Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Easter Weekend

My heart was so full this weekend. It was a lovely weekend full of family, fun, instruction, and reflection. My parents came down to visit my uncle who was just recently taken off dialysis. The doctors say he only has a short time left here on this earth. So my parents came down to see him one last time and say goodbye. It was a bittersweet weekend, and though the circumstances of them coming weren't the happiest, I was so glad to be able to see my parents and siblings. I hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving so it was wonderful to see them.

What a wonderful conference weekend it was this past weekend. My heart was filled with joy as I heard the instruction given to us for 2 days. How grateful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know the joy and happiness I have in my life comes from living the gospel principles.
Once in a while God creates a giant among men...these men are truly special witnesses of Jesus Christ.
I so enjoyed every talk in conference. I felt there were lots of talks on family, parenthood, and raising our children. Also I felt they talked a lot about staying strong through trials and looking to our Savior and His atoning sacrifice for strength. Some of my favorite quotes were
"Never let an earthly circumstance disable you."
"In our hour of deepest sorrow we can find peace in these words, He is risen."
"There is no greater good in the world than motherhood."
"Your testimony of Christ will touch your child's soul--they will remember." (Bear your testimony to them often)
(***I don't know if these are exact quotes because I was trying to write them down while listening but they are close.***)

We got to go to the Saturday Afternoon Session of Conference. I so enjoy being able to go to the live session when I can. The spirit you feel in there is just amazing! After the session I was full of joy and happiness. I was so happy to know my purpose in life. As we were leaving I thought of so many people in the world that feel lost and don't know their Savior. I wanted to scream from the roof top that if you want true joy and happiness in your life I know how you can achieve it!
Mom, Kenna, and Sarah
Kenzie, me, Kenna, and Sarah
Mike and I
Caleb and Sarah (Caleb is my brother. He and Sarah just got engaged on March 31st.)
Waiting for the parentals to finish talking.
My wonderful, handsome hubby!
The temple in its beauty
The conference center

Easter was great. It was fun to have the family with us.
Here is what the Easter Bunny brought.
The girls dyeing eggs
Maddie dying eggs
Kenzie helping the girls dye the eggs
They enjoy it so much
Maddie on the Easter egg hunt
Mayli on the egg hunt
Kate on the egg hunt
The girls were so great a sharing. They wanted to make sure Madilyn had enough eggs. It was so sweet.
My girls and their cousin Kayla with their findings

Maddie eating some of her treats
Mayli is such a cheese. Such a fun personality!
Katelyn looking at what she got
My Dad!
Caleb and Sarah
My mom with the girls
Kate and her BFF Kenzie. She loved Aunt Kenzie and had so much fun with her this weekend. She can't wait until we go up for graduation.
Kenna! She wouldn't let me take a picture of her but she finally did!!!! Easter was wonderful and what better way to spend it than listening to the prophet and apostles testify of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for my Savior and for His love.


Heidi Gail Richhart said...

You are so amazing Dede! your strength and spirit. I admire you so much. I also admire your strong love for family and loyalty to all those around you and what your do and who you know. Hope that didn't sound lame.

Tani Ireland said...

Cute Pictures! Looks like a great Easter!

Celeste said...

What fun...wish we could have joined the fun! Love you tons...your girls are gorgeous and so full of life!

Celeste said...

And Caleb is such a cheese ball! :)