Christus Resurrexit!

by | Apr 9, 2012 | Easter, Pictures | 29 comments

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of craziness and fun.  On Good Friday, following our simple Lenten dinner, I found out that when Snuggles fell on his way out of the van, last Tuesday night, he really hurt his arm.   I called the doctors office and they asked me to bring him in at 6:10 pm.   After examining his arm they sent us (me and my seven children) to the hospital for x-rays.   Apparently he landed on a spot that is surrounded by growth plates and a fracture would require a splint and physical therapy with an orthopedic…  There wasn’t anyone available to read the x-rays and so we had to wait until Saturday for the results.

By the time we were finished at the hospital it was already 8:00 pm, and since Hubby’s flight was suppose to arrive at 10:35, we decided to just stay in town and run a few last minute errands for Easter.  (Friday afternoon, when thinking everything had finally calmed down, I invited a bunch of friends over for Easter dinner.)  Hubby’s flight ended up being late, of course, and we all arrived home just before midnight.  (It’s so nice to have him home again!!!)

Saturday morning we finally had some good news… Snuggles arm isn’t broken, fractured, or dislocated – it will just take about a month to heal.  We then headed to my brother’s home for my niece’s 2nd Birthday party.  We all had a great time and I’m sure I’ll post pictures eventually.  At the party I ended up inviting some of my siblings (Brian and his family, and my other brothers that are currently in town) over for Easter as well.  By the time we got home Saturday night at 6:00 pm, I was just a little bit nervous that I wasn’t going to have enough time to decorate for Easter, fill all the Easter baskets, bake three cakes, make it to Easter Sunday Mass at 9:00 am, and then pull off an Easter dinner for 20 people!   It all came together, with Hubby’s help, and we had such a fun filled Easter with family and friends.

I have tons of pictures to share, but it is going to have to wait.  I’m just a little wiped out from the last 3 weeks and hoping for a peaceful and healthy Easter season, starting with a nice long nap this afternoon since Hubby has today off and our fridge is filled with leftovers.  I’ll be back soon eventually!


  1. Jamie Jo

    Happy Easter Jessica!! Everyone looks wonderful! I love that last picture how you divided the girls and boys, very cute picture. And, I think you are crazy for having that many people over!!!

    Glad everything went good and that hubby is home and Snuggles's arm is fine!

  2. Karla in MN

    Happy Easter Jessica!

    Lovely family photos, so happy to hear that hubby is home safe and sound. I am sure it is wonderful to have an extra adult in the house…enjoy that nap! Blessings from our home to yours. He is risen, He is TRULY risen!

  3. Casey

    Happy Easter! Wishing you some quiet time!!

  4. Stephanie

    Jessica, you have such a beautiful family. Your Easter picture warmed my heart. Happy Easter to you and your family! Rest up. : )

  5. Mimi

    Christ is Risen!
    I'm tired just reading that! Glad it all went well and that your Dh is home safely, and no bones were broken.

  6. Lena

    Alleluia! Prayers for a blessed Easteride with plenty of sleep.

  7. Karen

    Happy Easter! You certainly had a jam-packed three weeks! I hope things calm down a lot for you now that your husband is home again. I'm sure that nap is well deserved.

  8. Theresa

    Happy Easter! Praise God that his arm isn't broken!! Enjoy your husband and rest. BTW, your family is adorable. Love the sweater vests!

  9. Christine

    Happy Easter and I am also glad to hear your husband is home.
    Glad to hear your little one is going to be OK.
    You are amazing as always.
    I was happy to go visit others for Easter!

  10. Mary

    You are an inspiration to any Mother. How you do everything you do is beyond me! Have a blessed Easter and I am glad your husband is back. That is the best Easter present of all!

  11. Mom2Seven

    Happy Easter, Jessica! A beautiful family picture! +JMJ+

  12. Lori

    Happy Easter Jessica! Many blessings from our home to yours!

  13. Kelly

    Happy Easter Jessica and family! Take care of yourself and recuperate! 🙂

  14. Cathy

    What a beautiful family pic! Easter blessings to you and yours 🙂

  15. Aubrey

    Your kids are so adorable; I want to squeeze them! You did a wonderful job getting them ready. I'm glad Snuggles is okay, glad that it's nothing too serious, and glad that DH is home to help care for all of you! Happy Easter!

  16. Jennifer Elia

    Happy Easter!! I have to thank you for your Alphabet of Saints posts, the little peg saints that I painted (with your post's help) were a huge hit. Although, my osn's first comment was, "Where are St Michael and the archangels?" Guess I better start working on that set I was thinking about.
    I gave my daughter a church play set from this site and the little saints have been enjoying many a Mass.
    P.S. The children look beautiful!!

  17. mel

    You are amazing…and maybe a we bit crazy,lol. I think you should take next week off and catch up on have had so much to handle!

  18. Momma Young

    Praise God your little guy's arm isn't broken! How scary! I'm sure your sweet Snuggles will need you to take a little break from blogging to get extra snuggles from his mamma. You deserve a break after the rough few weeks you've had. Plus, you have all of us covered for the 50 days of Easter with your Garden of the Good Shepherd plans.

    Thank you SO much for all that you do and share with us! All that you share makes it so easy for us to teach the faith to our children in such a beautiful way.

    Hugs and love to you and your family! Happy Easter!! 🙂

  19. Anonymous

    Happy Easter! All of the Risen Christ's blessings to you! So happy for you that DH is back, thankful the little guy's arm will be okay, thankful that you are all better…and that you have this precious, beautiful blog for me to look at and use the ideas for my own family. Keep up the fabulous job! You amaze me!

  20. Kelly

    Wishing you the happiest of Easters, Jessica! I'm so glad to hear that Snuggles arm was not as badly injured as they had thought. What an ordeal for you! Praying you are able to get some well deserved rest in the coming week. It must feel *wonderful* to have your husband back home! Your pictures are precious. Sending you love and hugs from Colorado!

  21. Bonnie

    Happy Easter. I want to purchase the "Discover America State by State Alphabet Series". I have not been able to find a bookseller that has an entire set. Also, not one bookseller had the teachers handbooks to go with the books. Would you be so kind to share where you purchased your set.

  22. noreen

    What a beautiful Easter photo of your children! Happy to hear snuggles arm is ok and that you were able to pull everything together for a family Easter celebration. You are an amazing wife and mom to be the lone parent for 3 weeks and pull together an Easter dinner! Rest away!

  23. Jessica Gordon

    I didn't even realize I was doing that, Jamie! 🙂 And, yes, I might just be a little bit crazy, but it was worth it!

  24. Jessica Gordon

    What a neat playset! I hadn't seen that one before. Thanks for sharing the link!

  25. Anonymous

    Snuggles looks just like you! So glad his arm wasn't broken. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos of your family! –Danielle

  26. Jessica Gordon

    I have been purchasing our set a few books at a time from Amazon, waiting for the book price to drop or purchasing used copies. It is an expensive set, but worth the investment. I downloaded the teacher's guides from the publishers website. There should be links in my posts. Hope that helps!

  27. Tiffany

    Popping over to wish you a very peaceful and blessed Easter, Jessica! Your family photo captures the beauty of your family and all the love you put into them:) Praise God for the good news on your Snuggles arm. From one Fire wife to another, let's just say I can empathize;-) Praying you may enjoy your reunion and good family time!

  28. Bonnie

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I just finished reading and enjoying your pictures from Easter dinner etc. You are one busy mother and wife. Your family is blessed!


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