The past 7 days in  iphone photo review...

I enjoyed a girls day out (Keesha's last girl hurrah before Haiti) last Sunday with my local Via family. I love these ladies.

Ella had her first cooking lesson with our dear friend and amazing cook! We all enjoyed the fruits of their labor that evening. 

Zoe was a bit sad to say "see ya later" to her Monzie. I think Monzie looks a bit excited =)

Family togetherness before our final "see ya later". They made it safe and sound to Haiti yesterday!

We made a quick trip up to my brothers graduation from the Montgomery Co. Maryland police academy. I can't believe my "baby"  brother is now Officer Briggs. I am so proud of him.

We drove home from my Mom's just in time for the kids soccer game. Zoe likes to pass the time at the games pretending she is some sort of animal or another.

And today. Ah, today. Slow, restful yet productive...with the sweet surprise of a lilac bush blooming in our yard.
It's the little things that are filling my heart today.

Oh man, I've got lots of posts buzzing around in my head. Lot's o. But it is a bit of a busy season we are in and I've got a household of sickies at the moment (just head colds, thankfully!) so for now, a photojournal will have to do...

a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.

on the floor

on my lap at church

on an airplane

in the car

anywhere we put the pac-n-play

the cool tile stairs

on Daddy's shoulders

I woke up yesterday in my usual Holy hangover that comes after all the fun of last weeks festivities. 

It really is the best week of the year...but, shew...I'm tired! Good thing I decided last minute scheduled in a Semi-Spring break for this week.

A look through the rest of our Holy week and Easter...

The foot washing after our passover meal. I love the way you can tell Zoe is hanging onto every word her Daddy is saying.

Egg dyeing. Also known as the night to drop and spill everything.
I made the kids take a picture before church...while it was still really cold out. I told them to suck it up and try not to look so cold. I think Zoe tried, she really did.

The three best looking boys I know!

So lovely.
We had some of our Via family up for Easter dinner and an egg hunt. Love these people.

Michaela didn't mind being put on the floor =)

Jeremiah giving out the "rules" for the egg hunt. Serious business.

Emma found the golden egg and was so proud!

Happy Easter everyone!

Historically, extra effort was spent cleaning house by the Jewish people on the week of (or weeks leading up to) Passover. Everything was to be spotless in preparation for this holiday. 

For us, we have always set aside one day during Holy Week as our clean house, clean hearts day. 

A spiritual Spring cleaning, if you will. 

We spend some time working together as a family on some cleaning tasks, and we talk about how Christ is the one to make our hearts "clean." 

Now that my kids are getting older (and three of them have personal relationships with Jesus) I can actually go into depth on these subjects (who knew that day would actually come?...). I took some time to talk with each of the big ones on what it looks like to go the Lord when your heart needs some cleaning. I shared some simple prayers I pray when I feel distance from the Lord, or when I know I have messed up. Needless to say, I know those prayers by heart. 

My kids aren't perfect. Their mother isn't perfect. We mess up over and over. And over again. Therefore, the training on how to get things right with God are a needed lesson...for all of us.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10