We haven’t been to Good Friday service in a few years.

Mainly because of it being at night and having little kids and la la…but really, it’s all excuses.

I insisted this year.  Because without Good Friday, Easter just feels like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or something.  I am wrecked every year on Good Friday.

I need to be wrecked.


We opted to keep Henry in service with us rather than sending him into Sunday School.

He doodled and asked what he should write.

With his horrible gross and weird Bakugan pen he won at some Easter party earlier in the week.

Whatever.  Even Bakugan can glorify God.  So there.


The next day, we took to the kids to an egg hunt at the skatepark.

The kids had a great time, but on the drive over, Andy and I decided that we would leave Easter festivities to Sunday.  It seemed so strange to be like “Oh so sad!  Jesus has died!…we need Him to rise again!!!”  And then the next day…yay random egg hunts at the mall!!!

I think we need laid back Saturday to move our hearts into Sunday, you know?  Eggs and baskets can come after we’ve celebrated His Resurrection.  Otherwise, it feels out of sequence and inappropriate.

Also, apparently little boys must wear plastic buckets on their heads.  I have pretty much this same picture from a couple of years ago…


The local community egg hunt happened to be at the skatepark this year (<– that’s a fun pic if you want to see the madness).  Which worked out to be extra nice since we practically live there and we know the owners…because they pulled this girl out of line so she could go first and not get mowed down by the mob of kids.


Need I mention that I was a blubbering mess at this?  Because Good People are my favorite kind of people.

Jill had a few minutes in the park ahead of everyone.  Her sister was told to wait until the other kids came in to hunt.

She waited.  Without so much as a whine.

I love that girl’s big ol’ heart.


Bedtime stories continue.

I love reading these stories to my boy.  We bond over the words.  Talking about what might happen next.

Besides, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is 100 million times better as an adult anyway.


I randomly went into Goodwill and found this game of Simon for $1.99 for Henry’s basket.

I stink at it!!!


I started juicing stuff.

Believe it or not, but this filthy looking thing was actually pretty good.

Sure, it looks like the nasty duck poop water at the park pond, but if you can just look away it isn’t half bad.

I’d still rather have a Diet Dr. Pepper…but I suppose this is better for you.


It was a beautiful day.

The kids were quiet inside watching a movie…the baby was napping…so I snuck outside for some Vitamin D and quiet.

I felt bad…you know, that it was a gorgeous afternoon and I had my kids plopped in front of the TV…but I enjoyed the sunny solitude.


I think I’d enjoy it even more if I had this rug.

Dear Pier One, Give me a holler.  I’ll send you my address.  Thanks.  Love, j.


And finally…yes, we joined the trendy ranks and got chickens.

Four of them.

I’ll introduce the pack next week.

For now, they are cute and cuddly and fuzzy and the Bigs like them.  Jill is terrified of them, and the dogs haven’t tried to eat them.  I’d say that’s pretty good.


Not an instagram, but a quick note: Lisa Leonard Designs is having a HUGE 25% off of sale items today and tomorrow only. EEK! Quick, before it all sells out!!!!

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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    That’s the best use of a Bakugan I’ve ever seen!
    I so love that the owners pulled Jilly out of line to go first. I’d have been a mess at that too!
    Happy weekend to you!
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    Plenty of reasons to smile!
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    Chickens must be the new black. My husbands dad has them which is good for me. I do not have to build a pen or take care of them. I have a garden to tend to . Have fun with them, and I cannot wait to see what the kids name them,
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    Ahh…I love the juicing too. And this from a self-proclaimed veggie hater. It’s thrilling to see it look awful but taste extra yummy. God is good. Amen. Have a joy-filled week. Thank you for hosting this fun link-up!
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    My brother has epilepsy and is in a wheelchair, so we’ve also been pulled to the front of the line for a few events. We usually say a very heartfelt thank you, (as opposed to the obligatory kind). But one time it was super awkward… We were at a theater to see Peter Pan, and “peter” aka Cathy Rigby a gymnast was offering autographs. Peter Pan happened to be my favorite movie growing up and at the time I was a 16 year old girl (john was 13). We got pulled to the front of the line, and this time tried to say “no thanks, we’re fine” but they insisted (seriously, it was starting to get awkward). So then we go to the front, and have she says who do I make it out to? And I said “john”. I couldn’t dare say my name after he was the reason we got to the front! My mom felt so bad for me, I was the one who cared, and John got the autograph! But it all worked out, its not the end of the world. I’m glad there are kind people in your community, but I’m glad Jilly has a big sister to keep it all even.
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    Love the shoes, and the kids! I miss having little ones. Sitting through church is easier now that they are teens, but the fun “little kid” stuff is not as fun.
    Have a super weekend!
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    omg the chicks! so cute!

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    I had to add a post script to my post after reading yours… I completely didn’t even mention Easter in my post. Ugh. I didn’t take any photos, that’s why it escaped me… And I kinda feel bad that we didn’t really do too much for Easter, seeing that it’s such an important event. I just always feel so awkward trying to balance Easter with Easter candy, in a way that I don’t feel at Christmas time. Somehow it’s harder for me at Easter. Idky ……… I tried a juicer. Many years ago. I don’t remember much except the mess it was to try to keep clean. Anything that is not self cleaning does not have a long life in my house……. but now that my kids are old enough to help clean, maybe I should bring it back. I do like the green juice from Trader Joe’s…… Have a great week! xo, ab
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    Hi Jeannett loved your posts of the kids and the one with the green bucket on his head reminded me of my grandson. Even the one of the big whiskery person with that toy in his hands was really cool.
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    Okay, so I don’t even know what a Bakakugon is. Or whatever it is. (MOG- Mom of girls)
    The chicken look so cute! Are they for making eggs?
    Good Friday. What a day. Wrecks me, too.
    And good people are awesome!

    Happy Instagram Friday:)

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    P.S. – Did you notice? Your shoes in the first pic are the exact same color as what’s in your logo banner at the top of your web page? And the tithing envelope is the same green?
    Anne´s last blog post ..<< my week in review: 3/30-4/4

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    How do I love this post? Let me count the ways.
    Firstly, your shoes! LOVE.
    Your kids.
    All fabulous.

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    i agree! the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe is way better as an adult. i read it every year to my kindergarten class and i’m pretty sure that i’m not reading it to them, but to myself. so good!
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    Chickens! Save their poop for your garden…. Recycling at its best!!!

    Love the shoes! Yay for Jilly and her sweet sis!

    Easter. Hm. I’ll get back to that one.


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    Craziness… I have a matching picture of my *ahem* thirty-something sister wearing the SAME bucket on her head! Somehow she doesn’t quite pull it off as easily as Henry :)

    No seriously. She couldn’t get it unstuck off her head.

    I love these pictures. Love good people. And love that you wrote about struggling with the weirdness of Good Friday/Egg Hunt Saturday/Resurrection Sunday too. I’m with ya.

    Thankful for Sunday!
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    Wonderful photos!
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    I love those run-ins with Good People. :)
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