Wordless Wednesday

What I've Been Up To

So here's what I've accomplished today.

1. I cleaned the kitchen. I mean cleaned the kitchen. I did all the normal cleaning, plus I cleaned the old food out of the fridge and wiped down the inside. It was getting rather grimy.

2. I did laundry. Poor Derek was almost entirely out of socks, so I finally got caught up on that.

3. Had my mom and sister and hubby here for lunch. We had a nice visit.

4. Baked ginger cookies. Yum! I needed something good to pack in Derek's lunch.

5. Made a pizza! I'm going to pop it in the oven after Derek gets off work. It's not cooked yet, but it still looks good!

6. Wrote a letter that I've been meaning to write for months. It's coming soon, Hazel!

7. Took a bath and washed my hair.

8. Worked on a Scrapblog that Ive been trying to get done for a while. It's still not quite done, but we're getting there.

That may not sound like alot, but it has taken up most of my day. Sorry for the boring post - I wanted to do a real post today, but I ran out of time! I got alot done that has been on my list for a while though, so it's been a productive day. I love my days off - when I use them right it really gives me a chance to catch up!

P.S. This is how the pizza turned out. Nice, huh?

And this is what Derek brought home! He bought me Chunky Monkey ice cream, 'cause he knows I love it! He's so sweet!

Hope you all have a good evening!

He's So Romantical

On the way home from my parent's house this afternoon I started to feel really tired. You know that feeling where it just gets harder and harder to keep you eyes open? Well, I gave in to temptation and closed me eyes and leaned my head on Derek's arm.
Though I feel tired during car rides frequently, I don't fall all the way the sleep in the car very often. Most times it's a semi-sleeping state that is restful, but I still hear everything that's going on in the car. Like today I was listening to the songs on the radio while I was resting. It was very peaceful.
While we were riding and I was semi-sleeping, a song came on by Josh Turner called "In My Dreams". It's a really sweet love song, one of my favorites. You can listen to it below.
Well, my husband started singing the song softly, and I felt him kiss my hair while I was sleeping. I thought he was so romantic, and I felt very loved at that moment.
Listen to the song if you haven't heard it before. It's on of those that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. I'm such a romantic at heart!

Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones!

Okay, for some reason the code for the player isn't working correctly, but if you click on "Stand Alone Player", then it'll bring it up in a different page and it'll work then!

Barney At The White House (Though No Longer)

Hello all,
I discovered this around Christmas last year, but somehow it didn't make it on here. For any of you who want to reminisce about the good old days - I really did like President Bush. Obama better not try to copy this with his dog or I'll be upset. Anyway, I think these videos will make you laugh! This is what I wrote about it right after I discovered it:

Guys this is so fun! I was watching the news this morning and they started talking about Barney, President Bush's scottish terrior. Apparently every year they produce a video at the white house starring Barney. I had no idea President Bush even had a dog! My, I need to keep up on these things better. Anyway, the videos are really cute, you should all go watch them. Barney is a pretty cute dog! The website is www.whitehouse.gov/barney. You can watch all the videos on there. They are really fun (even if the acting isn't the best), so you should all go watch them for good chuckle! They're just cute!

Just something to make you smile! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

My personal bridal shower last April. My, how time flies!

Makeup Galore

It's time for Makeup!
I'm a fan of makeup. Some people don't wear makeup at all, which I have a hard time understanding, because if you use it correctly it can look so natural and can enhance your good features! Or if you're more of a makeup nut like me, you can have fun experimenting with different colors and brands.
I think it all started with lip gloss. When I was a girl I loved lip gloss! Remember Lip Smackers? I had about forty of those. Any new flavor I could find, I got! My favorites were the old ones - Dr. Pepper, Bubblegum, Blueberry. I loved the sparkly buttercream flavored one! That was my favorite during that period when glitter was so popular for girls - cheek glitter, lip glitter, eye glitter. Glitter, glitter, glitter! Once you get older you have to get away from that though; now it's shimmer, which I enjoy just as much.
So here are some of my favorite products for this summer!

Eye shadow: Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Smoky Green Eyes. Derek let me buy this one recently, and I love it! The colors are a little darker, because it's the smokey collection, but if I need a softer look I just use my big powder brush and sweep it over my eyelid a few times. But if I'm getting ready for a night out with Derek I just leave it as is - more dramatic that way.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in very black! This is some good stuff - I felt like it definitely lengthened my lashes.

