Celtic Woman

  My mom and Grandma are next door neighbors.  Actually, better than that, they are on both sides of a duplex.  I adore how much they do together, and praise God for His infinite wisdom in moving them side by side.

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  Grandma always has to call mom when Celtic Woman comes on PBS.  She also calls me and makes me tell the girls so they can turn it on.  Haha, she is so funny!  They are so talented and the girls love their long flowing gowns. 

The video link won’t work above, but you can listen later.  They played Amazing Grace with bag pipes at the concert, oh my word! AMAZING.

   When I got an email from Groupon saying they were coming to a town near us for one day only, I knew we had to go.  Even better, the VERY expensive tickets, were reduced to $19.99!  I called mom and we planned a special SURPRSIE Mothers Day/Girls Night Out for Grandma and the little girls.

  They had no idea what the evening had in store for them! weekend 2

First a little shoe shopping, then dinner out…….weekend 3weekend 4

A big shout out to our awesome waitress, Jordan. {above}
AND to the darling cowboy in suspenders that let me take his photo!weekend 5

After dinner, we broke the big news to them!IMG_8626

WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO THE CELTIC WOMAN CONCERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then, this happened:

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Yeah, it pretty much made my year.

  The concert was amazing.  Very interesting, lots of outfit changes, unusual instruments and amazing harmony.

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One thing I wasn’t expecting was the amazing Drums and Irish Dancers, that was my favorite part!
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If you have never heard Celtic Woman, and wish to be enlightened, check out this video of Amazing Grace with Bagpipes…..when they sang it, we all had chills and tears for our Papa.

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  I bet you are wondering what the guys did?  WELL, they had a very special date too!!! Papa would be so proud.  First time fishing, and look at that load!

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~T

Easter Weekend

  I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Weekend celebrating our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ!

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  We try very hard to keep Easter about Jesus, and his death, burial and resurrection.  For that reason, the Easter Bunny does not come visit our house.  Our Easter baskets are called Resurrection baskets, and the goodies inside, in celebration of our Risen Lord.

We talk Good Friday about how long Jesus suffered on the cross, and how lost everyone must have felt on Saturday, their Jesus, their hope, was gone!  We have the kids watch that video I shared on Friday every year, to help them understand how painful it was for Jesus, what a gift it was to them, that he stayed on that cross so they could have life.  This year, the video really affected Paxton, he just had to bury his head in my shoulder and cry after.  “Jesus die, Mommy. Jesus DIE.”

  However, I woke up this morning {Sunday} to him jumping on our bed shouting,  “JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!” at 6:38 am.
Proof 3 year olds can totally “get” the real reason we celebrate Easter. 

Here are some photos from our Easter Weekend:

Waiting outside for their big surprise….
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A tree house Zip Line!  We prayed angels of protection in Jesus name, showed them how it was done and laid some ground rules.  I may or may not have gotten 3 blisters from trying it out the night before.

You know, quality control. Gotta test it out for the safety of the kids!

  Needless to say, it was a HUGE hit!  They are out there right now as I write you, going again and again with Daddy.Easter 2

Resurrection Baskets:
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This one is so super serious, but I adore it.  I was checking my settings and they were just waiting nicely.easter 3easter 4easter 5

  Easter service at church was INCREDIBLE!  The baptisms and testimonies always make me bawl.  God is so good, praise the Lord for new life in Christ!

  We decided to just stay home for Easter lunch this year.  We always adore being with our extended families, but sometimes its nice to stay home and make our own holiday meals, and traditions.easter 7easter 8

 I used my wedding china for the first time in 12 years! It’s been out of storage for a year, waiting for a special time to use it.  🙂  It comes from Grandma, and is cream with a delicate gold border, so pretty!!!!

  Well, that is all from here.  Happy Monday, folks!

  My kiddos are home from school today, so I am hoping to get some fun, family time in.  But first, I am working a big out of town photo job. Pray for me! I have never photographed homes before, let alone fancy ones!!!!!!
EEEEEK!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me………  Winking smile

Hugs, T