Friday, April 2, 2010

Such a Good Friday.

It is so glorious outside right now that I have to contain myself from singing, as if I'm one of the Van Trapp Family singers, or perhaps Neil Patrick Harris.

This is the first Easter since I've moved to Maryland that I've been able to feel warmth on my arms, and it is a resurrection of sorts. A return to warmth, a return to boundless energy and mud pies in the backyard. New life! The grass is risen! It is risen indeed!

I don't care that for the third day in a row, I am posting a picture of my children playing in the sun. If that isn't a holy thing to show during this Holy Week, I don't know what is:

I am going to finish writing this, and then I am going to make the glaze for my Easter Ham, using a can of Dr. Pepper and some brown sugar. I'm pretty sure that Giada or The Barefoot Contessa would not approve. Paula Deen surely would, so I am comfortable with this decision.

My glaze will cool in the pan and my husband will be home from a meeting in DC. I cannot yet share what the meeting is about, but I know that the results were good, and Paul is happy.

I will be glad to see him, and I'm especially happy that I will see him smiling, his shoulders no longer stiff with tension. I don't give him enough credit for all he carries to keep our family aloft. We float effortlessly on his iron wings.

When the boys wake up, we will walk to The Bay, and I will soak up the remaining sun. I will look to the heavens, and on this Good Friday, I will mean it all the more: "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."


Unknown Mami said...

Enjoy the smile on Paul's face and the sun on your arms. Have a wonderful Easter.

blueviolet said...

It sounds like the perfect Easter weekend is in store for you!

Jenny said...

Beautiful children. Beautiful sunshine. I always use cherry coke with brown sugar for my ham glaze but I bet it tastes almost the same!

Happy Easter!

michelle said...

The grass is risen! It is risen indeed! Too funny. It takes me back to the days before I was a lapsed Episcopal. Ha

And Paula Deen will give you a gold star if you slather the sliced Dr Pepper glazed ham with mayonnaise.

Maggie May said...

I must have ham this Easter


Dr Pepper? YUM

Coby said...

Just lovely. I love the picture of Joel doing the "toddler squat," sippy cup in hand.

Kiera said...

I got chills.

and paula would approve. you're clear!

my good friday was not good. it was filled with small sufferings. A LOT of them. i lost my shit.

happy easter!

JennyMac said...

Love the pics..and kids playing in the sun is well worth many posts. Have a great Easter.

Ms. Moon said...

My children have gently demanded ham this Easter, too. Sigh.
I love that you are in this place of sunny peacefulness. Cherish it.

SamiJoe said...

Saw this and thought of you--the Peeps part! LOL

SamiJoe said...

oh for goodness sake,

you need the link,

Joanna Jenkins said...

Welcome home Paul and Happy Easter!

Cat said...

You had me at Neil Patrick Harris... sounds like a lovely day

Mrs4444 said...

You deserve such blessings. I'm happy for you.

My brother's Easter ham glaze was made with rootbeer! And yes, it was delicious :)