This and that.

Easter weekend is my FAVORITE weekend of the year.
Without the Cross, the manger has no power.
Jesus came to earth to die for mankind, and bear the wrath for our sin - rise from the dead - return to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father - and come back one day to take us HOME. Forever.
Easter Sunday - what a wonderful, beautiful, glorious day for the Christian as we remember that Christ is RISEN! He is risen, indeed!

✦ We are REJOICING over here in the Eastman house because ... 
All six of our children can READ!
It has taken us twelve years to get here. 12 years.
I wondered if I would ever be able to teach any of my children to read since I had no idea what I was doing, but I never imagined I would have to beg the Lord for wisdom to teach children to read who could not even retain the sounds of the letters five minutes after hearing them.
Learning to adapt all of my teaching/curriculum/lesson plans/preparation/life skills to accommodate five children with severe dyslexia has been a long and difficult journey. And I am not even close to mastering it. It is a living, breathing thing that requires constant adaption and understanding, and the Lord faithfully prepares me for what each child needs, month by month, year by year.
Many tears have been shed, multiple prayers offered, and much frustration endured, but God has graciously shown us SUCCESS in the midst of it all. And we are thankful!

✦ Scripture says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James 5:16
Last night I was able to live this out by confessing sin to my husband.
I was hurt/offended while he was in Canada, so I had no one to talk to about it because to do so would have meant more sin - gossip and slander. I wrestled in my mind, trying to take my thoughts captive, but failed.
I do not even remember how it came up in conversation, but when it did, I let the flood gates drop, and out poured all of the ugliness in my heart and mind - right there at his feet.
He listened. He sympathized. He rebuked. He forgave.
And I felt the difference.
Praise the Lord for such promises in His Word!

When you are studying the process of "sugaring" but live in a state that does not locally harvest maple sap from trees, you are thankful to have family who does live in such a place!
I sent a note to my cousin back east asking if they were close to a place that sells fresh, homemade maple sugar products and asked if they would send a few pieces of maple sugar candy and some real maple syrup to us out here on the west coast.
She responded immediately, saying that her husband was actually IN the very place at that moment and would be happy to collect some items for us and ship them right away.
When I asked for the total so we could reimburse them, they said, "It's our treat! We like to support education!"
Thank you, David and Heather! Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie loved their surprise package!

✦ Next week is our spring break! WOOHOO!
An entire week of free time and fun for all eight of us!
We are kicking it off with a Beach Day on Friday. Sun, sand, waves, and family. A winning combination.

✦ I have been learning the limits of The Thunder Bus these past two weeks. Oh boy, are there limits!
First, I took Caleb, Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie to get lunch at a drive-through while Dennis was in Canada. The van was a foot under the height limit, so I cruised on in to place our order. What I did not consider, however, was the angle of the turn to get to the pay window.
Just as I thought, "Uh-oh, I am going to have to BACK OUT of the drive-through!" Caleb called out, "Um, MOM?!?!?"
I hit the brake and looked out both windows to discover that I had barely one inch between the van and the walls on either side of me. Caleb looked on in shock as I inched my way through the remainder of the turn, and rolled up to the cashier who could have touched my shoulder without reaching.
As we drove away Caleb said, "So, I guess we won't be coming HERE again!"

Yesterday I went to CHOC to visit one of our Orphan Care moms who had to have her foster son admitted to the hospital.
I was already a tad nervous about fitting in the parking structure, so I paused at the valet and asked, "Can I make it?" He smiled, nodded, and said, "Yes, ma'am!"
Well, the ENTRANCE to the structure had a nine-foot clearance, but as soon as I turned the corner to go up the ramp, the clearance shrank to seven feet. ?!?!?
I hit the brakes and had to do a 14-point turn to reverse and then maneuver the turn to get through the exit gate. Thankfully, it was only 7:30 in the morning, so very few cars were blocked by The Thunder Bus on the IN ramp. <insert eye-rolling emoji here>
I looped back around to the valet attendant, looked at him with a "Now what?!?" expression, at which time he gave me permission to park in a drop-off/pick-up only space.

✦ Happy Easter, friends!
May this weekend remind you of God's great love for the world as you reflect on Christ's willingness to walk to the Cross and die for your sins - because the Father desires that "none should perish but all should come to repentance" and enjoy eternity with Him!

Listen to THIS SONG to begin your weekend with worship as you prepare your heart for Easter!

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