Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jesus Paid it All

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”(Matthew 28:1-10 ESV)

This Holy Week Mike and I have been distracted. Shamefully, too distracted to really think about what this week means to us as Christians. Why is it so easy to forget the sacrifices Jesus made for us on the cross when we are caught up in the details of our lives that seem big and important? When thinking about someone dying for your salvation to forgive you of your sins... everything else should pale in comparison, right?

Fortunately we were able to watch the live stream of our church's Good Friday service on-line and attend an amazing service this morning. These gave us some opportunity to reflect again on the events that led to the Cross, and to pray together.

As a mom, I struggle with the over commercialism of Christian holidays. How do we let Owen have the same Santa & Easter Bunny fun while really helping him to understand the real meaning of the holiday? I think in general, I'll try to keep things small... not that he really understands this year anyway. (You'll find this sentence ironic toward the end of the post... stay tuned)

Here are a few highlights:

The Easter basket had books and SUMMER jammies (Midwest prep)
 He couldn't get the egg open, but he knew there was something in it (puffs), so he gave Mike the 'more' sign.

After church we went to the park. He literally walked half a mile. I'm not even exaggerating. He had a blast.

Everytime he saw dog, he pointed his finger high up in the air and of course shouted 'DOG'.

    He discovered gravel & dirt...  

 Oskee discovered ducks...
Throwing the rocks in the air.

      Getting his hands nice & dirty =)

After the park, we went to the Ford dealership and bought an explorer. So long to Daddy's car, 'Eugene'. You were good to us. We now need something we can fit more people in to.
Buying a car now was a strategic move for us in many ways.. I am happy to fill you in on the details if you are interested. But, it's too long of a story to go in to here.

I'll have to get a shot from a better angle, but she's pretty gorgeous. Now we'll need a nickname for this car. Owen put his finger prints on the 3rd row windows, so it's been officially Christened. So much for keeping things 'small', right? Thanks Mr. Easter Bunny.
Here's a quick shot @ 14 weeks. Officially the start of the 2nd trimester today. I could not be more grateful. I puked right up to the end of the 1st =) I am really thinking girl...
So baby is the size of a lemon. Apparently I am going to have to share my fruit this time around =)

Happy Easter to all of you. May God bless your weeks. Hopefully we can all continue to reflect on his saving grace.

1 comment:

  1. You are too cute...I love you and can't wait to hear if it IS a girl!! ;)