State Fair Fun

A few weeks ago I met up with my family at the Virginia State Fair! We had so much fun, especially showing Logan all the animals. He wasn’t so sure about the horses and cows, but seemed slightly more comfortable with the goats. Here are some of the best shots from the day.


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Happy Easter!

Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!

I love celebrating the greatest day in history. Jesus defeated death, conquered sin, and rose from the grave to give us life! We cannot do anything on our own to earn salvation. Nothing. We can only choose to trust that Jesus did what we could not, place our faith in His sacrifice and substitution on our behalf, and walk in grace, forgiveness, and joy all the days of our life. Oh praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!

This Easter was spent in Richmond with the family, and we had a fun time together this weekend!

Happy Easter from my family to you!
Happy Easter from my family to you!


Thankful Thursday: January 3rd

Welcome to a new year on the blog! I had a wonderful break from blogging over the holidays while the family was all in town, but I look forward to seeing what the days of 2013 will hold and sharing them with you on here as we continue the adventure. 2012 was a big year full of change and transition as I left my job, moved back to the east coast and welcomed my first nephew to the world! As the new year begins there is already much for which to be thankful…

1. A new year. I love the beginning of a new year; the sense of a fresh start and anticipation at what the Lord is going to do in my life in the coming twelve months.

2. Family and the holidays. There were 10 of us all together in my parent’s house for Christmas this year, including my grandparents from Arizona, and with the addition of Logan it was such a sweet and special celebration. And for the first time since 2003, I didn’t leave right after Christmas to go to a conference. It was different not being with 2,000+ college students on the 31st, but good at the same time.

3. Heated seats. My mom’s new car, or Land Yacht, as I call it, is fabulous, and I love that the back seats heat up just like the front. It’s the small things in life.

4. Lightroom Photo editing software. I got the newest version of Lightroom with some of my gift money from Christmas, and it is so fun learning how to use it. Like my camera, I still have a long way to go, but the amount of changes and improvements you can make to photos are wonderful.

5. Blog tutorials. As I am learning how to use my camera and the software, it is great to find so many helpful blog posts that share tricks and tips that it would have taken me forever to figure out on my own.


happy new year

Thankful Thursday: October 4th

This weekly post has been such a stretching experience. Thankfulness sometimes takes work. Have you noticed that? It can be so easy to just breeze through life without stopping to think about being thankful. 5 things should be easy, but some days it is not. Thankfully though, this week it wasn’t too hard at all.

1. My grandpa! Today is his birthday, and it was so delightful to talk to him this evening on my drive home from work. I love him so much, and consider him one of my greatest heroes and role models. He is the most wonderful patriarch of our family!

2. My mom. Continuing in the family vein…one of the benefits of being back at home is that when I don’t feel good mom is right there to help, even in the middle of the night. Thankful for her caring spirit and also for her amazing Greek Salad, which I enjoyed for lunch today. 🙂

3. Gas Mart. Corner gas station right by my house. Everywhere else in this area gas is $3.85+ a gallon, but today at Gas Mart, it was only $3.65! Woot.

4. The new double stroller. Last week we went to Babies R Us and got a brand new double stroller for me to cart Little E and Mr A around in, and I love it. Easy to push, not too heavy, the babies love it and we can go on adventures all over town!

5. Heating pad. Ooohhh how I love my heating pad. Such a lifesaver. Really.

Thankful Thursday: September 13th

Another 5 things to be thankful for on this beautiful Thursday evening!

1. My new job. Finished up week one nannying Little E today! I’m still getting used to the 10 hour days and 6:00am starts to my mornings, but the two of us are settling into a nice routine that is going to work out just great.

2. Malls. Little E and I went to the mall today to celebrate my first week and enjoy our first out-of-the-house adventure together! She did so good, and we had a delightful time walking around, looking at all the people and pretty things in the comfort of the air conditioning.

3. The Voice! And more specifically, a fun friend to watch it with. 🙂 We no longer can watch it in the same room, so we are experimenting skyping each other while we watch it. So far, so good. Bring on season 3!

4. House shoes. My toes have been chilly lately, and I am thankful for some warm and homey house shoes.

5. My mom’s cooking. Mmmmm one of my favorite parts of living at home again. Everything I learned about how to cook came straight from her, and it is always nice to go back to the source.