As I sit and write this post I am overcome with emotions of thanks, joy, peace and mostly a heart full of gratitude.

As we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, I could not have felt more at home without being "home". Everything was absolutely perfect. The dinner was delicious, as it was prepared by an actual chef…yes my friends are awesome. Rosemary lamb, and fingerling potatoes with roasted brussel sprouts.  Corn Hole "Civil War" was without a doubt the entertainment of the evening. All participants had their own version on the rules. Aka North Vs South. Sweet tea and sangria were flowing while we watched the little ones run around the back yard and giggle with innocent laughter. And the cheesecake…oh my YUM. I just had to eat two slices to prove to myself it was simply the best cheesecake I have ever tasted.
But most importantly it was about the fellowship with some of the most tender hearted people I've been graced with.

It makes me want to cry thinking of the kindness in these peoples hearts. Seriously, I wish I could share them with you. They would drop anything in a heartbeat for us with nothing but servant hearts and no further requests or favors. Sound familiar? Yes, it sounds like family.

It came to my realization, well with a little help of a cute and catchy phrase, but these people are our New York family. Family doesn't have to possess the same DNA or quirks, family are those who invite you into their home, and hearts.
So, so thankful for this years Frieaster…it was as perfect as any Easter could be.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... (NIV)

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  1. Truly a blessing! I'm so happy that you have such amazing people to be surrounded by while you're so far from 'home'.

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter!

  3. Everything looks wonderful and it sounds like you had a blessed day!! xo

  4. Sounds like a wonderful day with friends :) Always wonderful to find people who help make wherever you are feel like home!

  5. I totally agree -- family doesn't always have to mean related by blood or DNA... its their heart and intentions that count :) that dinner looks AMAZING!!! :) glad you had such a great Easter. Love that verse.

  6. What a gorgeous set up and what a lovely day!