Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Christ Is Risen By Matt Maher with lyrics

He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!!!

I love Resurrection Sunday!!!

This year couldn't have been more beautiful.

After hitting the sack at midnight the night before, I awoke at 6:30 am to birds chirping and the sweet smell of spring in the air. I laid in bed debating on weather to get up or sleep for an extra 10 minutes. After a few minutes of quiet time with the Lord, I got up.. Still had some Easter Day prep to do. Cupcakes to bake and frost, honey carrots to make.

Not to be out done, as soon as I walked past my boys bedroom door I heard "Mommy's awake" Matthew could care less. Jacob tried again to wake him and then just followed me out to see what was in his basket! :)

After letting Mr. Darcy and the puppies out, I was able to leave the back door wide open..and a cool breeze was blowing in. I made a cup of tea and started with cupcake prep.

Jake was happy with his basket, yea!

One of our Easter traditions is, we reuse the same basket. I buy nice wicker/woven baskets each time a new child comes into the family and we save them and reuse them. A couple of them are fabric lined..A couple are not. It always brings back fond memories for the kids, especially the older ones, who were like I've had this basket since I was 3years old. :)

Baskets were filled with chocolate crosses, or fish, peanut butter cups, mini choc. bunnies, twizzlers, etc. Along with a small gift for each of them, Ashley had flip flops, Emma had flip flops and a mini plant, Anna had small bunny and a mini plant, Matt had bike stuff, Jake had a mini cucumber to grow as well.

So after getting everyone ready, we headed off to church with friends. Wonderful service, wonderful morning of fellowship. After stopping for a quick snack after church we then headed to Aunt Lisa's for dinner!!

After an hours drive and hubby taking the scenic route..We arrived! :)

Aunt Lisa and Brittany were prepping and setting up for a wonderful Easter Meal!!
Cheese and Crackers, Veggies and Dip, hummus, shrimp, Italian Easter Bread,(ashley made this and it was soooo good) ;)
We had Ham, Lamb, Sweet Potatoes, Honey Carrots, Turnips, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, Green Beans, Gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Pudding Pie, Cheesecake, Cupcakes, and Carrot Cake! Coffee! yum!

In total there was about 27 people there for dinner.

The kids had a blast, as my aunt and uncle live on a farm. So there was horses, and dirt bike riding all afternoon. We managed to get them off the dirt bikes so we could hid over 125 eggs and have the egg hunt. Big Kudos to Ashley and Shawn, they hid them all!!!
We turned the kids loose and it was fun to watch them. :)
We hung out a little longer and then left. We went to our friends the Millers, where we do Monday Night bible study each week and had some more coffee, dessert, and played games.
Finally getting home at about 10:00pm. Long Day but so worth it.

There is something so surreal about being around unsaved family members during a huge Christian holiday. I love them. I want them to come know the Lord. I want to see them in eternity. I pray for them and hope that we are a good witness to them. I know how hard it is for me, who already is in the will of God, to trust and obey..I'm sure it's even harder for those who are not.

Now is the time to trust in the Lord. Repent from sin, Believe that God cares for you. Start living a godly life.

Enjoy the pics!

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring is coming!!

It's a beautiful Palm Sunday here in Nj. My windows are open, air is breezing though the house. The scent of hythenis refreshes me. Hubby and boys went to church today. Mama stay home with the little girls. One of them wasn't feel well and Mama needed a time of encouragement from quite time with the Lord. I am currently planning my menu for the week. And will be getting Angel Food next Saturday. I am trying to stretch our food budget out as much as possible. With 7 hungry people to feed, it's hard work to plan enough meals and snacks! ;) Dh and I are working hard to stay on budget, after listening to many financial courses, we are convicted that we shall be debt free and work from a cash only basis. Our home is financed though. In case your interested we did Financial Peace Course from Dave Ramsey and Financial Freedom from Jim Sammons! Both were great courses and you can walk away with alot of sound biblical financial teachings from both! :) Gas prices currently are killing us! It take alot to fill my suburban. There is much going on in our family personally, and we would covet your prayers the Lord knows the needs. I can share some needs here tho... Hubby has taken a huge pay cut in order to keep his job, with are thankful that he is still employed..But pray that business would pick up. Both my mom and dad are out of work.. Please pray for jobs for them. My cousin is going through a lot and needs prayer for good decision making. Our home business is doing quite well. Please pray for continued blessing with that, and energy to continue it! :) I am continually being encouraged by reading frugal websites and reading about families way larger then mine, surviving on the same salary or less. God is good, I am thankful! Blessings Carrie

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And so the season begins...

We had our first camping trip of the season this past weekend.

Friday was wet and rainy all day. But we treaked through the Green Dragon and bought some goodies and socks! :)

We then headed over to the campground, set up and watch the creek rise and rise. We thought we might have to move but luckily it stopped raining and the creek went down.

The kids has a great time as always. I love being able to let the run and play. There was only 8 other campers there, so it was pretty much empty.

Wayne and I spent alot of time in reflection during our alone time and have made some major decisions.

We had prayed and prayed that God would lead us in it all and he has. He has just led us away from what we thought. Amazing how God does things like that.

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