Happy Easter

 Spring is blooming!

Is there a song that makes you cry every time you hear it?  At Christmas time I can't get through the last verses of "O, Holy Night" without shedding some tears:

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim! 

For Easter this year I had the opportunity to sing in the church Easter Cantata.  Choir + Itty Bitty Orchestra + Slideshow of Christ pictures + an hour of songs about Jesus Christ = A Good Experience.  I didn't play in the orchestra this year because I could only perform one of the two nights, so I sang instead.  I'd rather play my violin any day!  Looking at notes is much easier than reading words.  Music can be so powerful.  And right now I'm an emotional hormonal wreck.  I found myself tearing up through practice more than once.  But I'm pretty sure I held it together enough so no one else noticed.  I'm glad I participated though.  The songs have been rolling around in my head all week and the lyrics have caused me to pause and reflect on my Savior, the atonement, and the resurrection; the true meaning of Easter.  I am so grateful to my elder brother, Jesus Christ, for giving me the most precious of all gifts: the gift of eternal life and the opportunity to be with my loved ones forever.

We had a busy but fun weekend.  It was warm and sunny too!  On Easter Eve, we traveled to Boise to see my little brother, Ryan, baptized.  He was beaming all afternoon.

My little brother, Ryan.  Just baptized and confirmed an official member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Then my mom put together a delicious meal of pulled pork and lemon meringue for dessert!  On our way out of town that evening, Bron stopped at the Cheesecake Factory to pick up a couple of cheesecakes for dessert just especially for Easter.  To. die. for. rich. yummy. goodness.

Easter itself was pretty low-key.  We ate homemade apple muffins for breakfast, attended church, took a nap, ate a scrumptious roast and hot rolls for dinner, and enjoyed the sunshine outside.  What a wonderful day!

Yes, I totally let Jed eat a marshmallow peep for breakfast!

P.S.  Don't worry, Jed isn't getting jipped.  He gets to go on a big egg hunt with all of his cousins in two weeks!  I figure I'll let him catch on to the idea this year, and then next year we'll just have more fun at the local park festivities and add an egg hunt in our own backyard.


  1. First of all congrats to Ryan! That is so great that you live so close now that you are able to go to things like that now. Second, that is so cool that you got to do that Easter Cantata. What a neat experience. I think I'm going to need your apple muffin recipe. That sounds really good right now. I still need to send you that brownie recipe...
    P.S. I'm really glad this trimester is going well for you! :)

  2. This is such a beautiful post, it looks like you guys had an ideal Easter weekend :) and those blossoms are absolutely beautiful!!


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