As a special treat today, Gwen was actually on one of her "spring breaks" and did not have to work (unfortunately for Gwen, each of the schools where she works, took different spring breaks. Last week she was off on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and this week she is off on Tuesday and Thursday. Certainly not ideal....). So we took Zeke and Anna to an indoor tot swim at a local park district.
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And a bonus picture of Anna having fun in the water! Yes, it was a super fun day!
This has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year. It is a week of "big events" on the church calendar. It is Holy Week. I love Palm Sunday.....palm branches and singing Hosanna to the King! And I love that this also signals a change in my spirit as I focus on the events of the coming week. Maundy Thursday has always been a special day for me. I love thinking about that first "last supper" and remembering that we are blessed to participate in this amazing meal every time we celebrate Communion. Good Friday is one of those days that it seems almost impossible to do anything but wonder at the sacrifice, at the unbelievable gift that we are given through the Crucifixion. The week ends with the joyous and wondrous cry of "He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!".
One of the best things about this week of big events are all the memories that are made. I have many specific memories of each of these "big event" days and I will share those memories on each of those days this week. Today Ellie is celebrating a lost tooth that also means that she has made one more step up that "growing up" ladder. For her it is a big event. I am feeling happy that I got to actually be a part of Ellie's special day today and I got to swim with Anna, Zeke and Gwen. It was a day of making memories.
Jesus, thank you for memories and special times of fun with family. Holy Spirit, help us all to stop and remember during this special "Holy Week". Thank you for traditions and rituals that reinforce those "big events". Jesus keep our focus on you! Amen