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Easter Weekend: Horse Shoes

Ryan taught me to play horse shoes this weekend for the first time! I won a game and he won a game. AND we both got Ringers? Slingers? I can’t remember the term. Anyway, it was a gorgeous (3-Day!) weekend and we spent most of it outside. It was so fun seeing all the families and children outside at Wright Park. I love how people start emerging from their homes in the Spring…

Great Expectations

Did anyone else watch PBS’ Masterpiece Classic version of Great Expectations?

Ryan and I had never read the book nor seen any other movies/shows featuring Great Expectations, so we had no idea what to expect. I recently watched the Dicken’s Little Dorritt series online and loved it.

Not knowing anything about the story kept the mystery alive throughout both episodes. I loved following Pip’s story from his poor home at the forge to the streets of London and back home to his brother-in-law. We were intrigued as the intertwined stories of escaped convict Magwitch, the lovely Estella and her “mother” Miss Havisham began unfolding. And, of course, we found Miss Havisham incredibly creepy… (And shocked to find that she played the wife of King George VI in The King’s Speech)

Here’s a quick preview and you can watch the full version online too. http://video.pbs.org/program/masterpiece/

Watch Great Expectations Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Easter with the Lucas Family

It’s been a wonderful Easter weekend. Yesterday Ryan and I went out to Gig Harbor to take some photos of one of our favorite families. They were hosting an Easter party with some of their good friends, family and children. So much fun! We took a bunch of candids, but here are a few we got before the guests arrived.

Sarah HensleyApril 9, 2012 - 5:42 am

Those are beautiful pictures! I especially like the one of the little girl on her dad’s shoulders.

Listen: Old Rugged Cross

Old Rugged Cross by Chris Rice on Grooveshark

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

Sarah HensleyApril 9, 2012 - 5:45 am

Love this song. Did you know this is Grandma’s favorite?