Highlighter: Mary-Kate and Ashley Eye Drama Powder Eye Color in white (because I'm fair). This stuff comes with a hand little applicator, and I just put it right under my eyebrow and at the inside corner of my eye - it helps brighten my eyes and draws attention to my eyes. I typically like to highlight my eyes most, so I spend more time on my eyes. If I'm going lighter on the eye shadow sometimes I'll take a little bit of this on my powder brush and brush it on top of my cheekbones (that's if I'm in the mood to put more emphasis on my cheekbones, rather than my eyes). Multi-functional; I love this stuff too!

Cover-up/Foundation: CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Foundation in Ivory. I don't really use it all over my face, just lightly under my eyes to help cover up those dark circles. It's a foundation that I could actually find in my shade - I have very fair skin.

Powder: New York Color Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in translucent. Always need that translucent powder! I don't leave the house without it. It helps even out my skin tone and set my cover-up so it lasts all day.

Lips: Maybelline Superstay Lip Color (Color number is 720; this is a really natural color for me). Once again, since I like to highlight my eyes, I usually go lighter on the lips. This stuff is nice because it's supposed to last about eight hours. I think it really does! It also comes with a handy Superstay lip balm. Good stuff.

That's what is typically in my makeup bag. What about you guys? Any products you really love? What colors do you like to go with?

P.S. I got a haircut recently! Not a drastic change, but I think it turned out nicely. My mom cuts my hair, and I thought I'd show off her handiwork once!

Miss California Standing For Traditional Marriage

I was watching Fox News this morning and they were talking about the Miss USA pageant. Have any of you heard about this? Apparently some celebrity blogger who was on the judging panel asked Miss California (who was one of the finalists for the crown) what she thought about legalizing gay marriage. Here's a video of the question and Miss California's answer.

Miss California responded to the question as diplomatically as she could while still saying that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. I think the judge was targeting her with that question, because her bio definitely implies that she is a Christian. Miss California did not win the pageant - she ended up getting the first runner up position. That blogging judge then proceeded to post a video on his blog calling Miss California explitives. He seems gay to me.

I say good for Miss California for standing up for her values and what she believes in! She was punished for it, but I think she has a great attitude about it. I heard in an interview with Fox News she said that this was a time when her character and faith was tested, and she passed. She's who I would want to represent our country as Miss USA.

If you want more information, just google "Carrie Prejean", aka Miss California.

The above image was taken from Yahoo.

Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?

In the Lane, snow is glistening . . . three feet of snow to be exact, probably going on four! Yes, it's still snowing a day and a half later. This kind of weather is perfect for reading, movie marathons, and ginger cookies! I think Derek and I are going to have a Star Wars marathon today - we'll see how many movies we can get through, assuming we don't lose power.

I'm actually shocked that we haven't lost our power yet - that's alot of snow sitting on the power lines, and it's spring snow so it's wet and heavy. Apparently alot of people in our subdivision have lost power, but we've been lucky so far I guess. We may have to go dig out some of our firewood later though, just in case the power does go out later. We've already filled up jugs of water, and I have candles and flashlights, so we should be okay.

Here are some pictures of the lovely snow! Springtime in the Rocky Mountains!

And here is the desk that Derek made me - beautiful is it not? I've already been using it for my laptop and it's so nice! The top is all beautiful and shiny too, because Derek sealed it with apoxy so that I could write on the top without scratching it. I have a pretty talented husband . . .

Saving The Males

There is one thing that I adore about snowy days, and that is that it allows me lots of uninterrupted time to catch up on my reading. I recently rented a book from the library, and I thought I was going to have to renew it to finish it, but I was able to get through the rest of it today, as I drank my cup of hot coffee, ate cookies that I shouldn't have eaten, and watched the snow come down.

The book that I'm referring to is Save The Males: Why Men Matter And Why Women Should Care by Kathleen Parker. I saw it on the website of one of my favorite talk radio hosts, Laura Ingraham, and because it's always annoyed me how TV commercials always make men look dumb, I thought I'd give the book a try.

