He is Risen!

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I love Easter. It’s my favorite holiday, and not just because I’m passionate about Cadbury eggs. I mean… I am, but…

Easter collage

Top: Reed, Ansley, Mary, Aaron, Cameron, Anna, James

Bottom: Uncle Bill, Grandma (Barbara), Dad (Buddy), Ansley, Dad (Buddy), Mom (Kathy)

 

Today was fantastic. It was a bright, sunny day. The three church services I sang in were full of energy and life. My brother and his girlfriend were up from Baton Rouge, and our visit as a family was awesome (even though we missed Daniel – he’s studying abroad in Paris!). And the food was good, too, even if I’m a tad bitter about not having any Peep cake.

Auggie’s trip to the park.

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It’s  Christmas break, right? Right.

So why have I spent my ENTIRE day doing separations homework?

Excellent question.

I’m so frustrated with this assignment.

ANYHOODLE.

Joey and I took a break from homework to take his precious Auggie to the park. It was a delightful break for ALL of us.

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D’awww! You can tell his daddy is his hero, right?

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This is SUCH a typical Auggie expression. And look at the sand in his beard!

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Forsythe Park at sunset was a glorious place to be.

Back to the grind… Joey and I were just lamenting the lack of “cool” places to do homework on a Friday night. When we realized…

Black Bayou

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I love this place.

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So when I got my new camera, I knew it was the first place I had to go to play around with it.

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I don’t claim to be a great photographer – or even a good one. But I love taking pictures.

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This morning was perfect (early, anyway – before it got cloudy). The sky was clear and super blue.

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My grandfather had a huge love for this place – Black Bayou NWR. He volunteered many hours there. He also loved photography and taught me to love it. So this morning, when I spent some time taking pictures in one of his favorite places, I felt really connected to Gramps. I think he would have liked these.

Race for the Cure Prep!

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We’re less than 2 weeks away! *cue terrified screaming and running around and pulling hair out*

If you don’t know, or you don’t know me, or you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you should know. I’m one of the co-chairs for the Komen Northeast Louisiana Race for the Cure. This is my second year in a row (and my last) to co-chair.

Race season is kind of crazy.

Race kind of takes over my life.

My to-do list is a mile long.

But that’s okay. In the end, we’re going to help rid the world of breast cancer. That’s why I do this.

And it’s totally fun to see this town transform!

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Businesses are “Pinked Out”!

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Amazing volunteers from the local university came to help us fold all 4200 of our t-shirts in record time!

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These signs are popping up at homes and businesses all over the area!

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So are things like this:

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People are getting excited about the event we’re throwing, the work we’re doing, the money we’re raising, and the cause we’re supporting. And that’s pretty cool.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the largest series of certified 5K races in the world. Our Northeast Louisiana Race is the largest road race in the NELA area, and our Northeast-Central Louisiana Affiliate (with Race for the Cure events in Monroe, LA and Alexandria, LA) granted out $250,000 last year to groups in our 19-parish service area for screening, treatment, and diagnosis of breast cancer. 75% of the money raised stays local, and the other 25% goes to Komen HQ’s national research fund.

It’s not just pinkwashing. It’s not just a ribbon. It’s a mission. And we will end breast cancer forever.

To find a Komen Race for the Cure event near you, visit http://komen.org/race

To register for one of the Northeast-Central Louisiana Races, visit http://komenNECLA.org for more info follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

See you there!