Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Heaven is for Real.

Yes, indeed....heaven is real, and not because the book or movie says so.
Our level of discernment on this topic in the church today is very low.

I am so grateful for this strong word: David Platt on Heaven is for Real.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First beach trip of the year

This past weekend, we made our first warm-weather beach trip of the year.
We really do live in a bit of paradise, and there is little as soothing to my soul as spending an afternoon and evening on the beaches of Pensacola.
Being with dear friends just made it that much better.

Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Yesterday after corporate worship, our church family headed to Solutia park for our annual Fish Fry & Easter egg hunt.  The weather was incomparable, 70's and sunny with a strong breeze.  We had an awesome setup for the day.

After the smallest kids did their egg hunt, the 4-6 group was up.
Here's a few of them:

This is how T-bone felt at the starting line:


get set.....


Then it was Lana's turn: ages 7+

Lana and her sweet buddy Brooklyn

I could barely keep up with her long legs running around!

 This is how they spent their next little while - check out those poses!

 We spent hours just enjoying the playground and the games and the food and each other:

After 4 or 5 hours of playing so hard, 
I looked over at the playground to find my Tucker like this:

He was one tired boy!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Holy Week

Today marks the beginning of one of the most precious weeks in the life of a believer, Holy Week.  I have grown to believe that we cannot truly rejoice on Easter Sunday morning if we don't take the time to walk through Holy Week carefully and deliberately, for how can the Good News be truly good if we don't meditate on the depth of our depravity?  If we don't reflect on what required the perfect offering of the body of Christ?  Can we truly teach our children to grasp the sweetness of grace and forgiveness if they don't know the bitterness of our sin and the sacrifice required?

We have planned things for us to do as a family each day of this week to focus on the week before Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

For the past week, I've had The Resurrection Eggs and the book Benjamin's Box on our coffee table, and Lana & I have been reading the story to Tucker.  This morning before worship, around our breakfast table, we read Mark's account of Jesus' return to Jerusalem.

And then on the way to church Tucker asked us if he could tell us a story about Jesus.
The Last Supper
Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Oh, this Holy Week is going to be sweeter than ever....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heritage Eagles T-ball

Tucker likes t-ball practice,
but he loves the games.
He didn't even mind rushing out of the house for today's 8:00 a.m. one!

He couldn't get over his excitement that he & his daddy matched!

Pure sweetness.

Love this little beauty who cheers for her brother from the bleachers!
Errrrr.....between chapters, she does.

Batting and running and and pitching and catching....
I love every bit of it!  
His hand/eye coordination isn't quite as advanced as some of the older boy's,
but he sure does have a good time.  :)

 a little coaching from Daddy...

and then some from the coach!

I walked past the dugout and this is the smile I got!
Oh how I love being his mama!

Post-game snack time!

Tucker is having a wonderful time playing t-ball!  We are so thankful for this coaches.  They are working hard with our little players, teaching them so much, and yet they remember that they are only children and let them just enjoy it without too much pressure.