this year for lent andy and i actually gave up something and stuck with it. we gave up fried food and sodas (for andy) and fried food and anything but water for me. i was so proud of us. we actually did it. it was something that carried over and we are still doing well with trying to keep those types of food off the menu.
leading up to Easter Sunday Jamie (the preacher at the church we attend) did a sermon on forgiveness. i will admit that i am still a little upset at his sermon that day – he stepped on my toes a little bit. he talked about needing to forgive people in our lives. as he talked my brain scrambled to process how i felt about forgiveness. it made me think that Jesus forgives us and made his ultimate sacrifice on the cross to show that forgiveness otherwise he wouldn’t have died for us. by the end of the sermon i had some new revelations on forgiveness. 1. just because you forgive someone it doesn’t mean you have to resume the relationship. 2. it doesn’t mean that you have to be in their lives and them in yours. 3. it doesn’t erase the hurt, but it helps. 4. it doesn’t make you forget the past but rather gives a new perspective on those past events. at Easter we are reminded of God’s love and the ultimate sacrifice of forgiveness and it reminds me of my constant selfishness of having a difficult time forgiving others. thanks jamie for stepping on my toes and opening me up to new revelations of forgiveness that i am still thinking on – months later.
on to Easter lunch…
with the exception of last year we have spent every year eating Easter lunch with andy’s family. we have a ton of food and a good time visiting with family. last year we went to my grandmother’s house but since she wasn’t feeling well this year mom and i were responsible for Easter lunch. we had fun (ok i don’t know that mom had much fun, but i thought it was fun). we planned a menu (in like 10 minutes): deviled eggs, rolls, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, corn, and ham and peanut butter pie for dessert – simple but delicious.
so my pictures of the food look a little blah but the food was so incredibly yummy.
and our guest list (me, andy, mom, dad, grandmama, aunt hilda, and of course otis). we ate outside since it was a beautiful day (a little cool but nice).
otis helped in the kitchen (by hoping that everyone would drop food – he was underfoot just in case). he also enjoyed our time on the porch in the sunshine.
we had amazing decorations for the table
at walmart we picked up a “bunny mum” and added him to our serving table. isn’t it cute? if you don’t think so then you are on andy’s side. he thought it was ridiculous but i thought it was cute and fun to say – bunny mum. we also had a candle tree from our wedding!
we hated that we couldn’t be in charlotte for Easter, but i did enjoy cooking with mom this year.