My first birthday at Hope!

It’s my birthday! Nineteen doesn’t feel all that different from eighteen, but it was still a great day to spend with family and friends!

Saturday my parents made the drive up from Illinois to visit me! We went out to lunch at the Good Earth Cafe in Holland. My mom had been wanting to eat there for what seems like FOREVER and we all really liked it! I got the Humm-V, which is hummus, tomato, and swiss cheese on an onion bagel and pasta salad! Yum. I’ve heard a rumor that their coffee drinks are pretty great in there as well. I’ll have to check it out!

Then we drove to the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids to do a little shopping. I really like that mall, and it’s not a bad drive! We got dinner at Red Robin (I love the Banzai Burger!) and came back to Holland. I went to a senior voice recital and the IMAGES presentation last night, which were both really great! Special shout-out to my fellow student blogger Idil who was one of the MCs at IMAGES. She did such a great job! I stayed with my parents at the Haworth Center on campus and had a Belgian waffle for breakfast this morning because there is basically nothing I like more in the world.

This morning, my parents and I went to church at Pillar Church. It’s always such a great start to my week, and my parents really like to go there when they visit, too! We got lunch at 8th Street Grille, which we’d never been to before, and we all really enjoyed it! I had chicken corn chowder (probably my favorite soup) and a turkey and canadian bacon ciabatta sandwich. So tasty! We did a little more shopping in Holland and then my parents left to go home. They had to brave some pretty nasty storms, but I’m so glad they made the trip to see me! It was great to spend my birthday weekend with them! I spent the afternoon just hanging out around the cluster. Then tonight some friends and I went to Johnny Carino’s for dinner! My food was SO GOOD and I have leftovers in my fridge. How’s that for a birthday gift? It was so great to spend my birthday with so many great people who I love, and I heard from lots of great people that are far away too! I am so blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Here are just a couple pictures from the weekend!

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Thanks for reading! How was your weekend? Leave me a comment, email me at, or tweet @hopekathryn17!

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Published by Kathryn Krieger

I'm a Hope junior from Princeton, Illinois, majoring in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness with a music minor. I am a follower of Christ and I am involved in Chapel Worship Team at Hope. Previously, I have been involved in Chapel Choir, Black River WyldLife, Res Life, Dance Marathon, a small women's Bible study, College Chorus, Women's Chamber Choir, and Collegium Musicum. I also currently help lead music at Pillar Church! I also love pork chop sandwiches, music of all kinds, The Office, and my wonderful friends and family! Contact me at, @kathrynekrieger on Instagram, or @hopekathryn17 on Twitter!

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