tender easter thoughts

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i remember the first couple years of being a single mom in an effort to simply the easter story for my little ones i made the easter story cookies… you know the ones? each step signifies a portion of jesus death & resurrection in a tender yet powerful word picture sorta way.

while i probably felt an inner raise the roof worthy mommy victory, especially since i raised my girls in a pre-pinterest day, contemplating the cross honestly overwhelms me more & more the older i get.

you see, for those of us who believe that jesus is who he says he is~ emmanuel God with us~who gave his life as a payment for sin so that we could be right with God & have eternal life, easter is way more than just beautiful flowers, spiral sliced ham & meringue cookies.

this past sunday evening in church we sang the words, “i’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross” & i couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. my filth & my bad decisions, my sinful things i did because i thought it was cool or didn’t matter, as well as sinful things i did unaware & sins i will do in the future…all that jesus put on his very back, was tortured & died a humiliating death on the cross to pay a price i never could. i price i can’t even fathom. and scripture says he came for the lost & that he leaves the 100 to go find the 1. the 1 prodigal who made dumb decisions & bad choices as well as the 1 who has done sins that the world & all the ‘good folks’ would never…all of us are just the same…broken & in need of a savior. and i believe he became broken for us & defeated death because three days later he rose from the grave. and that same jesus is the same jesus who loves me. and loves you…  and to try to grasp that overwhelms me & brings me to tears.

in bible times, the blood of a spotless, innocent sacrificed lamb was atonement for sin. i remember i used to read over that like okay, yes a lamb was sacrificed, clearly wanting to brush over any thought of what that horrific time that must have been to live through. i can barely stand to see a squirrel run over by a car. do you understand what i’m saying? i can not fathom what that scene in the temple must have been. much less that scene at the cross when the lamb of god became the final, once & for all, sacrifice. while trying to contemplate friday & the pain that seems too great to bear, we know that sunday was coming & that he rose again!

i’ve spent a couple hours this morning just trying to contemplate much of what seems overwhelmingly painful as well as overwhelmingly beautiful, jesus death on the cross & the new life he gave us. so much tenderness in the imagery of the lamb, just like the tender imagery i tried to share with my girls so many years ago. the image of the lamb, so beautiful & so profound.

my friends at Ever Thine Home have created some beautiful pieces for Easter & i wanted to share them with you! these are beautiful ways to incorporate the easter story in your own home. use code Easter30 for 30% off your purchase!

1.a beautiful two sided burlap/linen banner! $40 on sale for $28 with code Easter30


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2. oh, taste & see cards  $12 on sale for $8 with code Easter30

8 cards intended to read over your Easter brunch/dinner. each card talks about a different aspect of Jesus’s journey to the cross. simple but profound and have questions on the back of each card to help encourage deeper conversation.

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3. behold the lamb cards~ beautiful cards sharing the I AM of jesus!

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March 10, 2016 - 3:46 pm

Linda Stoll - You’ve made Easter’s reality soar this afternoon, Paige. No wonder so many observe Lent. The magnitude of it all is almost to much to bear.

Thank God.

March 14, 2016 - 10:34 am

jackie - Last year you had these on your blog and I immediately ordered the cards and absolutely love them. I have the metal I AM on my table now for Easter! Thanks for sharing this with us.

March 16, 2016 - 2:42 am

giosmama26 - My goodness gracious this is beautiful. You do Easter and observe lent so beautifully, friend.

April 8, 2016 - 4:41 pm

Douche Bag - Tender or Tinder?

May 9, 2016 - 2:04 pm

Maria - I’m 2 months late to the party but catching up on blog reading and was so struck by your words (as usual 😉 The “holiday” comes around once a year but the Lamb’s sacrifice covers us every single day, every single breath….maybe I was meant to read this two months later because my tardy reading has been a reminder that it’s not about the the “one time of year”…it’s about all the time and all He’s done for us! Amen! Thank you

emi & betsy pittard designs

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good morning friends!

today emily & i are featuring some pieces from one of our favorite jewelry designers, betsy pittard designs. needless to say, with both she & savannah attending UGA, we’ve clocked a few hours shopping in athens! between the plethora of food options & funky artsy gift shops, we’re always in for a treat. last spring i met savannah & several of her AXO friends for a fun senior session. afterwards i wanted to treat her to a fun piece from BPD…she’s had them on her wish list for quite some time.  my girls and i love unique & handmade jewelry- hence my love for noonday!– often times pieces truly feel like a work of art. we went to one of the boutiques that features betsy pittard & found a gorgeous piece. a few months later i took emi out before sorority rush began and helped her choose a piece as well. fun statement necklaces can elevate a casual t-shirt & jeans as well as be the finishing touch on dressier ensemble as well.

last weekend we had  little window between the rainfall to capture some images & i’d love to share them with you today. featured below are the angelica, the jay turquoise and the carla cross necklace featured in white.

sweet emi, you’re beautiful and so much fun to photograph!  i love spending time with you

feel free to connect with betsy pittard’s online shop as well as follow them on instagram for some fun jewelry pieces to add to your own collection!
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February 29, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Lisa Mothersead - Love this look. Perfect for her. She looks comfortable in her own skin… Peace out. ✌

March 1, 2016 - 12:17 am

christina - well isnt she just adorbs. i want her jewelry AND her outfit!