Easter 2015

Easter ended up being harder and more emotional than I anticipated. It had less to do with it being a holiday and more to do with the topic of conversation: death and resurrection. The good news of Easter was simultaneously a reminder that I have to wait much longer than 2 days to see Keith again. Sweet Caleb asked on the drive to spend the weekend with family if we could take a car or train to visit Daddy.

Despite the sad cloud hanging over the weekend, it was a very special time with my dad’s extended family. Lots of laughter and fun new memories!

 

Caleb was beside himself when he realized there were electric trains, an ATV, a digger, and a milk truck (a truck painted like a cow).

Both kids got to have some quality time with GiGi (great grandma Giannattasio)

Libby can be a very serious baby, but she started giving glimmers of the smiles that are now constant!

We got to go see a real train. Caleb was so patient since it was a long wait on a chilly, windy day.

But once the train came into view, the wait was worth it. I wish I had a video of his pure joy.

We stayed to touch the train and watch the engine get uncoupled and recoupled to pull out of the station.

Caleb got to dye eggs for the first time. I think he enjoyed dying his hands as well.

Easter morning we made resurrection rolls. We talked about how Jesus got buried in a tomb as we rolled marshmallows in crescent rolls and then baked them.

When he realized the marshmallows were gone, he got really stressed out, said a bunch of words we couldn’t understand, pulled his shirt up, and then ran away.

He was ecstatic that his Easter basket included fruit snacks. He’s easy to please. He also “planted” jelly beans that turned into lollipops. He was more entertained that he could fit multiple lollipops in his mouth at one time. It’s a good thing sugar doesn’t do much to this kid.

He had a practice egg hunt before church.

And one with the big kid’s later.

My favorite two moments: my cousins finding dozens of lacrosse balls in the field and Caleb yelling, “yook, mama! Easter bunny poop!”

He got to have a sleepover in my cousin’s room and they are now best friends.

I hate having to make new memories without Keith, but I’m thankful that there are still memories to be made together.

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(and yes, we took our family photo in front of the digger. It’s only right.)

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5 Comments

  1. Susan Doak on May 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    WAY TO GO Becky! So thankful for your real heart and would so much like to get to know you all more. The Lord will provide. Missing Keith so much, but oh so hopeful of heaven. Your time with G family was God blessed and we are so grateful for that. God is for real and He is real. The family photo is so wonderful!!! Jesus is full of grace and truth and praying it on you today. In His unfailing love, Susan(and Greg) Doak

    • Becky M on May 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Susan (and Greg) 🙂

  2. Kim Stirtan on May 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!! In your writing I can see the hope and love; thank you for sharing 🙂
    Love you,
    Kim

  3. Susan Bever on May 1, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Oh my goodness! These photos and memories are priceless. I can ‘feel’ Caleb as you write these memories and I am full of joy that you have such a wonderful family.

  4. Aunt Peg on May 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    what a post. what great pictures – what a wonderful family – so fortunate and blessed are you all. love, love, love.

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