That Easter Weekend that My 2 Year Old Saw Angels and Told Iranians About Jesus

By 10:27 PM , , ,
It has been a little unbelievable yet somehow awesome Easter weekend. Why do I say that - well maybe the title of this post sparked your curiosity?!? If not let me say it again...this weekend my two year old 1) saw angels and 2) got to witness to two Muslims who just immigrated to America from Iran about Jesus. 

Let me explain.

Friday morning, ironically Good Friday, my husband went in to little E's bedroom to wake him up to get ready for school just like he always does. Except this morning their conversation was very different than normal. Our two year old son tells his Daddy, "Daddy last night there were two angels in my bed and it scared me. They were standing in front of my blanket and I was scared but they said don't be scared." He went on to tell him, "they were like people kind of but not really and big." The conversation continued with a few more details but the facts didn't change. 

Meanwhile I am in my bathroom getting ready for work. Josh comes in and says, "uh, Chelsea...you might want to ask E to tell you about last night..I'm pretty sure he saw an angel." Totally confused (we have not talked AT ALL about angels to our TWO YEAR OLD son) I ask E if he slept well last night and he continues to tell me the same thing he told his Daddy. Except this time there is a little more. "Last night there were two angels in my bed and it scared me. And I was scared but Daddykeith said 'don't worry - it's ok - I'm always right here." 

By this point I am literally bawling. Daddykeith is my precious grandfather who was a second dad to me my whole life until his tragic and unexpected passing seven years ago. Needless to say my two year old son has never met or talked to my sweet DaddyKeith has he passed away 5 years before he was born. He has seen a couple of pictures and heard us talk about him some but it would be very strange for him to dream about someone he has never meant. None the less I tend to be a skeptic and asked him if anyone else was there...kind of expecting him to say yes my grandmother was also there or my mom or dad or Josh or I - basically anyway to confirm he had instead had a dream which included Daddykeith - still strange but possible. He shook his little head and said "NO, Mommy. Just Daddykeith and the angels. You guys are not angels." I went on to ask him why if he were scared he didn't call for Mommy and Daddy. He responds, "because Daddykeith told me it is ok and he is ALWAYS right there." 

How in the world does a two year "dream" about his great-grandfather he has never meant and angels and describe so clearly what he saw. I'm not sure what in the spiritual realm was happening in my home Friday but I sure am beyond delighted to know my sweet grandfather is watching my son. I also know that until this weekend the spiritual realm was something I read about in the Bible and believed but honestly the thought of angels and even demons tended to seem more like a fable than a reality. This weekend my perspective is totally changed. 

Hebrews 1:14 (ESV)
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?


Pretty amazing right? And that was just the first story from this weekend. Here is the second. 

Today, for Easter, we went to my parent's house for Easter dinner. My mom teaches ESL and texts us about an hour before dinner and says one of her students and his wife are coming to join us for dinner. Long story short they are a Muslim couple that have just immigrated here from Iran. Little E had brought his resurrection eggs (that I blogged about in a recent post) to my parent's house because he wanted to show them to his grandparents. Little did he know when we put them in the car our two year old son would actually use these eggs to tell this Iranian couple about the Easter story and that it would be the very first time they would have ever heard this true story. Who knows what, if anything, will come of it but I do know that not many two year old's get the opportunity to witness or share about Jesus with someone who has never heard about him. 

Yup, pretty amazing weekend if you ask me. 

And just for fun here are some pictures of my family this Easter weekend. 

The three of us after church on Easter

little "E" before church

I love this man - fun on the farm egg hunting

fun "tiger" face painting at the egg hunt 

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Welcoming spring with open arms

By 9:52 PM , , , , , ,
Spring. 

Such a sweet word. Today was a simple but perfect Sunday. After church we spent the full day outdoors doing our annual mulching and major yard work and left enough time to play in the yard, read books, eat dinner outside, and make s'mores around the campfire. So thankful. Truly soaking up ever second of our last few weeks with a two year old. How is it some of the most unplanned, uneventful days can turn into some of the most special?




The last two weeks Georgia has been experiencing the most beautiful spring. As the trees awake from their slumber and spring flowers begin to bloom, it makes my heart jump with joy. Even the pollen can't get me down (thanks to the frequent thunderstorms we are having). 

By the way if you don't already own a set of Resurrection Eggs and you have kids at home you MUST order some. Pulled these out with the Easter decor today and it was so special going through each egg with our almost three year old. My favorite part? When he opened the last egg (the white one) and it was empty and he said "I was so surprised it was empty" and I got to use that as a tool to explain the resurrection to him. Just awesome.

Our God is an awesome God isn't He?


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Easter Basket ideas for Kids AND Adults

By 11:13 PM , , , ,
Easter will be here before we know it and if you are planning your Easter basket for your special someones I have a few ideas for you.

