Thursday, April 4, 2013

Easter 2013, and my new word ~ JOY

 Whew.
I knew Easter weekend was going to be a toughie.
It's so hard to know what to be for everyone.
I want to be the support for my husband, but I don't want to overwhelm.
I want him to know I'm always here.
Ready to drop everything to listen.
But I don't want to hover annoyingly.

And my girls.
This last year has been so hard on them.
Harder than most anyone realizes, I think.
I know how I feel, as an adult. Not knowing what the future looks like.
I can't imagine that from a child's point of view.
How frightening it must all be for them.

So.
I'm determined to seek out the joy in the every day.
They NEED to know that joy still exists.
I need to know.
And speaking of joy . . .

Nothing more joyful than two besties {and cousins!}
enjoying an evening out for ice cream.
 
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I was so happy to hear that my sister and her lovies were coming up for Easter.
Just the kind of joy my kiddos needed!

We colored eggs.
 
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Miss Tay colored in her own way.
Little Miss Lefty ;)
 
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 Look at these dolls!
My dad gives them all walkie-talkies and they play "spy" games.
It is pretty much the most adorable thing ever.
 
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If this doesn't put a smile on your face . . .
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And if it looks like we're a little . . . under dressed . . .
We had an Easter heat wave!
77 degrees on Saturday!
Hallelujah!
 
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Easter Bunny came . . .
 
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Cousin Kuaile spent the night . . .
 
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And we woke to another glorious day on Sunday.
 
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Ya gotta seek that joy out.
It doesn't always find you.
You have to find it :) 
 
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8 comments :

Jenny said...

I'm so glad your sister was in town! How fun for everyone! The kids look so happy. I'm glad you had some joy in your day!

MiMi said...

Omagosh. I LOVE those pictures...all of those kidlets are gorgeous.
There is MUCH Joy in our lives...we just have to wake up to see it sometimes!

Jamie Jo said...

Oh, my those smiles are so full of joy, it's overflowing!!

Kelli said...

So glad a little joy was sent your way.

Emmy said...

So much fun!! Always nice when cousins get along so well. Beautiful pictures. My sister and I used to use walkie talkies and then separate and run around the cornfield behind our house and would talk to find each other.

Connie said...

I hope that this upcoming year will be easier on everyone. It's so hard going through a holiday after a loss.

That IS a heat wave!

Kasey said...

What a fun Easter celebration! As usual I love your photos! Do you guys live in Oregon? I saw a picture in another post of the Oregon sign. We visited there 2 years ago and it was one of the most beautiful places! We fell in love with Portland!!! I'd move there now if we could!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm SO happy that your Easter celebration was wonderful. All the kiddos look so happy and that is perfect. Surely you forgot to mention that I sent that warm weather your way. That's ok....I'm glad you enjoyed it.
XOXO

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