April 15, 2015


Easter seemed to creep up on me this year. I had ordered some cute Easter shirts many, many months ago when they were on sale.  

But after that, I sort of forgot about Easter outfits.  The closer it got to the holiday weekend, the more I decided that Easter is not about matching clothes. It's not about the Easter bunny (although, our bunny was cheap this year and bought pre-made baskets at Kroger that had very little candy!).

Easter is a time of remembrance and reverence. 

We were just excited that all 4 of us would actually be at church together on Easter Sunday!

We had a nice breakfast, followed by some pictures.

We have a guy at our church that built this tomb and it was pretty cool.  Our children's director did a skit of what it was like as the one that found that tomb empty on the 3rd day!  I got chills!!!

Easter is such an important day/holiday.  It's become so much of a commercial holiday.  It's all about candy and clothes.

I've been there.  I am sure I will be there again.

But this year was different.  I'm not sure why.  I guess because my kids are getting older and I have even more desire to 'train them up.'  


       I was a weepy mess this Easter.  The music was amazing and seeing how                             much my kids love going to church warms my heart.  

Our church also offered a free photo since everyone is always dressed up.  We took one just because we were all there at the same time.

And you know, we clash, horribly (cue Daddy in his bright orange) but that's how our family is, we are all unique.  To each his own. My girls are SOOOO different.  The hubby and I are so different and it all works.

For that, I am thankful.

We went to the park to let the kids run off some steam before the rain started.  We met some cousins and friends and the adults ate while the kids played.

After the rain started, we headed out to Mom and Dad's for our annual family gathering!  We love hanging out with this side of the 'family' and are always saying we need to get together more than once a year.  We were all actually (most of us) together for Dad's 70th surprise supper back in January.

The weather was awful but the fellowship was sweet. We only managed a few pics as it was rainy and crazy with all these kiddos.

So thankful for a fun-filled, meaningful Easter celebration.

April 9, 2015

Run Thru History

In March 2014, I walked the Run Thru History 5K.  I'm not a walker and declared that next year, I would run the 10K.  If you know anything about the National Military Park, you know that it's HILLY.  This challenge was tough but I was up for it. Totally motivating.

After a year of running, it was time.  March 2015.  Even though I had slacked off some over the holidays and with all the cold/wet weather, I was ready.  I was ready to finish it and move on.

My best friend, Katrina, came to town for a nice GNO the night before and do run the race with me.  So thankful for her as she kept me distracted and not thinking about the race and getting all anxious.


Unfortunately, she wasn't able to finish thanks to a bum knee that didn't enjoy all the hills.

A few ladies from work did the 5K walk and were awesome!  They were there to cheer me on at the end too.

A running buddy of mine was sick and could not compete.  But she was there (pink jacket below) to cheer us on and her hubby ran an amazing race.  So glad to have cultivated these friendships.

I finished with a new 10K PR of 1:04:36.  Not the best time but I'll take it.  And I defeated the 5 hills on the course.  And that monkey is off my back. And now I want to go back next year and do it in under 1 hour.  Tall order so I must stick to it!

April 8, 2015

Visit with Best Friends

During the first weekend of Spring Break, my best friend and 3 of her 4 girls + one BFF (her oldest was in Guatemala for a mission trip over her 18th birthday!) were coming closer to us for a wonderful, heartfelt mission project.  We drove over on Sunday afternoon to meet up with them for supper.  I didn't tell Big Sister who we were going to meet, just that she had a surprise at supper.  She was SO EXCITED when she realized it was her best buddies from Starkville!

We ate at Five Guys and Lisa and I sat and talked for a good 2 hours.  Man, that did my soul good!  The girls are such good friends that they went out on the sidewalk and played and played and played.  Baby Sister stayed inside (it was starting to sprinkle) and played with the big kids. One is my sweet Goddaughter.

When we left to head back home, Big Sister exclaimed that 2 hours just wasn't enough time with them.  I had to agree with her.  We hope to see them soon!

 My sweet Goddaugher, who needs to STOP growing up.