You already saw a glimpse of what our Easter weekend entailed, but I wanted to recap some of our other celebrations over the last few days.

Nathan and I both had Good Friday off from school and work, so we were able to enjoy a nice day at home together. It was very low key. He got some studying done, and I even snuck in a nap. I’d call that a win!

Later, we headed to a Lamb Dinner that our church provided for the members.

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A display explaining the significance of the lamb.

There was a great turnout, and we enjoyed catching up with friends while we were there. Before we ate, we heard several scripture readings, prayed, and then took communion together. This was unlike our normal communion – we had authentic unleavened bread (pictured above and below) to eat. It was really cool to experience that firsthand.
2015-04-03 18.53.16 We ate a few other traditional dishes, such as lamb and different spices and sauces. There was also delicious cheesy potatoes and cupcakes, so we really enjoyed the meal!

A display explaining the significance of the lamb.
A display explaining the significance of the lamb.

On Saturday night, we spent some time at the house to watch the NCAA Final Four games with everyone. This year they are playing in Indy, so it was a lot of fun to recognize where they’re at and some of the city shots during commercials. My dad said they even saw the building where I work on TV, so that was pretty cool!

The best part was coming out a winner in this year’s Beachy bracket pool. Nathan chose Wisconsin to win and I chose Duke, so between the two of us, we sealed the deal on Saturday night. Go team! 🙂

As happy as we were about the tournament, nothing could top the joy I felt waking up on Easter morning. It just overcomes me on such a special Sunday – the hope and redemption that the day signifies. The days leading up to Easter are always a bit hard for me because of what they signify, but to know that on this morning He has risen just takes that all away.

We woke up to a sunny morning and got to celebrate right off the bat with an awesome brunch at the house.

Joanne's gorgeous table setting. Loved the flowery napkins!
Joanne’s gorgeous table setting. Loved the flowery napkins!
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Check out our centerpiece! Handpainted by Tim and Jo 🙂

We brought the sausage balls, and they had eggs, pancakes, bacon, baked oatmeal and fruit. It was incredible!

Nathan handled the eggs, Don did the pancakes! Chocolate chips included of course.
Nathan handled the eggs, Don did the pancakes! Chocolate chips included of course.

2015-04-05 10.23.33All in all it was a great meal and such a perfect way to start Easter. We laughed a lot, as always, and enjoyed a nice walk in the sunshine afterward. It felt like we really got to soak up some good quality time with each other and this was truly a holiday weekend!

Now we’re relaxing before heading to the evening church service. I’m not ready to see this weekend end, but I am looking forward to worshiping with everyone. I think we’ve certainly made the most of the extra time away from school and work and have really enjoyed celebrating our first Easter together as a married couple!

 

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