Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend!

See what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes,
Tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen!
See God's salvation plan, wrought in love, Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives:
Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, 'Where is He laid?'

As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It's the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope,
Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,

Through the Spirit
Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned
With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won,
Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

~lyrics by Stuart Townend

Our tradesmen worked like crazy on Thursday to have a least a couple of rooms ready for us to move into on the weekend.

Here in Canada, Friday this past Friday was a holiday. It is called Good Friday and a good Friday it was. We began the day with a very meaningful church service. It was simple, beautiful, and done in such a way that young and old would not forget that Jesus came down to earth to die a cruel death on the cross to save us from our sins. Even little E, who is not quite three years old, who was sitting in the pew behind us said, "whoa!"

So it wasn't until after church and a post Tim Horton's trip (an unspoken Good Friday tradition) that we began to clean, and organize, and move stuff around. We have moved our bed and few other pieces of furniture into our new bedroom. It feels like an oasis! It's so clean, and roomy, and bright.

I scrubbed all the windows and the floor in our great room and then we moved in the furniture. The baseboards in there all need their final coat, but the furniture is arranged in such a way that the only thing the painters will have to move is our fig tree. (A little aside here. Our fig tree is doing remarkably well considering the poor thing has been moved from room to room, covered in drywall dust, and then unceremoniously dumped outside to receive a bath in icy cold water from the hose. Poor thing!)

Our new appliances arrived on Thursday and are sitting on plywood in the middle of our dining room. The kitchen was originally supposed to go in last week, but it got postponed after the deadline for us to change our appliance delivery day. Our new fridge looks like a monster next to our current one. The standing joke is that when I do groceries I will still get all frustrated that the fridge is not big enough. Let's hope not.

Saturday was spent cleaning, organizing, and generally moving things around. Groceries were done for the first time in weeks, lights were bought for a couple of rooms we had forgotten had needed lights, and somewhere in there I attempted to conquer Mt. Laundry. It was a perfect day for line drying clothes!

On Sunday, we were at church for 7:30 am. The Engineer and three of the children are on the praise team, therefore we were asked to help prepare the Easter breakfast. Muffins, loaves, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.  It was another beautiful and meaningful service. Our service finished with a liturgical dance to this song (not this exact version, but very close). I love the words (they're at the top of this post)!

We had lunch at my parents and a good chat with family and came home to pick rocks off of our lawn. The construction lane had left piles of rocks all over the lawn after the first big snowstorm in December. Once all the rocks were picked, the kids enjoyed their ice cream treats and everyone scattered to do their own thing. I crawled into bed in our new room. It was so peaceful!

So it was a busy weekend and flew by rapidly, but it was also a meaningful weekend. A weekend filled with blessings and thanksgiving.

  • God's gift of salvation
  • Jesus' sacrifice for us
  • Joy in His resurrection
  • Reverent worship
  • Meaningful worship
  • Communion of the saints
  • Grace
  • Easter breakfast shared
  • Laughter shared picking rocks
  • Light bulb moments
  • New photos of wee ones to enjoy
  • A warm day filled with sunshine
  • Rain to make things grow
  • Fellowship over coffee
  • Sweet friendships
  • Moving into our new bedroom
  • Moving furniture into our great room
  • New floors
  • Precious window light
  • Organizing
  • Washing windows
  • Clean floors
  • New life
  • Abundant life
  • The beauty of child-like wonder
And so the list continues to grow with God's abundant gifts to us #'s 1138 - 1162. Join us?

Be blessed this week.


  1. How exciting! Hope your kitchen is finished soon, too!


  2. Sounds like a very nice Easter!! Lots of blessing over here it always makes me smile when I read these posts ~Love Heather

  3. Sounds like a fantastic weekend, full of family and fellowship. I'm so glad you're starting to settle into your new rooms! Slowly but surely!

  4. Lovely list. I'm so glad that you were able to get into your new bedroom and enjoy a Sunday afternoon
    delightful. New pictures of the wee ones must top your list as well.
    Praying for your precious family.

  5. Wonderful to have things getting into their rightful places!!

    I think you're right--eventually, you'll look in that fridge after a shopping trip and wonder where all your wonderful room went. Just speaking from experience here.


  6. What a full weekend! I am so glad things are coming together so nicely in your home! It will be so nice to enjoy all the hard work.

  7. wow! You actually have Good Friday as a holiday in Canada. I am pleased to hear that. I wish we did!
    Love your list and I love your new floors...
    and yes we will miss the passion play but I know we need a break...

  8. A beautiful list, Deb! Love that song-- it's a keeper!-- and love the fact that the house is coming together more and more every day! It must feel soooooo good to see th elight at the end of the tunnel!!

    Hope you have a glorious week ahead... and happy Easter, just two days late :)

  9. Glad to see you enjoyed some meaningful times with our Lord and your family over the holiday. I'm a little jealous that you are moving furniture in and moving some rooms already. My hubby and I got all the window and door trim (woodwork) finished and nailed up over the weekend. It makes it look so much more finished. Now onto the baseboard and I have to finish painting. Then we get to pick out carpet - Yay! Will we have it all done before travel? In some ways I really hope not ;) Checking in daily now to see when you get your ok to travel...what a blessing to get some new pics.

  10. What a way to start and end Resurrection Day...and all the in betweens too. So good to hear.


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