Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter Weekend

Well, Reid and I are in Little Rock this weekend with family. My dad and I came up to the nursing home today after a stop at Target for some Easter goodies.

Meet "Grandmother" as they call her. She is in her late nineties and is a riot. She repeatedly goes "shopping" in my mom's room and takes all her stuffed animals and baby doll. Today my dad brought her a doll. As you can tell she was very pleased with his selection!

I found my mom sitting on her bed. The nurse said they had been trying to get her to lay down and she wouldn't. When she saw me she got this huge grin on her face! I snapped a quick picture in the dark room.

We brought mom a smoothie and Easter candy. Here is dad helping her drink it.

She's thinking really hard about these M&Ms. We love chocolate in this family.

I have been thinking so much this week about Easter and the blessing of the Cross. I try to keep perspective, even though so much has changed and it would be so easy to allow myself to fall into a selfish state of mind.

The bottom line is that if the last three months have done anything, they have blessed me with a glimpse of the amount of pain God must have gone through to watch his Son suffer. It has made me realize how much God loves me, the sinner. That He was willing to send His only Son (perfect and blameless) to be die for my sin so that I wouldn't have to.

I never realized the depth of His love for me until I watched my mom live these last few months. Everytime I see her, a little more is gone. I tell myself that He has already taken that piece to be with Him.

So, tomorrow it is with a deeper gratitude I celebrate that He was risen, risen indeed.

-- Post From My iPhone


the osbornes said...

That last picture of you & your mom is perfect! This is a great post. Enjoy the Easter weekend with your family!

Jennifer Lilja said...

What a sweet post Mare. You are such a special girl. Enjoy your Easter with your family.

The Lilja's love you.

The Smiths said...

Mare, your attitude about this is so humbling and encouraging to me. Happy Easter! love you!

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Linds said...

what a sweet pic of you and your mom! I love you and can't wait for you to meet Brayden!

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