Sideshow || Anniversary

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Today is my three year blogiversary with WordPress! My little blog was called “This Is My Year” at the time. I have to admit that 2013 was one kickin’ year, which included a trip to Italy, my 21st birthday (but that’s another story), living in two amazing housing situations; special weddings AND graduation from college.

Pre-story! I actually had a cutie-little blog, All About Cteve, which was launched my sophomore year of college; I ended that blog mainly because I ran out of free photo space on that page (I’m Dutch, need I say more?!).

I didn’t want to be vain, though, and knowing I was coming off of an amazing high which was college, I figured it would be a bit unrealistic to call 2014 “[This Is] My Year,” too, so I went with the general “sideshow” and have decided to stick with that name, for the time being at least.

When I fell in love with Gym (see what I did there?), I cut back on the #bloglyfe BIG TIME. But I missed blogging, and I still enjoy blogging, and I’m not ready to give up blogging. That being said, my posts are indeed fewer and farther between, but I also don’t intend for them to stop anytime soon. How’s that┬á for vague?

So I will continue with my little life blog. Stay tuned for whatever I want to share, whether it’s health tips or silly stories and fashion or songs or some new gig I may get into some day.

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Since this is a sentimental post already, here was my 2015 best nine (left to right and then top to bottom) Meeting Love & Theft | Becoming an Auntie | Time with my family | Time with my TRIO | Florida vacation | Visits from Brittany | Quality cousin time | Having a group of “local friends” | Summer memories including Allison’s visit and baseball games.


I’m Thankful


I am finding myself in a place where I feel that I deeply and truly have so many things to be thankful for.

I’m thankful that we had a nice and long mild fall.

I’m thankful for my friends; for their willingness to drive to meet up, and for those who are very close by.

I’m thankful for my church and my small group, and for the friendship and encouragement I receive from them.

I’m thankful for my awesome family and for their consistency in my life.

I’m thankful for my roommate; for her positive spirit, grounded heart, and genuine friendship.

I’m thankful for my job; for the fun I have in the workplace, for the satisfaction of hard work and for the people I get to work with.

I’m thankful for my health; for the things I learn and apply about diet and exercise, and for the joy it brings in my life.

I’m thankful for America; for its beauty and vastness and for those who have served and are serving to protect its people.

I’m thankful for amazing grace and for the salvation I have received through Christ alone.

I’m thankful for Thanksgiving Day; a time where America stops to dwell on the good things in life. For a day to gather together and eat and enjoy the company of others.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s A Girl!


On Wednesday I experienced the most special moment of my life thus far: meeting and holding my brand new baby niece.

I still remember hearing the news, that my Big Bro and sister-in-law were going to have a baby. I remember feeling surprised and excited. I sewed a baby quilt and sent up many prayers for Baby but it wasn’t until Wednesday when everything became real.

Getting the phone call, hearing a girl was born to them, seeing her for the first time, and holding her are memories-experiences even-that I treasure so deeply in my heart. The amount of joy and love I have because of this little girl is amazing me to tears (let’s be clear, I’m my mother’s daughter and the tears are HAPPY TEARS).

I can’t wait to watch this little girl grow up.

Aren't baby girls fun?! This proud auntie asked the bakeries to celebrate with us with baby-girl inspired Friday donuts.

Aren’t baby girls fun?! This proud auntie asked the bakeries to celebrate with us at work with baby-girl inspired donuts.

The Tree Doesn’t Fall Far From The Apple


My mom and I are similar in a lot of ways. In high school I used to joke that “the tree doesn’t fall far from the apple.” I know what you’re thinking, that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and that’s true, too. But I do believe that my mom drinks iced coffee because I introduced her to the delicious drink.

Last time Mom and I met up, we were both wearing blue and white sweaters with our aztec purses and Sperry’s.

Yesterday, Mom and I were both wearing gray shirts and denim pants, and sunglasses.

Regardless if it’s the apple or the tree, they obviously stick close to each other. ­čÖé

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Girl Cousins


Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the company of my cousins. All 10 of us cousins were born within 10 years. We spent many days and weeks in our shared cabin up north. We played in the sand and water. We built snowmen and performed synchronized skating routines. We put on theatrical productions and we sang in the front of church.

I don’t remember the last time we were all up north together- but we seem to do a pretty good job of staying in touch.

We had a baby shower for my sister-in-law Melissa this weekend, and almost all of the girl cousins were able to attend (Nikki, we miss you but you’re totally excused from attending this one!)

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Our family is most definitely in an “expansion period.” How special it is to see so many babies being born, and more new people to love.

He Is Risen Indeed!


Happy Easter, everyone! Today is, ultimately, the most important day of the year as we celebrate the TRUTH that we serve a risen Savior!


We did the traditional Easter egg dying and hunt last weekend; today will consist of a delicious dinner, good company, and reflection of the beautiful story of Christ’s redemptive love and saving grace.


Have a wonderful day!

Today I Graduated From College


Technically, I graduated from college in December 2013, but today was the day I participated in the ceremony  and walked alongside many friends and classmates to receive our diplomas together.

I will go back to my SEVEN SEMESTERS posts but tonight is the time to reflect on this special day.

I walked into the science center with my friend and fellow business major Joey. The two of us entered into a basement classroom filled with other graduates donned in caps and gowns and medallions and gold ropes. I got to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in weeks or months.

All the graduates were assigned in an order; I got to be with all the BS business people (my crew!). I got to sit between Brandon and Elizabeth; I knew everyone who graduated in our section (I just love my little school).

We had time to take a few pictures, chat, and re-arrange our caps before finally walking into the chapel where the ceremony took place.

Our speaker was funny. Our student association president (AKA my good friend Nate) led a litany; our Lincoln Laureate (AKA my good friend Megan) led our class through the processional. Our speaker was funny and challenging; the Cool Guys’ Floor freshman year was named after him.

Rochelle’s dad closed out the service with a really special benediction. I couldn’t think of a more special way to close the ceremony.

We marched outside. I enjoyed a few low-key moments with my classmates; then everybody else headed outside. I chatted with friends, classmates, professors, friends’ parents and grandparents, and a few people I didn’t even know. I smiled for pictures and said a whole lot of “let’s-not-say-goodbye-but-instead-I’ll-see-you-at-[mutual friend’s]-wedding-this-summer.”

I’m so thankful for my college professors-very smart individuals who care about me as an individual and remember me even several semesters after I’ve been enrolled in their classes. I have learned so much during college; I’m thankful for the patience, Christian insight, and hard work that my instructors consistently displayed throughout the semesters.

My gratitude also extends to my classmates who graduated with me-congratulations! Our class is sending out some wonderful nurses and social workers and businesspeople and teachers and accountants and historians and psychologists. Thank you for learning with me and teaching me so much, both in the classroom and beyond.

I think that we are leaving this community in good hands. I have had the pleasure to meet so many Trolls who are still students and I cannot wait to see the things that they do as individuals, and the things they will do as a whole.

Trinity, you have been very good to me.


Eph. 3: 20-21
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.