Today was a full day at the Bourlon home. Joley wore her
first Easter dress to church (thank you Aunt Mary Ellen for such a lovely outfit!). We were reminded today at church about what Jesus' resurrection truly means for us. I think this quote sums it up better than I could ever try and articulate:
"The goodness in redemption extends itself to the lower creation. It takes in not only man, but the whole of creation, except the fallen angels…The fall of man brought misery not only upon himself, but a vanity upon the creature; the earth groaned under a curse for his sake…debased to serve the lusts of a traitor; his enmity, luxury, sensuality.
But when all the fruits of redemption shall be completed, the goodness of God shall pour itself upon the creatures, “deliver them from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the goodness of God”…freed from the vanity under which they are enslaved (Rom 8:21)… Nature shall put on triumphant vestments… Thus does the divine goodness spread its arms over the whole creation."
–Stephen Charnock, “Existence and Attributes of God.”
After church, Uncle Hal, Aunt Patty, Beau, Reed, and Bella came to Austin to meet Jolene and brought lots of kisses and laughter for her.Pretty little smocked dress from Great Aunt Mary Ellen.
Group shot...I think we took this same picture over Christmas when Jolene was still growing inside of Mommy.
Reed did such a good job of holding his cousin.
Bella and Aunt Patty spend some girl time with Joley who is filling them in on the how much she hates to be naked.
Sweet cousins Reed and Beau give Jolene kisses.
She has really started to notice Baron lately. He has been kind enough to shower her with kisses and his hot, stinky breath. They're going to be the best of friends. Right now, they have a whole lot in common. They spend their days eating, sleeping, and pooping.
Joley waves to the paparazzi in true beauty queen fashion.
"Happy Easter" says Jolene as she waves again like a beauty queen (where does she get that?).
Mommy's turn to pose with the little monkey before leaving for church.
Aunt Patty and Cousins Bella, Reed, and Beau (those are his hands holding her left hand) get to know their newest cousin.
Thank you guys for coming to visit us. Little Jolene is sure to have a great time in the future with her Houston cousins...hopefully we'll see you all again soon.