weekly wrap-up

Let’s start this week’s Instagram snapshots with this pretty image.

One of the best parts of living where we do is the abundance of daffodils – which makes them very cheap. And that makes this girl very happy.

After church last weekend, the kids and I spent the afternoon at my happy place.

No. 2 gave modeling a try:

{cutie}

and I couldn’t help taking a photo of the Trophy Cupcakes window display.

Pretty, pretty confetti.

Afterward, we had dinner with Ryan’s family and did a little wii dancing.

Even great-grandma got in on the action. Fun times.

Remember how I mentioned wanting a white watch in this post? Well look what my sweet husband ordered for me.

I should mention wanting things more often …

It is fun watching a friendship form between No. 3 & No. 4. Because their big brothers are often away at school, they spend most of their days together.

As much as I moan about how tiring this phase of parenting is, I will miss the days of putting puzzles together at the library with little ones. This is a really sweet time in our lives that I don’t want to forget.

You know what else I don’t want to forget? That Easter is more than just about this madness:

My bible study girls decided to watch The Passion of the Christ this week. It was my first time.

There were lots and lots of tears. A little hyperventilating, maybe. It is seriously such a hard movie to watch. I’ve been holding out because I knew it would take me down an emotional path that would wipe me out. And it did.

But it is such a good depiction of what we hinge our entire faith on – the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  I wish I could comprehend what He did and make it tangible in my every day life. I get so distracted and go about my day keeping Him to the side. I wish I didn’t do that.

This week I’ve been reading the story of His last few days on earth from the perspective of each of the gospel writers, and in a few different versions.  It is not a happy story. There are terrible characters who do unfathomable things to a man who is innocent of all accusations – and yet He takes it. Not because He is weak. Not because He didn’t have the power to come down from the cross. But because He did it knowing it would save us.

 You and me.

I don’t understand it, I’ll be honest. But I love it. And am so grateful.

The last words Jesus offered on the cross are my favorite:

It is finished. Even death couldn’t hold Him down.

May you have fun at the Easter egg hunt, enjoy the Peeps {I’m a fan} and Cadbury Creme Eggs {also a fan} and know that you are treasured by the God of the universe.

Happy Easter!

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35 Responses to weekly wrap-up

  1. Amelia Gibbs April 6, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    I love this post! My Sunday School class is finishing up “24 Hours That Changed the World!” It has been a great study. Thank you for this post. Happy Easter!

  2. Jennifer April 6, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    What an amazing post and how well written! Thank you for being so transparent with your heart!

  3. Jenn April 6, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    I watched Passion in the theatre. You said it, it was a hard movie to watch. Knowing that it was true, it happen for us and to see the suffering. I was drained and grateful. Happy Easter!

  4. Ellen April 6, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Thank you for sharing your faith with so many! One of my favorite Good Friday posts is a video on YouTube called “It’s Friday…But Sunday’s Coming”…if you have time, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

  5. Lindsay April 6, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Thanks for your post. I love your thoughts on Easter. I actually wrote about the “He is Risen” collection from your shop today! He is Risen, indeed!

    http://www.thestoryofhome.com/2012/04/he-is-risen.html

    Have a blessed Easter weekend!

  6. Alexi April 6, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Love this post on Easter. Must admit I’ve been avoiding watching that movie for years. I just know the emotional wreck I’ll be watching it. Love your blog so much!

  7. Audrey April 6, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Perfect post for Good Friday morning. I just spent an hour at Panera pouring over the different accounts of Christ’s last days on earth…I am humbled at what He did for us…may God bless you and your family as you celebrate His resurrection this Easter!

  8. Jill April 6, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I know…it’s so hard to wrap my mind around His sacrifice. But, I am filled with gratitude. May your Good Friday be blessed in it’s solemness and may you thrive in the joy of His resurrection on Sunday!

  9. Lisa April 6, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    First of all I love that watch. I just added it to my amazon wish list. :)
    Second, I haven’t seen The Passion mostly for the same reasons you had been holding back but I know I want to see it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Jesus and what Easter is really about.
    Happy Easter!

  10. Leenie April 6, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter. It is very refreshing to have your gentle reminders that God is bigger than us… bigger than Walmart… Thank you for all your lovely posts and inspiration!

  11. Tina April 6, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Amen to that! I can’t grasp it either, but I’m so thankful for His grace.

  12. Terri April 6, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I am so thankful for Jesus and what He did for us! Thank you for sharing your faith so openly. I got a kick out of your little boy in the store window. My son who is now 26 used to do that when he was little. I love those days when they are not embarresed to do silly things. As a mother of 3 grown children I can tell you that the days you are in right now are the best! Cherish them although they can wear you out. :)

  13. Laurel at Petal Pusher Accessories April 6, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Years ago, when I lived in Seattle and worked downtown, a group (not sure who) would pass out free daffodils on the first day of spring. It added such cheer to the downtown environment and was a bright sign that the dreary drizzly winter was over.

  14. melodee April 6, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    love your post and your pics, always so sweet!

  15. hannahkristine April 6, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple years and I don’t think I’ve ever commented! I just want to let you know your blog is so encouraging and inspiring (in more ways than one). It’s so refreshing to find a blogger with awesome design taste, who is incredibly talented and is so open with her faith. I’m always so excited when you have a new post! Thank you for sharing your many talents and God’s goodness. :)
    Happy Easter!

