see it in the colorful Easter eggs that we dyed last week, which was a joyful occasion with 6 little kids giggling and delighting in the bright colors and glitter. Auntie Jessica and sweet cousins Faith and Jason came over to help, along with our dear friend Kourtni and her two kidletts, Logan and Juliet. What fun! Such oohs and aahs of wonder as the round eggs came out of their cups, each a different shade of spring colors. I wish I had gotten a picture of their cute little hands afterwards-- all those purple/yellow/orange/green/blue fingers.
I see spring in the beautiful azalea that graces my front entry, a surprise brought to my door courtesy of thoughtful Andrea (the kids' beloved DeeDee). It's pink blossoms make me think of wonderful gardens filled with blooms of all sorts-- something I don't have yet, but I am certainly dreaming of it, and this plant is only one of the first.
I see it in the happy faces of my girls as they studiously hunt for Easter eggs at Aunt Barb's house on Saturday for our wonderful family Easter gathering. They are outside in the beautiful weather and sunshine, delighting in each new egg that they spot and can put in their colorful baskets. It is always a great time, with the rest of the family standing around watching the action and laughing over our funny little group of kids. I very much so wish I could show you all pictures of my niece and nephew in these activities and show you their precious little faces, but no one is allowed to post pictures of them online until the adoption is final. Suffice it to say, they had a WONDERFUL time and it was nothing but a joy to have them there for this year's festivities. Having two more children in the family is such a blessing and only makes things even more fun! You should see the four of them-- Emma, Annabelle, Faith and Jason-- together; it's so cute I could just explode.

I know it is spring by the telltale appearance of the yearly Easter "stump cake". This year, instead of having to make it myself, I had my girls and Faith and Jason help me. They loved helping to squirt on the green frosting grass and oh-so-carefully placing the jelly bean eggs and bunny peeps. We are all quite proud of our creation, I must say. It tasted pretty yummy, too!
Spring has also shown up on our arms-- look, they are bare! Such lovely, warm weather for this Easter. I loved picking out clothes that went together for my little family and dressing us in such bright, cheery colors that matched the sunshine and blue skies. Easter is not at all about the new dresses-- not at all. But, oh, it is so fun to go out and buy some new spring duds for everyone, and Easter is the perfect excuse to do just that. It was not hard to forget about our new clothes as we gathered at our church on Sunday morning. The message was wonderful and convicting, reminding me again of what it is we celebrate, and how this wonderful truth-- Christ rose from the grave!!-- affects our lives and our eternity. The songs were joyful and uplifting, full of truth and wonder. It is so easy to be joyful on Easter, and for good reason.

My loves.
My beautiful mother-in-law Jeannette and the lovely Jessica. I am glad to call them mom and sister.
And, finally, I see it is spring by these:
Yes, that's right, my bulbs are finally sprouting! These tulips poked their green little heads above the ground just a little bit ago, and I'm sure they were very glad to find the sunshine and beauty that waited for them above their home in the dirt. I was only too happy to see them and welcomed them warmly!

Spring is everywhere, and I am grateful. There is something about this time of year, when we see new life, beauty, and brightness all around. We don't have hard winters here, obviously (in fact, I love our winters and think they are ideal-- try a Midwestern winter sometime and you'll know what I mean), but it is still so lovely to welcome this new season. Praise God for giving us so much beauty and newness that inspires us to renewed energy and vigor in other areas of our life. I think we need such refreshment from time to time-- just like my little tulips needed the sunshine after all that time underground.


Ashley said...

these are so beautiful! You should link and enter them in EmilyPie's Spring Photo Challenge Week 5 (emilypie.com)

I'm amazed by that cake. yummmy!

Paulette said...

Beautiful post! And how in the world did you end up with such pretty eggs with 6 kids dying them? Ours were atrocious!

The Thompson Family said...

Such a lovely little post! I love spring too! Going barefoot and sleveless...ahhh such a nice break from winter. And the BULBS, well, we're bulbaholics, so we look forward to those little green pokes coming up (Just like in Secret Garden). So FUN!

Morgan said...

Such a precious family!! I love all your cute projects and the flowers ... you're so girlie and domestic!

And yes, there will be an announcement soon! I just found out, so I feel silly telling the world (I'm only 5 weeks, haha). :) And no, you're not butting in!

Stephanie said...

aww I love your Easter outfits! and that first picture is soooo great!

and I agree, I cannot wait until Faith and Jason are adopted, there are some adorable pictures of the four kids together!

Davi said...

I just love how sweet you are. The first pic is awesome. And I love the stump--so creative and quirky/fun. You all look beautiful. Your dress is darling and I LOVE the tie your hubby is wearing with the blue shirt. very stylish. But most of all I love how positive and giggly you are:)

Megan said...

Happy Spring and Easter to you! How FUN to read about the fun things you've done. You look beautiful on Easter, what a great family photo. You really are such an incredible Mom and Wife. You know how "they" say the woman sets the tone in the house? I just know you set a beautiful tone.

anna joy said...

how adorable! I love your peep cake, so cute!
thanks for your comment, I am addicted to lorie and emery's blogs :) and emma joy, what a perfect name!