Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our Easter Weekend…

We started our weekend with Easter Fun Day on Saturday morning.

Of course their spoiled with candy and a few little things too. This year included in their basket was a picture of a Temple and a picture of the Prophet Thomas S. Monson. After hearing in General Conference that it was important to have pictures of the Temple throughout your home to remind our Children of what they are working towards I decided that would be a nice addition to their baskets.  They also received kites for the girls and a puzzle for Isaac.

Later in the day we colored our Easter Eggs and David took pictures of the vividly colored eggs..

Then the kids participated in a great Easter Egg hunt in our backyard put on by Grandma and Grandpa Saville. Josh even came over and proved that he’s not too old to hunt eggs with his younger cousins. After their hunt G&G treated them all to Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks Ice Cream cones.

Then late we took the kids to the School field and tried to fly their kites. The wind just wasn’t cooperating. It came in gusts and wouldn’t keep blowing. We’ll have to try again on a windier day.

Sorry about my direction yelling…

So as we’ve made it through one more Holiday without Gabriel in our home, my testimony has grown yet again. I’ve always understood the true meaning of Easter and have never let the commercialized part mean more to me than the true meaning. But this year I believe it really was more important to us than in the past. I believe this year we saw it acting in our great favor. On Saturday night we shared this book with the kids.

It talks about Christ’s great sacrifice for us. We felt it was very important for us to make sure we taught our children the gospel and how it applies to our specific family, especially when we’ve lost a son & brother so recently. I’m proud to say that I think my children understand. Today during Sacrament a good friend gave a talk on the Resurrection and had called me on Saturday to ask my permission to share our story. Of course I told her that would be fine. She did a beautiful job on her talk she had me tearing up before she even mentioned our precious Gabriel. She said her testimony has been strengthened by watching us endure this great trial. I know ours has been strengthened ten fold. Today I can’t express how greatly thankful I am to my Heavenly Father for sending his son and watching him endure so much on our behalf, and for my Savior for enduring so much to make sure we could all return to our Father in Heaven some day.  The Resurrection has never meant so much to me as it has began to in the last 9 1/2 months. It’s bad that it takes losing a son to really feel that awesome gratitude for something I should’ve always felt, but before it was mostly on Easter Sunday when I thought about it. Now it is Daily and sometimes several times throughout the day.  I can’t wait to see my Savior and tell him personally thank you for making it possible for me to see  my son again.


  1. What a beautiful post! I'm so glad that you all had a wonderful Easter. Misty did a beautiful job. I think she made everyone cry. Thank you for sharing your testimony.

  2. What a sweet post. Easter is such a beautiful holiday. I loved Misty's talk. It is so good for our ward to feel like we are experiencing all of this with you. That book that you read to your kids sounds so good - I'd like to find it for my kids.