Our Easter Weekend in Stuart, Virginia

So what it's been over a week since Easter and I'm just now posting about our wonderful weekend? It took me that long to go through our camera and choose just 15 pictures. Yep, that's right, this post is all about the photos. So bear with me as I narrate the weekend using pictures.

We were invited by our dear friends, the Jacksons, to accompany them to Heather's family's home in the mountains of Virginia to celebrate Easter. (They have a little girl four months older than Anna and they are the best of friends. Anna loves her "Ya-Ya", aka Kiah.) It was an amazing weekend full of great company and great food. I mean, we're talking, eating at least every hour and Starbursts jelly beans and Cadbury eggs thrown in there just in case we were hungry between meals. We were so blessed by this family who opened their home to us and treated us like their own. So sweet and generous and we thank God for them.

This was during our sunrise service. What a view, eh?

You'd hate me if I really added all the pictures from the weekend so I'll begin with our dyeing of eggs. Anna wasn't crazy about it. She thought it was more fun throwing dunking the eggs into the dye and once that was done she was outta there.

Yep, just had to add this one. She didn't want her picture taken in front of all the beautiful eggs.

Easter morning we awoke super early for our own little sunrise service. While I hate all things mornings and curse my alarm clock any time I set it, I'll say getting up to worship Jesus around a fire pit with Travis leading on the guitar and surrounded by mountains did not upset me one bit. I imagined the morning to be much like the morning Jesus arose from the grave: peaceful, quiet, birds chirping going about their business, the sun quietly breaking over the horizon and through the trees. What a glorious day, that morning over 2000 years ago and the morning we worshiped Him for His resurrection.

Kiah with her "Papa"

The Easter Bunny came to visit Anna and Kiah, thanks to Brenda (Kiah's "Mimi"). 

And then there was the Easter egg hunt which was really just hysterical (or rather hysteria). The girls didn't seem to notice the eggs right in front of them. They weren't even hidden! The girls would just walk right by without a clue.

Luckily we got this picture because it was the only time Anna picked up an egg.
She loved carrying the basket though. At least we got that down.
BFFs...This picture was only possible because of what happened in the next picture
Yep, we bribed them with jelly beans. Anything goes on holidays and
when you're trying to get a good picture, right?

I couldn't imagine a better weekend spent with great friends, new friends that felt more like family, tons of food, and the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter as well! 

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