About Our Savior

easter 2014

Hello, little bunnies!

I hope you all celebrated yesterday – He Is Risen!

We kicked off Easter weekend at our church’s Good Friday service and then stayed for the Secret Church simulcast afterwards.  This was the first time Gary and I attended, and even though it was a late night, I was glad we went and left challenged by what I heard and learned.  I’m looking forward to reviewing our notes/book more in the days to come.

Cross Easter 2014 | Atwell Adventures
After we slept in on Saturday morning, I ran a few errands and then got in the kitchen to make some Easter treats for our friends Easter lunch on Sunday!  I saw some ideas for cupcakes on Pinterest and they were just as easy as they were cute! Win-win!

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Yesterday we worshipped with our church and celebrated resurrection Sunday! What a privilege it is to be able to sing praises to our Lord and Savior for making a perfect sacrifice for us and then defeating the grave!

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One of the songs we sang yesterday does a great job of giving praise, but I especially love the last verse:

Since from His bounty I receive 
Such proofs of love divine 
Had I a thousand hearts to give 
Lord, they should all be Thine 
A thousand men could not compose 
A worthy song to bring 
Yet Your love is a melody 
Our hearts can’t help but sing!

Jesus, thank you for giving us a reason to sing!


With Our Family

st. patrick’s day treat

I know we’re still a few days away from St. Patrick’s Day, but I had to finish these early so they make it in the mail to my favorite little leprechauns {also known as, my nephews and nieces}!

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Every so often, I try to send things {usually candy} in the mail to family.  I love getting things in the mail {as told here} – but even more than that – I love getting videos of my nephews and nieces opening surprises in the mail, while their parents usually comment on the excessive amounts of sugar the children hold in their hands. What else are aunts and uncles for? 🙂

I saw the idea of a “rainbow seeds” a few weeks ago on Pinterest and decided to create some of my own.  Once I finished creating the label, I printed on cardstock, folded down the middle, and secured it to a snack size ziploc bag of rainbow seeds {chewy sweet tarts}.  A sweet, colorful, inexpensive treat from Aunt Rachel & Uncle Gary {which hopefully they will remember for and ever when asked who is their favorite}!

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Do you send surprises in the mail?

During Our Marriage

celebration station

Valentine’s 2014 and G’s 27th birthday are in the books. This was our first Valentines together {last year G was in California, and the year before we hadn’t even met!} so I was happy we were able to spend both days together this year!

I knew G was getting me something for Valentines but I wasn’t sure what it would be. He just told me I wasn’t allowed to look at our bank account for the days leading up to Valentines Day {#JointCheckingProbz}.

A delivery man showed up on Friday with these beauties and some chocolate while G was at work. So sweet!  I decided not to get him flowers but instead went with an Olympics themed Valentines {because nothing says love to a guy like “USA! USA! USA!”. Wait, what?} I made him a “I won the gold when I met and married you” card, “gold medal” cookies, and found a Team USA Olympics tee. Practical, no?

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Friday night was spent at home as planned and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Grilled pizza, brownies, and You’ve Got Mail? Yes, please, and thank you.

Saturday night we ventured out to the mall for some window shopping and then we pre-gamed dinner with UNO {yes, the card game} at Barnes & Noble. Again, wouldn’t have had it any other way 🙂 Valentines | Atwell Adventures We headed to a late dinner and sometime after our soup, things started to get a little foggy for me.  I remember not feeling 100% when I was eating my entree, but by the time I got home I thought for sure I had food poisoning. Ha! Thankfully, I think it was just the combination of eating a very full meal later than normal.  By morning I was golden.

When Sunday came around it was time to switch over to celebrate G’s birthday mode!  While he was taking a nap, I snuck out for “groceries” but really just went to pick up Krispy Kreme.  How cute is this tin that Krispy Kreme was selling? Maybe doughnuts will be a birthday-eve tradition?

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For his actual birthday, we had dinner at The Chop House.  The atmosphere was a little different than expected, but we both really enjoyed dinner and the service. And bless, he even smiled for a picture with the cake that he didn’t want them to bring.G 27 | Atwell Adventures 4

At dinner, I gave him a card – the first part of his birthday present.  It was “tickets” to a Braves game of his choice.  I thought it would be a good idea to let him decide what game he wants to go to most and I’ll take the rest of the planning from there. The second part of his present was hidden at home in our guest shower – a Braves basket, complete with foam finger!  This was fun basket to put together, minus the baseball cookies I made that qualify for the “nailed it” website.G 27 | Atwell Adventures 3

I’ll give you one guess which ones were store bought…G 27 | Atwell Adventures 2Since G had dessert at dinner, I decided to wait and serve his cake last night at dinner.  Since it was just the two of us, I made sure to sing Happy Birthday as loud as I could.  By the expression he is making in the picture below, I obviously “nailed it” on the song!  

G 27 | Atwell AdventuresSo glad I got to celebrate you, G!