Mother’s Day Hike

I am a hiker. My husband is a biker (and I’m talking more of a motorcycle biker…). So we don’t jive the greatest when it comes to taking nature walks. But this year, my Mother’s Day gift was for one free hike!

So! I cashed in my coupon on the most perfect evening when the wind was barely breezing, the sun was fully shining, the air was just above jacket worthy, and the kids were looking for an adventure.

We went out to the Marty Bender Nature Area, and I’ll tell ya what! We were so impressed! It was a lovely 2.8 mile trail leading me through places I would not have pictured in Kansas. We both were reminded of our various places we’ve been: Konza, our St. Louis hike (minus the complaining children!) and even the Texas wilderness. The trail takes you through prairie land, as well as through wooded areas nestled along the Smoky Hill River. We climbed some hills. We looked over cliffs. We ate our picnic dinner on the highest point overlooking several shining ponds and farmland. It was a perfect night.

One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts yet!

Good News

Well, I have something exciting to share with the world. For two years I have been working on my Master’s degree in Education and Library Media, and I am finally at the point where my educational journey has come to a fork in the road. I will finish my last library class in July and it’s now official:

I have been hired as the new K-12 librarian (library media specialist) at Southeast of Saline!

This decision to move into a new position has been terrifying and exciting and if I’m honest, really difficult. This has probably been the most challenging year of my life. So much blood, sweat, and tears has gone into the process of educating myself while juggling my job as a 6th grade teacher and a functioning member of my family, along with every other hat I wear. I know I have been less than impressive in all these roles this year. The Lord has shown me my limitations and where he picks up when I just cannot. Thank you for those who have had grace on me and prayed for me during this season. I am stronger on the other side of this journey, but I am ready to move forward (and be done paying tuition!)!

I am most looking forward to knowing and reaching so many more students, teaching kids what there is to love about reading, and to find truth in this crazy world. Thanking God for this opportunity to invoke change and to be changed!

Easter 2020: One to Remember!

Easter weekend was such an enjoyable time! So thankful for the weather on Saturday. Wow. God is good.

We started the day off with making homemade pop tarts, a new adventure that was a big success! A bit time-consuming, but freaking delicious. No photos. Sorrrrryyyy.

We decided, probably like everyone else in the world, to celebrate a day early with our outdoor egg hunt (because let’s face it, we’ve been doing indoor practice egg hunts for weeks already). Now, let me let you in on a little secret: Evie is a profesh egg hunter. She is like a little vacuum out there, inhaling eggs into her basket while Olan daintily and lovingly chooses his eggs. Therefore, we divided colors of eggs so kids would have equal opportunity for collecting eggs. Worked like a champ to put colored dots on their hands to signify what colors they were looking for!

We had a picnic lunch in the backyard, and then began to prepare for the main event of the day: our window side Easter party with grandparents! After disinfecting everything, Evie planned out an egg hunt just for grandparents to participate in, a snack (Dot’s homestyle pretzels are the best!) and lemonade bar, an Easter book for grandma to read through the window, and a game of Guess Who! We turned our couch around to face the big picture window to the backyard and opened up the panes for maximum six-foot distance chatting capabilities. We had a ball. What a perfect day for it!

Easter morning and the weather was… unfortunate. Am I right?? I woke up too early and watched the sunrise service on the couch still facing the window. It was actually pretty cool to watch the wind whip the Bradford pear blossoms off our tree in torrents. It looked like it was snowing flowers on Easter morning. Brilliant.

As everyone else awoke, the only thing that any child in the house could think about was where the Easter baskets were hidden. I found a freebie super easy scavenger hunt that I set up the night before in five minutes, and the kids were off! They finally located their baskets in the fort downstairs. The highlight of the baskets was the cotton candy!

After baskets were ransacked, we got ourselves ready for church and watched the sermon. Something I took away from the message was that realizing that Jesus is righteous isn’t enough. Regretting your sin isn’t enough. Repenting is what shows your association with Christ. Repentance is required in my heart in order to see any growth or change… so right on.

Aanndd then… we had a feast for lunch! I braved the insane weather to grill chicken cordon bleu with sweet potatoes and asparagus. After quiet time, we enjoyed some strawberry lemon shortcake. We decided to rearrange our living room for fun, per Evie’s request and I will say, I kind of like it! It’s not conducive for guests, but who’s having guests over right now? Ha!

We zoomed with family, we chilled, we dyed eggs, we read the resurrection story, we ate our obligatory Sunday night meal of macaroni and cheese. It was a good day!

Even in the midst of a pandemic, we can celebrate what the Lord did for us and his power to conquer death and the grave. Dang it, guys, this is good news! I am so messed up and in need of forgiveness every single day. That’s certainly been all the more evident as I stay home 24 hours a day with my children. Thank you Jesus for the one-time-cover-all-my-sin sacrifice you made so that I could be close to God. What a savior!

Enjoy photos from our happy little Easter!

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