Apr 18, 2014

15 months (?!?!), Bunnies, Christ, and the Dissertation

I have heard many moms talk about Bunny Pictures at Northpark Mall, so on Wednesday I got the boys dressed up in their Tres Bien Boutique shirts and loaded them into the car. Sadly, I didn't leave with a bunny photo. I got there at 4:35 and checked in. I was person 103. At 5:30 they hadn't called my name yet and announced they were closing for the night. The last person they called was number 102. I was off by one! So, no adorable photos with live bunnies for us on Wednesday. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth. It just felt like the absolute worst way to run a business! Why would you have a shut down time instead of having a more logical (and friendlier) time that is when you allow the last people to get in line?! Casey was so disgusted by it all that he said next year we should choose the more expensive hire a photographer method!
But, despite my frustration I was back in line on Thursday afternoon. I got their at 3:50 and put my name on the list. I was told that they might not get to me, but I felt like I needed to try again. I was angry. I was frustrated. I might have posted on Facebook that I am too pregnant and too hormonal for this and either we would get bunny pictures or their would be tears.
Luckily, we got our bunny picture. And gosh darn is it cute!
I also got a few Easter pictures of the boys during their 15 month photo shoot this week.
Dissertation Factoid: When I've talked about my dissertation on here, I frequently talk about the "bifurcation of the financial system." That's a really fancy way of saying their are two financial systems in America. One is for mainstream consumers and the other for the poor and near poor. The mainstream financial sector in the United States is arguably the most sophisticated in the world with a huge complexity of financial servicers (think of commercial banks, savings institutions, brokerage houses, mortgagers, credit unions, investment banks, insurance companies, etc). Most of the research we have on financial literacy looks primarily at the consumers who use these products. Research relatively ignores the unique problems of lower income households, the poor and near poor, who are involved in alternative financial services. The poor and near poor are typically unbanked or under-banked, operate at the fringes of the banking system are chronically dependent on high cost credit, or "predatory loans,'' and unable to access wealth and asset generating bank products.

I stopped taking monthly pictures of the boys after they turned one,
but I'm going to try quarterly pictures.
This afternoon we are heading to the pediatrician for the boys 15 month appointment. I just can't even. When did they get so big?!?!

Two years ago at Easter I wrote some really profound words. I wrote of the desert, the wasteland, I felt like I was wandering in as an infertile woman. I wrote of the immense guilt that I carried with me because of our infertility. I wrote poignant words that make me tear up re-reading them. In the post, I spoke of Lent and what it meant to me that year. (Seriously, take a minute and go read. I wrote about infertility but it really could apply to any dark period in your life.)

I have to be honest. I haven't given Lent the attention and thoughtfulness it deserves this year. I haven't stopped and reflected. I haven't allowed myself to experience the full emotions and the full ramifications of the season.
But that doesn't change my excitement that He Arose! He got up from that grave and conquered death. He conquered sin. And He did it for us. He did it for my sins. For your sins. And because he did it
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
In fact
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives."
A blogger I love did a great post using this song on Wednesday. Take a minute a read it. Her words are poignant and her faith is inspiring.

I leave you today with a message of Good Friday. Today is the day love dies. Today is the day Christ was crucified on that cross. 2000 years ago Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to prove that YOU matter to him. No matter your situation. No matter how matter how dark things seem. God is with you. God loves you. And on the third day, He Will Rise!
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1 comment:

  1. So glad the bunny pictures worked out, the look adorable. I often wonder if these holiday picture people have any idea what it is like to get kids ready and wait in line and then be told Santa or the bunny is on a break or is going home for the day. Super frustrating.