I typed this tired and sleepily, with a full, happy heart.
Things weren't perfect about our Easter. We didn't have an amazing, magazine-picturesque or enormous-family filled celebration planned.
But it's okay just the way it was.
I was back home with my family. I was ambushed by hugs after walking through the door. I laughed and watched Jimmy Fallon skit videos with my little sisters until midnight. I slept in. I went to the Good Friday service and pondered our Lord's undying love + sacrifice. Caught up with friends + laughed long. We closed down the local Starbucks and got free pastries. Spent the night at one of my best girls' house, stayed up far too late until five-thirty in the morning talking about God, His faithfulness during times of waiting + the love that He's picked out for us.
Ate a glorious Southern breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits + strawberries. Had my hair done up hipster-style by my girl. Went thrift store shopping. Met up to study with my adopted big brother + one of the people dearest to me. Laughed + talked about God's plan with him. Napped on a couch (while trying to study). Enjoyed chocolate chip cookies + a virgin piña colada (yes, they do go together). Cuddled with my best friend and her dachshund.
Came home to my family. Made a mango margarita (the real thing). Helped the little sister roll out fondant for the Easter Sunday cake. Took off my shoes. Sighed + breathed deep. Felt God's goodness and the sweetness of rest. Awed by His overwhelming love + gift of grace.
Happy Resurrection of the Lord, friends - He is Risen!
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