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Cupcakes, Arrows, & Joy

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My man planned a surprise party for me! Friday night we had plans (not the real plan, evidently), but when we stopped by parent’s house to pick up something there were at least 15 cars in the yard! Friends, family, all gathered to eat, catch up, and celebrate my birthday. Amazing.

J gave me a beautiful cross necklace Friday morning, along with my favorite breakfast: waffles. He’s a charmer, that one. Friday night, my mom had cupcakes, a large [homemade] cookie, and mint chocolate chip ice cream [my fave].

Also, this weekend was our church’s annual archery shoot, which J, my sister, and my dad shoot in. It’s fun to watch them participate in something they are passionate about and enjoy.

Overall, the weekend was wonderful. I’m always amazed at the love and celebration that comes with birthdays. I get overwhelmed with gratitude to God for the sweet, kind, special people that are in my life. Whether they love and support me from afar, or from 5 minutes away, I am blessed.

I hope I never take good relationships for granted — family or friends — because they are what make life truly rich.

Here’s to another adventurous year…. 









22 Learnings in 22 Years

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22 Learnings In 22 Years

This day 5 years ago I was turning 18 and graduating from high school. Last year I turned 22 and got proposed too the next day.

I did a post like this for my 22nd birthday, so I thought it’d be fun to keep the tradition going. Lessons I’ve learned in my 22 years, some I wish I had know when I was 15, some that took longer to sink in, others I was happy to learn…

  1. Keep chapstick within arm’s reach.
  2. Your mistakes do not define you.
  3. You do have the ability to choose joy.
  4. Having boundaries doesn’t make you a bad person. (This one took awhile).
  5. Wisdom is not measured by age.
  6. Holding a grudge only drains you.
  7. Health and fitness look different for everyone. Take care of and enjoy your body.
  8. When cooking, clean as you go.
  9. Be ‘in the moment’ as much as possible.
  10. Unkind words are often spoken out of fear or insecurity. Don’t let them stick.
  11. It’s okay not to share with the world everything that goes on in your life.
  12. Make time to read lots of books.
  13. Choose travel and adventure whenever you can. It makes life rich.
  14. Nostalgia makes things seem better than what they actually were.
  15. Consider the other side of the story.
  16. Strive to be the best you, not a copy of the person across from you.
  17. Always remain a student, a learner, a question-asker.
  18. Life may not always be mega-fabulous, but you a LOT to be thankful for.
  19. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Others and yourself.
  20. You will never regret any moment you spend getting to know Jesus better.
  21. Finding the right blush can change the way you feel about your makeup.
  22. Be confident that who you are is a good thing.

This day started out marvelously with waffles and a lovely necklace from my man. Today I soak it all in — the love from friends and family, thank and praise the Lord, and celebrate.

My Husband Turns 30 Today…..

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…so we made homemade toaster strudels for breakfast!


He grew up eating and enjoying toaster strudels — what kid didn’t?

Naturally I thought it fitting to get him some toaster strudels to eat on his birthday, but then I stumbled upon this recipe.  I bought the puff pastry dough, surprised him with the news this morning, and he loved it.

They were also insanely delicious.



  • + 2 sheets puff pastry dough (found in the frozen section, near ice cream.. for those like me who have no idea where this would be)
  • + 8 tablespoons of strawberry jam (give or take some tablespoons. we made half with strawberry jam, the other half with apple butter.)
  • + 1 medium egg, beaten
  • + 2 ounces cream cheese
  • + 0.5 cups powdered sugar
  • + 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Roll out puff pastry dough and cut into equal sized rectangles and place on baking sheet. On half of the rectangles, spoon strawberry jam. Top jam covered dough with the other half of the dough rectangles. Use a fork to seal edges together. After sealing together, poke a few holes in the top so steam can escape while baking. Brush tops of dough with beaten egg. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until tops are lightly browned. While strudels are baking, use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla for glaze. Remove strudels from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. After strudels are cool, drizzle glaze over the top and serve.

We realized while we were making them that the possibilities are endless with these things! You could fill them with eggs, or sausage, or spinach + cheese, etc.

It was an easy process, fun for us to do together, and made a yummy breakfast. Two thumbs way up.

On to more birthday celebrating….

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