(Our county courthouse.)
I never really thought about holding a sunrise service in the middle of town. (The last few years, our services have been in the middle of nowhere, which tends to be pretty dark.) But in the middle of Butler, there are lights blazing all night long, which changes the effect slightly.
Our church sits across a public park from the courthouse, so this year we took our folding chairs and guitars and headed to the park.
It was a little different, but not much.
We still had geese honking in flight overhead.
For a new twist, we had a freight train pulling through town during communion. (Certainly brightened Micah's day! Easter, candy, and a train!)
Home, changed clothes, back to church.
Baskets of candy, requisite pictures outside.
A gray, rainy morning; joy-filled nonetheless.
And while the kids headed to Grandma & Granddad's house for Easter egg fun, Todd and I embarked on a new Easter Day tradition---an Easter hike on our acreage. The sun actually tiptoed out and brightened things a bit while we were outside, which was an added bonus.
We found a cool spot which holds the promise of trillium blooming in a few weeks.
The nonstop rain has been excellent encouragement for our already-moist wetland to grow an exuberant showing of skunk cabbage.
We found an unknown-to-us wetland plant. (Okay, unknown to me. Todd thinks it's a kind of cattail.)
Water, water everywhere...
So much water, there are spots where it is bubbling up directly from the ground. (Can you see the hole in the center of the puddle? It's one of many spots in our wetland where the water just bursts from the ground. Cool stuff!)
Celebrating Easter Day in the beauty of His creation.
To God alone be the glory.