Chocolate bunnies and a Risen Savior!

This year Easter was traditionally un-traditional. It was nice. Easy. Joyful. It involved friends, old and new, and family. Here is a little peek at our day. (Sorry there weren't more pictures!)

I only recently got Internet at my own home. Therefore, I shall update you with what has been recent in my life :)

For my dad's birthday I made this salad. Spinach, strawberries, feta, poppy seed dressing. Pretty much no one liked it but me. Oh well!

My biggest-littlest brother attended his Junior Prom. Doesn't he look dashing?? And soo tall!

Now this I was so excited about! I got my Grandpa Joe's (my mom's dad) famous recipe for Clam Dip. It's more than just that, though, and is DELICIOUS! You eat it with really crunchy chips... Mmm! Anyway, a local store was supposed to be carrying the main ingredient- actual clam dip. Then you add things to it... But, apparently they quick selling it :( So unfortunately I need another go at it. Soon, I hope! Thanks, Grandpa, for sharing it with me!

And I have finally decided. I will make a genuine attempt at learning guitar. My dad is lending me this beauty. It helps to actually have something to learn with :)


Guess who's coming to dinner?? Ok, you got me.. She's coming for a whole eleven days!!


She lives in Sweden, you know... that's kind of far away. But she is one of my bestest friends in the whole world and not even an ocean could keep us from reuniting! In honor of her coming to visit me- not to mention meet my family and boyfriend for the first time- I made a paper chain. Yes, sort of childish of me, I know. But have you made one of those to count anything down recently? They are SO fun! I mean, usually you only take time to count down things that are already exciting, but this just adds to the excitement! Go paper chains!

I've already started making a list of things to do while she is here, but just today (when I counted my chain links) I realized how fast June is approaching. Eek! I have another "to-do" list just to make her accommodations. So, on to that list I go... Just had to share the good news!

Happy counting!



Today is a day to be celebrated. My father's 50th birthday. He may not be excited about the number, but I say choose to make every year your prime! This year I want to give my dad 50 reasons why he is the best! Even though there are countless. Let's get started... 50 reasons makes a looong list. (hehe just kidding, dad) :)

~You make me laugh

~You are a self-taught rock star!

~We have the same sense of humor.

~You see the good in people- something I get from you, and appreciate more than you'll ever know!

~You are kind hearted.

~You listen to the Lord.

~You think I'm funny

~You're tender- in the most manly way, of course!

~You're practically a walking concordance.

~Everyone wants to be your friend.

~We share a heart for missions.

~You get me.

~You pray.

~You come from an amazing family heritage- so grateful to have been brought into that.

~You're strong

~And VERY courageous!

~You're a glass-half-full kinda guy.

~You're always up for a little adventure.

~You laugh at SpongeBob.

~Even if you don't remember, you taught me the first things I learned about the Holy Spirit.

~You're full of love to give!

~You cook awesome food!

~You support me

You're such a great story teller!

~Artist. Need I say more?

~Back in the day you could grow a pretty sweet mustache. We have pictures to prove it.

~You ARE anointed.

~You encourage people.

~You speak Spenchlish. (A made-up language consisting of Spanish, French, English. He thinks its real)

~Your memory is impeccable!

~God speaks to you through dreams- I'm convinced.

~You don't let to many things get you down.

~You're always looking out for me at thrift stores :)

~You never made me mow the lawn.

~You share your vision for ministry and life with me- Thank you :)

~No matter how much you and Mom regretted them, you always had dogs for us!

~You protect us.

~You have lived out Eph. 6:4

~You're creative.

~You didn't get mad when Ross and I ran away.

~You are maybe the only person I know who actually likes cafeteria food!

~You appreciate all kinds of music (except for maybe that screamy stuff Corbin likes ;)

~You told me about a word from the Lord grandpa had when you left for college about Kings of other nations.. remember? I'll never forget the day when you passed that on to me :)

~You have a strange love for Hawaiian shirts.

~You are humble.

~You lean on the Lord.

~You're handsome!

~You are MY dad!

I would follow you to the ends of the earth. I love you, dad! Happy Birthday!