Happy Easter 2014

We had beautiful, perfect weather here on Easter Sunday!
We have always spent Easter with our families, but this year it was just the two of us.
 The benefit of being home for Easter is getting to go to our own church, which we love!
Our practice is growing (which is a blessing) and Brandon works 6 days a week and is on-call 24/7, which means he has very little time off. 
(Which also explains my lack of blogging.)
He has been working that schedule for over 2 years now...that combined with the responsibilities of being the owner and the only doctor is a tremendous amount of stress on a person. 
Needless to say, it's just gotten to be too much for us to be running up and down the roads for every holiday and event. 
This is a season, we know this, and we were fully aware when we chose this path-the path God called us to take, but we still have to protect what little time off Brandon has. 
The emergency phone rang all weekend, of course. 
You just come to expect that on holidays.
"My 5 lb. dog got into the kids' Easter basket and ate half a chocolate bunny..." Yep. Never fails.
My man can't get a break for anything. 
Last year he performed an emergency splenectomy after hours on Good Friday, with no staff help except for me, and spent the night in a dog kennel with the patient at the clinic and then all Easter weekend checking on the patient.
Thankfully, we didn't have anything nearly as dramatic this year.
 We have 7 pets total, but Sanford is the only one who knows how to cooperate for pictures, especially when we're dressed in our Sunday best.
 My handsome husband and dapper little Pug!
The secret to our family pictures: a tripod.
After we came home from church and took pictures we changed and headed out to the golf course.
Brandon asked me if I would be his caddy for a round of golf on his birthday, which was Saturday before Easter, but the weather was horrible here.
So, I suggested Sunday afternoon instead.
 I'm not sure I was much help, but I really enjoyed the quality time (my love language) and just being outside. 
It was a really peaceful and relaxing afternoon.
After golf we came home and had grilled Georgia shrimp, spinach fettuccine with pesto, and yellow and green beans and buttermilk pie for dessert.
We hope you had a wonderful Easter that focused on the true meaning.
I was extra emotional this year as 20 years ago (4.4.94)(at age 8) on Easter Sunday I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. It wasn't even a choice, it was a conviction so strong I could do nothing but act on it. I can still feel it like it was yesterday. I'm thankful for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus's death on a cross for our sin and that it's not about being or doing "good enough." It's about a personal relationship revolving around grace, mercy, unfailing love, forgiveness and redemption. Our Heavenly Father is the only One capable of completely extending any of those things to us. Sacrificing His only Son by a brutal death on a cross + forgiveness of our sin + a promise of eternal life = a love so big we can't even comprehend. Oh, how He loves us.
Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe. 
Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow.


  1. Love your last few statements! SO true!! gorgeous pictures!

  2. Amen to the last paragraph!! Beautiful photos of the two of you. Love your Lilly dress.

  3. What a great anniversary to commerate. Love your Lilly dress and you both make such a lovely couple in your Easter best.

  4. Your last paragraph gave me chills. Very well written! Your dress is bomb and you both look great! Even your pug :)

  5. You guys are too much, so cute! Love your Easter outfits and Sanford's little bow tie!

  6. Hello Cherish,

    Beautiful photos and words. Really enjoy your blog, so interesting and uplifting.
    You sure are a Southern Belle!

    Hilary from British Columbia, Canada

  7. I love the photos of you & Brandon! Too cute. That dress from Lilly that you are wearing is adorable on you sweet girl... ps love seeing little Sampson with that bow tie!


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