And no one told me I shouldn't be at church with my "cranky" kids. In fact, there were more children present than usual, and they were all quite well behaved. Here are a few of them.
Yaya keeps telling me this is the best Easter ever. I think our first Pascha in Chicago remains my favorite. The joy was palpable, and the excitement was elevated by Archbishop Job's instructions to an altar server regarding the incense to "fire it up!" That year I was pregnant and nauseated, but my illness abated for the day, and I was even able to enjoy an Easter brunch at the Hancock building. It will be hard to top, but this year does rank among the best. And while it was hard to crawl out of bed an hour ago with the girls, I am looking forward to the rest of day. Vespers at one o'clock will be followed by an egg hunt (the first time we're doing it on Pascha Sunday; it's usually in the next two weeks). Then, we'll come home to rest before heading to dinner at Athena Greek Restaurant.
Finally, the girls are super excited that they both won a coloring contest at one of the local grocery stores.