Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter morning

The kids were so excited when they woke up Sunday morning.
They couldn't wait to run into the kitchen and see what the Easter bunny had brought them...

There were squeals of excitement as they began digging in their Easter baskets...
KiKi and Pops mailed the kids an Easter box filled with all sorts of neat treats--they were so excited when they opened it up. 
After the Easter baskets goodies, they were ready to go hunt for their Easter eggs...
While they were hunting, a goose flew into our yard and started walking around---the kids thought it was so cool.

What a blessed Easter we had this year... we pretty much stayed in our jammies all day relaxing, eating Easter candy and chocolates until we felt sick. :-)  I literally probably ate enough chocolate to send an elephant into diabetic shock! 

I made pulled pork in the crock pot for the first time and it was a hit with the family. We also enjoyed watching General Conference and hearing all the spiritually uplifting messages our church leaders had to share about the Savior and other Gospel teachings.  

I was thinking as I watched and listened to the church talks from General Conference .. how thankful I am for a loving and forgiving Savior who has made this life possible.  The past 2 years have been some of the most trying of my life as we fought to keep our foster son, Gavin and finalize his adoption.  It took an emotional toll on all of us.  There were many days that I solely had to rely on the power of prayer and my faith in the Savior to keep moving forward.  We literally felt the power of prayer blessing our precious son and our family during this unsettling and uncertain time.  Now looking back, I have no doubt that the Lord's hand was in His adoption in a very powerful way.  I felt an assurance on more than one occasion rush through my heart and soul that this precious boy was supposed to be raised in a Christian home with a mother and father who would raise him in the Gospel.  So, as we celebrated the resurrection of the Savior this Easter season, my heart was reflecting on these past 2 years events and the little miracles we experienced along the way in our journey to become Gavin's forever family.   

"The restored gospel gives us an understanding of where we came from; of the importance of birth, death, and a literal resurrection of our earthly body; and of where we will go after this life. One can see the significance and purpose of this life with the perspective the gospel plan gives."

-Franklin D. Richards

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