Monday, April 9, 2012

A Spring Break and Easter list of gratitude

Pausing today to remember the loveliness of the past week...

- Little daytime excursions with the kids - to parks, playdates, and activities in nearby towns.

- Not setting a wake-up alarm all week.

- Lazy breakfasts, late lunches, and lingering dinners.

- A first-time Maundy Thursday service with my church family. Listening to the Word read over fussy babies and squirmy toddlers. Washing each other's feet in freezing cold water. A family emergency for the worship leader meaning we worshiped to an mp3. I'd take it all - as I watched families pray over communion with their kids and speak softly about the significance of the last supper - over a polished, professional Easter service, every single time. I don't mean that as a slight against the hard work and planning that goes into the fantastic Easter services around town that undoubtedly get people in the doors. That's great. There's just something about the beautiful imperfection of a group of imperfect people, committed to seeking Christ together amidst our flaws and insufficiency, knowing that He is enough. I can't get enough of that.

- Being challenged and convicted and blessed (yet again) by Jen Hatmaker in her Easter posts here and here - two of my favorite excerpts from 7.

- A Saturday morning donut and coffee run.

- Listening to Maya's new "Easter Song" composition on the piano...multiple times.

- And in boy news, a Sunday afternoon recitation of The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by my four-year-old at a family gathering, complete with mid-story gas-passing and a disclaimer of, "Don't worry! That was just my bottom." Yep.

Back to the reality of bus stops and schedules today!

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