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The creators of Gilmore Girls have come out with a brand new show called Bunheads. What’s a bunhead, you ask? Simply, a bunhead is a ballerina.

The story follows the character of Michelle (Sutton Foster), who is a great dancer but somehow found herself working in Las Vegas. She ends up marrying a man who takes her to his house in Paradise, a quirky little town with characters who may end up being much like the townsfolk of Stars Hallow. Her mother-in-law, Fanny, is played by Kelly Bishop (Emily from Gilmore Girls) and whose character is a dance instructor.  This is where Michelle meets four of Fanny’s students.  (more…)

Thankful Thursdays

This Thursday I am thankful for:

1. Dutch letters! Oh, they are the most wonderful confection.
I get them only once or twice a year, but they are wonderful… especially the ones that come from my cousin’s world-famous bakery (Jaarsma’s) in Pella,Iowa. While I was home last weekend, I got to partake of their flaky goodness, and rich almond paste centers. (Am I making you drool yet??)


October Baby

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Tonight I got to attend a screening of the movie October Baby with my sweet friend Natalie. I had heard a little about the movie, but really didn’t know much going into it. I was pleasantly surprised.

It is a beautifully told story of a young college-age girl who finds out that she is adopted. But as she begins to journey down the road to find out who she is, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for. You will definitely want to bring along a few tissues when you see this movie. (Since K-Love sponsored the evening, they had little tissue packets in each of the cup holders for us.) The story is ultimately one of the power of forgiveness, reconciliation, and love. This movie will resonate with those who have adopted a child, are adopted, work to help others adopt, foster children, or have experienced the pain of abortion.  (more…)

Celebrating the 31st Year

Yesterday I hit the big 3-1. It wasn’t near as hard as changing decades last year. Since my weekend was busy with ministry stuff (selling tickets, the play performances, etc) and the Super Bowl, it didn’t leave much time for me to celebrate. But I had Saturday night free, so I went out with three of my good friends: Theresa, Wendy, and Shaun.

I decided that the thing I wanted to do most was have Indian food. So I got dressed up in one of my Indian outfits (a chula, to be exact) and we went to Taj. The food was excellent and the darling Indian couple that runs the restaurant were so sweet and excited to learn that I’d been to India.


Microwave It!

Brown sugar too lumpy? Honey crystalized? Need to disinfect your cutting board or sponge? Apparently a little time in the microwave can solve these kitchen woes! I read this article today on Yahoo! News about 15 microwave tips and found it very informative.

I may just have to try their applesauce recipe! (more…)

The Skies Proclaim

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

God’s glory is everywhere! His fingerprints are all over our world and beyond! Here are some of my favorite pictures from space that show the amazingness of God’s creation of the universe: (more…)

A Bird’s Eye View

Ever wish you could be face-to-face with a bald eagle? You can, via live video feed.

In Decorah, IA there is a pair of nesting bald eagles with three eggs. You can watch and listen to them live on video by clicking on this link to go to their page: I have noticed that the male is a bit chatty at times, so make sure to have you volume up so you can hear them! (more…)

Winter Workout Blahs?

Working out is hard. If you’re like me, it gets even harder when the weather turns cold. My motivation level drops, my bed gets more comfortable, and The Scale becomes my mortal enemy.

This winter, however, I decided to fight back against my nemesis, The Scale. I started searching online for workout videos that would help keep me motivated. I ran across ExerciseTV (pardon the pun). They have free videos that range from a few minutes of training you on a new move, to full-length work outs. They give you many categories to choose from, as well as different instructors. So far I have found them motivating, and with so many options I haven’t gotten bored with it yet. And they are FREE! (more…)

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