This doesn't mean I do nothing on Sundays. Sundays are still days where we do work, it is impossible not to. But, it is a day where I intentionally allow for greater rest for myself and the girls. I may do some loads of laundry, but I don't make it a goal to finish it in a day. I make effort to read more, rest more, play with the girls more. We start out Sundays without TV (always), having a later breakfast, getting to church, and enjoying time with our church family. Then, almost every week, we get bagels from Einstein bagels. Sophia changes her mind on the type, often cinnamon sugar or chocolate chip, yesterday she wanted asiago cheese, and Heidi always gets cinnamon sugar.
Yesterday morning was Sunday. We gathered with our church body; I enjoyed Chris' teaching during Sunday School (currently he is teaching a class on discipleship). After Sunday School I went to collect Heidi from her class and Sophia from hers. Brenda, who teaches Sophia's class, told me that Sophia was a little theologian. How so? Well, Brenda asked the class (I believe it is k-3) how we can be reminded of God when we see the snow. She was expecting someone to say "well, God made the snow" which would be accurate, but she was going to expand on it. Sophia said, "when Jesus died on the cross, his blood washed us as white as the snow." When she told me that story I was choking back tears. Sophia's understanding of the gospel surpasses that of many adults, and she has the beautiful, innocent faith of a child. It warms my heart. I pray that she will never lose the faith and understanding, and will only grow in knowledge and wisdom. I pray that Chris and I can lead her well in God's truths. She truly is a tender spirit and a joy to be around.
Yesterday was also a big day for pretty much all of Minnesota. I haven't watched a Vikings football game (or, any football game outside of the Superbowl) for the past couple of years/seasons. We've just been so involved with watching Arsenal and I really can't keep track of two sports and leagues. Just too much to do for that. So, football has taken a back-burner for me as far as importance. I still like the game and will watch it, but it hasn't been a priority.
I decided that I wanted to watch this particular playoff game because it is exciting to watch the Vikings go this far, especially with the Superbowl hosted in the new stadium in Minnesota this year. At half-time, the game was 17-0 with the Vikings in the lead, so I sat and read my book and watched the game in the background.
As the second half started, the Saints suddenly decided to answer the Vikings and before we could say "hot dish" the Saints were suddenly in the lead, and all we had managed to wrangle up was a field goal with a score of 20-21, Vikings losing. My "Debbie Downer" self said, "Yes. This is Minnesota sports. Only the Vikings could mess up that lead." But I continued to watch the game, perhaps a glutton for punishment. We got a field goal, making it 23-21...but then gave the Saints free reign of the field to come back with their own field goal, 23-24, winning by one point with 25 seconds left in the game and the Vikings had only one timeout. Nothing short of a miracle could save the game (and, per an ESPN analyst, there was only a 2.6% chance of the Vikings winning when they went into the last play, with 10 seconds left in the game, no timeouts, 3rd down with 10 yards to go).
A miracle is what they got. Case Keenum, QB, threw a beautiful pass, caught on the tips of Stefon Diggs' fingers, and he ran it all the way in for a touchdown, crossing the line as the clock went down to 0 seconds. I cheered so much my throat was sore. Truly, a miracle of a game. Even more fun was the end of the game; when interviewing Case Keenum he said, "It's probably going to go down as the third best moment of my life. The moment I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the moment I married my wife, and this one..." That was cool. I do not remember seeing a game moment quite that exciting before. I do have some good memories of games, but I am glad we turned that one on. Now, hopefully two more Vikings games this season: NFC championship game against the Eagles and then the Superbowl in Minnesota!
|This girl. Loves taking her shirt off her arm...just one arm though. And is learning to eat a Popsicle.|