Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Is Risen! Easter 2016

Happy Easter from the Conkling clan! We had a wonderful, refreshing weekend of reflection and celebration of our Savior dying on the cross and three days later His incredible resurrection.

Our Easter weekend began with Good Friday church service. Here is Mackie's take-home "reflection" from Pastor Bart's message. Lord, I pray that your Word continues to saturate her little heart!

We woke up early on Saturday morning to head over to Wichita and run in our favorite family spring race. Jack and I ran the 10K (albeit slow and not our best times in a long shot!), but were instantly cheered up by picking up the kidlets and running the 2-mile with them. Brax, true to form, made it about .1 mile before opting for the stroller, while I ran alongside Mackie, who shaved a minute off of her 2-mile time! The kidlets always enjoy this race as they play with cousins and help Uncle Jerrod with "course management" while mama and daddy run, plus they always enjoy the Panera bagels at the finish line. Win-win!

Saturday afternoon we enjoyed some more cousin time at grandma/papa's house. The kidlets all enjoyed an old fashioned Easter egg hunt in the great outdoors while we all feasted on a non-traditional Easter meal - fajitas, tacos, and other side dishes. It was again a win-win for everyone!

We awoke this morning to a fresh blanket of snow - the most snow we received all winter long (and it happened to be the first full week of spring). It was gorgeous against the sunset and a perfect reminder of Christ's death and resurrection - that by His wounds, we're healed and that He washed our sins white as snow. 

Before church we enjoyed some family time in God's Word and devotions with the Resurrection Eggs that tell the Easter story, as well as some Easter basket treats. 

And then is when we all wanted an Easter morning do-over. Braxton wasn't in the best of moods and quite grumpy from the get-go...and it all went downhill just minutes before we left for church. Oh, the 4-year-old, tired-from-the-festivities, boy drama! 

There's nothing like church on Easter morning. From the powerful worship songs to the message to the overall feeling of such joy - it's just an amazing time of corporate worship with fellow believers!

After church we went to the Papa Jimmy's and Grandma Beth's house for a joint Easter dinner-papa birthday party (he's the big 60 on Monday!). We had a blessed time celebrating Easter with my grandparents, Uncle Tugs and "Aunt" Jamie (she'll be aunt soon enough!), and grandma/papa. Mackie and Brax enjoyed an indoor Easter egg hunt and time on the basketball court with papa. It was the perfect way to end a weekend of celebrating. 

We hope you all were able to worship and celebrate our Lord and Savior this weekend, and continue to reflect for the ultimate sacrifice that He made on that cross. Thank you, Lord...thank you. 

He Is Risen - Happy Easter!

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