After that, we went to church, where everyone commented on how pretty Sophia looked for Easter. The dress she's wearing was actually my dress as a little girl, which my mother saved for when I had my own children. It's in pretty good shape for being 23 years old and having survived no less than a dozen moves!
Church was lovely. Our worship pastor, Mark, put together a beautiful program of traditional hymns, and one of our teenage congregants, a very talented musician, played his electric fiddle, which is just so evocative. Our pastor gave a decidedly "unoriginal" Easter sermon--his joke about how you simply can't improve on the message of Easter: "He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, died and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day, He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead." Amen, indeed!
After church, we went home, and Sophia took a brief nap. Then, we spent some time dying Easter eggs together, which was a lot of fun. Brian had never done it without an "egg dying kit," and he got such a kick out of the fact that we could dye the eggs with just a few things that were already in our pantry. If you've never dyed eggs "from scratch" before, you just put 20 drops of food coloring into 1/2 c. boiling water with 1 t. vinegar.
In the afternoon, we headed down to Federal Way to have Easter dinner with some dear friends. It was such a wonderful time, and Sophia was even pretty cheerful for the most, though her lack of sleep did catch up with her by the end of the visit, and she was pretty cranky.
Just before we headed home, the sun came out; all morning it had been gray and pouring rain. Seeing the beautiful blue sky and the brilliant sunshine after such dreary weather was an awesome reminder of the message of Easter. I hope you all had as memorable and blessed a holiday as we did.
Oh, and last but not least: Sophia pulled herself up to standing on the couch yesterday! It didn't last long, but it seems that she's quickly progressing toward walking. We can hardly believe it, but we're so excited.