Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Weekend

I know!!! I finally posted again. Thanks for coming back! :) WARNING: This post is for the grandparents, aunts and uncles and probably going to be full of pictures, not to mention randomness!

When I posted Thursday evening, I honestly thought I would be in the bed all day Friday. I felt so bad. God was gracious and gave me an incredible night of rest and I woke up fever free and feeling a little stronger. We took our time and left for Chattanooga around noon. God gave us a wonderful weekend.

Friday night we ate at our new favorite Mexican place. It was the second time we had been there, but apparently my parents refuse to eat at any other Mexican restaurant. Now, I understand why. This place is awesome! Abuelo's Mexican Embassy is a new "must eat at" when we go back to Chattanooga.

Our server heard us talking about Emma's upcoming birthday (it's Wednesday) and surprised her with their "Chocolate Eruption". Chloe and Emma finished the entire thing by themselves.

Emma, our veggie and fruit kid had a horrible tummy ache later in the evening and decided that she had had entirely too much cake. She went on to tell me that we would just have fruit cocktail for her birthday dessert.

We all needed to walk off dinner so we headed down the street to Target. My girls grabbed a buggy and off we went. We were looking for a "bug" t-shirt for Chloe to wear in her musical later in April. We found one that might work and then I had the bright idea to check out the garden center area for some cute little lady bug garden shoes that would be adorable for her role. (Her character is a science freak and is nicknamed "Bugs".) While we were checking out the shoes, my dad and Chad disappeared. This is where I found them.....

Cooking with Grams Saturday before our family Easter dinner.

This is my beautiful sister in love Megan with my nieces... This was their first Easter Egg Hunt.

These girls crack me up... they shared eggs and I honestly don't know who is who in this picture.

Gram's and Daddy Mack with four of their five grandchildren. (I guess it's five of six if you count Paddington)

Saturday's dinner was to celebrate all the March B'days in our family and Easter. It was great to have most everyone together. We missed you Val and Colin.

Sunday I had enough voice for one song and sang "In Christ Alone". Not Frydaddy's version, but one closer to the original Getty arrangement.

While I was doing my sound check, one of the church members came into the sanctuary with her arm around one of their teenage girls. The young girl was visibly upset, and they were looking for my dad or mom. This young girl has had a rough couple of years and that church has been praying for her for a long time.

Can I tell you what God did? While I did my sound check, my mom walked through the plan of salvation with this sweet girl. She prayed to receive Christ as her personal Savior on Easter Sunday morning, BEFORE the service! How cool is that! If you would, say a prayer for her. This little lady has had a life that has been hard. BUT, I can't help but think of how God can use her story to encourage and change the life of many women. It was a powerful service and I'm so glad we were able to be part of it.

We met Chad's mom and her husband for more Mexican and enjoyed a good time with them. I left my camera on the kitchen counter, so I don't have pictures with them. But we'll get some on here this weekend when they come down to help us celebrate Emma's Birthday.

I sure hope your Easter was filled with Resurrection Power. But more importantly, as my sweet friend Jill said last night, I pray that you are facing today acknowledging that you have that same Resurrection Power in you. She threw out two words together that I'm meditating on big time.... Resurrection Living.

Resurrection Living.....I'm going to soak on those for a little while!


BethAnne said...

Resurrection Living? I like that. I like it alot! I am so glad that you got to sing Sunday. I knowy our Dad was happy as well.

So happy for the girl who accepted Christ and your mom who got the priveledge of leading her. How awesome! God works outside the worship center - we sometimes forget that He is not limited to that hour and a half but He can call us anytime and anywhere. That story has encouraged me so much this morning.

Amy Wyatt said...

I loved the pics. Glad you were feeling better by the weekend. It's interesting that you posted on Resurrection living. I have been feeling in need of that and have had that song in my head... "Here I am once again, I'm in need of resurrection." You were used today to confirm this for me.

Cheri said...

You have a beautiful family!
I have said a prayer for that teenaged girl who excepted Christ Easter morning.

I just love that song Amy is talking about!

Fran said...

Hey Steph!!!

I love the 2 words "Resurrection living!!!" Let's do some living!!

I'm so glad that you made it through the weekend and stayed well! The pictures are fabulous and it looks like it was full of so many blessings.

Thank you for sharing the story of the young girl accepting Christ on Easter morning! That is simply awesome!!!

Have a great day my friend. Enjoy celebrating the birthday tomorrow!


jenmom said...

We do have the same power available to us that God exerted when He raised His Son from the dead!! Resurrection Living! Glad you are better Stephanie!

Darlene R. said...

Hi Stephanie~

Cute pictures! I have twin nieces that are 4. They are fun.

I hear that we are rooming together in SA! It sounds like a fun room.
This is terrible, but I don't know if I have ever left a comment on here before. If I have, please forgive me for not remembering! :)

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Amen girl! Love to see those pics. They are growing up so fast.

Oh and that mexican restaurant. I need to check it out! Maybe the next time you come in we can have a girs night there.
Much love,

Carol said...

Cute pictures! I will pray for that sweet girl.