Last week, I helped plan the Good Friday and Easter Services, coordinated the bands and special brass players for both worship services, rehearsed the bands, played for both, opened for the band Gungor who came through town, and put in a 50 hour work week. It was beautiful chaos :) Working at a church, Holy Week would really seem like a blur if I didn't make myself sit down, and take time to reflect and worship at the Savior's feet. One of the songs we sang on Good Friday was Hillsong's "Lead Me to the Cross" and just rehearsing it and singing it around the house helped prepare my heart for worship:
Savior I come Quiet my soul, remember/ Redemption's hill Where Your blood was spilled For my ransom /Everything I once held dear I count it all as lost/ Lead me to the cross Where Your love poured out/ Bring me to my knees Lord I lay me down/ Rid me of myself I belong to You/ Oh Lead me, lead me to the cross
I love being in ministry. It's hard to believe that a year ago, I had no idea what the Lord had in store for Kenny and I in Cincinnati, and I was so nervous I wouldn't find work...and then...he provided this amazing opportunity to be in ministry at Hope and be a part of His kingdom work every day. I don't want to ever take that for granted or become desensitized to what the Lord is doing around me!
The services went really well and it truly was a precious time to reflect on God's redemptive story...and victory! After church, we all headed over to Papa and Nana's for Easter lunch - Honey Baked Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Corn Souffle, Hash Brown Casserole, Baked Beans, Deviled eggs; any calories I lost running around all week, I gained back on Easter ;)
Didn't Nana do a cute job decorating the table for Easter? :) Mom made the flower arrangement!
One of my proudest moments as a "bakestress" was the accomplishment of a 3D lamb cake! I made it in my great grandmother Gudberlet's cake mold and was told that it "wouldn't turn out" because the ears always fall off, etc. Well, I was determinted! Isn't he cute?
Yes, I realized I took a lot of pictures of my dear lamb cake. It was an all afternoon project, so I needed documentation of my success.
Papa got a wind-up Chicken for Easter that "lays" eggs as it hobbles along. It probably entertained us all more than it should have.
I don't think we'll ever really grow out of Easter baskets! Mine had a Yagoot gift card! Woot!
Sweet Jon & Abigail :)
Notice the boys aren't "cheek-to-cheek"...
I love them.
Uncle Joe and Aunt Kathy drove in from Columbus to spend Easter with us! It was so wonderful to see them!
I love her!!
Kenny doing what he does best on Sunday afternoons...
I hope you all had a relaxing, and blessed Easter too! He is Risen!
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