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Engagement photos (eek!), walkin’ on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

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.

Engagement Photos

We actually took these photos a while ago, but I forgot that I hadn’t shared them with you yet!

That day I was probably colder than I’ve ever been in my entire life, but it was worth it. I just love these pictures and they get me even more excited to marry this man in just a couple of months! 

P.S. In case you missed it, our proposal story is here!

Walkin’ On Sunshine

Engagement photos (eek!), walkin' on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

In contrast to the freezing cold and snow in our engagement pictures, I wore shorts and a t-shirt yesterday! 

It was a pretty big moment for me, seeing as I’ve spent the majority of the last 6 months in as many layers as I could fit on my body.

This week, I’ve been making up excuses to spend more time outside because the weather has been so beautiful! 

Do you see my capri running pants and my sleeves rolled up?!

I’m so excited for summer!

Winter makes me want to cuddle up inside under blankets with a mug of hot tea, but warm weather makes me want to be outside walkin’ on sunshine (which my furry companion loves even more than I do). 

Engagement photos (eek!), walkin' on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

A Caramel Birthday Cake

It was my brother-in-law’s birthday this week, so we celebrated with crazy amounts of delicious food! 

My sister went all out and made homemade chicken fried steak, gravy from scratch, mashed potatoes, salad, peaches, and, of course, birthday cake.

I was in charge of the frosting and I was pretty disappointed in it, but the birthday boy enjoyed it and that’s all that matters!

Also, eating this after not having sugar for a week made this taste REALLY sweet. Now, I really (really) love cake, but I couldn’t finish my piece. And I’ve hardly touched my Easter candy. 

It’s amazing how much can change in a week of no sugar.

Engagement photos (eek!), walkin' on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

Family Time

Engagement photos (eek!), walkin' on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

During family dinner this week, my 5-year-old nephew was playing hide and seek…

and he was actually able to fit inside my sister’s dresser drawer. 

His hide and seek game is top notch.

Adam is getting so attached to Strider (my sister’s dog). 

He is going to be really sad when we move into our own place in a couple of months and Strider doesn’t get to move in with us.

Engagement photos (eek!), walkin' on sunshine, caramel birthday cake, and family time.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

Did you have engagement pictures taken?

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?

Do you have strong attachments to other people’s pets?