Tuesday, April 2, 2013

He Is Risen! Easter 2013

What a wonderful weekend we had, celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! 

As y'all know, Jack and I kicked off Easter weekend with our favorite race, the Easter Sun Run 10K in Wichita. It just so happened, that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law live right across from the race course, so it worked out perfectly that we had the Conkling side celebration at their house after we all raced. 

After a few "rough" years in there - and by rough, I mean BUSY with lots of needy littles, the Conkling cousin brood is starting to play well together and simply enjoy each other's company. That's quite a feat considering there are 8 total cousins 7 and under (with one on the way this summer!). We were blessed with a beautiful day, so the kiddos played outside for hours while the adults were able to enjoy both inside and outside time AND adult conversation. Win win! 

As always, we had a great time with family, wonderful food, and FUN with the annual Easter Egg hunt. Each child had a particular color of egg to look for this year, which made it much easier and less worrisome of kids getting an even amount of eggs. It also worked extremely well for two of the kidlets - one who had diabetes and needed sugar-free candy; and the other who had some food allergies. My sis-in-law is a genius when it comes to planning these things, I tell ya! :)

Easter baskets: cousin style!

Mackie meant business when it came to hunting her eggs.

The cousins enjoying the warm weather and spacious backyard while finding their eggs.

Grandma helping out Mackie.

My sweet boy - who was a trooper considering he took all but a 45-min nap in the car!

The Conkling clan with grandparents. A busy bunch!

Easter Sunday we had the pleasure of attending church as a family. But first, Jack and I did an activity with the kids (mainly Mackie) and used Resurrection Eggs. Each egg had a symbol/item to help tell the Easter story. We had the kids search for the eggs and then open them up as we talked about the hours leading up to Jesus's crucifixion through his resurrection. We're excited to continue this tradition and elaborate more and more on the story as they become even more aware of why we celebrate Easter.

After church we headed out to my cousin's farm for Easter dinner and more fun! My cousins recently remodeled their 100+ year farm house and it's simply amazing! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and then the kiddos enjoyed yet another day of warm weather. Mackie loved seeing the cows, donkey, and other sites that only a farm can provide. Both kiddos enjoyed an Easter egg hunt with my cousins' kids - it was so much fun and such a joy to celebrate with not only my cousins and their children (who are pretty close in age - especially Mackie and cousin Cole, who were born a day apart), but also have our parents and grandparents there. 

 Great Grandma helping Mackie find her eggs.

 No pictures, please. I've got hunting to do!

We hope you had a blessed day celebrating the precious sacrifice our Lord made, and doing it with family and the ones you love! 

Happy Easter!

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