What a wonderful Easter we had this year!
To start with, we had some really exciting news this prior week - but that's just going to have to wait for another post, because it NEEDS the justice of its own post... ;)
This year we drove down to Janene's parent's place in Union, Washington. It had been quite some time since we were able to get down there, and it felt like coming home. Don and Esther have a beautiful home, and it's so easy to just fall into relaxation mode. Of course, Janene went down on Friday night so she could spend all day cooking Easter dinner (by choice - it's one of her favorite things to do, cooking), so by the time I got down there Saturday after work there wasn't a lot to do... (and thank you AGAIN, Marcia, for covering Saturday afternoon so that I could leave earlier - I can't tell you enough how much I appreciated that).
Saturday afternoon Grandma and Ben spent some time dying eggs. I think both were in seventh heaven!
Sunday we got up and went to church. Well, Janene attended - Ben was quite fussy (he's growth spurting) and there was really no way I was going to do that to the poor gals at Sunday School - so Ben and I wandered Shelton a bit, spending no small amount of time on the historic train (Ben's STILL talking about that...).
Dinner was a relaxed affair, mostly because Janene cooked all day Saturday. I don't know why, but we didn't get any pictures of the food - weird. But it was GREAT! Flank steak seasoned with fresh herbs out of our garden, roasted veggies, fresh roasted asparagus, broccoli grape salad... yum! (And yes, I ate too much, again.) The company was wonderful, too - of course!
We finished the evening with relaxed conversation, The King's Speech, and TWO fantastic desserts! Janene baked Martie's Dark Chocolate Cake as well as this FANTASTIC Strawberry Lemon Tart (recipe here, on epicurious.com) - holy cow we were spoiled.
We're so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing family and friends - and most importantly, a personal relationship with God - who sent his one and only Son to DIE for our evil. As a father, this point has truly come home - the sacrifice was greater than I could ever have imagined before having a son. If you haven't experience the amazing love that only comes from God, we'd be happy to share it with you - just let us know.
2011 is already into its second quarter. And it's going to be an absolutely insanely busy year for so many reasons. But this year, even more than in the past, we're giving it all up to God, and letting him take the wheel. Won't you join us?