2/3 but who’s counting?

blogIMG_2825It was a full Easter weekend at Mama’s Empty Nest even if it was only 2/3 full. Notice I choose to view the nest 2/3 full instead of 1/3 empty since four of the six faraway loved ones flew (well, drove) back to the nest to celebrate Resurrection Day with us.

I confess that often I’m a bit envious of those families whose grown children live nearby them. They get to spend all holidays and even regular old every days together whenever they want. When our three were young, Papa and I lived far away from our families and we missed celebrating holidays often with them. And now, with our three strewn across three different states, I find myself in the same predicament.  

Our grown up girls and their spouses managed days off and long drives to spend some good quality family time together with us this Easter weekend. Since we haven’t been together as a family since Christmas, it truly was cause for celebration even though son and daughter-in-law would not be here.

We talked and we ate. We laughed, we ate. We played games, we ate. The girls made Easter favors; the guys helped Papa drag out the outdoor furniture and then had their usual target practice. And did I mention we ate? We curled up in the family room and watched “Saving Mr. Banks” together and we ate some more. And then we celebrated our Savior’s victory over death at our church where Papa and I were narrators for the Easter Cantata.

What a glorious weekend! Even the weather cooperated and we enjoyed two sunshine-filled warm days. We broke out the ladder golf game and ate lunch outside on the back yard deck.

All too soon, time arrived for them to leave and drive back to those other states where they reside. Papa and I stood on the deck waving goodbye as each car pulled out of our driveway. We walked back into our quiet home and started cleaning up the kitchen, loading the dishwasher, tidying up.

Afterwards, we plunked down in our usual spots in the empty family room. Papa fired up the laptop; Mama turned on the TV to watch The Amazing Race. But our day of joy wasn’t over yet. The phone rang and our empty nest felt complete when we heard our son’s voice wishing us a Happy Easter.

Family love fills my tank. Time spent together is the fuel, whether it’s in person or on the phone. And believe it or not, life is full in our nest even when it’s empty.

“Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.” ~ John Homer Miller

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And so it begins

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The week has begun.  It actually started yesterday with the celebration of Palm Sunday.  Holy Week.  As a Christian, this week is one of the most important aspects of my faith.  And right now, I don’t have a lot of words.  No, my words elude me.  I don’t have words for what Jesus did on the cross for me.  For you.  For all of us.  Because the words are written as perfectly as they can be right in the Word – the Bible.  And how can I express it any better than that?

So you won’t find many words this week here at Mama’s Empty Nest.  Because I am speechless that a Savior would leave the glory of heaven to come to earth and face what He did just to save my soul. And yours.

I have no words for the agony of the cross and the miracle of the resurrection.  No words.  But if pictures paint a thousand words, I can do that.  I can depict my thoughts, my feelings, my words with my photos. So in a deviation from the norm, that’s what you will see this week – photos with very few or no words.

May they help you contemplate this holy week if you are a believer in Christ and if not, may they lead you to come to know Him.

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