Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Day

Bill and I had a great Easter weekend. We went to church on Saturday night with my mom, and we grilled out burgers at her house afterwards. It was such a nice night, and it was great spending time together.

Bill had an awesome idea to bring Kevin to the farm to play with the kids on Easter Sunday. He was a hit! At first, he wanted to run back home, and we had to run and catch him while he hobbled as fast as he could down the drive way in a last ditch effort to return home. It was pretty cute, but eventually, Kevin calmed down and played with the kids.

Kevin playing with the nieces. He looks huge next to them!

This picture cracks me up! I love how Kevin looks like he's just hanging out with his family. What a cutie.

Later in the day, we went to my dad's where we played frisbe, grilled out, and hung out with each other. I had a great time visiting with everyone. It was the best!

I went with my brother over to my mom's house where we went for a walk and later had dinner. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best when you're with the people you love.

Little Pink Book

Friday, April 18, 2014

He is Risen!

This year, Easter really seemed to sneak up on me even though it's not early. This is the weekend we take the time to remember that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead 3 days later! We can have eternal life through him because of his sacrifice. Truly the best gift of all. :)  John 3:16 comes to mind whenever I think of our Easter celebration.

What are you doing this weekend, friends? Bill and I are getting together with my mom on Saturday night to celebrate Easter. We'll go to church in the evening and have a cook out afterwards. I can't wait! Plus, it's supposed to be 67 degrees tomorrow. We have only had one other warm day this year so I'm very excited for that.

Sunday, we're going to the farm in the early morning for an Easter brunch with Bill's family, and in the afternoon, we're going to my dad's house for dinner. I'm glad we're splitting up our time with the family to two days instead of one! It's nearly impossible to visit three different homes in one day on a holiday. Ha

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Little Pink Book

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Purse from Brew Me a Bag!!

I'm a purse collector of sorts. I love all purses, and I'm particularly drawn to over the shoulder bags currently. My friend Michelle knows the awesome lady who brews these bags! Ha Her company is called Brew Me a Bag, and you can find her on Facebook here. Deb, the person behind the super cute bags, just started sewing them last fall! She has a huge selection to browse from, and she will ship your bag to you!

I just loved how my bag turned out! The print on the coffee sack is striking and the bling button is adorable. :)

The fabric lining is perfect! I love the big outlined flowers with the muted purple color.

The strap has a black cloth fabric with a tan leather part where I can adjust the length. I love it!

What's your favorite type of bag?

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Things

Lately, I've been doing a lot of new things. Things that force me out of my comfort zone. Every time, this happens, I get nervous and freak out usually for no reason. I like how every single time this happens, my fears are for nothing.

I just finished writing three different stories that were around 1,200 words each. I was a little nervous to write them since I haven't written anything that long for anyone except maybe on my blog. I've had long posts on my blog, and I realized after writing those three stories that it is not that different from the writing I've already done. I was shocked at how the words flowed out of me.

All the sudden, I'm no longer nervous to write long stories after finishing them this week! It's a wonderful feeling. I also gained a better idea of what it's like to write a story that's more than 500-700 words. This recent realization is inspiring me to write some different posts on this blog of mine that I can't wait to get started on soon. I'm thinking I would write about stories from my childhood. I'll keep you posted, friends.

This isn't recent, but another thing that totally shoved me out of my comfort zone was when me and Bill started planning our trip for Europe. We watched a bunch of Rick Steve's shows on channel 11 and each time we did, I either got really excited about the trip or I felt like Germany, Slovenia, and Italy were so far away that there was no way I could plan a trip there.

In reality, I put off creating and finalizing plans, because that way, I could ignore my fears and my lack of experience. We ended up having three or so months left to plan when we got serious about it. Procrastinating did in fact make our fears worse, but I honestly felt better once we started making progress. 

We left for Germany on a sunny afternoon in June last year. We had a small family get together with Bill's family at the farm where we had breakfast with everyone as a "going away" party. The whole trip to O'hare and while we were sitting waiting to board our plane, I was picking at my nails and asking Bill, "Do you think this trip will go okay?" He reassured me it would, but at the same time, he was pacing the hallways with a lot of nervous energy mirroring how I felt even though I chose to sit against the wall and fret silently for the most part.

After boarding the plane and being in the air for a couple of hours, I began to relax. I watched movies and read snippets from the Game of Thrones book I brought with me. It was wonderful. Those six hours from Chicago to our layover in Dublin, Ireland were a breeze! Our plane was huge with three isles and everyone had there own TV on the seat in front of them with a big selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy during the flight. When we landed in Dublin, we all mentioned how surprised we were that it was that easy. Almost painless.

The hours of dread were all for nothing. What shocked us even more was that we could rent a car and seemingly drive around Europe with no problem. Aside from a little set back with the GPS, we felt like it was free sailing from there on out and it was. 

Suddenly, our two week trip to Europe seemed like a very manageable thing.

I found that when you try something new or are unexpectedly in a new situation, it is best to "go with the flow!" Your worries and fears will not help you. In fact, they will only stop you from enjoying the experience.

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Little Pink Book