lizstas #Prince you were a light in this dark #world. Thank you for being #you #light #music #icon #Minnesota #evening #rain is right for tonight. 7d

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lizstas Mom got me my own ranunculus!!! Weeee! #ranunculus #flower #garden #gardener #plant #spring #joy #hope #nofilter 2w

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lizstas The sangria is as big as her head!!! @jesskshan 2w

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lizstas Grandma and Grandpa Staszak together forever 1mon

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lizstas Back at Midway again this year! Looking back via Facebook, I've had some pretty fantastic birthday travels and treats. This week was no different. My aunt spoiled me with a big ol' balloon, sushi, and this sweet treat. Y'all gave me sweet birthday wishes. I'm on my way to see my sissy. My aunts bought me a sweet floral dress. My sweet third MN aunt bought me B-Dubs. My mama and dad bought me a lovely shirt for my trip and a sweet bouquet of flowers. Sweetest treat of all? Knowing and loving all of you!!!! Thank you for being my friends!!! #birthday #sweet #treats #treat #cupcake #dessert #favorite #chocolate #sugar.
P.S. BIZZA DON'T WORRY IM ON MY WAY!!! @jesskshan can't wait to see you and @funkannan !!!!!!
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lizstas My #CazaCool is the Birthday Girl! @jblohowiak 2mon

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lizstas A sweet & wise priest recently helped me (whether he knew it or not) solve a puzzling concern of mine. I've been missing the early days of my faith, when I felt so connected to Christ, in such communion with the Spirit, fervent, inspired, creative to the max, listening, desperate to hear more from the mouth of the Lord, to see His glory, constantly asking for closeness and basking in the love. My Abouna was discussing that nostalgic feeling of remembering our first Love, Jesus, & the "honeymoon" period that follows when Christ first woos us, beckons us in love to get to know Him. Abouna emphasized that the honeymoon period isn't because we get our first taste of God's glory and want to stay there because we know, like earthly honeymoons, it won't last. The feelings of the honeymoon period come from how we first choose to respond to God's affections for us. It is perhaps that we do not respond with the same fervor and affection that God consistently shows us. We did it once, but we forgot it, and now we question and wonder why we don't feel that same closeness. We aren't willing to respond with the same fervor, same faith, same belief. At least I know now, I'm not, or wasn't. I think sometimes I forget just how huge God's love and affection is for me, and how God longs for a relationship with me. This relationship is deep, bound with ever-strengthening threads as I enter into closer communion with the Holy Trinity. It is a gift. Christ prays to His Father in front of his disciples, and says to the ages, "I made Your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved me may be in them and I in them." We get to experience God's love for His Son, feel and know that very same love! To feel as Christ felt while he walked this earth, to know as he knows the great affection that the Creator has for us. We have the example of Christ to remind us that as it was from day one, and so it will be, that God walks with us, is in us, and eternally loves us. I think the best part of all of this is that Christ isn't just the example. He is that Love, that God, that Creator. #Christ #Christianity #Orthodoxy #truth #sweet #love #gift #kindness 3mon

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lizstas Today is definitely a day for my quizzical monkey candle: 5 degrees outside, lots of reflection, lots of thinking, lots of work. #monkey #candle #fire #flame #tinyjoy 4mon

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