There's a peace I've come to know
though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "it is well"
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
Victory is won
He is risen from the dead!
-Chris Tomlin "I Will Rise"
Without question, this Easter was one of the most memorable of my life. With all the unknowns and challenges of last Easter, I couldn't help but think of how different this year was. Last year my dad was in the hospital, stricken with cancer and weak from fighting. He was in quarantine and our celebration was very somber. Last year Jim and I were also back from our first trip to Poland and meeting Karolina for the first time. It was hard to celebrate the fullness of the day knowing our daughter was so far. I was still battling morning sickness and we were financially battling the big adoption expenses. Given all that took place, I celebrate where we are this year!!:) I hope your day was equally blessed. Here is a photo recap:
Family picture #1 (outtake). Everyone is smiling, BUT my brother's fingers were in the shot. Try again.
Family picture #2 (outtake). Daddy shooting this time, but Karolina's not happy. Try again.
Family picture #3. I think we got it! It's an Easter miracle!:)
Next time I'll just have to remember to take my apron off before a formal photo of the family. :)
Our first Easter with Karolina! She looks so beautiful here.
Chocolate nests and white punch courtesy of the amazing recipes on Catholic Cuisine. SO grateful for this website!
St. Paul to the Corinthians-
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 2Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death7 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.