Easter Sunday

Jesus is Alive! He has conquered death and the grave! He has Risen and because of Him, I have been set free :)

Yesterday morning, I woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground, cold temperatures, and a stuffy nose (still). I've been battling this cold for the past week and am ready for it to go away completely. Easter Sunday was a beautiful day, but hard in many ways. My Dad called me first thing in the morning, which was so lovely! I missed being with him and my family on this special Holiday. I was the "orphaned" child this year and because I didn't hear from my family that lives out here in the Springs with me, Best Friends family invited me over to eat and hang out with them. It was so nice to be with a family on Easter. Best Friend has two little sisters, so seeing them in their Easter dresses with their baskets full of plastic eggs and candy, was so much fun! Best friends step dad made a delicious meal; ham, mashed potatoes, pineapple gravy (a family recipe that was SO yummy!), green beans, and yams. It filled my tummy up!! I got to meet Leo, best friends step-dad's father (haha); he was the cutest old man. I couldn't help but smile and giggle every time he said something in his East Coast accent :) It was a full day that made me happy to have a family to be with...because I just love best friends family!

It was hard though...not being with my family. We have so many family traditions that I couldn't stop thinking about throughout the day. And just the mere fact that I wasn't with ANYONE from my own family...it hurt my heart. I have no idea why I didn't hear from my Aunt or Uncle (family drama...always). I texted my Mom to see if I could stop by to say Hi and give her a squeeze, but she was too busy...and the rest of my family is in California. Oh well. Easter isn't about the family, the food, the church you go to, or the new clothes you buy...it's simply about Jesus, dying to save the entire world. Even though my heart hurt and I was sad, there was a joy that filled my heart knowing that because He died, I can now live!!!

I pray you all had a blessed Easter Sunday filled with the joy that filled me, close family and friends, and some good eats ;) 


A quick update

Well, it's been quite a while since I've blogged...it seems like my mind has been running a million miles an hour, so much has happened, and I've been so completely exhausted that when I have a moment to blog...I can't seem to get my thoughts together. So...here's how I'll attempt at shedding a little light into my life, haha :)

Pros of the past week:
I still have my job (haha...long story)
Best friend had an interview at a design firm
I had the opportunity to have lunch and coffee dates with some of my girly friends
Got to meet best friends cousin and his wife that were out visiting from SoCal
And see best friends family for the first time in almost 6 months!
Spent some time in Starbucks reading and journaling...being challenged in many ways
Talked to my Grandma in CA...I just LOVE her so much
Met two more people at The Table on Sunday night :) Two very nice gals
Spent time with Ryann talking about her love life...or lack thereof ;)
Ate some of the tastiest cremesicles I've had in a long time

Cons of the past week:
Was a bit mouthy at work and thought I was going to lose my job :-/
Told my boss how I really felt about him being "the boss" :-/
Came down with a stupid head cold
Didn't plan my budgeting very well and was left with $2 in my account, hahahaha (good thing I get paid tomorrow)
Listened to best friend throw up while I was on the phone with him...yuck
Sat in a total of 6 hours of meetings the past week and a half. I'm so done with meetings.
Cried numerous times over my job, family stuff, and best friend stuff

So, there's a little bit of what has transpired over the past week or so :) And now...I'm ready for my three day weekend that is filled with shopping in Broomfield, hopefully playing some frisbee golf or tennis, and celebrating Jesus with family and friends!!!
I pray you all have an amazing Easter weekend :)


Spring has Sprung

I love Spring!
I love....
waking up to the sound of sweet little birdies chirping
seeing fresh little buds on the trees
the array of brightly colored flowers in the grocery stores
a new bouquet of flowers on my kitchen table every couple weeks
long evening walks in the cool breeze
the way the clouds turn pink and orange as the sun sets
bright yellow and blue and pink colored spring dresses
wearing sandals everyday
rain storms with loud thunder and bright lightening that lights up the sky
fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
the first Pinkberry opening up in the Springs (YAY!)
the wonderful transition from chilly spring mornings to really warm summer afternoons!

 I'm so ready for warm weather every day!


Love on the Mind

This video is made by my good friend Todd...
Now...I haven't seen Todd in probably 5 years and only hung out with him (with hundreds of other people) at a conference for only two weeks....
But sometimes, when you meet certain people, you just know you'll always be friends...
even if it's just a facebook friendship :)
I absolutely love this video!
I think it's definitely a favorite short film of mine!
I hope you enjoy it :)

Love on the Mind from Todd LaBerge on Vimeo.

