There are no words.
There isn't enough dark chocolate to get me through April.
It's April 9 and it's snowing.
But that's okay (for now). I am in a cube with no windows near me so I can't see the snow. I'm also sporting some new jewelry. This girl likes jewelry.
So for the next 2 hours and 45 min I can have this goofy smile on my face as I think warm thoughts and avoid looking outside.
What will I do when the next 2 hours and 45 min are over and I have to face the outside world and acknowledge the snow?
I'll have some dark chocolate and will pray all the more harder for Spring to show her pretty face. Because all the world's problems can be fixed with dark choclate and prayer. But maybe not in that order. But sometimes maybe.
My baby sister got married!!! It was a snowy/cold day (can't tell in this picture) but these two didn't let that phase them... as you can tell by that huge smile on my sister's face :)
Crazy how fast time goes! Two years ago my sister went from being Monica Joy Hostetler to Monica Joy Tolzmann! Mrs. Andrew Tolzmann!
Here are a few other pictures from the wedding:
Below is an almost family picture... on April 8, 2011 it was still 57 days till Jason and I were to get married!
Happy Anniversary little sis and brother-in-law!!!!
He has risen indeed!
I always think of my little Mennonite church that I grew up in when I hear the above phrases. Easter traditions are fun to have, and now that I'm married and living near my husband's family I'm starting to have Easter traditions again!
Growing up we would dye Easter Eggs and Mom and Dad would have an Easter Basket that they would hide for us. We'd also have a Sunrise Service in the grave yard by our church. I remember being woken up by mom or dad and being wrapped in the red and black checkered blanket and shivering as we sang "Up from the grave he arose!" and many other songs that tell of Christ's resurrection. Pastor Fred would speak about how the tomb is empty and the Hope we have. Afterwards would be a breakfast at the church. We'd then all go home to get ready for the regular Sunday service. Afterwards Kanagay's, Mullet's, and us Hostetler's would get together for a homemade Easter feast, to hide Easter eggs, and just enjoy the day together.
My first Easter away was in college. I went to my friend's house where things were a little different. We went to a restaurant for a buffet dinner, watched movies all day, and then had lasagna for dinner. We of course went to church and her mom had some Easter candy for me. I'm so thankful that I got to spend Easter with my friend and her family! But the first holiday away from home is always a little hard :)
My senior year of college i was in New Zealand for Easter. My friend Rachael and I tried to go to this church we were wanting to check out where we knew people went, but somehow we missed our ride. We wondered down the street to a different church nearby and then went to a restaurant for a breakfast lunch. Later that evening we did get to the night service at what became our home church in NZ. That night we did the extreme bungee (so fun!!) and hung out at a coffee shop with our new friends.
In CA I did something different every year! It would start the same.. Early service with friends, then breakfast out before Crossroads.. I had Easter dinner with Amanda's family one year, with Sara and Scott when they were newly married, and possibly ordered pizza one year with a few friends...
Now I spend Easter with my husband's family. Our church service has extended special music and an excellent message from Pastor. This year for our homemade dinner I contributed rolls. My first attempt at my grandmother's recipe and they turned out! It was fun to have a little something to contribute that reminded me of home. We have an almost 4 year old niece and a 1.5 year old niece that provide the entertainment and spend a nice low key afternoon eating and watching the girls go crazy on sugar.
Even though there are many ways that I've celebrated Easter and many ways to celebrate Easter, the reason for the celebration hasn't changed:
I Cor 15: 3 -8: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died
Thank you Jesus!
That's the phrase we kept telling each other as the four of us bundled up to go to the Twins Home Opener yesterday. The earliest home opener to date in this northern state, and one of the (if not the) coldest home opener days! We were talking to someone on our way from where we parked our car about how crazy we were for going and he goes "well, it's the opener!"
The high was 32 for yesterday, but it's very hard to resist the opportunity to go to the beautiful Target Field and see some green grass and to watch a sport that just screams spring is here and summer is coming! I had enough layers on and blankets that one would think it was -32 below out, but I was warm (enough) to enjoy the game. Jason and I went with his parents, Jack and Becky, to cheer on the MN Twins. It's a new team, lots of new names... sadly, it was the start of a typical Twins season.
Here are a few pictures from the game.
One of the best parts about going to a game is the food! We didn't get anything! Jason - you owe me big time bud!
I'll post tomorrow about Easter, just had a quick second to post about the game!
I'm a Christian. I'm a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to a sweet little girl. I've lived in MT, MN, KS, CA, N.Z., I like to travel. I love dark chocolate and coffee. I grew up on a farm and never learned to drive stick, I went to a two-room school house for nine years, I love Fall in MN (except for the fact I'm always cold), I miss the Montana Sky, and I'm new to blogging.