This Easter we did all the normal Easter-y things. We dressed up, went to church, hunted eggs...I made a big lunch. It really was a pretty perfect day.
Tonight Madeline and I played outside well after dark. We laid on the trampoline and looked at the stars and tried to find the moon. She stuck her face up to the netting on the trampoline to kiss mine on the other side. She asked me to jump with her while simultaneously grabbing my hand and my heart. She gave me the look you'd give your very best friend. She sat on my legs asking for "horsey". She grabbed my face and told me she loved me "so much". We sang "Twinkle, Twinkle" and clapped for ourselves. We ate jelly beans and fed a few to Polly who was on the trampoline with us.
We read books before bedtime and she tried to con me out of going to bed by asking to read the Bible "one more time". We laid in her floor side by side and I wondered if I could ever love anything more unconditionally than I love her. I wondered if life could be any sweeter.
I prayed for her. I prayed that one day she will know Jesus. I prayed that she will love Him with all her heart. I prayed that some Easter she will know the power of the cross. I'm completely overwhelmed today by our Father who loves His Son infinitely more than I could ever love Madeline, and how he sent Him to die for sinners like me. Thankful doesn't begin to describe it...