I can’t believe May is upon us. The past couple months have absolutely flown by. Although I have loved every stage of Hughes’ life, the age he is at right now (6 months on Friday) is SO FUN. He is no longer a needy newborn who requires our attention most of the time; he has learned independence and does a great job playing by himself. We are really starting to see his personality shine. He is laid-back, goes with the flow, and babbles/ giggles/ smiles all.the.time. He doesn’t miss anything that happens in a room and is constantly moving and jumping. I could sit and watch him all day long, particularly when he doesn’t think I’m looking. He is so funny to me and seems to learn something new every day. Anyways, this post isn’t about Hughes but I thought I would give you a little update.
We celebrated Easter in Hilton Head this year. It was a little different not being home and going to church, but it was an Easter I won’t forget. Every year, there is a sunrise service on the 18th green at Harbour Town and tour pros help lead the service. Chesson had agreed to be a part of it a few weeks prior. Due to the weather delays, the service was in jeopardy all weekend because if every player didn’t finish their Saturday round, they would have to finish early Sunday morning thereby making the 18th hole not usable for the service. Luckily everyone finished right at sunset on Saturday and it was a tough finish for Chesson. He was in the Top 5 going into hole #18 and triple-bogeyed. He was pretty bummed Saturday night and candidly, not as excited about getting up at dark Sunday morning to go lead the Easter service.
I wasn’t all that excited about getting up so early either, but felt it was important to support Chesson and celebrate the most important day in the Christian faith! 6:30am came quickly and we both dressed and slipped out of the house (leaving H sleeping). It was cold and overcast and I wondered if only a few people would show up. As we were driving into the course, we could see people walking and biking onto the property in droves. They slowed filled in the grandstands of 18 and some musicians started playing worship songs. By the midpoint of the service, there were probably 1000 people gathered to celebrate. A couple of other pros, Ben Martin and Richard Lee, read Scripture and did a responsive reading, then they had Chesson come up and talk about his faith, why Easter is important to him, and offer some encouragement to the crowd.
I couldn’t help but think that 12 hours earlier, he was standing in the same spot making a triple bogey, and now here he was talking about how temporary everything on earth is in light of eternity and nothing that he does on the golf course defines him. It was one of those moments that is ingrained on my heart because we both believe that God has given us the platform we have right now for a reason. Although Chesson is quite outgoing and gets a lot of attention for his funny nature/ finger snap/ “Sun’s out, Gun’s Out”/ overall goofiness, we hope they also see the parts of us that really matter. (Or at least of him. I stay more out of the spotlight, which I’m totally fine with ) We have had a lot of reason for celebration in the past year, but none of that compares to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and forgiveness of sin, fulfilling God’s plan for the restoration of all of humanity, freely given to all who believe!
After the service, we had a quick breakfast together in player dining, just the two of us. Most of the only other people in there were the pros who had woken up to come to the service (Stewart Cink, Cameron Tringale, Jordan Spieth to name a few). We don’t get a lot of quiet moments together during a tournament, so it was a nice way to wrap up the morning before going back to the house to see our little man… who was still sleeping! Although it was a different Easter morning that I’m used to, it was a great one.
I hope each of you had a wonderful Easter celebration, and that it consisted of more than dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies… although let’s be real, the white chocolate Reese’s eggs are heavenly. But in all seriousness, our prayer is that each one of you would understand the real significance of Easter.