Woodard Weekend Wrap-up

If you have been following my blog of late, I apologize for the constant mention of Med School this and Med School that.  For the past year it has been a topic of uncertainty as our dialog orbited around the what ifs and when.  But now it is a sure thing.  And with the sureness of acceptance, the ease of breath and sense of peace in the place we will call home for the next 18 months has settled in.  I have begun to see the community around us take shape.  A new found excitement about Vermillion and the surrounding area has blossomed with the spring rain.  In so many ways the weekend activities represented the security and freshness of life in our home.  What is more, it is a mere glimpse into what God has promised – salvation and new life in Christ.  Today we celebrate our risen Lord and the hope we have in Christ.

  1. An early Easter gathering.  Unfortunately David had the Sunday shift at the Care Center this week, but that comes at a small price for what is to come next week. Since he couldn’t attend Easter services or partake in the tradition Easter Sunday dinner, we decided to invite his Dad for Easter lunch on Saturday.  It was my first time hosting a holiday meal and I was chomping at the bit for the opportunity to prepare a full course “fancy” meal and use serving dishes we received as wedding presents. The menu was the traditional ham and scallop potatoes with salad green and my personal favorite, Strawberry Pretzel Dessert.  Conversations flowed from family Easter traditions and father-son intelligence on history and the like.

    Baked crust from Strawberry Pretzel Dessert.

    Baked crust from Strawberry Pretzel Dessert.

  2. A trip to Ponca.  After eating, we decided to take a trip to a nearby Nebraska State Park, Ponca.  Scenic outlooks and fossil finds kept us plenty busy.  I will let the pictures do the talking.   It is a trip we are sure to take again.
    Sporting my hiking boots.

    Sporting my hiking boots.

    David after throwing a rock into the river.  Boys will be boys.

    David after throwing a rock into the river. Boys will be boys.

    Ponca State Park

    Ponca State Park

    View of the 3 State Overlook

    View of the 3 State Overlook

  3. Glass jars.  I stumbled upon a rust stained glass jar on our way out of a walking trail at Ponca.  The weathered glass would be a perfect fit in my anything old goes apartment decor.  I am very pleased with the how it turned out.
    Close up of the glass jar I found.

    Close up of the glass jar I found.

    Glass jar center piece arrangement.

    Glass jar center piece arrangement.

  4. Sunrise Easter services & breakfast.  Hillside Community Church hosted an early sunrise service in celebration of Easter.  A co-worker and her daughter joined me for the worship and brief message on the resurrection.  I then joined their family for breakfast and egg dying.  We indulged in a cheesy kale quiche, hot-out-of-oven monkey bread, and a juicy pineapple.  We decided to dye Easter eggs with a twist, natural dye.  We tied rubber bands around raw eggs and boiled them for 20 minutes with peelings from a yellow onion.  We got the idea here.

    Naturally dyed Easter eggs

    Naturally dyed Easter eggs

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