Monday, April 1, 2013

A Family Gathering...

A Church family gathering, to be more specific. Many gathered at Fox Mountain, quite close to our church, to celebrate the Resurrection, at an Easter Sunrise Service. It was cold, the ground frosty, but we came together to worship. There were lots of hugs, and greetings, noisy chatter, and laughter, then a short service with songs and scripture. Then, as is our pattern, we went to the church to enjoy an Easter breakfast, cooked up by what has to be, the best 'Social Committee' in NS. Others, who had not been at the Sunrise Service, joined in, and once again there was lots of laughter, hugs, and of course eating.

As I look at the pictures I took, I am moved emotionally, as I see these 'family' members, each one so special in their own right. The young, the teens, the university students, home for Easter, parents, grandparents......members of my family, in spirit, if not by blood.

It was chilly, and there was still snow on the ground around us.
Back at the church....
This table was filled with youth and young adults

A little blurry, but I love this picture
Children are so precious, and seem to be able to bring the adults
down to their level. Is she sharing her cheerios?
I have lived in this community longer than anywhere else now, including the city where I was born, and lived 23 years. This is my family now, these special people who are so much a part of my life, and that of my children and grandchildren. I have seen little ones grow up into wonderful, intelligent, warm, friendly adults. Some, I taught in Sunday School, and now Sunday School teachers, with young families of their own. There are even a few around that have children in their 20's. That's a scary thought, and then I realize I taught my own girls, and Dawn's oldest is 16, and sports a beginner's driver's licence.
Ok, enough of thinking about how old I am.......I acknowlege I've been around for a while. Members of this family have shared their love, their support and their prayers, and have helped keep me going when the going got tough.. Some can read me like a book, dare I say.
 I am so very thankful for my church family.


  1. What a really lovely post this is, Bonnie, and I know so well what you mean about the importance of our church family. That looks like the most wonderful Easter gathering - worship and fellowship. What better way to mark this most significant of days.

  2. What a beautiful service, Bonnie - how wonderful to see the sun rise on Easter Sunday (chilly or not).

    I hope you have a blessed spring! <3

  3. Looks like a lovely time with wonderful people. I'm glad you are surrounded by such amazing friends and family.

    Right now, I'm surrounded by sheep. 18 lambs, now. :)

    I guess our Easter weekends celebrated miracles of 2 different sorts...