2 Years later….. My happily ever after!

I recently came across all these amazing pictures from our wedding in 2014.  It was a perfect day in so many ways…. the weather on the other hand was less than perfect.   Torrential downpours. ALL. DAY. LONG.

We dreamed of an outdoor wedding with the sun setting behind us. Umm yeah, not gonna happen right?

About 45 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin the rain stopped!  Can you believe it?!

Our dream came true!  We were about to marry each other on the water at sunset with our children, families and friends as witnesses.

I could really go on and on about this next statement:  Our DREAMS came true in so many different ways!  We  were and continue to be undoubtedly blessed.  EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I linked my Instagram account!

I have really enjoied Instagram lately.  I find it’s super easy to soothe my photographer personality.

I need a cool angle!!

I need cool filter!!

I need collage!!

Oh yeah!

Good stuff 🙂

I hope you enjoy looking back through some of my Instagram posts.  They are a direct representation of my daily life!

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There’s a crack in my yellow brick road???

Hi!  How have you been?!  I know, I know… it’s been a while.

I wish I could say I’ve been doing something amazing that has consumed all of my time.

Actually….. I HAVE been doing something amazing… it’s called LIVING 🙂

Don’t you agree that if you woke up this morning you are lucky?  There you are breathing, stretching, waking up to enjoy a beautiful day… coffee in hand… birds singing… happy kids… happy husband… your making your plans for this glorious day and then SOMETHING happens….

Could be the cat threw up in the hallway and you didn’t realize it until your bare foot stepped into the warm mushy pile of vomit yuk!

Could be that your water heater decided to have a blow out in the middle of the night.

Could be a devastating email or phone call.

Could be your beautiful smart adorable child did not shut the freezer all the way when he got the last ice cream sandwich… and you didn’t realize this until you came home later that day and wondered what the heck was leaking all over the garage…..( that was fun.)

It’s called LIFE.  There’s two ways to deal with it…..

Isn’t it amazing how you can be skipping along your yellow brick road and BAM! Out pops a little munchkin that throws you a curveball…. Quick!  Drop everything and catch!

When life throws me a curveball or pulls the rug out from underneath my feet, Trust me, I freak out… but then I take a deep breath (or 5) and consider what should be done.

I think I learned that in yoga… Breathe through it, Ease into the pose and you will know what your body is capable of.   That super smart, super cool, yoga instructor was awesome… I think of the way she teaches yoga often.

Life is full of surprises.  We need to breathe through them and enjoy that we are living.  What is the alternative?

I like living 🙂

Contrary to popular belief we are NOT the Brady Bunch!!

We are a family of 7.  Yes, 7.  We do not have a dog or a maid or an additional child.  We do have a cat.

I’ll take the maid though, if anyone wants to know. brady1

We are, in fact, a blended family.  And everyday is a blessing.

I consider everyday we get through raising our children to be amazing adults is a blessing.

In fact raising the kids to be fabulous adults requires a LOT of blessings.  SO BRING IT ON!!!  Send us blessings!! We need it! heehee

We became a family in April 2014.  It’s always busy, always loud always rambunctious but it’s always fun and I am very thankful.  🙂

The Greatest Loss

The death of a child has to be one of the most devastating things we can experience.  Not just devastating but CRIPPLING.

Someone in our community has lost their 13 year old son.  Although it was unexpected he had medical issues that kept them on their toes for most of his life.  I attended his funeral today.  I did not have the opportunity to meet this precious boy but through the beautiful things his family and friends had to say about him I knew he was special.

As his parents stood there by his open casket receiving guests, I noticed their strength.  I am not sure I could be so strong.  As his pastor spoke of him and how much he loved the song “Roar” talking of how he was a fighter, a champion, you heard the song begin to play.  His father turned to all of us and said “Aaron loved this song!” with a tear and a half smile.  We all listened and cried and knew that in that small body was a soul bigger than all of us.  And he was finally at peace.  And he was finally pain free.

My heart breaks for them.  They will constantly be reminded of his absence.  They will also be reminded of his PRESENCE.  In everything they do.  In the eyes of their daughter, his younger sister who will now be an only child.  The family pet who will search for him.  The blanket or toy or t-shirt that will turn up randomly a year from now.  I hope through all the tears they will be able to find some joy.

So many things I cannot comprehend.  I can only be there for them in their time of need.  This is what brings me peace.

You’re messin’ with my vision!!

I have a vision!!  A vision of a beautiful holiday table full of yummy deliciousness.  Casseroles, bread, salads, veggies, gravy, potatoes, and turkey.  Sliced CARVED turkey on a platter.  Carved BEFORE it hits the table.  In fact, I want two turkeys sliced up!  Smaller turkeys are more yummy from what I understand.  Two turkeys also means 4 legs and 4 wings for the dark meat lovers – I prefer to disengage any arguments before they happen 🙂

Husband thinks a Godzilla sized turkey plopped down smack in the middle of everything and everyone is the way to go.  I’m having another vision of Chevy Chase standing over a massive turkey and slicing it up.Chevy

Typically this would not be an issue.  Did I mention that we have a huge family? Seriously folks, our Thanksgiving will include 20-22 peeps.  The famous Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving print has only 10 people!!

I know he wants this moment, but the show must go on.  Surely he knows me enough by now to not disrupt my visions.  Surely he knows better, right?  RIGHT?!

We can have the typical staged photo ops, but the slicin and dicin will happen before that bird hits the table, people!!

With such a huge crowd anything but turkey on a platter already sliced would be buzzkill.

I’m thinking of the Starbucks line.  I call it the “Time Warp”.  It never moves.  It ceases.  To the point you think Why the hell did I decide to do this.

What did I want again?

Do I really need this ridiculously overpriced non-fat peppermint mocha?

YES. I. DO!

And you stay in that line. Mostly because you can’t leave the line because they way they build Starbucks around here once you’re in you are IN.

And I’m in! I’m so in to slicin’ before the servin’!

We will see who sins this battle.  But just so you know… I do NOT own a roasting dish large enough to handle a massive turkey.  Nor so I plan to buy, borrow or steal one from anyone or anywhere.