Monday, March 28, 2011

Grocery Store Melt-Down

This song is rocking my world right now. I bought the album a few days ago and started listening to it on the way to the grocery store, which turned out to be a mistake because I ended up a weeping, snotty mess in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Market. I'm not really a crier, so my first reaction when the tears start flowing is, "What's wrong with me?" which is not a question easily answered. 

I finally composed myself enough to go in the store, but the "what's wrong with me?" wouldn't go away. I pushed my cart through the aisles wondering why this song had affected me so much until finally, right there in front of the shampoo and conditioner, it hit me. Death. My heart was breaking over all the death and brokenness in the world and in my own life and the lives of people I love. 

Physical death. Emotional death. The death of hopes and dreams and relationships. Everything is broken and dying.

BUT (here's my favorite part of the song) Jesus trampled over death and calls us to... 

come awake, come awake
come and rise up from the grave.

And there's the hope. Even though we're surrounded by death, we can be alive. 

I don't know about you, but I want to be fully awake and alive. Even though it's Monday. :-)

P.S. My other favorite part is at 2:38. Gives me chills.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break Day O' Fun - 4

Day 4: Birthday Fest!

I'm a St. Patty's Day girl and I had a wonderful birthday. The day started with the most amazing gift...sleeping late! Like til 10 o'clock! Yes, amazing.

I woke up (in my green pajamas, of course) to two giddy little girls at my bedside, one holding my robe and one holding my fuzzy slippers. They led me to the kitchen for a birthday breakfast they had prepared all by themselves, decorations and all. Aren't they the sweetest?!

That afternoon, we went to see Tangled with Monner -- so cute, it may be my new favorite Disney movie -- then back to Monner's where the girls decorated birthday cupcakes for me. That evening, Ron & I went out for dinner and shopping all by ourselves.  Glorious Thanks to Mark & Melissa for watching our kids so we could have a fun night out.

So, a fantastic Day 4 of Spring Break! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Break Day O' Fun - 3

Day 3: Cheesecake and Presents!

Today, we celebrated the March birthdays of our family with a girly lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. I'm so lucky to live near my amazing mom & sisters and the awesome OKC contingent of cousins (we miss our faraway cousins, though, and made sure to eat enough cheesecake for you).

The birthday girls...


Me and the candle that wouldn't blow out.


It's always so fun to be with my family! Especially when they give me presents. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Break Day O' Fun - 2

Day 2: Skating!

Today we went on a field trip with the Rock Island kids to the fabulous Roll-a-Way roller rink. Everyone seemed to have a good time, even though there was a rather large learning curve on the skating for most of the kids (which meant all the adults were very tired after holding up slippy-slidey little bodies for 2 hours). Fun, fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Day O' Fun - 1

I cannot tell you how happy I am that it's SPRING BREAK! We've been dealing with sickness and crazy schedules and homework and regular work and all the other good stuff you just need a break from every now and then, so our biggest plan for Spring Break is to rest (ahhhh). But we also want the kids to have some fun, so we're doing a little something every day to make the week special.

Day 1: Crafty Day!

My super crafty friend, Melissa, came over and we made signs for our One Word. I put mine in the kitchen so I will constantly see it and be reminded that it's worth it to finish what I start. I love it! 

And the girls made super cute signs for their rooms. They love craftiness. Can you tell?

Are you doing anything for Spring Break? Or is this just a regular old week for you?