have you been to the dollar store lately? that place is a gold mine!

i picked up a few goodies there the other day and saw a lot of easter decorations. i've never done much to decorate for holidays other than Christmas, but i think starting our family has made me want to do more seasonal decorating to start traditions and memories. and easter is an incredible celebration. Jesus rose from the dead! i saw these easter egg ornaments at the dollar store and was inspired to make a little easter tree.

i already had a white planter, and i trudged through the knee-deep snow to cut a branch from a tree in our front yard (this was by far the hardest part!). i scrounged for some styrofoam and used that as a base to stick the branch through and keep it upright.

Sparkly Easter Eggs for DIY Easter Tree
Styrofoam Base for DIY Easter Tree

i covered the styrofoam with some shredded paper i had saved from a gift (i knew right where to get it since i organized my wrapping supplies!). then i just had to hang my sparkly eggs.

Sparkly Easter Eggs on DIY Easter Tree

yes, the branches are bare outside, but inside they carry glittery eggs! for one dollar this little tree sure brings some brightness into our home.

have you found anything awesome at the dollar store recently? do tell! and are you putting up any decorations in your home to celebrate easter?

easter weekend

how was your easter weekend? did it fly by as quickly as ours seemed to?

we worked hard on saturday to get some projects done upstairs (and made the usual menards trip) and then spent the evening at brad and lorna beth's for a small group easter dinner. our small group has been such a blessing to us and we have loved studying the old testament with the other couples!

on sunday, we were ambitious and made it to the 8am worship service. we got to see my family there for a bit, then we headed over to ben's parents' house for lunch and easter egg hunt goodness. it was a smaller group for easter this year with our friend crystal and her kids who are like family to us!

it was sweet to chat with crystal and get baby advice from her, specifically about hospital stuff——she's been through the process four times and has lots of experience. :)

as i sit here writing and uploading these pictures i am so thankful for family, friends, and most of all, a risen Savior. our friend brad reminded us that our faith hinges upon the fact that the tomb was empty. the Lord is risen. risen indeed!