Easter, Picasso & Cookout

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you, this post may be long. I have a lot to say about these three things: 1. Easter, 2. Picasso and 3. COOKOUT! It’s quite a random grouping of topics, I know.  However, they are all worthy of a GoodThings post! This past weekend was EASTER…. and I wanted so badly to do an Easter post but I have been doing really well with my rule of not blogging on the weekends.  Most weekends I’m working on Saturday and Michael and I are both involved with a lot at church on Sunday so if I added BLOGGING on top of all that, I would never see my husband! So this weekend I refrained from blogging, even though I had something very BLOG WORTHY to talk about.

Instead, I spent the whole weekend with my families. Michael’s family and my family all came to our house yesterday for Easter! It’s the funniest thing when both of our families are together at our house because our living room is SO SMALL! My sister and dad were laying on the floor, we had to bring in extra chairs from the kitchen and we squeezed four people on our little couch! Instead of calling our house “small”…. we prefer the term “Cozy”.  And that’s exactly how we felt yesterday…. we felt close and “cozy”. It was wonderful.


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1. Easter: So let me start this GoodThings post with the most important “Good Thing”…. and that would be Easter.  When I was younger, Easter meant getting up early for the sunrise service at church, eating donuts afterwards and then going home to put on my new Easter Dress. I’m ashamed to say that I STILL get excited about buying Easter dresses. I feel like it’s a GREAT excuse to go to Target! However, as I’ve grown up….I am becoming more and more aware of the significance of Easter. Yes, we all know that Jesus died on the cross for us. He took on the sins of the WORLD in order to make a way for us to connect with the Father….. but when you hear this over and over again for 20 years, sometimes you lose sight of the magnitude of this sacrifice. I’ll admit that that happened to me. It happens a lot. I am constantly forgetting how amazing my God is and CONSTANTLY putting Him on the back burner of my life.  I become consumed with stupid, meaningless, WORDLY things…. like blog stats and new shoes and teal jewelry and making my house look PERFECT… and being the BEST photographer.  REALLY?! Is that really what life is about? God does not care at ALL if I can shoot with my 85 at 1.2!  He doesn’t care what is included in my packages or how many people “Like” my facebook fanpage. Oh Lord help me if I EVER start to think that my purpose in life is my BUSINESS!! All of this can be taken away in a split second.  Gone. My passion for photography can disappear in an instant….and if that happened…would I have lost my purpose in life? What would I live for? Would I just live for my husband? But people let me down constantly…..friends, family, my spouse… they will all fail me at some point in my life. So if everything is temporary….what am I living for? ….. The answer is Christ. I live for Him and I live to share him with others so that they might understand what it feels like to have true PURPOSE in their life.  We all have days every now and then when we feel EMPTY… but if your life is in a constant state of emptiness and disappointment… it could be that you’re putting all of your hope and trust in things that will never satisfy you. NEVER. I could be charging $15,000 per wedding one day and I would still feel empty if I didn’t know the Lord.  One day I hope to have a cute little family…beautiful children and a cute fluffy dog…. and my life would still feel incomplete without Christ. One day I hope to have a living room big enough to hold more than 5 people comfortably…. but even when we make our house upgrade one day…. we will NEVER be satisfied in life if we don’t have a purpose.


I said before that the story of Easter can sometimes seem mundane to Christians when you have heard it so many times…..but the beauty of Easter is that it’s all about GRACE and I’m so thankful that even when I lose sight of how powerful the cross is, GRACE is still available to me.  Christ died for EVERYONE….absolutely everyone and if you have never heard this before or maybe this is the first time it’s made sense to you… or maybe it doesn’t make sense at all!….Either way, email me or find a local church where you can find answers and other people who are in your shoes. I’m serious!  Do it! I’m so sorry to keep rambling and I know that not everyone is going to agree with this post… but here’s the thing…. Christians are criticized for being hypocrites.  This is no surprise because we’re humans and humans screw up all the time. However….. I would be a hypocrite if I NEVER spoke about my faith. I would be a hypocrite if I let fear of rejection keep me from blogging about my purpose in life. So here it is…. this is what I life for! Take it or leave it…….but I’m hoping all of you take it… because living a life for Christ sets you free… and freedom in the Lord is a GoodThing:).


And just because it’s Easter… I have to show some family pics! Happy Birthday Bobbi!! (Michael’s Mom celebrated her Birthday yesterday and we ate at Maggiano’s! ohh lala! It was gooood!)

