Sunday, April 23, 2023

Easter Treasures

 


You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ~Psalm 16:11


(Some of the photos in this post are somewhat blurry, and I apologize for that.  I've included them to, hopefully, communicate the enthusiasm of the grand-girls.)

Easter Day has come and gone, but not the liturgical season, which lasts for 50 days in the church year.  We should all be filled with joy at God's presence in the risen Christs throughout these weeks and beyond.  So, let's return to the family's recent visit with us, when we give the girls their Easter basket gifts and send them on an egg hunt in our back yard.  Look at the delight on their faces as they dig into their treasures!






In the first photo above, Virginia is preparing to hide Easter eggs for her sisters.  She sticks to right side of our back yard.




Her own eggs will be hidden by Danny (Papa) on the far side of the house, making them more difficult to find.  Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of her actual hunt.  I thought Papa would be capturing them!

Back upstairs, Savannah and Alexandra open the eggs they've collected with great gusto.  How much money did we make?






Amazingly, Savannah and Alexandra collect 12 eggs a piece, which is the ideal.  Poor Virginia couldn't find one of her eggs, and Papa couldn't recall where he hid it.  With the help of the rest of the family, the egg is finally recovered after lots of poking around in the leaves.  It made me glad that we chose to fill the eggs with coins, not candy!  I could just envision some adventurous squirrel gnawing through the plastic to unveil a chocolate surprise!

We are so happy, too, that we could give our grands a beautiful Easter experience to remind them of the joy that Jesus has brought into the world.

Amen!

40 comments:

  1. What a wonderful set of photos capturing memories which you and your family will always treasure. Oh to be young again ... and to remember the fun and love we had at Christmas, Easter and other occasions.

    This is all testament to what good grand-parents you and Danny are. Building the foundations based on love for your whole family.

    God bless you all.

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    1. Oh, Victor, you are too kind! We are trying our best, and with God's help, we will instill our grandchildren with an unfailing love for Him. Celebrating these holidays with the children is a great place to start.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Great photos Martha. I love seeing the smiles of innocence on faces of children. However, I do believe Papa ought to double what was in Virginia's egg since he made it so hard for her. LOL Thanks again for sharing your joy.

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    1. We did give her some extra coins, Bill, before the last egg was recovered. If I remember correctly, her money haul was over $16 - not shabby!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. They're growing up so fast! (But like my own growing-up-too-fast grandchildren, they still like their Easter baskets!)

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    1. Do we ever really outgrow our Easter baskets? Or Christmas stockings? I don't think so, Glynn!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Oh, how they are growing up, yet they are still children aren't they? I often wish we could all be in God's eyes. To view Him with the wonder, excitement, and sense of adventure that children exhibit in this life.

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    1. We are told to come to Him as little children, J. D., and I so do try to take that admonition to heart each and every day.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. It's nice to see the smiles and joy that your surrounds your grandchildren as they celebrate Easter with you. A beautiful memory indeed.

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    1. Yes, Bill, the experience created wonderful memories that will be forever cherished. I love those smiles and the joy that radiates from their faces!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Lovely and fun pictures. Oh I know they and you and Papa enjoyed your time together. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. We certainly enjoyed every single moment, Cindy. Who wouldn't?
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Looks like they had a lovely time. Easter egg hunts are so much fun!

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    1. The had an absolute blast, Debby! So glad we decided to do this for them.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. JOY! What darling expressions on Savannah's face, and I love the bunny ears. Hard to tell if the kids or y'all had the most fun!

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    1. That is a hard thing to tell, Myra, but I think the girls truly had the most fun. Wish we could celebrate Easter together every year!
      Love and blessings!

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  9. What lovely and fun family time, and for a wonderful Easter occasion.

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    1. It was full of extraordinary fun and joy, Christine.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Our grands (ages 6 and 10) hunted down their eggs and goodies with similar gusto! I love creating memories with them that we can enjoy in a game of "Remember When." (The six-year-old already talks about the olden days when she was in pre-K!) But I also know from experience that delightful memories of childhood will offer them moments of joy and gratitude for decades to come. I feel honored to play a part.

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    1. All of us grandparents should feel honored every time we can make an impact of the lives and memories of our grandchildren, Nancy. And I do love the name of your game, "Remember When." That's perfect to help young ones jog their memories. It's also so sweet that your six-year-old talks about the "olden days." If they only knew!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Their visit was such a blessing for all of you and that it could be over Easter was just the best!! Memories made and tucked away in your hearts! I'm so happy for all of you, Martha!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri! I'm so glad their break happened close to Easter, too. It had already been too many years since we could celebrate that special holiday with them.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Such fun photos, Martha, and Psalm 16:11 is my one of my favorite passages. God bless!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Pleased to know, too, that Psalm 16:11 resonated with you.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Bom dia, Marta
    Que alegria comemorar a Páscoa com os netos, as fotos ficaram lindas, são momentos que ficarão na memória de toda a família, um forte abraço.

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    1. Yes, Lucinalva, these certainly will be remembered as precious memories of time spent together.
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Those images are proof of a good time had with the grands at Easter Time!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. They sure are, Mariette. What a fantastic time we all had together!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Martha Jane: You and your husband have made a memory for those precious grandchildren. Peace and blessing to you and yours.

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    1. Absolutely precious memories, Cecelia!
      Love and blessings!

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  16. thecontemplativecat Here. Egg hunts with our children was always fun. Our gr-kids we took them to their grandma's house where there was a giant egg hunt at their Club House (retirement). Fun times. I posted a re-cap of a post-egg hunt from my own childhood. Go back to older posts.

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    1. That sounds like loads of fun, Susan! Next time I'm visiting, I'll try to catch those.
      Love and blessings!

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  17. I like what you posted.

    I am so thankful for what my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has done for me!

    God's Blessings, to you and your lovely family!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Lon, and welcome aboard! Yes, I can't thank God enough for sending Jesus to save us and set us free.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Boa noite de quinta-feira. Obrigado pela visita e comentário.
    Muita saúde para você e sua família, minha amiga Martha.
    Luiz Gomes

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  19. What a beautiful Easter you had. I enjoyed the account of the egg hunt. So glad you were able to find that one missing egg!

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    1. Oh, me too, Barbara! It's all too easy to hide eggs in our yard with all the leaves, but finding them is a whole other ballgame. I'm glad you enjoyed the egg hunt. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  20. Beautiful photos, Martha.
    Love the smiles on their happy faces.
    These wonderful memories will be cherished forever.

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. They certainly will be cherished, Veronica!
      Love and blessings!

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