Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weekend Recap - A Day at the Cross

Well, this was one of the best weekends in a long time!.  To start off with, I found out on Saturday that I am being featured on the front page of the Heart Handmade Blog!  I'm really quite excited about it!  It comes at a great time, too, since my 30% off sale is still on, and will be until I get all my things GONE!  (In case you are wondering, just use the coupon code MUSTGO11 when you check out at 13 Plum Knitting.  Being on the front page of the blog has definitely increased the traffic to my shop, and for that, I am grateful!

Also, just in case you didn't know, 13 Plum Knitting has a Facebook page!  I don't know why I haven't ever put that on here (actually, I do, and its because I couldn't figure out what the link was, but Val from CCWD totally helped me out with that one!  THANK YOU!), but I supposed now is as good a time as any! I'd love if you cruised over there in a bit, and "liked" my page!

Now on to the FUN stuff!  My in-laws came down for a visit this weekend.  My mother in law and I had considered taking Flower shopping.  However, we decided that we just didn't want to deal with all the back to school crowds that would be there.  Personally, I don't care for   hate  absolutely loathe and despise shopping.  But, we did go to the shoe store here in town, and got Flower 4 pairs of new shoes, and Little Man a new pair of cowboy boots.  I have to say here that it was a proud moment for this Mama, when Flower picked out the most awesome pair of black and white Chucks.  Yes!!!  They rock, and she rocks them!
Check out those totally awesome Chucks!  More about the statue later!
After that, we came home and picked up all the boys, then drove to Groom, a tiny  little town about an hour and a half away.  Back in 1995,  a man erected a 190 foot cross on donated land.  
Its a little difficult to photograph a 190 foot cross.  I was laying on the ground!
It is billed as the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.  Now, normally I am leery of things like this, because it is too easy for people to start worshiping the thing rather than what the thing represents.  But, this is pretty neat.  Encircling the giant cross are the different stations, all of which tell different parts of the story of the Crucifixion; it begins with Pontius Pilot washing his hands, and ends with an empty tomb.  Really, it was very moving.    One building also had a replica of the Shroud of Turin.  I'm a geek, and absolute geek when it comes to things like that, so really, that was my favorite part!
Shroud of Turin replica.  I'd love to see the real thing, but its no longer on display anywhere.

Flower really touched my heart a couple of times, and really brought to mind the verses of Matthew 10:13-16.

"And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them."
Mary in anguish, with Barb Wire Man looking on.

One of the stations showed Mary on her knees, looking up at Jesus as he was carrying the cross.  Flower asked why she looked so sad, so I explained to her that she was in anguish, because she was watching her Son walk to where He was going to die.  She teared up, and said she couldn't imagine how sad she must be.  I looked at my two kids and thought the same thing.  Honestly, I can't think of a single person I love enough to sacrifice my children for...yet that is exactly what God did for us.  
Self explanatory, I believe.
The second time was when we were in the empty tomb.  There was an angel kneeling, and Flower said "Well,  this just isn't correct.  I asked why not, and she replied "Well, because Jesus' clothes were all neatly folded where he was laying."   They really do absorb the things we tell them, even when we think they aren't listening!  
The three crosses, the repentant thief, Jeshua, and the unrepentant thief
The kids at the base of the cross.  You can tell how enormous it really is!
After we left, we all went out to eat at this awesomely good Mexican food place called Tacos Garcia.  That is one of the best things about living in the Texas Panhandle.  Next to Mexico, we have some of the most authentic, delicious Mexican food there is!  Tacos Garcia is also the place Barb Wire Man took me for our first date, so we go there as often as we can!
My kids rock.
And now, here we are, at the start of another work week.  Back to the grind we all go!  Tomorrow, Miss Flower is writing my blog post!  She just got all her photos back from her Girl Scout camp experience.  I had her sit and write about it.  She thought it was fun; I thought it was a great chance to learn about how to write! On Friday, I can't wait to introduce you to one of my blogger friends.  Her blog is called La Luce, and I love reading it!  She is an artisan, a fellow blogger, bust most importantly, she is a woman who unashamedly shares her faith.  I can't wait to tell you how she doesn't just talk about her faith...she puts it into practice, and asks everyone else to do the same.

Today is mingle Monday...come join the fun!

Until then, be blessed!  Prayers for a great week for all!



  1. Cool shoes!

    I posted pictures of those statues on my blog some time back., They are moving, truly moving.

    OH how thankful I am that God sent His son Jesus to die for my sins.

    Have a blessed day!


  2. Those pictures of the cross (es) are really nice! That one is a huge work of art!! Oh- I liked your facebook page with my personal profile and my CCWD profile.

    Those sneaks are cool!! I remember Chuck Taylors being popular when I was in school (but I wasn't allowed to have them because they were "boys'" shoes...)

    Have a great day!!!

  3. Looks like you had a good weekend:) Thanks for visitin my blog. I'm following you back:)

  4. CONGRATS on the feature!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go you!!!! YAAY!

    That place you went to looks amazing by the way!


  5. Christie, did yo get to see them in person? They really are moving! Sorry I haven't been on to respond...I realized this morning I ran out of coffee filters, and no coffee has given me a horrible headache!

  6. That is awesome! Sounds like everyone had a great time this weekend!

    I definitely want to check out this place! Is there an entrance fee or anything like that?

  7. It is totally free! And not hard to find, because it is right off I-40. You can see it for about 20 miles before you actually get there, too, so it doesn't sneak up on you! They do have a gift shop, and accept donations, but other than that it is completely free!


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