  16. Amelia V April 6, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Great Post! It really encouraged me to prepare my heart a little more for this weekend. If I knew how to buy this and send it to you I would…but all I can do is highly recommend this awesome song by a guy from my city (Raleigh). Its called It is Finished by Matt Papa and really captures the awesomeness of what Jesus did. Please listen to it!! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/it-is-finished-single/id429505394

  17. Kelley @ Kelley Maria April 6, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Thank you for your honest and true post before Easter weekend. It is refreshing and encouraging to see a fellow blogger choosing to talk about Easter as it really is – the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Wishing you and your family a joyful Easter weekend.

  18. Chris April 6, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Your post brought tears to my eyes….so encouraging! I too am excited every time I get an email that says “Emily”
    Hava a Blessed Easter!

  19. Sarah April 6, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I am still amazed by the amount of daffodils that grow around here! Do you know why that is? I see them along I-5 all the time and it’s just so crazy to me that they’re literally everywhere!
    I’m interested to explore University Village now, my husband and I have not ventured around at all very much yet, but I really want to take him to Seattle soon. We live too close to have not gone yet!
    Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. Lilliana April 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I love this post. Thanks for the wrap-up and so honestly reminding us that most don’t truly understand His sacrafice but that we can all be in awe of it and strive to keep Him front and center in our lives. May Christ Easter in your Heart this season and always.

  21. Trina April 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Thank you, Emily, for sharing from your heart. Just perfect for Good Friday.

  22. Jenni April 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    AMEN! Thanks for speaking so candidly about His love for us!

  23. Kirsten April 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I love your blog and this post!
    Death couldn’t keep him down! What a true and paowerful statement!
    And we have the same happy place!
    Although I can’t just go there whenever I want…being like an hour and half away!!
    Lucky you!

    kirsten
    {travandkirk.blogspot.com}

  24. Vicki April 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Emily.
    What a precious child of God you are!
    As always you remain so insightful and real. I could not let this weekend come and go without wishing you a Happy Easter. Knowing the depth of your faith (and the desire to grow your faith) by your heartfelt blog I know this weekend is most special to you as it is to me and many others.
    So HAPPY EASTER, Sister in Christ, for He has Risen, Yes, He has Risen Indeed. He has given a sinner like me a way to eternal life with my Heavenly Father. To Him be the glory with each of our lives.
    Hallelujah.

  25. Holly April 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Very touching blog post today. It’s an amazing day today and weekend coming up and it’s great hearing the true reason behind the egg hunts and the nice lunch. It’s the celebration of everlasting life in heaven with our Lord and Savior! What a weekend to celebrate! :) thanks again as I said very touching post! :) Happy Easter!!!

  26. Dania April 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I’ve been studying Isaiah 53 this week. Reading of Jesus’ crucifixion as predicted 700 years before it even happened makes it even more powerful to me! You should check it out this weekend.

  27. Christi @ the brown shed April 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    I think everyone should see The Passion of The Christ… it was so hard for me to watch too, but I kept telling myself “look, look, look at what He did for YOU!”

    A blessed Easter to you and your family.

    xo
    Christi

  28. Hayden April 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more! So often we get caught up in our little mini-dramas and the world. But I rejoice in the fact that God sent His only son to pay a penalty that I could not! Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

  29. Kelly April 7, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Happy Easter to you and your family, Emily! I can’t believe how big your baby girl has gotten! It’s been a little over a year since I first started reading your blog and it still is one of my favorites! Love the watch, I have that one, too….before you know it, you’ll be wearing it with everything and daily (or maybe that’s just me). And I need to remember to watch The Passion….this is a good time of year to do that and be reminded of his sacrifice for us! Keep on inspiring :)

  30. Amanda Eck April 7, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Email what a beautiful post!! I too have not had the heart to watch that movie. I know I will one day but know my heart will not be able to bare it. Because He so love us……

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  31. Rosa @ flutterflutter April 7, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Haha! We have very similar posts today… fabulous hubbies, kids, flowers, Easter. Have a great weekend Emily.
    Rosa

  32. susan April 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Emily, this is beautiful. We watched the Real Face of Jesus? on History channel last night with our children. They studied the shroud of Turin. It was amazing, powerful, sad and beautiful. What they did to him……how these scientists believe it really belonged to Jesus, it was so compelling. We all agreed it was his and how grateful for what he did for us all…………Happy Easter. Susan

  33. Annie April 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Thank you for being so honest, transparent about your relationship with Jesus. I love Him too and like you cannot comprehend all He did for me. But I am profoundly humbled by it and oh so very grateful!!

  34. Meg April 10, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    What an amazing God and Savior we serve! Thank you so much for sharing this! I just watched The Passion of the Christ for the first time a few months ago and both my husband and I shed many tears. There were many scenes I had to shut my eyes because I couldn’t take the horror. After watching it, I turned to my husband and said, “I’m so unworthy of Jesus!” But how eternally grateful I am for what He did for me on the cross and saving me! I pray for our 17 month old daughter’s and 7 week old (growing inside me!) baby’s salvation!

  35. Maury @ Life on Mars April 11, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Love this post! Hallelujah, He is risen!

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