Posts Tagged ‘ birthday ’

A Surprise Worth Anticipating

You know how yesterday was my roommate and her sister’s birthday? Well, today we threw a surprise birthday party for them. It was PERFECT. A bunch of us crowded into our little house and had a blast surprising Megan and Mandy.

Jeremy, Mandy’s husband, was in cahoots, and got the girls to the house without them even having a clue. He took them out to dinner, then stalled at various places until we had told him to arrive. He even made Megan chase the car around the parking lot, taking off right when she was reaching for the door. The girls were shocked to come into a dark house filled and have a bunch of friends pop out yelling “SURPRISE!”

I had the hardest job of convincing Megan that even though her friends didn’t hang out with her on her actual birthday, she was still loved and shouldn’t be lonely. To make her feel better we “planned” on watching one of the movies I gave her when she got home from dinner. I got her really looking forward to it, so the surprise was even more sweet.

It was a great evening of fellowship and so fun to actually pull off a great surprise.


~Amber Joy


Craving Avocado

I’ve been craving avocado, maybe because my stomach knows I’ll be in the Dominican Republic soon…

Due to my cravings, here are seven recipes I’ve pinned on my Cooking Board on Pinterest. (Again, if you’re not on Pinterest, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Follow me at

Baked Avocado Fries from More Design Please 

Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Relish from Annie’s Eats

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Avocado Salad from Ashley’s Cooking Adventures

Avocado Grilled Cheese from A Turtle’s Life for Me

Cucumber, Turkey, and Avocado Rolls from Caveman Gourmet

Avocado Spinach Egg Salad from We Are Not Martha

Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad from Skinny Taste

It all looks so delicious, doesn’t it??? I don’t know when avocados will be up to my standards in Virginia, but maybe I’ll get the chance to make one of these recipes in the DR. Yum, avocados.

Speaking of avocados… Lynchburg is getting a Chipotle this June! It made my afternoon 100x’s happier.

Speaking of happy… It’s my roommate and her twin sister’s birthday! Happy Birthday Megan (left) and Mandy (right)!

Oh, one more happy! Happy Thursday — tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!

~Amber Joy


I have the best family ever. We are a close knit bunch.

Because of this, I would like to dedicate this post solely to my cousin Jodi because it’s her BIRTHDAY!

17 years ago she kicked me out of my position as the family baby, and I have no objections because she is wonderful!

Jo, new goal for this year — get more pictures together!

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I love you!

~Amber Joy


The earth has been blessed with the presence of Marion Henry for 64 years, today. She is the world’s best mom, wife, sister, daughter… everything. I am so glad to be her daughter. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

In other news, let’s talk about the weather. This time last week we were in the middle of a snowstorm. Today spring is in the air, and I feel buds and blooms are going to be popping up any second. Wild daffodils are blooming along the roads and the grass is returning to its familiar state of green. We actually hit 78 this past Friday and should be in the 60’s for the next week. Doesn’t the weather know it’s only the end of February?

Related to the weather, my car’s air-conditioning had stopped working late in the fall. With the weather getting warmer, I was considering getting it fixed. On Friday, when it was so stinkin’ hot, I prayed for the air-conditioning to heal itself AND IT DID!! God certainly knows how to provide.

Now I’m off to enjoy my evening at LifeGroup – we didn’t meet last week so I feel like we’ve been apart forever.

Have a wonderful evening!

~Amber Joy