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Happy Easter!


The Kester Family- Easter 2013- Hoping for a busier photo next year!!

Easter 2013 was blessed! We had a great time celebrating our risen Lord with our family ūüôā

We began this morning with Easter baskets, because you are never too old for Easter baskets and candy, duh.


Our Easter Basket


Ree’s Basket

Yes, my mom still does Easter baskets for all of us and for the kids.  She set the kids baskets up on the coffee table


For the kiddies!

My mom is the best.

After opening our baskets, I ran my mile and then we got ready for church. I love church on Easter Sunday- especially the “Hallelujah Chorus”- my absolute favorite. I also love singing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” The joy of Easter morning is so encouraging and so beautiful!

After church, we had everyone (except for Kristianna, Alex, and Holly- who are in NC and were dearly missed) here at our house for Easter dinner. My mom made SO much food: ham AND turkey, green beans, corn, salad, stuffing, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, salad, applesauce, cornbread, baked beans, and peach cake, carrot cake, and cupcakes for dessert.  Yup- she made all that.  She is the bomb.com.

I loved having everyone here- especially the kids, who loved their baskets and Easter egg hunt!




Love these kiddies.

As I sit here and think about how blessed our day was today, I can’t help but imagine how different next year {hopefully} will be. ¬†I can’t wait to have excited babies to make Easter baskets for, to buy pretty dresses, white socks, and Easter bonnets- and maybe even an Easter suit for my boy. ¬†I pray that the Lord blesses us with two children and that His plan is revealed to us this week. ¬†Praying for our Easter miracle! ¬†Like I say every Sunday- maybe this will be our week!

Trusting and believing in the power of our risen Lord.

Happy Easter!

How did you celebrate Easter?


The Sunday Morning Shuffle and Shamrock Shake

I don’t know what it is with Sundays, but I feel like I am always doing the “Sunday morning shuffle” to get ready for church. ¬†I swear- on work days I can run 6 miles, eat breakfast, get showered and dressed- and get out the door by 6:30 am.

However, for some reason, Sunday mornings are so hard for me to get out the door by 10:45. ¬†I think it is because I feel like I have so much time…so I sit on the computer, clean up the house, and am not in a hurry to run. ¬†Before I know it, I look at the clock and I have to run, shower, and get to church in 45 minutes {commence the Sunday Morning Shuffle}. ¬†Always a rush. ¬†I gotta get better at that- so stressful.

After church we went to the Allentown St. Patty’s Day Parade to see Haley’s girl scout troop. ¬†We were late (shocking), and so we had to find where they were in the parade. ¬†We were actually behind them, so we had to run ahead of them in order to see them pass by. ¬†Definitely a workout!! Once we got there, we had fun. Parades are so fun!


I LOVE bagpipes and dream of being the person out front who directs them and twirls the big club.



Beautiful horses!



I spy Haley Bear!



My crazy brother!



Carly and Broc on the back of the float. Broc tried to jump off when he saw my mom!



Carly, Broc, and Haley after the parade!

After the parade we brought Broc home with us for a little bit to hang out. He is at such a fun age and loves to hang out with his Uncle Beeker.


Seriously praying the Lord blesses us with a son. Our kids are so lucky- Brian is going to make such a wonderful daddy.


Around 5, we headed to Kristianna and Alex’s for dinner: pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. ¬†Holy yum!


After, we headed to McDonalds for our family’s annual tradition, Shamrock Shakes. ¬†We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember and I love it. ¬†It is the only day of the year that I look forward to having fast food.


Such a fun day with our family!! Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, I think it would be appropriate to say that I am lucky; however, I prefer to say that I am blessed.

Blessed beyond measure <3.

Luck o’ the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

First, this:


The cutest little Irish woman. At just barely 5 feet, this shirt is more than appropriate. 

Seriously, how cute is my mom? I think she is the cutest thing in this world! She was going to a 50’s Themed party at church- but also incorporated her Irish heritage into her outfit.




Love her.

So, I ran yesterday.  12 miles total.  

It was actually really nice. I decided to just go slow and circled around my neighborhood so that I could cut it short if I didn’t feel well. ¬†In a weird way, I think running actually helped my sinus infection. The air was really cool and crisp, and I felt like I could breathe for the first time since Wednesday! Midway through my run it started to snow. ¬†I love running in the snow- so beautiful! ¬†It snowed all day long; by the afternoon, my view out my back window looked like this:


A winter wonderland- on March 16th!

I completed my run just before it started to really snow hard- thank God. ¬†I finished 12 {hilly} miles in 1:55:34. ¬†Definitely not my fastest times, but I wanted to make sure that I went easy and didn’t push myself. ¬†I would say that the first 11.5 miles were really great and strong. ¬†The last .5 mile was a beast. I wanted to stop. I hated it. ¬†But, I pushed through. I was NOT going to quit on the last half mile. What is it with the last part of a run? I know it is all mental….

After, I showered and then refueled with eggs, ham, strawberries, and toast.


Protein & carbs = perfect after a long run.

The breakfast ham that I had was only 50 calories for 2 pieces. Score.

I had a serious date with my couch for the rest of the afternoon. ¬†My mom, who is a fairytale, surprised me with a hot pretzel from the Philly Soft Pretzel factory in the afternoon. ¬†She is the best. ¬†For dinner, Brian made bruschetta chicken, green beans, garlic toast, and sweet potato “pods”.


Aren’t those sweet potato “pods” so cute? ¬†We just found them in the freezer section and they are seriously delicious.¬†

Beeker and I had a major movie fail last night. ¬†We decided to rent a movie online- “Taken 2”. ¬†I was super excited and got all ready on the couch with a blanket, cup of hot chocolate, and my hunny. ¬†After we paid, we realized that the movie was going to take 5 hours (!!) to download. ¬†Yes, we have the internet speed of 2006. ¬†Womp womp. ¬†So, we had to settle by watching a cheesy movie on TV- “Licensed to Wed”. Definitely different from what I had prepared to see in “Taken 2.” ¬†Now it’s downloaded, but we only have 24 hours to watch it. Boo!

Oh well, it was a great night nonetheless. 

We are celebrating St. Patricks Day today with church, a parade (that our niece Haley is marching in), and dinner at my sister’s house. ¬†Of course, the best part will be our family’s annual tradition of going to McDonalds for SHAMROCK SHAKES!¬†

YESSSSS. So lucky.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you! ūüôā

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