He is risen, indeed!

I know I don’t have to give up something for Lent to be a Christian, but it sure did help me think on Christ’s sacrifice a lot more this Easter season. And it wasn’t so very terribly tough.

Livi and Ava came into “big church” with us for the Easter service. The place was alive with rejoicing and celebration. There was a praise and worship choir and lots of upbeat, raise-your-hands-’cause-Jesus-is-alive kind of songs. Three guys with a-mazing voices sang a song (can’t remember the name) that gave me goosebumps and made my heart swell out of my chest in excitement and gratitude. Oh, that I could be so aware of Jesus every moment. We’re working on it, Jesus and me.

I feel like I have quite a few loose ends to tie up from previous blogs–things you commented on and I haven’t replied. So, let me do a little housekeeping.

–I never called the doctor about Ava’s nose. The swelling is gone, her nose is straight, and the bruising has faded to a pale greenish-yellow. Praise the Lord.
–I did call for Nina’s 15-month check-up only to find out that she doesn’t need one. Fabulous news.
–I didn’t stop for a McDonald’s Coke on the way to church, but we all got pop after church for our 90-minute trip to Gabe’s grandpa’s house. My first sip was “just all right for me.” Actually, it was kind of nasty. I made Gabe taste it to see if it was diet. I’m glad I got a small, because it just didn’t taste good. Thought I might be done with pop for good. Tried some today, and it was yummo.
–Gabe took Livi to Magic Mountain for a date on Saturday afternoon. We got a free coupon in the mail for 2 free pizza buffets and $10 worth of tokens. Fun times. Ava and I made broccoli rice casserole for Easter and chocolate chip cookies. She didn’t eat any cookies. “I’ll wait until tomorrow when you’re allowed to have chocolate, Mommy.” Melt my heart. (I won’t mention the 10 huge bites of cookie dough she had.)
–Saturday night Gabe took Livi and Ava to the Crew game where they sat (stood) in a suite (ooh la la) with free pizza, drinks and snacks. No freezing buns for them! The girls were disappointed at the 0-0 final score. Nina and I cleaned the house.
–Didn’t watch 24 tonight for the first time this season. Just tired of it. Tired of AI, too. Goodness, I guess I don’t watch tv anymore.

A Funny:
We were hiking at a metro park Monday night right before Ava bashed her nose. Everyone was tired and whining and Gabe wasn’t in the best mood. Livi asked him how much longer.
Gabe: (exasperated) We’ll be there shoon! (I’m assuming he was mentally choosing between “shortly” and “soon” and just couldn’t decide in time.)
Me: (holding my laughter in, knowing perfectly well this is not the time to laugh at and/or correct my husband)
Livi: (after about 5 seconds of silence and quite sarcastically) Shoon? What’s shoon?
Me: (lose it, laugh uncontrollably)
A woman speed-walks by and says, “You guys sure are having a lot of fun.”
Me: Yeah, poor Daddy is getting picked by all these girls.
Woman: I’m on my second marriage, and between the two of us, we have 5 girls.
Gabe: (silently thinking that if he had 5 girls, he would shoot himself)

Ava’s newest thing when she gets in trouble and sent to her room is to sob hysterically, “You don’t love me! Mommy doesn’t love me! It doesn’t look like you love me!” I can’t help but crack up laughing. Then I wipe the grin off my face, compose myself, and go reassure her that I love her more than life itself.

I remember now why I like photo posts. So many nice compliments and flattery. Reminder to self: post photos more often, especially on grouchy days.

Dude! Mega-blog. I get so long-winded without even realizing it. Tomorrow we rise early, pile in the car and go speak at a moms’ group at my sister YoYo’s church. Please pray that the Spirit speaks through me to encourage some ladies in their marriages. The boudoire in particular.

Happy Belated Birthday to Kristen and Happy First Anniversary to Nixter!

14 thoughts on “He is risen, indeed!

  1. stephaniedawnbasham

    ^^I was also going to say that you missed one of the only shows this season where something big happens. Oh well. 🙂

    That cracks me up about Ava saying you don’t love her when she gets in trouble. Hmm…self-pity…is she related to us or something???

    It looks like Gabe will be going on a whole lot of dates once Nina is older. Four women to date all at the same time! Sheesh. 🙂

  2. jbnygaard

    What’s up with t.v. these days? There is not much I watch either. Amazing Race is the only show I have been keeping up with. And then the rest of the week we watch Andy Griffith and My Three Sons, because Eden LOVES those shows!

    Finished your book yesterday! (Is that all?) Now that I am officially done, I’m going to review it on Amazon for you! 🙂

  3. rachmckinney

    that story is too funny! e. is entering moodiness now and i know michael sighs often over her comments or things sometimes!
    praying for you for tomorow. you’ll do great!
    oh, and yes, i did really like our easter pic. much improvement over last year’s! thank you:) that scenery was what is across from our house. (not that that was the best part, but it made for a good backdrop)

  4. KmHunsberger

    Thanks for the shout out, friend! I like it when you get long-winded so feel free to do it whenever Loved the park story…I love it that I have met your girls and Gabe and can actually envision these things happening

    Praying for you today…let us know how it goes. Oh yeah….and the xanga get-together…so glad you are interested. I will blog about it soon and see what we can come up with!!! How fun!

  5. tonialynn59

    Glad you enjoyed your 2nd coke!  I’m sick of AI too but I know I will watch.  I watched the Bachelor last night and thought it was extremely boring.  I’m praying for your speaking engagement today.  I can’t wait to hear about it!

  6. ClutzyButtercup

    If you want to encourage Gabe about being outnumbered by girls…I have some good friends that had 6 girls!  At one point, all their pets were girls too!

    Did that first Coke come from 7-11?  I only ask because I try not to get fountain Cokes from there…I think they use something to flush the system that effects the taste.

  7. Nixter77

    thanks my lovely… I love songs that give you goosebumps – sounds like a grat service…
    How cute Ava said she would wait until you could eat choc – too too cute.

    nixie = will write more Shoon 😉

  8. gsowell

    I SOOOOO understand your poor hubby’s park time trauma. I’ve seen that same look and read those same thoughts with my husband!

    So glad you had a blessed Easter celbration.

    And picture posts are fine by me anytime!

  9. ctorlone

    Marla,  did you know that the one guy singing on Sunday was Vance from Cedarville…he’s actually an unofficial adopted member of our Torlone Family…Uncle Vance to my girls…Mom Torlone said the song was tremendous as well!  Wish I could have heard it! 

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