What an unexpected weekend of fun. I love when last-minute celebrations turn to such sweet memories. When things are planned WAY in advance – I have more time to obsess and make them all about the event and less about the people. I like this last-minute approach this year – adding two new traditions to our lineup.
We hosted two events at our house this weekend – the Good Friday Playdate (rain moved it from the park to my house) and then a brunch for a couple families in our Connect Group.
Moving from Atlanta to Orlando has been a wonderful, bittersweet adjustment which I’ll detail more – later this week. It has caused us to make create our own community – and make them our family. It has pushed me to realize that our family of four is our family – and we can make our own traditions.
It doesn’t take away the sting of missing our extended family. It just makes you realize what you have right in front of you. And that is indeed a blessing. And Easter weekend is a beautiful time to rest in what we have vs what we don’t.
Good Friday Playdate
Let’s start with Good Friday – it was a small crowd but absolutely perfect. Rain messed up the tree plan, but it didn’t stop us.
We made tombs/crosses.
We talked about how this is yet another opportunity to GIVE to others.
We stuffed our eggs with money and notes. Inspired by #40acts and a mom I met on Instagram.
I am not sure they retained anything I said – but I know they’ll remember we stopped on Good Friday and celebrated our King.
We worshipped together.
We walked around and discussed some key things about Easter. It was an hour. And most of it was from my house and the dollar store. I will share more in the book of course on how simply you can make life’s most important lessons an experience vs a lecture. And, thanks to Rachel – I believe a new tradition has begun at my house. I love this day.
So, when my mom or mother-in-law has been feeding me for 37 years – what does a girl do when Easter is coming? Uh – invite people over and say “bring your own amazing dish.” Right? I love community that is built through connect groups, small groups and bible studies. You just simply “do life” together and that is fun.
(Note: Many of you asked about the cross – this isn’t like a sneaky hook to the book. But I am detailing a lot of it there. Basically, I made a cross. And pinned “sins” to over lent and then changed it to this Easter morning to show new life and the process of forgiveness.)
I enjoyed playing house like a grownup and dusting off my grandmother’s china and many things we used at her house when I was a child. I made an egg casserole and didn’t burn it. Winning.
My sweet friend Carey’s husband – Chad. Showed up with his own griddle, apron and banana pancake recipe. He won.
We all got the rare family photos. These are the Keeneys – one of the single biggest blessings of the “yes” to moving.
And then got invited to a kids performance of Frozen.
Luke played the keyboard from on top of the castle. Committed.
Then a dance party broke out with Eye of the Tiger.
And the dads. This picture owns me.
And then we went to church for the whole reason. For my favorite chills bumps of the year. To honor the Lord we really believe died on a cross and rose again. For our family, we serve Him. We want the world to know he lives. We are thankful for this grace in our mess. I don’t want his sacrifice to make me self-righteous or worse – unmarked.
I want his sacrifice to impact my heart and how I see others. How I see this one life and how I live it well. How I seek to love well and live authentically. How I forgive quicker and love bigger. Lord, search my heart. Grow me each year. Lead me to the cross. Daily.