Sorry it took so long to post this…it rained and rained here!
“Molly, will you please bring the baskets?” Caroline asked as she walked down the steps.
“Okay,” Molly replied, picking the baskets up.
“I’m going to find all the pink eggs!” Jillian squealed.
“I won!” Tracy exclaimed, bounding off the bottom step and on to the grass.
“Yeah, good for you, Trace,” Isabelle muttered.
Saige did a flying leap over Tracy’s head, and landed with a thud in the grass. “Woo! I’m second!” Saige panted.
“Go on, Coconut. Go and play with Chocolate Chip. Just jump off that step. It’s not very high off the ground,” Issy coaxed.
“Caroline, will you help me down?” Jillian asked.
“Yes,” Caroline answered, reaching up to help Jilly down.
“Come on, Molly,” Emily said quietly, waiting for her.
“I’m coming,” Molly replied, quickening her pace.
“Molly, please pass the baskets out,” Caroline said, taking a seat in the grass.
“Okay,” Molly said as she got up.
“But first, who wants one?” Caroline asked.
Jillian, Emily and Molly all raised their hands.
“That’s only three, anybody else?” she asked again.
Reluctantly, Isabelle and Saige put their hands in the air.
“I’m only doing this to win,” Saige muttered.
“Molly, are there five baskets?” Caroline asked.
Molly checked. “Yes, there are exactly five.”
“Here, Jilly,” Molly said, handing her a small, blue bag. “A little bag for a little girl.”
“Here, Saige,” Molly dropped a bag in Saige’s lap.
“Don’t you think that you are a little too old for this?” Saige questioned.
“Do you think that you are a little old for this? And no, I don’t. I want to be a kid a little longer; plus, I enjoy doing this, and that’s what matters.” Molly turned on her heel and walked away.
Molly approached Isabelle and handed her a bag.
“Thanks!” Issy exclaimed.
“Thank you,” Emily said quietly, taking hers
“I guess this is mine, then,” Molly announced, holding the basket by its handle.
“Okay, on three, you can start,” Caroline said, “One…two…THREE!”
The girls ran off to find the eggs.
“I found one!” Isabelle thought excitedly as she stashed it in her bag.
“They hide one here every year!” Molly reached down into a ditch and pulled out a blue egg.
“I found a pink one!” Jilly thought, grabbing it.
“I found one!” Emily said, opening her bag.
“I bet no one else has found one yet!” Saige thought, putting it in her bag. She got up to look for more.
“And here’s another!”
“This must be one of the last ones,” Emily decided as she pulled a green one out from under some leaves.
“More pink!” Jillian exclaimed.
The girls gathered at the starting point to be judged.
“I bet that I got the most,” Saige boasted, holding up her bulging bag for every one to see.
“Good for you. Not,” Issy breathed, looking away.
“Please hold out your bags so that I can count the eggs,” Caroline announced. After looking in all the bags, Caroline said, “And the winner is…
Saige!” She walked over to raise Saige’s hand in the air. “Saige found five eggs. Second place is…Jillian! Third goes to Molly, and a tie for fourth between Emily and Isabelle.”
The girls dashed off to eat their candy.
Tracy, who had been playing with the dogs, came to a stop next to Caroline. “Tracy, what did you mean by “real fun”?” Caroline asked, remembering when they had come outside.
“Oh, nothing, just…
THIS!!! DOG PILE!!”
“TRACY!!” Caroline screamed.
Later that night…..
“Ahhh! Its the Evil Owl! Back to base!” Jillian screamed with delight, dashing towards the bunk beds.
“I think that we ought to be going now, Caroline,” Viola said, “Thank you for hosting!”
“Thank you for coming,” Caroline replied.
“Jillian, we need to go,” Viola called.
“Okay, mommy, I’m coming,” Jillian sighed.
The Turner family was escorted to the door. Jillian hugged Caroline. Molly and Issy waved. Saige shook hands with Viola. And then the door closed. The sisters walked back to the bedroom.
“I’m bored!” Tracy yelled.
“Yeah, I’m bored to,” Molly said as she sat down on the end of Isabelle’s bed.
“What do we do now?” Saige asked, taking out her earrings, “Pig out on candy?”
“We could get ready for bed. We have school tomorrow.” Caro suggested.
“And why would we want to do that,” Tracy asked.
“Well it 7:00, so we may as well anyway,” Caroline said, avoiding the question.
“No. That says 6:59, not 7:00. Therefore, we don’t have to go to bed,” Tracy decided.
“Says who?” Caroline challenged.
“Says the oldest.”
“Hey Tracy, can I have your earrings?” Saige asked.
“Sure,” Tracy replied, dropping them in Saige’s hand.
20 minuets later….
“I’ll button that for you, Emily,” Saige said kindly, brushing Emily’s hair out of the way.
“Thank you, Saige,” Emily replied
Caroline walked into the bedroom. “Molly, will you help me make your bed?”
“Okay!” Molly answered as she finished braiding her long hair.
As Molly started to fold the carpet, Caroline pulled a blanket out from under the bed. “Just one more button, Emily. Done!” Saige said.
Once Caro had spread the blanket out on the floor and Emmy had wiggled under the covers, Molly walked over and handed Emily her special doll. Molly had hers tucked under her arm. “Here you go, Em!”
“Thanks, Molly,” Emily took her doll.
Tracy tucked her phone under her pillow just as Issy walked in.
She was brushing her teeth. “Oh, is everybody else ready?” she asked.
“Yep,” Caroline nodded.
“Okay, I’ll be right back then.” She walked away.
Shortly after Isabelle came back without her toothbrush. She pushed the covers aside and climbed into bed. Coconut jumped up and licked her face. “Yes, I love you to,” Issy giggled.
“I’ll tuck you girls in, in a second,” Caroline promised, sliding off the bed.
“Good night, Saige,” Caroline said, kissing Saige on the cheek.
“Good night, Caroline,” Saige replied.
“Night, Issy,” Caroline smiled, kissing Isabelle on the forehead.
“Night night,” Issy snuggled deeper down under her covers.
“Love you girls. Good night,” Caroline said.
“Love you,” Emily said quietly.
“Ditto,” Molly rolled over in bed.
Caroline turned towards Tracy. “Night, Tracy,” she leaned over Tracy.
“No way. You are NOT kissing me,” Tracy protested, squirming away.
Caroline walked into the living room, and grabbed a book.
She came back and hopped up on her bed. The book she had picked up was the Bible. Then she turned to Luke chapter 24. “On the very first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb,” she began,”They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus….Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” Caroline finished, closing the Bible.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this day that you created. Please bring people to the light. . . you. Thank you for dying on the cross to save us from our sins. And in Jesus’ name, Amen,” Caroline prayed. A chorus of “Amen” came from the girls.
And then the girls went to sleep.