Before it is April, I thought I should get this one up…
Easter! It is such an important time of the year for Christians. It is a time that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas is amazing with the virgin birth, and Christ coming to earth. But Easter goes beyond that. It comes after He died for our sins on the cross. He was without sin, and yet soaked our up while he hung on the cross. He descended into Hell, and then He conquered death when he ROSE FROM THE DEAD on Easter! How amazing! I wonder what kind of a person I would have been like at the time. I wonder if I would have been like Peter when Jesus was crucified and denied knowing him to save myself. And then I think of all those who have been brutally executed recently in the middle east for not denying Christ. Oh, the courage and the faith to know something so much better awaits them! And I wonder if on Easter, I would have traveled like Mary and Mary to the tomb to remember Him. And I think of those who travel to the Holy Lands to walk the paths of Jesus today. I wonder if I would have doubted like Thomas – even after seeing Jesus with my own eyes! If I would have had to actually touch the wounds in his body. And I think of the times I doubt the miracles of Jesus today, somehow deciding it is simply coincidence instead of giving Him credit. What I know is that He has risen victorious from the dead, granted me new life because of His grace, and asked me to share the good news with others. I need to soak this in. I need to feel this and not just know it. I need to be like Ellie who is adamant that dying isn’t that bed because you get to be with Jesus – even though you don’t know what he looks like. So, let us rejoice together in the gift that was given to us this Easter season.
We celebrate with Easter breakfast at church in the morning followed by worship. Our pastor has done a stellar job this Easter season preaching on the seven last phrases of Jesus. It has been good. (Disclaimer: I missed some of the content due to entertaining small children, but still caught enough to be encouraged and blessed.) You can listen to any of the messages at this link. From there, it gets a little chaotic…
I was completely stressed about roasted cauliflower this year. Yep, roasted cauliflower. We had divided up the food that we were bringing to my mom’s for Easater. I volunteered for vegetables – two kinds. I did frozen green beans with baby carrots for one. I just handed bags to my mom to be honest. I am pretty sure she doesn’t just boil them because they always taste a little better than when I do the same thing at home. I am guessing there is a little butter added, although she has never said that. Maybe she’ll ‘fess up one day! The other vegetable I wanted to do was roast a whole head of cauliflower. I had memories of this being done when I was invited over during college to someone’s house for dinner. It was the most amazing thing. A whole head of cauliflower – baked in the oven. It had a rich flavor and the perfect texture. I found some recipes on pinterest, but it takes 50 minutes in the oven, and I don’t have a time bake, so…. I finally decided I would cut up 2-1/2 heads of cauliflower and roast them in three pans in my two ovens. I rushed home from church, threw off my coat, cranked up the ovens, and tossed the cauliflower with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin. While it roasted at 425F, I cut up cheese for the second gathering and cleaned up dishes. I managed to get to my mom’s at 12:40, which I thought would be a little late, but ended up being earlier than one of my brothers and before the rest of the food was ready. Lesson? Don’t stress; you are never as late as you think you are. (Don’t tell my husband this; I think this is his motto!)
Anyway, the day was great. The sun was shining; the food was delicious; and conversation was good. We took family pictures (missed my mom in any of mine and my brother, Ben’s family)
The kids hunted eggs around the yard – some with more enthusiasm than others.
Around 4pm, we left for round 2. Many had already left or were on their way out when we got to Brickerville. They had started the party at 1:30pm, so I totally understand. The girls had fun hunting eggs with daddy’s cousin. They found 18 eggs here!
They also got this little rocket shooter from Marianne that they had some fun with!