Now....(hopefully you watched it) the ending is a little different then y'all thought...
I know it caught me off-guard and definitely made me chuckle...
1) because Todd would end it in such a way, haha! and
2) because I too am a lover of what he ends up loving at the end ;) 
(go watch the whole thing!)
He made so many valid points about what love is...
how confusing it is, how frustrating it can be...
but also how it brightens up your world, how it adds passion to your life!
In my day to day life, I can totally relate to everything Todd says about love...
as I'm sure most everyone can...
but lately the topic of love, the mere mention of love, is hard for me to grasp...
I don't always understand what love is, how to love someone who has hurt you,
or what it's like to be genuinely loved by someone.
Today seems to be one of those days where I'm confused and frustrated...
and I just want to go on a long drive and think about life...
and how I want love to play such a huge roll in it.
Not only love between me and someone special,
but love between me and people in general...
specially people I strongly dislike, people who have hurt me, people who I am angry towards.
maybe I should just go on a long drive tonight with a cup of tea and some good tunes...

Anyway...those are my thoughts for the afternoon :)


Monday Musings

Well, the weekend is over and a new week has begun. I wasn't really ready to say goodbye to the weekend...I think it's been one of the best in a really long time (minus some issues here and there...but that's life!). I took Thursday off so best friend and I could drive up to Parker to.....
YES!!! get more tattoos! I was so so so excited to add to my back piece I started a couple months ago. This was best friends first tattoo...eek! He was excited, but very nervous. The artist was out visiting from Illinois again, so we made sure to see him while he was out here :) Here are a couple pictures of our night....
{pretty much I was in pain the whole time. I'm not a fan of getting the shoulder blades tattooed.}
{the words were done the last time Matt was out here...read all about why I chose these 6 words Here}
{the final product! sorry about the blood on the top bird...that one bled a lot}

I knew once my first one healed that I wanted more (it may be a slight addiction now, which my Dad isn't too excited about, but he still loves me, haha). I also knew I wanted to add more to my back, since I felt it looked weird having six words smack dab in the middle of it. So, after much studying, seeking, and praying, I decided to go with some swirly design work that matched the lettering and three bird silhouettes. 
The top bird is an Eagle! I chose an eagle from my favorite/life verse, Isaiah 40:28-31...
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
The other two birds are Sparrows! I chose sparrows because of the verse in Matthew 10 verses 29-31...
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." 
And also Matthew 6:25-26, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

I was asked why I only wanted three and I am so glad I did some research on numbers because it was then that I knew in my heart that I wanted only three birds...so upon studying, I actually had a real answer! Not just an "Um...cause I think three would look cool..." stupid answer. It's a really long and in depth explanation (Here is the website I read that finalized my decision). But the number three denotes Divine Perfection and is mentioned in the Bible over and over and over again! So...yeah, that's pretty much my tattoo :) I love it!

Like I said earlier, best friend got his very FIRST tattoo! I was so excited to be there with him to get it. He's been wanting tattoo's for a while now, but hasn't had the money to go get one. Plus, he's undergone A LOT of changing the past couple months and the Lord has really done a work in his heart. When I told him Matt was going to be back in town, he said that he was ready to get his first piece done. He changed his mind a few times, but the day before we were scheduled to get em done, he found exactly what he was looking for!
{this is him BEFORE the pain started...he definitely wasn't smiling when the needle hit him!}
{here began the three and a half hour pain that he so bravely endured....all for the Lion of Judah}
{The Lion of Judah...completed. Sorry for the blood up top...he was quite the bleeder! It'll need some touching up for sure, but it looks incredible!!}

I can't quite go into the detail of why he chose the Lion, but it all references back to scripture. When/if he writes a blog about it, I'll share the link :)

Friday we both worked all day...he worked a 15 hour shift, which sucked SO bad after enduring so much pain and then only getting three hours of sleep; but it was well worth it! Thankfully Saturday we both got to sleep in and then, because no one was available to hang out, we decided to make it a day for just us :) And it was SUCH an amazing day! We grabbed KFC for lunch for him and Chick-fil-a for me, went to the park to eat, because it was so incredibly nice outside. We sat by the soccer fields and watched a team of little boys (probably 4 and 5 years old) play! Haha, it was so fun; they were so stinkin' adorable. After that, we went to buy Frisbee discs for Frisbee Golf...one of our favorite sports to play during the summer, we then went to the mall and shopped for some new clothes (we found some great deals!), ate dinner at Panda Express, went to the new Old Nay store that opened not too long ago, and went back to my apartment to relax and play a mystery, puzzle solving computer game....I know...such nerds, haha! 
It was just such a great day to spend time together, without any strife (those of you who know what we've been through, know how strife has been huge in our friendship/relationship). It was time much needed to laugh together, talk about life, and simply just have fun. Although, life still has it's big issues to work through...there are glimpses of hope and joy and forgiveness. It truly makes my heart smile :)

Well...this post is extremely long...so I shall end it now. Blessings to you (whoever you are) on this cold (if you're living here in CO), but beautiful Monday afternoon!