Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring is in the air!

When I found out that a friend had just gotten some new baby chicks I had to see them... and a baby chicken photoshoot ensued! (sorry if you think that's odd, but I'm a sucker for baby animals...) Also I thought it would be rather fitting consider it being Easter weekend!

Modeling is a hard day's work! ;)

While little baby chicks are just the cutest thing this side the Mississippi river, Easter eggs, bunnies, and all thing spring aren't what the true meaning of Easter is all about. Actually "Easter" isn't even what I should say I'm celebrating, this weekend is I am celebrating the Resurrection of my Savior, Jesus Christ!

I compiled with my Pastor to put together a short video that was played at my church's Good Friday service. If you have 5 minutes, please take a moment & think about what it means.

Even though the video has a serious message, it's not where things end. Jesus died on the cross because of our sins but he did it because of his great love for us. It really blows my mind that the maker of the universe died for someone so undeserving as me.

And the best part of the story... three days after he died, he rose again! Hallelujah I Know That My Redeemer Lives!

"How Deep The Father's Love For Us"

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr's, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things.... {Post II}

Hello there! I thought I'd share some of my favorites right now :)

Emma ~ the 2009 BBC version

Now you may be familiar with Gwyneth Paltrow's 1996 movie of Jane Austen's "Emma". It's a favorite for sure! Well a couple weeks ago my sisters & I rented BBC's 2009 version of Emma, and it was wonderful! They did a great job of casting, everyone really fit their part. If you like anything Jane Austen you will love it! Go rent or buy it now! You will be dreaming of Mr. Knightly for about a week straight. (Disclaimer, I cannot guarantee that last sentence but it is highly likely!)

Estate Sales

I love a good antique store, thrift store, and even garage sales. But there's something in particular I love about estate sales. Perhaps it's because the theme of garage sales are "one man's junk is another man's treasure" and with estate sales, it feels like you are having the chance to buy something that was someone's treasure. Maybe it be their collection of tea cups or a nice dresser - this wasn't the stuff they considered junk. They may have been holding onto it for 65 years! Now, I know that not everyone has the same style... but that's what makes things interesting. I've joined a couple mailing lists that alert me of local estate sales, so fun!

Graeter's Ice Cream

Some friends of mine have family back in Ohio and they just got back from a visit. They brought home along with them THE most delicious ice cream on the face of this earth. I'm sorry but I will argue this point with anyone, haha! On one of their past visits they brought home mint chip and it was true love at first taste. Yesterday I got to try Buckeye Blitz, which is chocolate + peanut butter goodness. Now I just saw online that they have a flavor called Strawberry Chip which is basically strawberries + dark chocolate - how does it get any better?? If you are ever traveling through Ohio, you can definitely bring me back a pint, k? :)

My New 5D Mark II

My newest addition to my little camera family! Isn't she lovely!?! And yes, I said "she". I'm actually still trying to pick out a name for her ;) If you have any name suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below & they just might make it on the name list!

Ciao! :)

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to K&J!

Last week my "little" sisters, Katie & Jessica turned 21! Sometimes I still think I'm 21, how did I get so old? Hopefully now that my sisters are 21 I'll be able to remember I'm a couple years older than that! haha

We went to an awesome restaurant in downtown Davis called Bistro 33. We were blessed with a beautiful spring evening & sat out on the patio. We all had a great time enjoying wonderful company, delicous food, and celebrated two wonderful girls I've been thankful to know these past 21 years! Love you Katie and Jessica!

Decisions, decisions....

Birthday Girl #1 (aka Katie)

aaand Birthday Girl #2 (aka Jessica)

Happy Parents - they survived 21 years of twins! ;) And my beautiful Grandma looking on as Katie opened her birthday card.

As you get older, the drinks get "prettier" ;)

Cheers to 21 years of double trouble!

And the perfect end to an evening...

Something chocolately and making a wish :)

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