Today is a special day. Any idea why? Well, there are actually 2 reasons why today is special.
1) Emily is 18 months old today.
Can you believe that? When did my baby girl become a toddler? At 18 months old, she:
~ weighs 24 pounds 15 ounces and is 33 1/4 inches long
~ only has 2 teeth
~ has had 3 hair cuts (that is not a typo - I said THREE)
~ loves music and doesn't care if you sing off-key, thankfully
~ loves to hear her own name, especially if you sing it
~ loves the TV and will crane her neck to look around you if you block it from view
~ loves to be bounced and swung - it makes her laugh out loud
~ loves to be tickled, especially on her back - she will laugh out loud
~ doesn't mind bath time, but will let you know when she gets chilly
~ likes watching cars go by really fast on the highway and will giggle from the back seat
~ likes her toy Firefly who plays music and vibrates
~ likes to play with her toy piano and sometimes makes some pretty cool music
~ doesn't really like wearing her orthotics, but tolerates them
~ doesn't really like doing exercises, but can be distracted with bouncing or swinging
She is a joy and a blessing to us. We cannot even remember what life was like before she came along. We are so thankful that God saw fit to give us the honor of being her parents.
2) Today is GOOD FRIDAY
Today we celebrate the fact that Jesus, the sinless Son of God allowed Himself to be beaten beyond recognition and was crucified. He took on the sins that His children committed, endured incredible pain and died on a cross...A cruel, agonizing death. What an amazing act of love! Without this sacrifice, no one would be able to have eternal life with God in heaven. The Bible says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We can never do enough good things to earn God's love and acceptance. He is holy, holy, holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. Since we are all sinners, we could not be in His presence. Sounds hopeless, doesn't it? Well, there is hope - GREAT hope! When Jesus died on the cross, he took on the full weight of God's wrath for our sins. He paid the price that we should have paid.
Romans 5:8 says: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
How amazing! So today, we do rejoice in the death of Jesus. I know that might sound strange to rejoice that someone died, but we rejoice because the story doesn't end there...