Beautiful, aren’t they? I love tulips. There’s something about them that makes my spirit brighter. They are soft and feminine, elegant and simple. After having been attacked by Atlanta’s crazy winter weather over the last few weeks, they are a welcome promise of the coming spring. Somehow they remind me to be thankful and take pleasure in the simple things in life. My days have been full of simple pleasures lately, and I wanted to take a moment to share a few of them with you.

Meet my Sunday school class. These are just a few of the wonderful young ladies that I get to spend my Sunday mornings with. They live with passion, giving all of themselves to everything they do. They may never know how much courage they inspire in me, and I am so thankful. I love you ladies!

This is Jessica. She is one of my closest friends, and she’s having a baby. I am not much of a kid person, but for some reason I find myself in love with Jessica’s baby girl. I am mystified by the idea that there is a little person coming to life in my best friend’s belly, and I am so excited to meet her. Jessica was at my shower Saturday, and I got to feel little Elisha in her belly for the first time. I almost cried. I’m turning into such a sap :)

These two lovely ladies are Elise and Ashley. I met Ashley in fifth grade, and we have been close friends ever since. We became fast friends with Elise in middle school, and from then on we were the three musketeers. Together we could do anything. We managed to get our drivers licenses, navigate through the dangers of teenage dating and learn what it means to be children of God. On Saturday, the three of us got together for the first time in over two years. So much has changed since then, and yet we still manage to pretend as though no time has passed. It’s amazing!

And last but most certainly not least, say hello again to my wonderful bestie and maid of honor Emma. This girl is a true treasure. She called me at 11:58pm tonight so that she could be the last person I talk to as a 22 year old and the first person I talk to as a 23 year old. She has celebrated more birthdays with me than anyone other than my family, and I believe I am a better person for it. Thank you my lovely friend for being the best friend and the best maid of honor I could ever ask for. You make my life brighter!

May your days be full of love, friendship and an abundance of tulips :)