Thatch & Thistle


Have you guys heard of Thatch and Thistle?
 
This great shop partnered with Elizabeth from Oak and Oats 
 to give a big ole bag of goodies for Oak and Oats' Crush of the Month Giveaway.
 
And I won! Woop Woop! 
 
Check out my loot! 
 
 
For real. All this stuff! So fun. 

Now go and check out Thatch & Thistle and grab some for yourself! 

And say hi to Elizabeth while you're at it!

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Because sometimes you just need to...

 
... bounce.
 

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, 
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!” -J.M. Barrie
 

For real. I'm going in the bouncy castle. 
 
Are you with me?

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The Story of Redemption: Simple Things

 
I'm a very visual learner. 

And if the idea is presented very visually in a simple way, it makes it sink in all the more.

That's what we experienced on Good Friday. 

An amazing church nearby created "The Story of Redemption." 

There were different rooms for each "act" of the story: 

Act 1-Creation
Act 2-The Fall
Act 3- Rescue
Act 4-Redemption
Act 5- The Restoration of Shalom


The first room was full of images and props to remind us of creation. 

My favorite part was where we were reminded that we are each uniquely created in his image. 

We were asked to place our fingerprint along with the others to remind us of this.  The boys loved this! 

Side note: This was really cool to walk through with the boys. A little hectic and crazy, but cool, because Big Brother is starting to understand some. He was interested (for the most part) in all the visuals and learning about God this way.


The next room was full of sin. And brokenness. And sadness. And darkness.  And despair.

And then I looked out into the stairwell and saw this. 


Total childlike innocence. 

And it made the sadness and darkness and despair that much worse. 

How are we supposed to teach love and peace and beauty in a world full of so much chaos?

Then you remember. 


Because the ultimate sacrificial lamb was nailed to the cross.

 Along with all our sin and death and despair and chaos.

And we did that. OUR sin kept him there. 

Not because he had to. 

Like the Jesus Storybook Bible says: "Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side-if he'd called."

But he didn't.

Because he WANTED to be there. 
Because of LOVE.

But that's not the end of the story. 


The rest of the story is the Gospel.

That the Kingdom of God is at hand. 

That Jesus Christ came as our Lord.

And died as our Savior.

And resurrected as our King! 
 

Now, as we wait for the glorious day when we see the restoration of shalom, we remember the Sh'ma.

And we say together as one church:

HEAR O ISRAEL: 
THE LORD IS OUR GOD.
 THE LORD IS ONE.
YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD
YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH
AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
AS YOURSELF.

And this is where I come back to the simple part.

Because nothing about this story is simple.

But that last photo. That's simple.

Love God. Love your neighbor. 

Let's just get back to the simplicity of that. 

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 (taken from "The Story of Redemption" booklet given to us as we walked through the church)
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