Mom and Dad’s Front Yard, 32 Years Later

I was going to write about the joy we feel when we are all together, how much I love my family, how proud I am of my brothers and sisters-in-law, how I don’t think of them as “in-laws” at all, ever, how I never knew I could love their kids almost as much as I love my own… But then I saw what my Dad wrote on his blog, and it summed it all up:

Lanting Family

from left to right: Andrew,Kevin,Joshua,Lynn,Sarah,Dad,Mom,Rob,Joel Jr.,Mark,tree man,Abbey,Jared,Joel Sr.,Lillian,Lisa.  row2: Alistair,Brooke,Aaron,Maddie,Whitney,Caleb,Me,Isabelle

Today we had our family over to celebrate Easter.
I think this day will stand out as a highlight in my life.
It is amazing to me how very much they all love each other.
Not a cross word,not a sarcastic comment,just peace.
Thank You God.

That my Dad felt “peace” with 13 little kids running all over his house yesterday is a true sign of God’s real peace.  I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude when we are all together.  I feel God’s hand of blessing on our family, and know so much of it has to do with my Mom and Dad’s love and commitment to God and each other.

Easter Dress

Same front yard as 1978.  A little has changed since then.

That’s My King!

This video about our King Jesus gets me every time.

I’m getting me and the girls ready to head out to our Good Friday Service at GCC. We watched a kids video about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection this morning, and I was reminded of this video.

Remember our King as you watch it today, and as you celebrate His resurrection this weekend.

Easter Dress, 1978

Easter Dress

Easter 1978.  I am holding hands with my brother Joel (my baby brother).  Behind me is Mark, who is 1 yr older than me, and next to him is my oldest brother Kevin.  I loved having all brothers.  They made me tough.  They also helped me understand boys later in life.  I married their best friend when I was 19.  They weren’t too sure what they thought of that, but now I think they’re happy.

Being around all boys all the time also made me very glad I was a girl.  I loved to dress up.  I especially loved Easter because I not only got a new dress, but shiny new white shoes and a purse to match every year.  All my brothers got were dress shirts and hand me down leisure suits.  I was a lucky gal indeed.  I was not spoiled, but I always felt special being the only girl.  My Grandmother who had 9 grandchildren, all boys, before me, made sure I knew I was special every time I was with her.  I grew up believing that. 

Who are calling out in your life as special?  I can’t tell you what dressing me up and calling me special did for me growing up.  It was a simple thing, really.  Such a simple act went so, so deep.

Now, I’ve got 3 amazingly beautiful girls to dress up and call special.  They have to share their sisterhood with each other, but it is amazing to me how individual and unique each girl is.  They are indeed special.  I am so blessed. 

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Passion Week









I found this info at, and thought I’d pass it along to you. To really immerse yourself into Passion week, 

  • Print something like this list out and place it somewhere you’ll see throughout the day. 
  • Revisit the days of Passion week in your mind and think about Jesus.
  • Read through the Gospel account of Passion week in your Bible. 

Fix your eyes on Him.  Let His love for you fill you to overflowing this week.  It’s what I’m going to do, and hope you do as well.