Let me first say that this book is not for the faint of heart or those with weak stomachs. The book covers some topics concerning men and women (some of the subjects that are inappropriate for younger readers), and the way the book talked about the degree to which our culture has fallen left me feeling somewhat disgusted. A little too explicit on certain topics, but the overall point of the book was good and very enlightening. I knew some of this awful stuff goes on in the world, but the author really put it into perspective regarding the damage that is done in the process to men, women, children, and families in general. It makes me want to go take on all the insane people in our country who are contributing to this and bring them to their senses.

There is one chapter of the book that I recommend skipping. There is a warning at the beginning of the chapter for "reader discretion" so you'll know which one it is. I read the first part of it, but my stomach couldn't take it, so I skipped the rest. The rest of the book was helpful enough.

The main theme of the book is how the feminist movement has basically gone so far overboard that they've put the future for our children in jeopardy. Men are demonized everywhere we look in today's culture. There are hardly any TV shows today in which the father is portrayed as responsible and intelligent. You know what I'm talking about - in TV shows and commercials men are portayed as stupid, ignorant, lazy, and even sometimes abusive, while women are smart, witty wonder-moms who do it all and are always right. As I said earlier, this was my main annoyance and one of the reasons I even decided to read the book.

The book covered so much more than just that.

From diminishing the importance of the role of fathers in the family, to making it politically incorrect for men to be manly, to women showing off their bodies at increasingly young ages, to the increasing trend towards single motherhood and the attitude that men are not needed (even going so far as women using donor sperm to make men unnecessary), to the "hook-up" culture prevelant among today's young people, to the danger to the lives of our men and women in uniform by allowing women to participate in military capacities that they are just not suited for, this book covered everything.

One of the things that made me most angry was reading about how standards are lowered in the military in order to allow women to participate. I heard about this first hand from my sister's boyfriend who is involved in a branch of the military (I won't say which). In order for the guys to pass a certain class involving pulling yourself up (probably into an airplane or some such thing ) the guys have to do "x" amount of pull-ups. The girls had to do a fraction of the amount of pull-ups in order to pass the class. The military lowered the standards in order to allow the women to participate - which is so wrong! This isn't a gym class people, this is the military, and people's lives are depending on the ability of our armed forces to survive in combat situations. If some of the girls can't do what is required of the guys, then they should fail the class. No excpetions. That would be true male/female equility in our military. If the girls are able to do the same thing as the guys acceptably then they can be in the military, but if they can't, the military shouldn't have to let them enlist. To me it seems simple.

Not only do women in the military endanger everyone's lives because (let's face it) women just aren't physically as capable at certain tasks as men, but men in the military often put themselves and others at risk in order to protect the women. They do this because it's hard-wired in men to protect women, and no amount of training is going to eliminate that instinct; unless we do it in such a way that strips them of their humanity, and that isn't good for anyone.

There were so many compelling issues and points in this book, but I don't have time to cover them all. It was interesting to read a book on the importance of men and traditional family values from the perspective of an author who is not a Christian - she is after all, looking at these topics from a strictly "what is best for society" perspective, and it's interesting how what's best for society according to an objective book correlates so closely to what God tells us in the Bible anyway. However, because it was written by a non-Christian, some of the language isn't always appropriate and the topics she uses to make her point are sometimes too explicit - I know she's trying to shock some of these feminists to their senses, but in the process some of the material lands in the "I don't want to fill my mind with that" category. So be forewarned of that.

Because of that I can't give a whole-hearted recomendation of the book, but I would half-way recommend reading this book just in case you have a boy someday (just be ready to skip some of the topics). If you can successfully get through the book (there were certain sections that made me almost want to call it quits - some of the sins in our world today that the book addresses were too much information), it will make you look at men and our culture in a whole new light.

It's certainly made me want to be a teacher so all those poor boys in public school who aren't allowed to be boys don't have to constantly fight their nature or be put on Ritalin (though honestly I don't think I could abide by the public school system's rules, so this one is probably out). And it definitely makes me want to raise my boys in such a way that they don't have to apologize for their masculine tendencies (which are only natural anyway), to try to assist my husband as much as possible when he tries to teach them how to be men, and to just let them be boys and do all those boyish things that boys should do that are so often denied them in today's society. Hopefully the anti-men culture that is not only accepted but encouraged today won't foil my efforts - but with the Lord's help I'm hoping to do my part to raise my share of the next generation in such a way that I can also help to "save the males" by doing so.

