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Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

Easter Baskets

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

This is the first Easter in many, many years that I’ve spent with my family in Colorado…and we woke up to snow and my sister left me this lovely note on my car!

It was just a light dusting and it was pretty much all melted by the time church was over.

I kind of have a thing with Easter baskets. Even before Adam and I got engaged, I told him that there are two things that are really important to me – stockings and Easter baskets.

And, boy, did he deliver! He packed my basket in layers so that I uncovered more goodies as I unpacked the Easter grass. He got me plenty of my favorite candy (Lifesaver Gummies Bunnies & Eggs, Hershey Cookies & Cream Eggs, & Reese’s Pieces Carrots), one of those cute talking cards, and he threw in some lipstick and a package of the ultra fine point pens I’m obsessed with!

So we’ll add “he packs a mean Easter basket” to the million reasons I can’t wait to marry him.

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Easter Morning

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Before church, we ran to a local donut place and picked up the most adorable Easter donuts.

Confession – I love donuts, but I mostly got these because they were cute. I’m a sucker for themed food. I don’t even like sprinkles, but I had to get it because it looked like a chick! I ate around most of the sprinkles and frosting and I didn’t eat the Peep, but aren’t they just adorable?!

It was worth it. 

Adam loved his PB&J and Fruity Pebbles donuts and for some reason, he felt no need to order his donuts according to the adorable Easter animals they resembled.

Then we went to church, which was of course extra packed for Easter.

We had a guest come in to help lead worship that morning and, oh that lady could sing!

She had a powerful gospel-esque voice and I just want to carry her around in my pocket to lead me in worship all the time. 

And I loved the big wooden cross they put up in our sanctuary!

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Easter Brunch

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

We had our big meal of the day at 2pm because we all had church stuff in the morning, but we wanted to do brunch food this year. My family seriously knows how to do up holiday meals. 

My brother-in-law always pulls out the china and decorates the table and we always have the best food!

 

This year, we had:

  • an onion & asparagus quiche with a hash brown crust
  • baked berry french toast casserole
  • ham croissant sandwiches with a creamy homemade dijon sauce
  • spinach salad with strawberries, Craisins, & toasted almonds
  • Lemon Cheesecake Mousse for dessert

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.
Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Of course, there was a backyard egg hunt for my niece and nephew. My sister assigns two colors of eggs to each kid for fairness, so they both get the same number of eggs – so smart!

I loved having a day full of family time, celebrating the resurrection!

Also, making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is the BEST! My sister needed 2 dozen cooked for the kiddos to dye, so we just put all of them in at once.

So easy to make and they are SO easy to peel!

And I don’t have to watch a pot to boil. I just set a timer and walk away until they’re ready. 

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

No Sugar Week

One of the things Sara and I do in our 7-week course is have a week with a no added sugar challenge and this time, I asked Adam to do it with me (he has an insane sweet tooth, so it’s a big deal that he agreed!).

It’s crazy how often I reach for something sweet just out of habit and I realized this week that stress definitely sends me to chocolate. Sara and I have been working really hard to get our Instant Pot for Weight Loss course ready to launch on Monday (YAY!), but man, it was hard to stay away from all of the sweets in the middle of a stressful week!

The number one thing that helped the most was keeping it out of sight. I kept both Easter baskets at my place and hid them out of sight so I wasn’t tempted to grab something every time I walked by. 

Since sugar is not something I need in my healthy diet, it’s a really good thing to shake up that habit every once and a while to keep it in check.

 

One Step Closer to Moving

Adam is a pretty hardcore rockhound, which means he not only has an insanely impressive mineral collection, but he also has rocks everywhere.

His trunk, his back porch, and all kinds of other places in his house are full of petrified wood, amazonite, jasper, and agate that he’s found on his rockhounding expeditions.

He really didn’t want to take all of it with him when he moves in a couple of months (when we get married – eek!), so he sold a whole lot of it last weekend.

I’m always amazed at how many people out there are really, really into rocks & minerals!

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

A Colorado Spring

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

The other day, it was sunny, warm, and beautiful outside. So much so that my brother-in-law actually grilled for dinner!

And then the snow came back.

Oh, these Colorado weather mood swings.

I can’t wait for things to get warmer and stay warmer so that it will be more pleasant to be outside more often!

Learning to Trust

Honestly? This has been a hard week for me.

I have cried more tears this week than probably the last year combined.

I’ve been stressed, discouraged, and my body and soul were both weary to the bone.

I feel like I trust God. I want to trust God. But it’s a whole different thing to trust him when things are going pretty well versus trusting him when things just…aren’t.

Trusting Him when the numbers don’t add up, when things aren’t going the way they should, and when checklists and productivity aren’t enough…well, that’s a whole different animal.

Easter baskets are really important to me, the most delicious Easter brunch, a week with no sugar, one step closer to moving, Colorado mood swings, and learning to trust.

Despite my best efforts, I’m still a woman who depends on works. I always feel like there should be a logical, practical thing I can do to make things better.

And when there’s not…well, that’s pretty terrifying.

So, this week, I have been choosing to trust on a deeper level, knowing that God is working in ways that I cannot see, relying on His promises when nothing else makes sense.

It’s scary. It’s hard. It hasn’t been pretty.

But I still choose Him, always.

Every second of every day.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What did you do for Easter?

Are you Easter basket crazy like I am?

Most importantly, what did you eat on Easter?

How’s the weather where you are?

How are you doing trusting the Lord with things completely outside of your control these days?