I was busy busy this morning. Getting everyone ready, taking pictures. I eventually realized that I was getting rushed and made myself S L O W down and enjoy my husband (who did all the ironing!!!!!), my 12 year old boy, 11 year old boy, 9 year old girl, 6 year old boy, 3 year old boy, and 2 month old boy. Each so special and unique.
Sometimes on holidays, I wonder “What will this day be like next year?” “I wonder what will happen between now and then?” And I remember again how each and every day is a precious gift, one to record and remember and enjoy.
My memories of Easter morning, 2009. . . .
. . .when I dressed the four older boys in khaki pants, white shirt, and matching ties. Grace and Seth wore all white.
. . .when Ethan’s original outfit consisted of khaki pants that were about 10 inches too short, black socks, and pure white sneakers. I squealed in horror and made him try again. “You’ll wear black shoes even if you have to squeeze into them.”
. . . when I did a photoshoot of the children indoors, because Easter morning was in the 30’s.
. . ..and Caleb dropped his choo-choo when he got out of the vehicle at church and got his pants dirty when he got down to get it.
. . . when I took Caleb to the bathroom to clean the knees of his pants, and realized he had no underwear on.
. . . when our baby Seth was only 2 1/2 months old. His first Easter.
. . . .when 3 year old Caleb had to sit between Mama and Papa in big church. I overheard Rich whispering things like this: “Caleb! Do you remember what I said to you? Do you remember what I said to you?” “Get your hands out of your mouth.” “Put your foot down.” “Sit still. Listen to the Pastor.” “Fold your hands.”
. . .. and he finally had to march Caleb out. When they came back in, Caleb sat MUCH more quietly!
. . .when we ate our Easter dinner at Crackerbarrel around a long table. All eight of us.
. . .when Jacob, Ethan, and David put their heads together while we waited for our food, and quietly looked through a Star Wars toy catalogue.
. . .and David said, with happy eyes, “Isn’t this place GREAT?”
. . .and Grace helped Caleb with his food. Cleaned his tie when he dropped macaroni and cheese on it. Buttered him another corn muffin.
. . .and Sethie slept next to Mama in his carseat, up on a chair so she could look at him.
. . . .when Davy and Grace each got up and walked over to look at Seth numerous times during the meal. They love him so.
. . . .when an elderly couple walked up to Rich and the man encouraged Rich and told him he had a beautiful family, a wonderful family.
. . . .when after our dinner, we had to make a quick trip to Walmart, and I nursed the baby in the vehicle as we waited for Rich to get the dog food for Parker.
. . .and when we left, our trunk flew open and the stroller, a box, and the dog food all fell out the back, right in the road leading out of Walmart. A young lady got out of her car and helped Rich pick everything up and wished us a Happy Easter.
. . . and David pulled Grace’s hair on the way home and was made to fold his hands for the rest of the trip.
. . . .and when we got home, Rich made the older kids clean all the wrappers (from easter candy) out of the vehicle.
. . .and now…….the sun is shining. My family is all resting. The house is quiet and peaceful. I’m not tired, and I’m having fun sitting here recording all these memories.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the morning:
I hope each of you are having a wonderful day!