Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter 2014

Our family got together at Grandpa and Grandma's house - Greg's parents - to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.

It was our first Easter together (second Easter as husband and wife) - so much fun!

Sit back - I took a ton of pictures. Whew!

Ready for the egg hunt!





Meanwhile...




Remember I told you about the confetti filled eggs my family always makes for Easter? Well, Greg and I decided to make and take them to his parents house. 

You guys, it was so much fun! 

Confetti eggs always remind me of my Grandfather's ranch, my Grandfather taking his cowboy hat off, allowing my siblings and I to crack as many eggs as we wanted to on his head. I know he was looking down on me as I bent down, allowing my nieces and nephews to crack eggs on my head. I bet he smiled. I hope our future little ones enjoy this tradition as much as I did growing up. 











Easter baskets we made for our nieces and nephews.









Ah. These boys melt my heart. 


Last but not least...almost 80 degrees!


I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of our Easter weekend. Thank you for looking through the pictures.

It's been a busy, busy, tough week. Thankful for some days to rest (and blog)!

HE LIVES!
Happy weekend! Any special plans?

Love,
Gabby 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Faith of a Child


On Good Friday, Greg and I went to our church service. Behind us was a little girl, around 7 years old, and her father. As we received Communion and went back to our pews, the little girl knelt right behind me.

"Daddy...what do I tell Him?" she said. 

"You can tell Him anything you want," answered Dad. 

"Dear Lord, thank you for dying for me and for loving me so much," she whispered.

Yes, Lord, that is my prayer, too.

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On a funny note, Greg and I gave our nieces and nephews small baskets (or bags) for Easter. I wanted to incorporate the real meaning of Easter into their baskets. 

"Auntie, what does this tag say?" asked M (our 4 year old nephew).

"It says, 'To M, love Uncle Greggy and Auntie Gabby, happy Easter, He is risen'," answered my sister-in-law.

Baffled, M asked, "WHO is risen?"

I am sure Jesus laughed at this. 
Maybe next year I'll incorporate a coloring page of the Resurrection. ;-)

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Love,
Gabby


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Easter tradition / There is [really] always something to be thankful for. 5.0


1. A good, first day at work! It is an honor to serve my babies (and not-so-babies) and their parents.
2. Kind coworkers that patiently orient me to the unit.
3. Time spent with Greg! Enough said.
4. Having the opportunity to watch sunrise every day (for two weeks now) from our home on the 25th floor, with no skyscrapers blocking the view. I stare in awe at His masterpiece!
5. Apartment remodeling.We have almost everything we own stacked in our bedroom and it's a pain. All I can do is be thankful for the mess in my it-has-to-be-perfectly-clean world.
6. Afternoon walks along and across the river with Greg, talking about our faith, the present and the future.
7. Blogger ladies who are so rooted in Jesus Christ. You inspire me and humble me.
8. Dying eggs and making Easter baskets (more like bags) for our nieces and nephews. So fun!
9. Diana coming to visit me (and her fiance) in about two weeks! ;-)
10. Last, but not least, I am thankful for the Cross and His Resurrection! Amazing Love. How can it be? That You my King would die for me? (Amazing Love/You are my King)

Do you dye eggs? My family has always collected and dyed dozens of egg shells (as opposed to the whole eggs). We then wait for them to dry and fill them with confetti (and/or flour) and use tissue paper to cover the hole. Then, on Easter Sunday, we crack these confetti-filled eggs on our heads (you know...sealed tomb of Christ/cracked/ Resurrection/for us).

Well, this year, Greg and I collected dozens of eggs. I tried food coloring to dye the egg shells. I also found out that Greg's family doesn't do this and they had no idea of what I was talking about.

Do you do this? Have you heard of this custom? Do you have an Easter, family tradition? I am curious!

Love,
Gabby

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Twenty-four!



I couldn't let the day go by without typing out a special post for my sister.

Today she turns twenty-four!

I praise the Lord every time I remember how blessed I am to have her. She is truly my best girl friend. My heart has so much love for her.


Happy Birthday, my love! Greg and I love you so much (I probably love you more)! :-)

Love,
Gabby

PS. Thank you for bearing these lovely, I-phone pictures. ;-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Prescription for True Contentment


I recently chatted with a friend and this is what I wrote: I think I am really learning to reach a contentment level I've never reached before. I am just so grateful and so in awe of how the Lord works things. I think I am becoming less of a worry-er.

Did I, a known anxious girl, just wholeheartedly say THAT?

I practically jumped out of my chair. YES! YES! I did!

The world tells us that to be content: We need to have this. We need to do that. Our situations need to change. If only I had a house...If only I had a baby...As soon as I am engaged I will be content...If I had a husband...If I get that super job, God, for sure, I'll be content...a lot of money would be nice.

The Bible tells us...ARE YOU READY TO HEAR THIS? 

Philippians 4: 6-8;11-13

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

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...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

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Our source of contentment is Jesus Christ, whether we live 'in plenty or in want'. We can't reach true contentment by ourselves. We will always want something more.

Through Him, contentment is my every-day reality.

Love,
Gabby 

PS. This post is my 100th post! YAY! I am thinking of a very simple giveaway as a celebration and a thank-you from me to you. That is, when and if I figure out the rules/laws to host one (Did you know there are federal laws we need to abide by to host a giveaway... including giveaways on blogs? Crazy, right?) ;-)

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Trip Home (Part 2) & a Prayer Request

On Sunday, my family decided to have a little get-together, just because. Oh...and to celebrate all those April birthdays (my family has a lot of April and November birthdays!).

We called everyone over. Like every.one.







Some of our girlfriends (and their babies) came over. We have been blessed to know each other since Kindergarten! We are practically family.



E was fascinated by the camera. He even took some pictures of his momma!





The April birthday people (one Aunt missing)! 
Gabriel (brother), Diana (sister), Mom, Ms. Celia (grandma's neighbor) and Ilse (cousin).




These two boys were trou-ble! ;-)


Another girlfriend shot because Paty (orange) was late for the previous one. ;-)



On Monday, my sister invited my grandmother out to lunch. She said she wanted nuggets, so off to McD we went!

#selfie
#technicallynotaselfie



I love how my small, country town streets look at nighttime.


And time to go home!



PS. Today is my first day back to work! If you can, please pray that the day (and the next, and the next, and the next...) goes smooth and that God allows me to be His hands and feet as I care for my little patients and their families. Please also pray for my husband and I, as we transition from me being at-home "full-time" to being a homemaker and a nurse. Here is a post I wrote about my personal journey as a pediatric nurse. Anywho, I'll save any further thoughts for a future post! ;-)

Does your family have multiple birthdays in the same month?

To Him be the glory,
Gabby