What an awesome Easter weekend! Filled with yummy colorful sweets, lots of laughter, happy faces and lots of love. Ethan had his first taste of Jelly Beans. This momma rabbit filled his eggs with Apple Jacks and a few Jelly Beans… it didn’t take him long to figure out how to open the little rattling eggs. He tossed the Apple Jacks across the room, but he savored them jelly beans one at a time… sweet gooey drool just oozed out of his mouth! (sorry- no pictures!) He didn’t move from his spot for what seem forever till he ran out.
I have a confession:
This Easter Sunday was the first Easter Sunday we have spent in church in a very long time! The first as family and the first for our children. And it felt real good. A cool breeze through my overly tired soul and body.
I admit I had lost the true meaning of Easter long ago. I was raising my children to believe that Easter was solely about the Easter bunny bringing them their baskets full of sweets and random little knickknacks. I used to see nothing wrong with that because I didn’t “know” any different. Easter was just about getting together as a whole family, stuffing our insides till they could no longer expand and hiding eggs for the little ones to find… some Holiday that had something to do with Jesus…
I am grateful for my new path in life. Not just the raising a child with different abilities path, but the seeking the Lord path.
The best gift I can ever give my children each and every Easter is to attend church, and let them be reminded of what Easter is. About the greatest sacrifice known to all. About how a great man that died on the cross for our sins, the very sins we commit every single day, for the sins we know that are wrong yet we still commit. And how He resurrected from the dead! How our Redeemer lives! I am redeemed!
Note: I am not talking down on anyone else’s lifestyle, beliefs and practices. I am simply talking about my own life experience. I am not holier than others, I am not a saint, I am not better than anyone else. BUT I AM BETTER THAN WHO I USED TO BE.
And that is a family tradition we will forever continue.
And now for a prayer request:
TOMORROW, Ethan goes in for a cardio check up to see if his PDA has closed. His doctor thinks that it will most likely not close on its own, but the man is amazingly full of hope and faith. He is also hopeful that it will close on its own. (Dr Q. ROCKS!)
If it has closed, PRAISE THE LORD. It all ends there and we can happily move on in life.
And if it hasn’t healed, well guess what, we’ll continue to PRAISE THE LORD, and He will see us through Ethan’s surgery.
SHOULD he require surgery, it will only be minor surgery. But who are we kidding, no matter what kind of surgery, surgery is surgery and always frightful for a parent.
And I know doctors do this type of surgery ALL the time (still, doesn’t help ease my heart). And even though it is minor, just the procedure freaks me out! To go through my son’s groin through a catheter all the way to his heart where they will “coil” (fill in) the valve doesn’t seem minor to me! NO parent wants their child to go through surgery no matter how simple or painless or quick it is.
So I ask you to please pray for my little man and his little miraculous heart.