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Month: April 2014

And then they drove up in a Baylor car

And then they drove up in a Baylor car

For the first time in years we made it to the early service for Easter.  That is quite a feat for us.  Not lying.  The music was beautiful and it was a packed house.

Kind of like the movie theater the night before.
Saturday night we went to see “God’s Not Dead” but it was completely sold out.
So we went home and got ready for the next day where we would celebrate the original “God’s Not Dead” story which is SO VERY GOOD.
And after church and after lunch with the Easter bunny … 

and some Easter pictures (notice the photo bomb over Savannah’s shoulder)

and some Easter basket fun (look what a good sport the Easter bunny is bringing Caroline a University of Texas basket!)

we headed back to see the movie.
It was very good.  Totally recommend it.  GO SEE IT.
Afterwards we came home and made pancakes, eggs and bacon for dinner (which has absolutely nothing to do with the story but I love making breakfast for dinner).   I started scrolling through facebook and saw that the Baylor car (that a friends daughter had won at a football game in the fall) was TWO STREETS over from my house.  I mentioned that I would die if that car pulled up to my house … and guess what?!  Five minutes later it pulled up.
I WAS BESIDE MYSELF.  I rode in it up the street so we could try and take a picture in better lighting.  Then my cute college friend said I could DRIVE IT.  And y’all, I laughed and I laughed.  In fact I laughed so much I hit a curb when I was pulling it up to my neighbors house so she could come out and see it.
It was SO FUN.
And funny.
And the car is for sale.
So now I want to buy it mostly so we can drive up in it to Caroline’s dorm at the University of Texas next year for parents weekend.  
Because that would be hilarious.
At least to the Easter bunny.  
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It was kind of like having facebook … except they didn’t have facebook.

It was kind of like having facebook … except they didn’t have facebook.

One of my favorite parts of the Easter story … well you know, besides the part where Jesus died for our sins … is that He first appeared to Mary.


When Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD he could have made himself known to anyone.  He could have stood up on top of that door of the tomb, which was the “rock that was rolled away” and yelled for anyone to hear …. “I’m alive!  What my Father said was true!!!!”.  

But He didn’t.

He appeared to Mary.

Mary who, I’m sure in her grief, had gone to the garden to be close to the tomb.

Mary, who was there doing probably exactly what I would have been doing, … FREAKING OUT.  

“WHERE DID YOU PUT HIM?!” she cried.

She knew his body wasn’t there and it was just too much for her.  She had to know where He was.  She had to be thinking … surely this cannot be happening.

She didn’t recognize him at first.  

And then he said her name.  Gently,  I’m sure.

Mary“.

And, through tear filled eyes and a choked up voice she said … “Rabboni”.

I truly think that might be one of the tenderest verses in the Bible.

She knew His voice.  

He called her by name.

And she was overwhelmed, overjoyed and SHE HAD TO TELL SOMEONE.

Because thats what women do, right?

When we have good news, we want to share it.

And Mary ran straight to the men who, I get tickled just thinking about it, probably thought Mary had lost her mind.

But they did what men do … they ran to see for themselves.

Trust but verify.

And since that day … SINCE. THAT. DAY. the prophesy that was foretold in the Old Testament, the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for your sins and mine …. has been told over and over and over again.

So, had it been today, Mary probably would have been the first to tweet it. 

It wouldn’t have taken long before it was a “trending” story.

And this is what is so cool … it’s still trending.

The story, the tweets, the facebook statuses continue even unto this day.  We must tell the story.  The story that our sins “not in part but in whole … were nailed to the cross and we bear them no more” and “it is well, it is well with our souls”.  


Happy Easter!  He has risen.  He has risen indeed.



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Hands down my favorite place in New York City

Hands down my favorite place in New York City

I love New York.


I love the horns honking and the tall buildings and the theater and the people and really just all of it.  

I especially love Central Park because who wouldn’t?  Bill and I have gone running there, rowed around in a row boat, ridden the carousel, eaten breakfast at Tavern on the Green and had lunch from a food vendor (y’all it was SO good) We’ve watched the ice skaters, ridden in the horse drawn carriages, taken a zillion pictures and spent hours watching people.  

We’ve done it all.

My absolute favorite place in the park … and to be honest, my favorite place in all of New York City is just on the edge of the pond.  People don’t line up to see it or make reservations to go, but I don’t ever miss seeing it.  It’s right here:


(It says:  In memory of Jinny and Bob Simons.  They loved this view.)

Isn’t that the BEST?!

I have no idea who Jinny and Bob are but I LOVE them because they “loved this view”.

They loved it so much that someone bought a plaque and put it on a rock in their memory.

Here is the view:


It is pretty, even in winter.  

It is calming, even in the middle of New York City.

I love thinking about Jinny and Bob enjoying that view.  

I imagine they enjoyed it season after season, year after year.

Here we are enjoying the view (actually we are turned the wrong way but we were trying and it’s a selfie so hey … we did the best we could).  The funny thing is that every time we took a picture in Central Park that day … EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  …. the snow would start to fall.  When we put the camera down it would stop.  When we would take the camera out, it would start again.  Bill said it felt like we were on a movie set and someone was sprinkling snow out of a box down on us.  



I think Jinny and Bob would have enjoyed seeing that too.
  
I imagine they enjoyed the view when the leaves were on the trees and when the leaves were off.  Enjoyed it when the sun was shining and when the snow was falling.  Enjoyed it in the quiet of the morning and in the bustle of the afternoons.  Enjoyed seeing the babies in their strollers, the toddlers jump in puddles, the businessman hurrying through the park and the old lady shuffling along.   Enjoyed the tourists and the regulars … I imagine they enjoyed it all.

And I also imagine that, in their own lives, everything wasn’t always as picturesque and beautiful as their view in the park. 

But they had the park.  

And they enjoyed the view.

It’s such a reminder to me to pause and look around and ENJOY.  Yes, things may be all messed up in so many areas but there is good and there is beautiful and there is peace to be found.  

Look around.  

Enjoy the view.

Jinny and Bob did.



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