Sunday, April 8, 2012

easter...



This is what we thought of and are grateful for today...

He Lives...
I serve a risen Saviour; He's in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He's always near.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair.
I know that He is leading, thro' all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian! Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." Isa 53:3-9

We had a great day today! I love Easter sunday...just alot of memories! Any of you get put in matching dresses with your sisters with straw hats! Ha, oh those were the days! Ones I will never forget though!

Our morning started out getting up early to go to church. After church we ran to Starbucks for a lil boost after getting up early for church and then we took off to my parents house. Can I say that it was a beautiful day! We reached 70! It felt so good to be outside and enjoy the sunshine! We found a few big kid eggs and then hung out a bit before we ate some yummy food. Photos were a must so we had some fun with that...







I had a few golf lessons and hit some balls into the lake! The first photo should explain how much of a golfer I am not! Ha, more lessons to come if this girl ever wanted to go pro...






My parents have a swing in their back yard and Ben and I sat on that for a bit and swang away. It was so peaceful...





I just wanted to share where we were the past two Easters since the accident and show you just how far Ben has come and how God continues to heal him...

April 2010 in California...


April 2011 at the hospital in WA but just back from NJ 3 days before...


and smiles for being home and able to attend Easter service and family fun...


**Please be praying for Ben's family as his grandpa is close to going to heaven. This has been a rough year for us in sickness and death for our families. We will keep you posted on his grandpa...we may be heading down to Cali soon.

13 comments:

Holly said...

I've been a follower of your blog for a few months but I rarely comment, so I apologize for that. But I felt like I wanted to comment today! Your faith and strength throughout this whole process is amazing and inspiring. It makes my heart happy to read your posts and see these pictures of Ben. I don't know either of you, but I can tell that God is truly working through him and you to make this recovery process even better!!! It gives me hope that even after such a tragic accident, Ben is getting closer to walking on his own and doing things for himself everyday. God is amazing.

I guess I'm commenting right now because my former youth group leader, who is only 39 and has 2 young kids, was in a serious car accident this past Thanksgiving and has been in a coma ever since. He is alert now and moves around a lot, but he is technically not out of his coma because he doesn't talk or respond to commands (I'm sure there's more to it than that but I just don't know details). I'd like to ask for prayers, but I'd also like you to know that your blog just gives me comfort that something good WILL happen and Jim WILL wake up and will be able to function again someday because God is amazing! So, thank you for sharing your story on here :)

(P.S. Sorry for the loooong comment!!)

Emily said...

Love the pictures! Praise Jesus for all He has done to heal Ben :] seeing him in those pictures is just amazing!!

faith said...

I was thinking about you and Ben on Easter. Thanks for letting us know how your day was.

faith said...

I was thinking about you and Ben on Easter. Thanks for letting us know about your day.

Jamie said...

Love your jeans. Happy Easter!

thechattymommy said...

Praying for you guys- glad you had a nice Easter.

Anonymous said...

In the picture of you and Ben standing beneath the tree, Ben looks sooooo proud. I will be trusting for Ben's grandpa, for how Ben does, AND for you. Marion

Kim @ The Gab said...

Happy Easter friend!
Loved seeing all the pics. Love the last 2 years too - the changes and growth in Ben are amazing.
Your golf swing looks good :) Let me know if you want to go with me sometime. I love the game. See you soon.

E said...

KATIE! Before I even got to the past Easter photos, I was thinking about how great Ben looks! Wow, JEsus is so faithful! Happy belated Easter!

Anonymous said...

I love the first picture of you two. Ben is looking so handsome.
You both are such a testimony of His love.

Thanks,
Lois

Laurie said...

Glad y'all had a wonderful Easter! You posted my fav hymn too. Looking at the Easter pics from two years to now, Ben has come a long way!! I'm so proud of him. I'll be praying for his grandfather during this time.

B. Wilson said...

Love that outfit!

I love seeing the progression Ben has made and I'm just so proud of you for persevering. Those pictures outsid are cute enough to frame. :)

Love Lace said...

Katie unfortunately I haven't read your blog in a while and when I saw your post today I started reading through all the posts I have missed. Oh my goodness Ben seems to be doing so well. I know there are ups and downs but God is doing amazing things in both of your lives. You are both a blessing to many people.