For KIDDOS:

I recently ordered this personalized book for my little guy and absolutely LOVE IT. It includes his name on every page and his picture is in the book twice which he thinks is the coolest thing ever. I had every intention of saving it for his Easter basket but loved it so much I simply could not wait to give it to him. He loves it as well. We literally read it four times last night. The story is great and such a great way to explain the meaning and purpose behind Easter to your kiddos.




Another favorite place to find Easter basket goodies is the Target dollar spot. I recently stocked up on $1 Paw Patrol items (which is his favorite show right now) to stuff his basket with on Easter. I scored some socks, coloring books, tattoos, and candy. 

Or, if you want to go the easy route and yet still really impress your child, see below...

For ADULTS:

If you are looking for a cool Easter basket idea for your young child, adult child, spouse, or friend Gourmet Baskets make some AWESOME baskets. I recently received this metal beer bucket basket as a gift from Gourmet Baskets and my hubby was SO excited. It came stocked with several specialty beers, popcorn, candy, and more and is all stuffed in a functional yet adorable metal tin "gift bucket."



They also sent me this awesome Easter basket that could be for a child or adult. It is truly awesome. 






Another favorite Easter basket idea for adults is to add a few tickets to experience something together. I am a huge fan of "memory" gifts and like to stuff tickets or certificates in Easter eggs and send the adults on an adult egg hunt. 

I hope you found these ideas helpful. 
What is your favorite item you have ever received in an Easter basket?

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta + Coupon

By 4:09 PM , ,
With over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is a LEGO lover's dream! 


Come share our world of color, creativity and family entertainment. Bring your mateys and race your own pirate ship on our aquatic table at NEW Pirate Adventure Island! Come ride Merlin's Apprentice and Kingdom Quest! Don't forget to check out local Atlanta landmarks in our MINILAND and learn new building tricks in our Model Builder Academy. Don't forget to check out one of our five 4D movies, including NEW The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure! It's the ultimate place for LEGO fans young and old!

This coupon entitles the bearer to $5 off one (1) walk-up full price admission ticket. 

Not valid with any other discounts, coupons or offers, and cannot be used with online or prebooked tickets. Only one coupon per transaction. Printed coupon must be surrendered upon purchase. No cash value. LEGO, LEGOLAND and The LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group, 2014 The LEGO Group. 

http://atlantakidsguide.com/coupon.php?regionid=386&bid=11242&dealid=1312


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Life lately + Current Favorites

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Time flies. How is it already March? 

Last weekend we had the opportunity to spend as a couple with a few of our awesome friends (who just happen to make up our church small group) in the mountains and it was AMAZING. We had the best time. We laughed and laughed and laughed some more. It was good for the soul! Oh and the mountain roads were CRAZY.


Currently I am in St. Louis for a work trip and it is freezing. 

OH - and I found the BEST yard sale find ever last weekend. I only paid $20 for this you guys. Worth. every. penny. 


WHAT I AM READING

So far this year I have finished:

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
LOVED IT. Give it a 9/10.

Magnolia Story by the Gaines
Also loved it! Another 9/10. This one I of course had to read on my plane flight down to Waco (which you can read all about here). It was great. Really great writing and so interesting. 

Currently I am reading:  

The Secretes of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
So far so good. Good but not great. I think it is wrong to rank before you are finished so I will rank once I finish. Look for my ranking in a later post. 

The Optimistic Workplace by Shawn Murphy
Ok so I am only a little over one chapter in to this book but so far I love it! Stay tuned for a final ranking once I finish.

WHAT I AM CRUSHIN' ON:

The Bible App's Devotional Plans. 

Ya'll I love these. You can download free devotional plans (many are only 5-7 days long which I love) on just about any topic through the Bible App for FREE. They are really good studies and are offered by some of my favorite authors. 

I just finished "Your Home is An Embassy," and I will never think of my home the same way again. Highly recommend it. 

Currently I am working through "40 Days of Lent," and "Find Purpose and Passion In Your Daily Work."

WHAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT:

We have booked our summer vacation! Get ready...we are going back to the happiest place on earth! Spending the first half of our week at the beach and the rest at Disney. SO EXCITED. Even though we were just there last May (and technically I was at Disneyland in November) we can't wait to get back! 

BIG NEW - prepare yourselves! We are going to build our dream farmhouse. We are in the very early stages of planning right now but having a blast designing. For those of you who have built your forever home please send me all your tips! 

WHAT I AM DREADING:

All the bills I need to pay this weekend, errands I need to run, and all the steps to get our current house ready to list on the market. Oh and meeting with a lender to find out exactly how a construction loan works. That's not the fun part. I just want to start designing and planning. 

FAMILY LIFE:

These two guys make me SO happy. The littlest one makes me laugh every day. He is such a pill and so sweet at the same time. His latest line is "Mommy, you my best buddy." Be still my heart. 





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