This past week, Josh's family came down to Texas! It just so happened that there was a trade show in Dallas they were attending for business this past week so they were able to come down a little early to be with Josh & I for Easter. We ended up going with his family to the trade show and making Maple Cotton Candy at their booth too! After the show ended, Joshua and I explored the small Texas town of Grapevine, TX which was just around the corner from the show.
For Easter, Josh and I took his family to our church in Austin, Austin Stone, which we have recently joined. We love this church for its authenticity, deep and touching music, the messages from the pastors, and the way everyone there gives you a warm welcome when you walk in the doors. The Easter service was incredibly moving. The pastor ended with the verse Philippians 3:10 "That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Here, the Bible explicitly tells us we can have access to the power of the Resurrection and what this means in our own lives - that we may have the power to do the impossible; the power to conquer what could not even be imagined with Him.
After the service, we went home and ate yummy food - most of it was catered from the local restaurant Texas Honey Ham (a must visit when in Austin). We had a huge glazed honey ham, potato salad, cole slaw, mac & cheese, beans, and rolls. However, we did have maple glazed carrots that I whipped together from scratch along with a yummy lemon tart and carrot cake cupcakes. I was able to substitute the sugar in both of these recipes with maple sugar.
It was fun hosting Josh's family in our little apartment - there ended up being 10 of us total! Josh's 10-year-old twin siblings hunted for eggs after church - and then we all relaxed the rest of the day by the pool! What a fun and special day.
We headed to Dallas the next day and were there for the next few days. About 5 minutes from the trade show, we found and explored the adorable historic downtown of Grapevine.
There were little shops where Josh and I found antique wooden crates and cutting boards that we had to take home, stores with unique Texas trinkets, and the most beautiful farmers market.
We drove back home on Friday and took a pit stop at our favorite spot, Magnolia Farms in Waco, TX. (Our love for Chip and Joanna is unhealthy). We picked up some more pieces for our home, including our new couch pillows (!!!) and this wall hanging. I plan on doing a post about Josh and I's home once I finish Rhett's nursery - so be on the look out for that. :)
This week ended up being such a fun opportunity to make more memories with family and I am so thankful for that.