Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Day Before Easter!

Dear Friends,

The skies have been cloudy for the past few days, but they haven't put a damper on the joys of springtime and the celebration of new life!

We do our Easter baskets the Saturday before Easter, to help the children separate the pagan from the religious. :)

This year, even the Tall Dolls had baskets of their very own!

The dolls had a lovely tea with hat-shaped cakes and pizzas~

And we have been  attempting to imitate God's glorious creations. . . ~

. . . with our watercolor paints~

 . . . And working on our family's first book, "Spanish for Mormons"~

Yesterday we found a special package on our doorstep. Have you ever seen a box glowing with love? This one was! It was from our dear blog friend Linnie of The Butt'ry and Book'ry, and inside were seeds from her farm and a beautifully-decorated goose egg that she painted. Thank you, Linnie; it will become a treasured heirloom!

We hope you are enjoying this day, whether sunny or gray!



Easter Week 
See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices;
Fields and gardens hail the spring;
Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices,
While the wild birds build and sing.

You, to whom your Maker granted
Powers to those sweet birds unknown,
Use the craft by God implanted;
Use the reason not your own.
Here, while heaven and earth rejoices,
Each his Easter tribute bring-
Work of fingers, chant of voices,
Like the birds who build and sing. 
by Charles Kingsley


  1. What a lovely day! Thank you my friend for sharing it.

    And have a blessed weekend!

    Mrs. M.

  2. You are one talented family! Love seeing what you all are up to. I so miss having little girls! Wish I had the imagination I have now, when I had mine. ENJOY! Happy Resurrection day tomorrow.

  3. Such a lovely cake and sweet treats. I enjoyed my visit today.

    We made ice cream the other night with honey for the sweetner it was so good. Such an old fashion flavor.

    I hope all is well for you and you have a blessed Sabbath.

    Love Erika

  4. Dear Marqueta,

    It looks like Easter has arrived at your house! I love the paintings! I am inspired. The wildflower looks like ranunculus. I love, LOVE the painting of the branches in the bucket. You are on your way to being a nature artist!


  5. PS -- You ARE a nature artist. What I mean is that I envision you as a published nature artist. xoxo

  6. A happy Easter to you and yours Marqueta. Your blossom picture is truly beautiful, I so wish that I could paint. I have tried evening classes, but sadly, I just don't have any talent whatsoever. Kindest regards Devina x

  7. What beautiful water color paintings!
    Marqueta I so enjoyed seeing the Goose Egg on your blog! I am so very happy you liked it ;-)
    Happy happy Happiness to you
    and you Lovely Family on Reserrection Day!
    Love Linnie

  8. Hope you and yours has a joyous Easter!

  9. Happy Easter my friend may it be a blessed one! The water colors were lovely as well as your new treasure. Love Heather :)

  10. Dear Marqueta and Children,

    What a lovely package full of delightful gifts you received from Linnie! The hand painted egg is exquisite! Linnie is so sweet and so talented! Your spring drawings are lovely! The dolls look so pretty and they must have enjoyed their hat cakes and pizzas! A Joyous Resurrection Day to you and your family!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah at the Corgyncombe Courant

  11. Happy Easter, what a fun and blessed way to celebrate. Enjoy and rejoice xoxo Clarice

  12. How sweet and wonderful your paints are!
    Yes, my friend, the shake is just wonderful!!!
    HE is risen!!!!

  13. I am thankful you had a good Easter--we did to, except for the thnderstorms that night!

    Your paintings are wonderful--keep at them, I wanna see more!

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,


    PS--There are a LOT fewer snakes on my mountain lately!

  14. Marqueta,

    It sounds like you had a lovely day with your family. I really liked the water color picture of the trees with the pink blooms. It was so pretty. :)

    At any rate, I wanted to thank you for following my poetry blog, "A Housewife and Her Poetry," the other day. I also have a main blog too, which I hope that you will visit:

    You have a lovely blog here! I hope that you had a lovely Easter, and I look forward to getting to know you better. :)


    -L. Rose

  15. Dear Marqueta,
    I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter day!
    It looks like you had a wonderful pre~Easter celebration as well. Yummy goodies!
    I love how the dolls had their own baskets too!

  16. Lovely post - looks like you had a marvelous day - wonderful watercolors! I need to get my paints out!
    Hope you have a blessed week,

  17. I am just loving your music tonight. The artwork is lovely, nice job!

  18. Dear Marqueta,
    What a lovely egg you received, just exquisite workmanship. You must have felt like you were in Tasha land when you opened that package:-) Hope your Resurrection Sunday was special! The dollies sure look happy..LOL!


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