2. Picasso and Surprises: Ok wow… so ummm that first one went a little longer than I had anticipated.  Here is the second GoodThing….. 2. Surprizes and Picasso!  This past Saturday Michael had put “Surprise” on the calendar. I got up, got ready and we started driving. I’m so easy to surprise. I don’t try to guess the surprise beforehand, that takes too much thinking. I just let the surprise happen.  So Michael headed to downtown Richmond and we pulled into the Virginia Fine Arts Museum and I immediately knew what was going on. Michael had bought us tickets to see the Picasso exhibit. This exhibit is only being shown at two locations in the US. How Richmond become one of the locations, I have NO CLUE! But we wanted to see it while it was still here on the east coast! Picasso was weird but lunch was wonderful and to top off our nice morning together…. we drove around and found some MASSIVE homes on the river. That is by far one of favorite things to do.  We love driving and looking at houses!!! That day ended with an evening with my family back home in Caroline. We fixed dinner, watched Harry Potter (right before Easter? Really?) and momma gave me a pedicure. It was a WONDERFUL day off!!!!!!!


3. Cookout: The LAST GoodThing for this post would have to be COOKOUT. Have you ever eaten there?! OMG. It’s so greasy but SO good! I was  hanging out with a friend and we randomly got COOKOUT on our way home and I was so impressed. There were police directing the traffic around the building because so many people were trying to get their burger and milkshake! One taste of my milkshake and I knew this needed to make a GoodThings post!! I probably gained 5 pounds from that meal but that’s ok… it was WORTH IT!


12 Comments Good Things
  1. sherri lynn reply

    so funny i had cookout for the first time this weekend too! I LOVE it; it was sooo good!

  2. Lisa reply

    I LOVE COOKOUT!! I grew up with them in North Carolina, and until recently that was the only place you could find them! Im so glad they brought them to Virginia!

  3. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Thank you so much Mrs. Alsop for sharing your love for Jesus! I’ve looked for awhile for photographers who openly (and unashamedly) spoke of their love for Jesus and you are the most outspoken! Another of the reasons why you’re my favorite photographer! ;) I hope you had a blessed Easter and I’ve just got to say that you and Mr. Alsop are such a beautiful couple!!! :)

  4. Emily reply

    Best random post EVER. In regards to #1…Amen and AMEN! Beautifully said…love reading your heart! In regards to #3…cookout is pretty much amazing. I probably eat there entirely too often. ha!

  5. Jessica Rife reply

    I am soooooo glad you mentioned Cookout!!! I LOVE their milkshakes! They are my favorite! Aaaah! Now I am craving one! :)

  6. Leanne reply

    Beautiful post Katelyn! But, please clue me in…Where is Cookout? I’ve never heard of it, but I’m always excited to find out about new places to chow down on good food!

  7. elizabeth robertson reply

    katelyn, i wore the exact same dress for easter!!! we should do a “who wore it best” hahah kiddinggg

  8. Brenda reply

    KK, you said that I probably would not have liked the Picasso paintings; I’m thinking that I would probably like the “Cookout” milkshake; but I KNOW I love our Lord and Savior!!! What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your heart. God has blessed our family in so many ways, but my greatest joy (beyond my faith in Christ) is knowing that you, Emy, and Corey are followers of Christ, and that the three of you are living out your faith daily. Luv ya. And I like your “cozy” living room too!

  9. Kate reply

    Cookout is SO good. I wish they had them up here…although it’s probably best that they don’t. I also want to thank you for sharing your love for our Savior so openly and beautifully. It’s something I’ve always admired about you!

  10. Sarah reply

    :) This post definitely made me smile and is just another reason why I like you without really knowing you :) Your Easter blog is INCREDIBLE, spread the word girl! And I too went to Picasso this weekend and am glad I wasn’t the only one who thought it was weird! but SO glad I got to see it in person. (I kept thinking…I would have gotten a D+if I had of done that in 5th grade art class & people are paying to see his….hmmmm :) but so awesome that Richmond scored such a once in a lifetime exhibit!

  11. Esther reply

    Saw you on Savvy Photographer blog. I have to say thank you for the Easter blog! I often find myself putting Him on the back burner for business and family. Thank you for speaking the truth IN LOVE! There is SOOO much more to life in Him!!

  12. Amanda Joy reply

    How much do I just LOOOOVE this post and your #1 portion on Jesus and Easter. it is SO nice to be surrounded by other photographers who share their faith in Christ. You go sista!

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