Sunday, March 23, 2008

He is Risen!

Easter is really one of my most favorite holidays. I love that it isn't as commercialized as Christmas, but is still a time to celebrate our faith as Christians. This morning in service our pastor made an excellent point. Christ didn't just die on the cross to "show off"; he did it so that we could claim that same power and victory in our personal lives as well...we have the same God that orchestrated that miracle on our side each and everyday. Wow! What a powerful concept! As we sang a new version of the hold hymn "Jesus Paid it All" my pregnant and hormonal self could barely keep it together. Now Jeff will tell you it is nothing for me to cry during a church service, but today as I thought about what a gift our precious Anderson is and all of the hopes and dreams we have our little one on the way I couldn't help but become extremely emotional. How blessed I am!

This weekend was a great celebration of family and friends. My sister Marcie came in on Friday from Nashville to visit with us and it was so nice for Anderson to get to spend time with his Auntie M. Friday she met us at Barnes and Nobles to play for a while and then we met Jeff at the mall for a quick lunch and a picture with the Easter Bunny. She came back again on Saturday after spending time with my mom Friday night. When she finally left Sunday to go home to Nashville Anderson asked for her twice. This morning he asked for her several more times...he must have really had fun with her spoiling him!

On Saturday morning we attended the annual Bunny Brunch at the Yacht Club. Poor Anderson was cutting a molar and was not one bit happy about ANYTHING! He didn't want the brunch or the bunny! You know it's bad when your husband suggests calling the preacher for some Holy was like Anderson turned into demon child! We managed to keep him occupied until we could go outside for the egg hunt and then he finally got happy! Being outside does the trick every time! He had a great time hanging out with some friends and hunting eggs...well at least eggs with candy in them! That night Marcie and I went to have some sister time and dinner at Chuck's. When we got home we made Jeff come in the kitchen and help us dye eggs...well he mostly watched! :-)

Sunday morning Jeff, Marcie, and I presented Anderson with his Easter basket. He loved all of his goodies including the little people helicopter ("copters" are our new thing), the play laptop, and a Pooh phone along with some other small items. We then headed off to church and then back to our home where we hosted lunch for Marcie, Mom and Mike. We had a yummy meal and a great time watching Anderson play with his many toys...Gigi had to bring him her own basket! Pop even sported the bunny ears! Jeff's parents also sent Anderson a great Easter sack of goodies including his favorite...a book that has sounds!

It was a great weekend, and I sincerely hope you and your family also had a wonderful Easter weekend!


Marcie Rogers said...


Joy said...

As always, beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. I love Anderson's easter outfit.
Lawson's MeMe

Marty, Peyton & Lily Grace James said...

I am so happy you all had a Happy Easter! Next year there will be another little Smith to enjoy Easter :) Family picture is beautiful!