Desks, Snow, Colds, and How To Have A More Pleasant Dental Visit

My goodness, I feel so behind in the blogging world, even though I just posted a Wordless Wednesday yesterday! You all have posted about a million things the last couple of days - I had to scroll way down my list to get all caught up on blog posts! It makes me feel like I'm slacking.

Derek has been sick the last couple of days. It hit him Tuesday night, and the poor guy is still sick - I thin he has a fever, he's coughing and stuffed up, and now he's starting to lose his voice. Of course the couple of days that my husband is sick I have to work, so I can't even stay home to take care of him! Nothing has been moved in the house since I left this morning, so I'm pretty sure he spent all day laying on the couch feeling awful. I made him eat a grapefruit this morning for vitamin C, and my sister stopped by on her lunch break (she works nearby) and made him soup, and my mom brought over some of her wonderful homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner tonight (so I wouldn't have to try to think of something for dinner when I got home, and because Derek is sick). Thanks Mom and Rachel! I'm glad Derek at least ate something for lunch, and I'm sure the chicken noodle soup will work it's wonders. There's nothing like my mom's chicken noodle soup when you're sick.

On top of that, it's snowing tonight! It's supposed to be "the big one" of the year - they're guessing about three feet of snow! We'll see if it actually comes true. From what I gather from all your posts, it looks like you all are enjoying beautiful spring weather - now don't you feel sorry for me? I hope when you're outside basking in the sunshine and smelling the flowers, you'll pause to think of your poor blogging friend in Winter Wonderland. Is that a sufficient guilt trip? (Don't worry, I'm laughing as I'm typing - I don't hold your beautiful springtime against you.)

Something I've been thinking about as I've been working the last couple of weeks - if it is at all controllable, try not to go for a dental cleaning when you're in a bad mood. You have no idea how stressful it is when I have a patient comes in who is in a grumpy mood. It doesn't matter if they're not mad at me or not; if they are scowling before the appointment, or only give me one word answers when I try to chit chat, or act annoyed in any way, it puts a whole new level of pressure on me. I understand sometimes things may be happening in their lives to make them upset, but working in the mouth is a touchy thing anyway, and the last thing you want is to make your dental caregiver nervous about being around you before they even get in your mouth. Not to mention the tremendous mental taxation it gives us dental professionals - you don't want to cause pain to anyone, but you definitely don't want to cause pain to a grumpy person because they may yell at you or something. When the dental professional is nervous it's just not good for anyone; so have mercy on those poor people who never did anything to you and try to cheer yourself up before you go in to your appointment. There's Callie's Helpful Hint of the Day.

Another exciting thing this week - Derek finished the desk he's been making me! I told him I wanted a small desk to go in our dining area, so I could put my laptop on it, and with a drawer for some of my odds and ends. Up until now the laptop's home has been our kitchen table - but no more! Derek finally got to put the table saw I got hime= for his birthday to use. It's an absolutely beautiful piece of furniture! Derek made it out of pine, and the top of the desk has a little strip of barn wood around the edge (it's gorgeous), and it has a little drawer (Derek let me pick out the drawer pull), and the legs of the desk are little logs (carved out by Derek himself)! My husband is pretty brilliant at making furniture.

Pictures of the desk and the snow to come!

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P.S. Those are all non-alcoholic drinks, just so you know! *smile*

Taking Liberties

It's recipe time! For some strange reason I've never shared a recipe on here, so now's the time!

I'm kind of a strange cook in that I follow a recipe, but I tend to guess-timate amounts alot, and if I don't have something the recipe calls for I add something else that I do have. So even though I'm following a recipe, alot of times it turns out to be my own creation inadvertantly. Hence the name of the post, because I have no problem taking liberties with a recipe. Feel free to take liberties with mine!

If any of you have watched this season of Biggest loser (I think it was this season: I'm pretty sure), during one of those challenges that they do they brought that cook guy on the show (the one that does the show "Take Home Chef") and he showed them how to make healthy shishcabobs. One of the steps was to use chicken breasts and to pound them thin before you cook them, because then you don't have to cook them as long and it's healthier that way.

