Hello (Good) Friday!

Hello friends!  Happy (GOOD!) Friday, and first day of #LUTONSPRINGBREAK2018!!! I could not possibly be more pumped that we get one extra day of Spring Break starting today!!

We are looking forward to resting and relaxing, cleaning up the house a bit, my parents coming into town for the weekend and for some Easter fun, and then for them to TAKE THE KIDS BACK TO BLUE RIDGE WITH THEM FOR A FEW DAYS!!  Scott and I will have two full days to Spring Break it up by ourselves (which is not nearly as exciting as it sounds, and really only means work quietly in the house by ourselves without any distractions, run errands without having to bribe the kids to come with me, and not have to make 5 servings of dinner, just two, hahaha).  But we do have a little date planned for Sunday night which I’m totally looking forward to.  After the kids get back on Wednesday, I hope to squeeze in a playdate or two, maybe a fun surprise here and there, but really just good quality time with these kiddos who seem to be growing into little adults overnight.

After the madness of softball, soccer, egg hunts, field trips, meetings, new client onboarding, new EMPLOYEE onboarding (more about that next week!), Easter basket prep, small group, extra Easter services at church, trying to exercise, trying to keep up with friends, trying to keep up with family, and trying to fit in a shower every other day or so, I tell you what.  March has been a busy one.  But I work well under pressure, and seem to knock tasks out when my schedule gets full.  Even then, this mama needs a break once in a while!  Thankful to have a more laid back week ahead.

But before we get there, we have an important weekend to reflect upon this weekend.  A friend of mine shared a post on Facebook this morning, and it really touched me and the way I feel about Easter:

“I am wholly deserving of all the consequences that I will in fact never receive simply because God unashamedly stepped in front of me on the cross, unflinchingly spread His arms so as to completely shield me from the retribution that was mine to bear, and repeatedly took the blows. And I stand entirely unwounded, utterly lost in the fact that the while His body was pummeled and bloodied to death by that which was meant for me and me alone, I have not a scratch.”

― Craig D. Lounsbrough

How blessed are we that we serve a God that would sacrifice His own son for our souls?  He loves us THAT MUCH and wants us to be THAT MUCH closer to Him.  For most of my life, I felt that Christmas was so very, very important because it celebrates the birth of Christ.  But now I am beginning to understand that the death of Christ, and then the resurrection of Christ is the REAL fulfillment of God’s promise to us- that in Him we will find eternal life, eternal hope, and eternal peace.

I wish you the happiest of Easters- He is Risen!  And hope you are able to spend some time with your family and enjoy the holiest of days and then have an AWESOME Spring Break!!

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