Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

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Reflecting today on Jesus.

Studying the act of laying down your life, and giving the ultimate gift to those who don’t deserve it.

Blessed because even though we don’t deserve it, He did it anyway.

I am forgiven. I have found freedom in Christ. I am His.

Thankful.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

on keeping secrets & being sick

Oh, life. :)

I have been MIA on the blog lately, mostly for one of two reasons…

1) I had been secretly planning a surprise 30th birthday party for my sister!  My cousin Jessie and I started this mission a couple months ago, and as things got down to the wire, the party consumed my life!  We wanted so badly to keep it a complete surprise for my sister, so I felt like I couldn’t even write a decent post… I couldn’t think about anything else!

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I will definitely be writing a more detailed post soon, but here’s a spoiler… she was completely surprised.  The party was so much fun and a huge success.

2) The other reason I have been MIA is because I have caught this nasty cold that’s been making its way around my family.  I am just thankful I got it after the party… and I’m hoping I am completely healed before we visit Zack’s family for Easter!

So that’s my life lately, I have so many ideas for this little space, I am hoping to get back to writing posts soon. :)

What have you been up to lately?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy birthday, sister!

Today is my big sister’s birthday!  I just can’t believe she is 30!!

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If all goes according to plan, we surprised her brilliantly with an 80’s themed birthday party last night… (I am writing this ahead of time, but as of now she has NO idea!)

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To my sister on her big day… you are just amazing.  Thank you for always being there for me, and teaching me everything I know today.

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You know I’ve always looked up to you, and can never experience something unless I’ve seen you experience it first. :)

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You’ve always guarded me and protected me… if it weren’t for you I’d be lost! 

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There’s no way I would have made it without having your shoulder to lean on. :)

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I have loved watching you become a mother, and create the life you’ve always dreamed of this past year.

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I have a feeling that 30 will be one of your best years yet!

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I love you so much!  And even though sometimes we butt heads, you know I will always have your best interest in mind. 

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I would do anything for you—you are truly one of my best friends!

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We are so blessed to not only have each other as sisters, but friends too! :)

Happy birthday Dyell, Adrian Danni Bear… I love ya pooper!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Birthday MC!


Happy 24th birthday to my favorite gal,
you are not only a great cousin, but one awesome pal.

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Since you were born we’ve been joint at the hip,
we go together like salsa and tortilla chips.

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You’re always up for a little adventure or two,
if I didn’t have you, I don’t know what I’d do!

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You’re my best friend, and someone I never get sick of,
You + me = true cousin love.

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You are the funniest girl that I ever did meet,
without you by my side, I would feel incomplete.

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Seems like just yesterday we were wee little girls,
you with your bowl cut, and me with uncontrollable curls.

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We hid in closets and pretended to be mannequins,
we were always up to some crazy shenanigans.

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Now we are grown, but still closer than ever,
I know you’ll always be there for me through any endeavor.

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Happy 24th birthday to you, my little cuz,
here’s to 70 more together, filled with lots of love!

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Happy birthday, Jess!
Love, your LB :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! :)

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Here are 10 of my favorite links lately…

Speaking of April Fool’s Day, this online prank from Young House Love is pretty hilarious.

Isn’t it interesting how people tend to connect on negativity?  This girl’s post really brought that to my attention and made me try to be more intentional with the way I am connecting with others.

This recipe looks incredibly delicious.

Loving this singalong to Frozen’s Let it Go. :)

I think that this marriage challenge is such a great idea.  We are thinking about starting it soon!

This video is absolutely one of the cutest things I’ve seen… EVER!

I love how easy this girl makes these DIY IPhone cases look!

Getting married soon?  Or know someone who is?  I loved all of these bridesmaid gift ideas… makes me wish I was more thoughtful about the gifts I gave my bridesmaids!

Are you a worrier?  I definitely am, and I hate that I am!  I loved the methods that this article gives… he links worrying to using your imagination.  It’s incredible!

Finally, another Frozen find… if you haven’t seen this video, watch it!  I want to be this cool when I am a parent one day. :)

In case you missed it:
#harrellsdo2014 [week 13]
One Thing Remains [free printable!]
The Circle—Spring Favorites

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Time for you to celebrate yourself…
Leave me a link to your favorite post
written this week, I would love to read it!