Derek and I love chicken, and up until then I cooked chicken breasts alot! So I decided the next time I made chicken I would pound them out like that.
If you also recall, the cabobs were a sort of honey-mustard cabob. I didn't have cabob skewers or vegetables or those rosemary sticks that he used, but I wanted to make something similar to what was on the show, because Derek thought it looked really good, and it was supposed to be healthy. And I'm all about those low-calorie dinners; I have to watch my figure, you know. The first year of marriage is supposed to be the worst weight-gain year.

So one day when I didn't have to work I decided I'd try it. I thawed out our frozen chicken breasts using my trusty microwave. Next I took one chicken breast and put it between two pieces of saran wrap. I didn't have a meat hammer, so I just pounded it out with my fist (that sentence makes me sound all tough!). Then I cooked them on the stove. Just like normal cooking, except for the pounding thing first.
They turned out rather well. I like having them thinner like that, because they do seem to cook better, and they're easier to cut afterwards.

I wanted to do a honey-mustard glaze, since that's what they used on the Biggest Loser. So I looked it up in my wonderful Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (thanks, Mom!). I didn't have some of the spices in the recipe, so I modified. The recipe also called for brown sugar, which I thought was silly, because the honey makes it sweet - so I left that out. Here's my version of Honey Mustard Chicken breasts. Derek and I just ate the chicken for dinner, but I thought it would also be great on rice. Or you could just add potatoes or vegetables for a side, and you have yourself a meal!

Honey Mustard Chicken

3-5 chicken breasts

1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon style mustard
2 tablespoons apple juice (I also used lime juice, and it's fine if you just leave this out too)
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion or 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I just used chile pequin, the kind of pepper you put on pizza - it's what I had, and I thought it tasted good)

1. Place individual chicken breasts between two layers of saran wrap. Pound chicken with a meat tenderizer (this is where I just used my fist) until desired thickness is reached. The thinner the meat is, the easier to cook.

2. Cook chicken well in greases frying pan over medium to mdium high heat. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Set aside.

For sauce:

3. Stir together honey, mustard, juice, onion and pepper. Bring to just boiling, then simmer for 5-7 minutes, until desired thickness is reached.

4. Spread honey mustard sauce over chicken breasts and serve warm (I usually put the chicken and suace in a pan and put it in the oven for a few minutes to heat it through and make sure the chicken is warm).

5. Serve with vegetables or rice for a more complete meal!

There it is! This recipe is also really good if you just do honey barbecue sauce - just mix together barbecue sauce and honey and used that for the glaze instead. The barbecue version would probably be really good as a sandwich too! Here's a picture of the barbecue version as well. Enjoy!

My Person According To Facebook Quizzes

I love quizzes. I'm not sure why, but I find them very entertaining. I was just thinking about the results to some of the quizzes I've taken on Facebook - alot of them are rather amusing! I thought it would be fun to post some of my results on here - let me know if the results sound like me or not!

What kind of Jelly Belly are you? Result: Kiwi. I love Kiwk. I'm just glad I wasn't some boring flavor that no one likes.

How many children will you have. Result: One quiz said three, two boys and one girl. Another quiz said eight, to which I responded that eight kids is enough to have my own TV show!

What ice cream flavor are you? Result: Strawberry. I guess I'm satisfied with that.

What kind of flower are you? Result: I'm a lotus. They showed a picture of a lotus, and it's pretty, so I'm happy with that.

Are you in your perfect career? Result: Affirmative. Apparently I am.

What kind of Easter candy are you? Result: I'm Peeps. I don't know, sometimes I like Peeps, and sometimes I don't . . .

Are you a grammar master? Result: Affirmative again. This was more of a knowledge quiz. Though some of you who have seen my typos on here might beg to differ, huh?

How American are you? Result: True Patriot. Yes!

What hair color should you have? Result: One quiz said brunette (which is what I am), and one quiz said blonde (because I'm sweet, not because I'm dumb, thank goodness)!

What is your greatest fear? Result: Archnophobia. Yes, those little creepy spiders. I'd say this is correct!

Where should you live? Result: One said the country, one said my hometown. Both of which would suit me just fine.

What Star Wars character are you? Result: Yoda. Ha! I guess they think I'm wise.

