easter sunday

 “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.  I died, and behold I am alive forevermore……”  Revelation 1:17

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing to His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  Hebrews 13:20

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.  Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:8, 9



After a few family pictures outside, we all piled in the vehicle and when to church for the most glorious Sunday of the year. Pastor’s sermon was edifying, joyful, moving.  Jesus died on the cross and rose again and the evidence is overwhelming…..and our God-given faith works in our hearts to let us know the truth, and we are deeply thankful.

My eyes filled with tears as we rejoiced together in song, and in the good words of Scripture, that tell us what we need to know about Him.

Toward the end of the message, one of the brothers was so moved that he quietly clapped his hands as an “amen” after almost every proclamation, emotional and smiling. 

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
  Lift up your voice and  sing
Eternal hallelujahs
  To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope  of all who seek Him,
  The Help of all who find,
None other is  so loving,
  So good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with  me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You  ask me how I know He lives?
    He lives within my heart.


After church, we went to Crackerbarrel for dinner and then came home for Easter baskets in the woods. 

It was also my husband’s birthday.

highlights of the day

*Sarah in her pretty dress.

*Caleb trying so hard to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano for his Dad.

*Looking around at all the faces in church as we sang worship songs.

*The way the little ones kept feeling my new dress (it was a light, thin dress over a sleeveless shift)……all during church. 

*The boys in their matching blue shirts, the tall ones so handsome, the young ones fresh and cute.

*Grace looking like a little lady, tripping around in a pair of very low-high heels.  She said she was never wearing them again.

*Rich, all depressed over his age.

*Sarah’s joy in unwrapping a golden egg and finding chocolate.

*The church service and the preaching.

*The children’s faces and the nests in the woods.

*The dinner at Crackerbarrel.

*My heart trying so hard to let go of the non-essentials, determined to enjoy my family and make the day special for Rich.  heart


0 thoughts on “easter sunday

  1. Such a beautiful family!! You’re kiddos really shouldn’t be that big. I can’t believe your oldest sons are so tall already!!! In the blink of an eye, and my son will be there. Yikes…. time really must slow down! lol And such a beautiful description of your church service. Although I wasn’t there, it brought tears to my eyes just imagining it. So very beautiful!!

  2. Shanda, Beautiful! Love the pictures and the spring colors bursting forth in the clothes I love matching outfits. I hear ya on letting go of the non essentials and just enjoying the day. Hard to do something but so worth it.Happy Easter! He is Risen ~Cinnamon

  3. Such a wonderful family! I also get teary eyed in church! We don’t sing the same songs in Danish as in English, but the message is still the same wonderful message! Our Savior lives!

  4. Rich congratulation on getting over the threshold of another year so gracefully. You and Shanda have such a beautiful family,it is so amazing that the children seem to enjoy standing in line for Photo session. I know the wish is a tad late;;( message sameLove the song, Love to lead, Love the message. Love to say–JESUS IS MY SAVIOR!!!

  5. I love how the boys have matching shirts! Also love the idea of hiding the baskets in the woods, so cool! I love your strappy church shoes!!! I miss you!Love, JO

  6. bonjour Shanda,you’re lucky to live in natureI wanted to know if you live far from New York, to get an idea of the distances to USAI am always very happy to see the beautiful forests on your blog, it is important, I think, to raise children in the countrywe do not have that chance, we live in town, we have a garden, it is convenient to study, but the nature we need. We are going with family nude walk in the countryside on weekendscordialementà bientôtsoline

  7. Love seeing all the family pictures. So delightful. Your dress is lovely,and you lovely in it! The younger boys, esp. Seth and Caleb look so much older with haircuts and shirts. Tell Grace I sympathize, I have two weddings to go to and the biggest hurdle is my shoes! Your Easter eggs are so pretty!!! Rich is a handsome, YOUNG man, says this old grandma…tell him he is growing in wisdom, and Happy Birthday!! Best of all, the celebration of what our Lord did for us. Isn’t it wonderful to have this time to reflect and remember!

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