Easter 2006 was a day that was very significant in our little family. While we took Luke into our home on April 1st last year, it was on Easter Sunday one year ago that we met with the birth mother and she made her final decision to give him to us. And then the legal adoption process began. Since that process ended in December, we’ve been enjoying our life as a little family at the beginning of this Adventure called Parenting!
See how he has grown! Here is last Easter:
Now he is a cool little dude who can crawl, climb stairs, and stuff Cherioes down the heating vents!
And then the Easter Bunny arrived! Oh, how embarrassing, er, I mean, exciting!
Yes, that is me, dressed as the Easter Bunny. (blush) But in my defense, it was not my idea! My older sister handed me the costume just minutes before the family Easter Egg Hunt and says, “put it on” and what’s a dad to do? Let pride get in the way? So I put it on for the children.
This is my older sister, the one responsible for the rabbit costume, so of course, when we posed for family pictures, I just had to give her bunny ears!
As usual, Luke’s favorite part of the day was eating. Second only to smearing his food all over the tray!
Luke’s Grandma and Grampa joined the gathering via Skype for a bit and got to visit with all their grandkids, and Luke’s great grandmother!
Luke has learned to kiss lately and Grandma was happy to receive many! It was a very nice day of family, and food and relaxed fellowship. Too many black jelly beans later, I need to head to bed!
(since it’s not about the bunny!)
I love Easter for many reasons. First of all, it is the holy day that brought hope of new life! It is now also the day our family went from two to three. Both are reasons for joy and optimism.
For Easter my wife gave me a new book by Max Lucado titled, “Every Day Deserves a Chance” and it is so encouraging, I’m only a few chapters into it, but I highly recommend it already. It is a book about chosing hope over despair every day, no matter what you might be facing in life. He starts by pointing out that the familar verse, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it*” is not just about the good days, like today, it is about EVERY DAY. “This is the day” is TODAY. It is a day the Lord has made, no matter what “Today” might be like or what challenges or trials it may contain, and we are to rejoice “in” it. Not after it, not even through it, or if it goes our way, but in the midst of it, we are to find joy. He ends chapter one with these words:
“The next time you are mired in a bad day, check your outlook with these three questions:
1) What do I feel guilty about?
2) What am I worried about?
3) What am I about?
Reflect on your answer with these reminders:
Jesus’ design for a good day makes such sense. His grace erases guilt. His oversight removes fear. His direction removes confusion.”
So, go have a good day, on God!