What Jedi are you? Result: Obi Wan Kenobi. I'm happy with that - he's my favorite.

What Jane Austen character/heroine are you? One said Emma Woodhouse, one said Elinor Dashwood. I like them both, but I'm not sure which one I really am!

What old movie actor/actress are you? Result: Audrey Hepburn! How lovely - I love her (mostly from "My Fair Lady").

What president are you? Result: The first time I took it the result didn't match me at all, so I retook and the result was Eisenhower. Much better! Eisenhower was my type of president.

What decade are you? Result: 1940s.

How will you die? Result: Peacefully in your sleep. Good I guess, but how boring!

What kind of bride are you? Result: Modern. I took this one before I even got married.

What kind of Barbie are you? Result: Cheerleader Barbie! I thought this was amusing, because I'm not sure I'm the cheerleader type. But I suppose I'm more of a cheerleader than a Malibu Barbie. What other choices are there?

What words will be on your headstone? Result: Gone Home. I thought those words would actually be very appropriate, because they'll be true. I wouldn't mind that at all.

Barbie image: Amazon.com.

Obi Wan image: Some photography website.

Lotus flower image: Some traveling website.

A Beautiful Easter

Derek and I had a lovely Easter! We woke up at 5:00 and went to a sunrise service at a Christian camp near our house. I have alot of good memories at that camp - I was a camper there nine (?) different summers, I worked as a CIT (Counselor In Training) two summers, and I was a counselor there one summer (my favorite summer there I think). They do a sunrise service every year and have breakfast afterwards (with the best cinnamon rolls!). We went to the service and it was actually not too cold - the service is held outside on the hillside so we can watch the sunrise. I love it, because it makes you think what it was like that mornin g in the garden where the tomb was. We sang my favorite Easter hymn. Please see the previous post!

We came back home and got ready for the rest of the day, then we went and met Derek's parents for breakfast at Village Inn. Afterwards we went and spent a little time at Barnes and Nobles and visited there too. We had a really nice time visiting with them! My mother-in-law even bought us a book, which I thought was so sweet.

Derek and I ended up having a couple of hours to kill in town, because we met my family later on in the afternoon at the funnest restaurant ever! It's themed like Mexico, and the decor is fabulous! It really feels like you're on vacation. They have palm trees and Christmas lights, and a huge waterfall! There are divers, and they do these little shows too. There's all different atmospheres for the different seating areas, from caves, to mines, to really fancy spanish decor, to tropical forest! It's really cool. They also have an arcade, a spooky cave (Black Bart's Hideaway), a gift shop, an old time picture booth, one of those people that draws caricatures . . . all in the restuarant!

We had a fun time there with my parents and siblings and our friend Brad. I took pictures!

After the restaurant we all went to my parents house and had dessert and played a game. By the time we got up here again it was snowing (yes, snowing)! On Easter! I tell you, we've either had bitter cold Easters, foggy Easters, or snowy Easter for the last few years. It's okay though, because I still got to wear my Easter outfit! Overall though it was a beautiful first married Easter, and we had a wonderful time with our families and remembering that our Lord is risen!

Me and my mom at dinner.

Derek and my dad.

My sister and her boyfriend!

My brother and my sister-in-law!

Josh and Brad.

Derek and me being scared at Black Bart's Cave. *chuckle* We're crazy and fun like that.

Us ladies at my parents house.

Some pictures of Derek and me.

"Christ Our Lord Is Risen Today"

This is my favorite Resurrection Day hymn, and I thought I'd share it here this morning. He is Risen! He is risen indeed.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Music: Lyra Davidica, 1708

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun's eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Go to this link to hear the music to the song. I hope you all have a blessed Resurrection Day! Our Lord is Risen!

Egg Coloring Fun

Easter Egg Coloring! We got these cool sparkly eggs - Derek colored them and I added the sparkles! I cracked on of the eggs while I was adding sparkles and Derek joked that it needed a band-aid; then he went and got a band-aid for it! He makes me laugh.

Coloring eggs is a fun Easter tradition, but more importantly is remembering what the Lord did for us this Easter season. I wrote this post on a Good Friday several years ago; I thought I would repost it now as another reminder of the reason we celebrate Resurrection Day! I hope you all are having a good Saturday, and I hope your Easter tomorrow is meaningful!
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