Monday, 28 April 2014

Travel for Days

We made it to Sweden!

After four years of university, Brandon and I decided to celebrate by taking a month long trip across the pond to visit my brother and sister-in-law. It seemed like a great opportunity to relax and get rejuvenated for the next steps in our lives.

So, I now find myself kicking back in Luke and Victoria's quant apartment watching Friends and attempting to fight off the jet leg that begs me to go to sleep. Today has been full of flights, baggage claims, unpacking, barbeques, and walks.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Five Loves of Easter

 One Celebrating

I absolutely love getting the opportunity to set aside time to look towards the cross and celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. It’s not about filling the weekend with various church services (although they were all great) but rather recognizing the sacrifice, the commitment, and the love that Christ poured out on that cross for all people. It is humbling to think about, important to rest upon, and encouraging to know that he doesn’t ask for perfect, he just asks for me.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Eternally Valuable

“I am He who, in an instant, can raise up the humble man’s mind to a better understanding of the principles of eternal truth than if he had spent ten years studying them at a university.” (Thomas à Kempis)

Where do we find our value?

I think this is one of the most important questions that we can stop and reflect upon. Where do I find my value? The answer to this simply complex question holds in its grasp the power that drives you to act, react, and ultimately live the way you do.

If this value is misplaced, you are ultimately acting, reacting, and living for a meaningless purpose. Many of us find our value in things that are fleeting, unachievable, or simply ridiculous to try to obtain. This is damaging! It puts us on a wild roller coaster ride of ups and downs, dips and turns, constantly wanting the ride to be over but knowing that if we get off we will be lost in a place where we no longer feel we are valuable.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

When you are full time students and part time employees at several different locations, it can be difficult to hang out with friends outside of the school environment. Plans change, school is stressful, and things do not always work out as you anticipate. So, in order to ensure that we would finally get that double date in with Hayden and Tracey, we planned this trip to the ball game before the first pitch of the season was even thrown.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Teacups and Cupcakes

I love weddings, especially other people’s weddings. Now, don’t get me wrong, planning my own wedding was a great experience but there is something about sharing the giddiness with a bride to be that brings me great joy. This summer I get to do this x3!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Finding Your Voice

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

As my professor stood at the front of the class he posed a question that struck deeper than he may have realized.

“If you are given a voice, will you have anything to say?”

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sweet Syrup and Chopped Hair

I awoke today to a fresh layer of white fluff spread thin over the grass that just yesterday was desperately trying to make an appearance. How is this April!?

Although the bite of winter was still in the air, I bundled up alongside my husband and parents to make the traditional trek out to Elmira for the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. This annual event typically brings with it the promise of spring, yet this year the warm weather was nowhere to be found. Regardless, as we drove to the small town the trees were still tapped with buckets collecting the sticky stuff.

Friday, 4 April 2014

A Morning of Baking

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap” (Barbara Jordan).

I so wish that cookies were healthy. Wouldn’t it be great to just be able to sit and eat cookies, drink a tall glass of milk and lose weight? One saving grace, for me at least, is that half the goodness of cookies are in the baking of them... and this morning was one full of baking!

I woke up this morning, headed straight to our tiny little kitchen and pulled out the mixing bowls. Tonight is the shower for my beautiful friend and bride-to-be and I wanted to add a few bits of sweetness to our spread.